Essex Swimming beaches

The beach guide has 11 swimming beaches listed in Essex. Check here for all swimming beaches in the UK

  • Frinton-on-Sea ©

    1. Frinton-on-Sea Beach

    Frinton, with its wide sandy beach, has gone out of its way to remain as uncommercialised as possible and maintain its reputation as a quiet family resort. 

    Somewhat in contrast to neighbouring Clacton

  • Clacton ©

    2. Clacton Beach

    Considered by many as the jewel in the crown of the Essex coast, Clacton-on-Sea beach certainly provides a taste of the classic British seaside holiday. Along with a fine Victorian pier as a centrepiece, there are all the seaside amusements,…

  • Martello Beach ©

    3. Martello Beach

    A sandy beach named after a small defensive fort known as a 'Martello Tower', which dates back to the nineteenth century. Plenty of facilities including beach huts and a campsite. Popular cliff top gardens overlooking the beach.

  • Southend - Chalkwell Beach ©

    4. Southend - Chalkwell Beach

    Southend is a resort town at the mouth of the River Thames. It is home to the world's longest pleasure pier, a Sealife Centre, an amusement park, a theme park, and all the facilities and entertainments that one would expect of an established…

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    5. Thorpe Bay

    Thorpe Bay is a sandy beach located in the Southend-on-Sea area of the Thames estuary by the popular resort of Thorpe Bay. The beach is located slightly over a mile to the…

  • Southend - Westcliff Bay ©

    6. Southend - Westcliff Bay

    Southend's Westcliff Beach is a mix of sand and shingle, interspersed with groynes.  At high tide the beach can be entirely submerged, whereas at low tide a large expanse of wet sand and mud is exposed.  The family-friendly…

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    7. Dovercourt Bay

    Dovercourt Bay is a tranquil seaside resort, with sand and shingle beaches, near the historic town of Harwich. Plenty of facilities on the promenade, including a skate park and a boating lake. Within easy reach of Hemford Water National…

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    8. Brightlingsea Beach

    Brightlingsea is a flat sandy beach backed by a promenade lined with colourful beach huts. Formerly an important fishing and shipbuilding area, Brightlingsea is now a haven for yachting. A popular resort with plenty of amenities including…

  • Southend - Jubilee Beach ©

    9. Southend - Jubilee Beach

    Southend-on-Sea is an established seaside resort on the north side of the Thames estuary. It offers a wide variety of entertainments and amusements, including a Sealife Centre, The Kursaal Theme Park, Adventure Island, and much more. Southend's…

  • Three Shells (Southend) ©

    10. Three Shells (Southend) Beach

    The Blue Flag award-winning Three Shells beach is a family favourite in Southend. The "Lagoon" means it's possible to swim even if the tide is out and the beach is sandy. It's just a couple of hundred metres away from Southend-on-Sea's…

  • Clacton - Pier ©

    11. Clacton - Pier Beach

    The sandy beach of Clacton is most easily recognizable by its famous pier, which dates back to 1877. It is a popular family destination due to the high number of activities and entertainments on and around the beach. Clacton Pier provides…