The Beach Guide

Best beaches in Essex

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in Essex as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Essex is Frinton-on-Sea. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Essex just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • Frinton-on-Sea Beach © Nigel Cox | BY-SA

    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 or Walton has an air of reserved gentility…

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  • Clacton Beach © Stephen Mckay | BY-SA

    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,…

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  • Martello Beach © Roger Geach | BY-SA

    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 clifftop gardens overlooking the beach.

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  • The Naze Beach © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    4. The Naze Beach

    The Naze is a peaceful stretch of sand that is a world away from neighbouring Walton-on-the-Naze. Backed by crumbling cliffs it can feel quit exposed being on the Naze as it juts out into the sea. This spot oozes history both ancient and…

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  • Thorpe Bay © William | BY-SA

    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 east of Southend Pier. Thorpe Bay has won both Blue Flag and Quality…

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  • Southend - Chalkwell Beach © Edward Clack | BY-SA

    6. 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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  • Southend - Westcliff Bay © Edward Clack | BY-SA

    7. 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 beach is used…

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  • Jaywick Beach © Glyn Baker | BY-SA

    8. Jaywick Beach

    The sandy beach of Jaywick lies approximately mid-way between Clacton-on-Sea and Colne Point. Whilst not quiet by any stretch of the imagination it is never as busy as Clacton. The beach here has been subject to an extension and reconstruction…

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  • Canvey Island Beach © Nigel Cox | BY-SA

    9. Canvey Island Beach

    Canvey Island is located in the Thames Estuary just off the coast of Essex, from which it is separated by a network of small channels. From the beach here you get a fine view of the Kent coast and can watch the ships come and go up…

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  • Shoeburyness Beach © Trevor Harris | BY-SA

    10. Shoeburyness Beach

    The sand and shingle beach of Shoeburyness is backed by a promenade and a large grassy area which is home to any number of beach huts. For those not lucky enough to have the use of one of these huts there is always Uncle Toms Cabin with…

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