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.

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    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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Holland-on-sea Beach

    Four miles up the coast from Clacton, Holland-on-Sea is a much less developed part of the coast, and offers a quieter spot to come to get away from the crowds at Clacton. This is a good place to come for long walks along the coast, where…

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    5. 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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    6. 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…

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    7. West Mersea Beach

    This south facing sand and shingle beach looks out over the Blackwater Estuary from Mersea Island. West Mersea is a fairly old fashioned type of resort beach, but in the good sense. Whilst you will find holiday parks and beach huts there…

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    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…

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