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

    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 and…

  • Southend - Westcliff Bay

    2. 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 for bathing,…

  • Clacton Beach

    3. 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, cafes…

  • Shoebury East Beach

    4. Shoebury East Beach

    While most Southend beaches are pebble, Shoebury East is long and sandy and backed by a large grassy area that's very popular for picnics. Sandwiched between Pig's Bay MOD site and the former Shoeburyness Artillery Barracks, East beach is home to…

  • Shoeburyness Beach

    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 CafĂ© with its light…

  • Southend - Chalkwell Beach

    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 seaside…

  • Canvey Island Beach

    7. 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 the Thames.

  • Mersea Stone Beach

    8. Mersea Stone Beach

    Sand and shell beach on the easternmost tip of Mersea Island. On the eastern shore of the beach are the remains of a World War II pillbox. Mersea Island has been stratrgically important for centuries and there are also the very faint remains of…

  • Walton-on-the-Naze Beach

    9. Walton-on-the-Naze Beach

    Not only does Walton-on-the-Naze have a fine sandy beach, it is also home to the second longest pier in Great Britain. The beach itself is a good sized stretch of sand dived up by various wooden groynes and a couple of breakwaters. As a bonus sand…

  • Martello Beach

    10. 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.