West Mersea Beach
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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 is also an unspoiled, laid-back feeling about the place. Pleasures are simple; crabbing off one of the jetties, digging in the sand or just watching the boats go by.
Oh, and if you like oysters you're in luck!
What keeps Mersea special is the fact it is an island connected to the mainland by a causeway which all but disappears on the highest tides.