Frinton-on-Sea beach, Essex

Beaches in Essex

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At just over 350 miles long, Essex boasts one of the most diverse and extensive coastlines in the UK. From firm-family favourites at Southend and Clacton, to hidden gems at Whitehouse and Brightlingsea, there are a wealth of varied shores for visitors to dip into. 

Beaches in Essex come in all shapes and sizes, whether you’re looking for a sandy haven for a relaxing family day out or a shingly shore for a leisurely walk with the dog, this long and winding coastline can provide for all tastes. With such a large pool of options to pick from, let us help you with our guide to beaches in Essex.

Looking for the cream of the crop? Check out our list of the best beaches in Essex.

Beach walks: a breath of fresh air

Beach walks: a breath of fresh air

Our team and guests are in a prime position in Essex for a lovely coastal walk from our holiday park at Orchards. Situated on the stunning Point Clear Bay, the atmosphere is nothing less than serene and you’d be forgiven for forgetting you’re less than a two-hour drive from London here. This is one of the best places for walking the beaches of Essex. 

A walk along the sand from Point Clear can be split in two ways. You can access the picturesque Colne Point Nature Reserve via Lee Wick Farm on a three-mile walk to meet the sea. Alternatively, head for always buzzing Clacton by parking the car at Seawick and walking the hour or so journey along the Essex coast between here and Clacton’s Pier, the point at which you’ll know you’ve made it. See the sights and sounds of this stellar seaside town, grab some lunch and jump on the bus back to the car when you’re done for the day. 

Beach history: the past brought into the present

Beach history: the past brought into the present

The beaches in Essex surrounding Orchards holiday village are dotted with mysterious fortifications known as Martello Towers. Built between 1804 and 1812, these chunky structures were designed to defend England against a Napoleonic invasion and add a certain charm to the coastline these days. You’ll spot quite a few on walks around the area, some sitting in pretty much the same state as they have for decades, others finding new cool uses. A great example of this is Jaywick Martello Tower. Renovated in the 21st-century, it now houses a unique collection of art in a gallery space managed by Essex County Council. 

You’ll spot Brightlingsea west across the creek it’s named after from Orchards, and this quaint town has a fascinating history of its own. It served as a subsidiary port to the famous Cinque Ports, and the seafaring tradition continues today as one of the best places in Essex for fresh fish. 

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Orchards self catering holidays

Orchards Holiday Village, Essex

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Beach attractions: classic fun for all the family

Beach attractions: classic fun for all the family

As far as coastal attractions go, you can’t wrong with Clacton’s unique collection of beaches and amusements. It’s no wonder the town has been attracting visitors from far and wide for decades. It serves an almost unrivalled set of family fun along the sand, including amusements, fairground rides and a waterpark. Throw in some fish and chips, an ice cream or two and some Tubby Isaacs seafood for the way home and you have yourself the best day out along the beaches in Essex. 

St Osyth offers a lovely peaceful inland alternative to Clacton. Home to vast greenery and some lovely pubs and restaurants, it’s a great place to head to for an evening meal or a roast if you’re with us on a Sunday. 

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