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Escape to the Sunshine Coast

350 miles of shoreline and a startling assortment of beaches, Essex’s Sunshine Coast begs to be discovered.

The grandest bucket and spade adventures can be found in beloved seaside resorts like Clacton-on-Sea. The huge ribbon of golden sand here is easily amongst Essex’s best, and its cleanliness and gently shelving shores make it ideal for paddling with the little ones. All the British seaside favourites are here too: deck chairs, penny arcades, scrumptious fish and chips…

If you’re looking for a seaside experience with fewer frills, head to Frinton Beach. Framed by pastel-hued beach huts, the sands here are a lovely, quiet place to enjoy simple pleasures like family picnics and sunsets.

For the ultimate seaside escape, visit Mersea Island. Just 8 miles across, its beaches are surprisingly diverse, from the soft sands of historic, peaceful Cudmore Grove Country Park to the traditional seaside delights of West Mersea Beach.

Top Beaches in Essex

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Martello Bay

Claction-on-sea, Essex, CO15 1XY


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Hunt for sea shells, build the tallest sandcastles and splash in the waves as they lap the golden sands of Martello Bay.

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Walton-on-the-Naze Beach

The Parade, Walton on the Naze, Essex


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The traditional beach town of Walton-on-the-Naze is surrounded on three sides by the sea and the Naze itself is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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Frinton on Sea Beach

Esplanade, Frinton on Sea, Essex


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Sandy, peaceful and free from the hustle and bustle of nearby Clacton, Frinton offers a great alternative for a quieter beachside day out.

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Clacton Beach

Marine Parade E, Clacton, Essex


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This popular sandy beach has earned the prestigious title of Essex's best beach, and with its cleanliness, safety measures and excellent family facilities, it's a well-deserved accolade.

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Shoebury East Beach

George Street, Shoeburyness, Essex


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Although Shoebury East Beach is a few miles away from Southend's attractions, its long stretch of sand and grass make it a popular spot for peaceful beachside picnics.

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West Mersea Beach

Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea, Essex


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Just 8 square miles in size, charming Mersea Island is an idyllic escape on the Essex Coast - and a visit to West Mersea Beach is a must.

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Brightlingsea Beach

Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Essex


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Brightlingsea Beach offers a slice of Old England with Blue Flag status to boot. Formerly a haven for fishing and shipbuilding, it's rich in history and is a hot spot for sailing.

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Coastal Holiday Parks in Essex

Coopers Beach

Coopers Beach

An island retreat

Experience this special Mersea Island location; only accessible at low-tide via the causeway

Lazy days

Relax in the heated outdoor or indoor pool with children’s splash pool

Local fare

Enjoy the island’s natural produce with delicious fresh seafood and wine from the vineyard

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Relaxing with drinks on the terrace

Highfield Grange

Catch some rays

The sun terrace is the perfect place to enjoy an early-evening drink

Have a flume-tastic time!

Enjoy a splash-around in the pool complex with a thrilling 200ft flume

Laugh the night away

Our fun-filled entertainment programme has something for the entire family

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Reading a book on the banks

Naze Marine

Relax and unwind

Laze with a drink at the poolside cafe while the kids splash in the water

Take a hike

Enjoy gorgeous views with a range of scenic walks right from the park

Natural haven

Discover the local wildlife or go bird spotting at Hamford Water Nature Reserve

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The decking outside The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant

Valley Farm

Let us entertain you

Our talented Troupers will keep you entertained into the night

Swim or splash

Practice your strokes in the indoor pool or heated outdoor pool

Traditional seaside fun

You’ll find fun activities for everyone at Clacton-on-Sea, with its sandy beach and pier entertainment

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Weeley Bridge Holiday Park

Weeley Bridge

Catch of the day

The well-stocked fishing lake is the perfect spot for casting your line (rod licence required)

Enjoy scenic walks

Make the most of this countryside location with peaceful nature walks right from the park

Raise a toast

Celebrate at the end of another great day with a drink at the Lakeside Tavern

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