Essex Beach Guide

Here’s a super seaside claim to fame - Essex boasts the longest pleasure pier in the whole world!  Stretching 1.34 miles into the Thames Estuary, Southend pier is both a record breaker and a much loved historical landmark.  If you don’t fancy a stroll, you can catch the train all the way to the Royal Pavilion at the very far end!    

Essex has 350 miles of coastline and 35 islands.  The shoreline is rich in wildlife and diverse in habitat - from saltmarshes, tidal inlets and islands to mudflats, cliffs and fossil filled beaches.  

There has been human settlement on the Essex coastline for thousands of years with archeology particularly well preserved in the mudflats and tidal areas, with remains of 4,000 year old forests seen in some places.  

Popular places to hire an Essex beach hut include Southend, Clacton and Walton - all of which have sandy beaches, piers with amusements, cafes and all the fun you’d expect from a traditional British seaside town.  Friton has remained less commercialised with a more peaceful ambience - its sandy beach is ideal for sandcastles and slopes gently into the sea making it very family friendly.  

Other seaside towns such as Brightlingsea, West Mersea and Maldon are ideal if you want a quiet day out and wish to avoid a packed beach resort on a hot summer day.  They all have pretty rows of beach huts and offer a good alternative for beach goers.


  • Less than 2 hours from London by train or car
  • The main resorts have all the entertainment and amenities you’ll need


  • The popular beaches can get crowded (but walk away from the main area, and you’ll find a quieter spot)
  • Coastal roads can get busy during holidays
  • Many beaches have restrictions for our four legged friend - check before you go

Reviews for Essex

Based on 296 reviews

Great location for both parking and for the beach..... I am sure we will be back :-)


First time we had visited a beach hut an this did not disappoint. Was perfect position fantastic facilities and lovely an clean. Will definitely be booking again!

Nuestra Casa 162

Beautiful beach hut, great facilities. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

Fruit n Hut (NO. D126)

Lovely beach hut to hire made going to the beach with 2 toddlers so much easier we had a lovely day its was very helpful toys chairs and umbrella was provided.

Nuestra Casa 162

Lovely hut in a fantastic location. Perfect base for a large family gathering.

108 - Frinton-on-Sea

A beautiful beach hut, really clean, homely, amazing location and great quality supplies inside

Nuestra Casa 162

Absolutely wonderful day at the hut. It was very peaceful and away from all the crowds. Lovely day out.

Jabba the Hut (NO. C137)

Great beach hut in a ideal location! We will be booking again next year!

Beach Hut 210

Absolutely amazing, great location, great space and so easy to sort access etc, will book again for sure

Fruit n Hut (NO. D126)

Beaches In Essex

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