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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 563 reviews

Really gorgeous little beach hut. Perfect location with toilets and cafe a short walk!

Nuestra Casa 162

Beach hut clean tidy and very homely perfect for our needs on the day. Host was excellent with communication and left a sweet welcome message.

Beach Hut 210

Beautiful hut. Excellent location. Great facilities

Little Lilac Beach Hut

Great second time using this hut everything you need great location.

Dear Prudence

We had a great day at Fruit n Hut. The beach hut was spotless and had everything we could need, including sachets of milk and even biscuits!! In a great position. Was really pleased and will definitely hire it again!

Fruit n Hut (NO. D126)

A lovely beach hut in a great location. Very well equipped including kitchen items, games, beach items and magazines. Loved the personal welcome using Bananagram tiles. We had a great day, thank you.

Beach Hut 210

Such a lovely beach hut in a perfect position for all amenities, beautifully decorated and clean! We had such a lovely day and didn’t want to leave 😊xxx

Freyja (C31)

Lovely hut, and great value. Would definitely book again.

Freyja (C31)

Lovely beach hut, very tidy and clean. Would of like some more buckets and spades for children. Good amount of chairs.

Betty Beach Hut 71A

Beaches In Essex

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