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 103 reviews

Lovely beach hut. Perfect spot, set back from the main front so a little more sheltered and private. Lovely and clean inside, everything you could need. very happy! thank you for a lovely day out.

Fruit n Hut (NO. D126)

The beach hut was perfect. Plenty of room for our family on the decking, great views of the sea and close to the amenities which was handy for the children. Highly recommend and would boom again!

Bramley (NO. D109)

We had a lovely day at the Pepper Pot in Frinton. The location is great and there is everything you need. Penny was very helpful, we are looking forward to visiting again.

The Pepper Pot (NO. 317)

Lovely little beach hut had a great day !

Fruit n Hut (NO. D126)

A beautiful beach hut in an excellent location. Everything you could Possibly need. We would definitely revisit! Mrs Burnett

The Little Sail House

Absolutely perfect in every way. Thank you so much, we will definitely be returning customers.


Lovely clean hut with everything you would need for the day. Easy to follow instructions too! We had a lovely day.

The Little Sail House

Fantastic Day at The Little Sail House, perfect location, had everything and more that you could imagine of needing. Would certainly recommend and use again in the future

The Little Sail House

Rented the beach hut for my granddaughters birthday the hut was lovely and well equipped. The owner Joe had taken the trouble to provide happy birthday banners and a card this was very much appreciated . Look forward to visiting the hut again.

Penny Lane (NO. D2)

Beaches In Essex

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