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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.

PROS

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

CONS

  • 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

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Perfect day in a perfect beach hut! Great location, right beside cafe, water tap, toilets and car park (£3 under 3 hours, £5 all day). Communication was great between the owner, good instructions inside the hut. Lots of cleaning products provided to allow you to self clean due to COVID. The dog throughly enjoyed people watching from the balcony all day. Can’t wait to book again

(Review Of PHOENIX (NO. 462)) PHOENIX (NO. 462)

We had a lovely day in feeling hut hut hut, there was everything you would need, cups, kitchen towel, toys buckets and spades, plenty of chairs, magazines and so much more, just a shame the weather wasn’t as good as the hut!

(Review Of 364 high wall second row) 364 high wall second row

Perfect beach hut for the day. Everything we needed and much more provided. Great location right by the steps down onto the beach and easy to get to from the parking. Really easy booking with a personal touch. Will be booking again when we come down to the beach again

(Review Of 364 high wall second row) 364 high wall second row

We hired this beach hut for the day for my daughters birthday, we all had a great day, the hut was very well equipped with everything you could need for a day at the beach. Chris was very helpful and informative, we will definitely be looking at the booking this again and would recommend.

(Review Of Once Upon A Tide (NO. 509)) Once Upon A Tide (NO. 509)

Phoenix is a beautiful beach hut. In the second row, it was slightly set back from the foot traffic on the beach front but still with a great view of the beach with a lovely raised terrace area. It was lovely inside with everything you would need. We loved every second of our day and would highly recommend this hut! Also handily close to the Two Sugars Cafe!

(Review Of PHOENIX (NO. 462)) PHOENIX (NO. 462)

We hired the beach hut on Wednesday for the day, we had a wonderful day location was perfect and the owner was very helpful and responded to emails promptly.

(Review Of PHOENIX (NO. 462)) PHOENIX (NO. 462)

David and Jayne were very well organised in arranging to meet us with the key, giving clear directions and keeping in touch about our arrival time. The beach hut was well stocked and spotless. Having a hut to use really enhanced our day at the beach, and we are already planning to come again next summer.

(Review Of 364 high wall second row) 364 high wall second row

We hired the beach hut on Wednesday for the day, we had a wonderful day location was perfect and the owner was very helpful and responded to emails promptly.

(Review Of PHOENIX (NO. 462)) PHOENIX (NO. 462)

The perfect beach hut! Great location, well-equipped and with a wonderful ambience. We spent a magical Christmas Eve here, and will definitely be back during 2018.

(Review Of 580) 580

Beaches In Essex

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