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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 59 reviews

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)

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.

(Review Of Fruit n Hut (NO. D126))

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.

(Review Of Penny Lane (NO. D2))

I hired the beach hut the other weekend, the owner was quick in replying and when we arrived the hut had everything that we needed and was very clean. The decking was spacious so we was all able to sunbathe. The hut was in a good location and within walking distance of the pier. I would reccomend this to anyone who is thinking of hiring a beach hut.

(Review Of Fruit n Hut (NO. D126))

We hired Phoenix this week as lockdown eases allowing our small family group to meet and celebrate my birthday. The owner Viota responded to our inquiry very promptly and professionally. This beach hut is just lovely and stocked with all and more that is needed for a day on the beach. Thank you for an amazing day. We will certainly be returning.

(Review Of PHOENIX (NO. 462))

Lovely hut and fabulous facilities. Exactly as described Great communications from owner. Next time I might try and get a hut on the front row as being easier with small kids but I think the location of being on the fourth row is reflected very fairly on the price so all in all this is great value for money. Would highly recommend.

(Review Of FlipFlop Inn (NO. D10))

Lovely beach hut, well worth hiring. We had 2 small children and they was catered for too, with toys and right on the beach front. It was nice to be able to have a cuppa, all provided too (even though we had our own) we’re looking to book again in a few weeks time.

(Review Of 364 high wall second row)

Beach hut was lovely! Fully equipped with everything you could need. Gas burner to boil the kettle and cook. Chairs to put out on the decking area. Really clean and tidy. Will definitely book again ????

(Review Of Jabba the Hut (NO. C137))

Ross was very accommodating, showed us everything like how to use the gas, where the beach toys are, and choice of chairs to use. He was flexible about our arrival time and was friendly and approachable. We had a fantastic day out and would book again!

(Review Of 30C Beach House)

Beaches In Essex

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