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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 44 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.

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

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))

Excellent communication with owner. 100% will recommend to a friend and return myself. The hut was in excellent condition. Lots of chairs and toys, buckets and spades for the children. Well presented and very cosy. Tea and coffee provided. On the seafront with spectacular view

(Review Of F14)

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))

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))

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))

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))

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)

Superb beach hut. The picture doesn't do it justice. It's very pretty and very well equipped! Thoughtful touches like small child's plastic cups and plates which were brilliant for our toddler. Dog bed and bowl. Great location and very friendly owner. We will be returning soon xxx

(Review Of Frinton Heights (NO. B159))

Beaches In Essex

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