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 134 reviews

Great beach hut, great location Kids loved the beach just yards away. Will definitely book again. Thanks

The Cabin (NO. 43 C)

We super enjoyed our first beach hut experience despite bad weather.

Some Like it Hut

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


Had a really enjoyable experience using this beach hut. Easy to gain access and all the instructions were super clear and easy to follow.

Fruit n Hut (NO. D126)

It was a lovely beach hut. Owner met us there and explained everything. We had a lovely day. Only gave 4 stars as were slightly tired cupboards etc but perfectly functional for us.

The Cabin (NO. 43 C)

Lovely location of hut. Nicely equipped. Ross was very helpful regarding our booking. Would definitely rebook again.

30C Beach House

Lovely little beach hut had a great day !

Fruit n Hut (NO. D126)

we love our stay! friendly and helpful people around the area. Good space. we had a lovely day from start to finish. Thank you.

Bramley (NO. D109)

Lovely beach hut great location we will definitely book again.

Bramley (NO. D109)

Beaches In Essex

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