The county of Essex is one of the most diverse regions in the whole of the UK which includes cosmopolitan shopping centres just as it does beautiful rolling hills. Amongst this and included within options for those visiting the area is a coastline that includes everything from picturesque seaside resorts through to idyllic coastal walks.
A coastline full of traditional seaside resorts
Popular coastal towns: The Sunshine Coast
For those seeking a day or break away full of traditional seaside fun Essex offers a plethora of seaside resorts including: Brightlingsea, Clacton-on-Sea, Dovercourt, Frinton-on-Sea, Harwich, Jaywick, Manningtree, Mistley, St Osyth and Walton-on-the-Naze spanning over 36 miles of coastline.
The Sunshine Coast events
The Essex Sunshine Coast is full of events from year beginning right up until year end; check out what's happening and take a look at our Essex Events Calendar.
Popular coastal towns: Quieter options
The Essex Coastline stretches over 350 miles and, whilst being just outside of the hustling, bustling capital of the UK it provides for plenty of relaxed coastal towns that features a definite quieter pace of life.
Blue Flag beaches
Blue Flag beaches are those that have been officially recognised as beaches where there has been a focus upon sustainable development (which specifically involves the meeting of pretty stringent criteria in relation to Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management and Safety).
Essex is home to a host of Blue Flag beaches including: Martello Bay in Clacton, Dovercourt Bay, Brightlingsea, Frinton and Albion Beach in Walton-on-the-Naze.
Eating out: The best of Essex seafood
The Essex coastline is awash with wonderful eateries, cafes and restaurants, and the following are a good example:
West Mersea Oyster Bar - Mersea Island
The Pier - Harwich
The Boatyard - Leigh-on-Sea
Fishermans Wharf - Southend-on-Sea
The Oyster Smack Inn - Burnham-on-Crouch
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The world famous Colchester Native Oyster
Harvested from September right through to May the world famous Colchester Native Oyster hails from the shallow creeks that are found just off from Mersea Island.
These Oysters have achieved world fame due to their unique taste, flat shape and firm flesh, many characterises of which are attributed to the environment of Mersea Island and the marshes that surround it.
Located in the family favourite seaside hotspot of Southend-on-Sea, Southend Pier is well known as being the longest pleasure pier in the world. Extending over 1.3 miles this pier provides for invigorating views of the Thames throughout the seasons, with the surrounding area serving up exciting events that range form live music right through to Halloween and Christmas events.
Thames Sailing Barges
The Thames Sailing Barges in Maldon is history rich where in years past goods were shipped through the coastline and onto London; this region, with its traditional cockle sheds, many clapboard artists' studios and beautiful cobbled streets makes for a particularly popular choice for tourists seeking out tradition and history in equal measure.
The Stour Estuary is the perfect example of just how diverse the Essex landscapes can be and is well known as an area 'where the woods meet the sea'. Throughout the summer months' bird and butterfly spotters can be found here in their droves, with the RSPB providing nature and wildlife trips from July through to October.
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