Tourism and recreation

Diverse coastline

The Essex Coast is a diverse coastline offering a variety of opportunities for having fun and and enjoyment including:

  • traditional English seaside resorts at Southend-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze
  • historic maritime towns such as Harwich, Maldon and Leigh-on-Sea
  • sailing centres at Burnham-on-Crouch, Brightlingsea and Mersea Island
  • miles and miles of remote and unspoilt coastline rich in wildlife.

This rich environment features Blue Flag beaches, fun-filled resorts, quiet creeks and salt marshes, where you can take part in seal spotting, kayaking, bird watching, walking and sailing.

Essex's shores and coastal towns come alive especially during the summer season, with colourful sails of boats cruising the sea and art and music festivals.

You can find great ideas on how to best enjoy the amazing Essex Coast on the Visit Essex website.