Family caravan holidays and camping in Essex

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The best beaches in Essex… are right on your doorstep!

There’s one big advantage of holidaying on an island… you’re surrounded by water and beaches!

Here at Waldegraves, we’re blessed with having some beautiful beaches right on our doorstep. That means you can get from your touring caravan, tent or static caravan and onto the sand in a matter of minutes!

But, as well as our own fantastic beaches, there’s also some others close by that are well worth a visit. Whether you want to spend the day building sandcastles or just want to sit back and soak up the summer sun, there’s a beach nearby that’s just right for you!

Take a look at our handy guide to local beaches in Essex here…

West Mersea Beach

Looking out over the Blackwater Estuary, this sand and shingle beach is great for walks, relaxing in the sun or family fun! You can also enjoy sea fishing here, or crabbing for the little ones. Or, just sit back and watch the boats go by…

Mersea Stone Beach

Head to the eastern tip of Mersea Island and you’ll find Mersea Stone Beach. This sand and shell beach is a popular spot for walkers and the beach itself is the landing point for the St Osyth and Brightlingsea ferry, so easily reach from either of these.

Frinton on Sea Beach

Boasting a wide sandy beach, Friton beach is an impressive sight. The town appears to have gone out of its way to remain as uncommercialised as possible.

The gently shelving beach is divided up by a series of timber groynes. Frinton’s sand is of the type that is perfect for making sandcastles – nice and firm. This means it is also ideal for running around on and beach games, further asserting its credentials as a fine family beach. To the rear of the beach is an extensive promenade, much of which is lined with colourful, old-fashioned beach huts. There is also an extensive grassy area, the Greensward, which is an ideal spot for a picnic.

Clacton beach

One of the finest beaches in Essex, Clacton-on-sea is considered the ‘jewel in the crown’. If you want a classic British sandy beach, then look no further than Clacton.

Clacton has a decent sized stretch of clean golden sand. For this reason the beach has always been popular with families. With a seasonal lifeguard service, easy parking and plenty of amenities close by Clacton is a favourite during the school holidays.

Southend Westcliff Beach

Southend’s Westcliff Beach is a popular spot, especially in the peak summer months. At low water it offers lovely walks and also benefits from being surrounded by the amenities, including the famous Rossi ice cream emporium, as well as the Archway Cafes, where you can get a delicious snack or meal.