There are many excellent reasons to visit Southend. Who doesn’t enjoy a stroll along the promenade, or a trip to the Pleasure Pier? Perhaps one of the most popular reasons to come to Southend is the great variety of beaches on offer here. Whether you are looking for a beach to relax quietly for the afternoon, somewhere to practice your water-sports, or even a beach packed with family activities, there is a beach for everyone at Southend.
Bell Wharf Beach
Bell Wharf Beach is still very much a working beach. Its location near to Leigh’s famous cockle sheds means that a visit here gives visitors the opportunity to see local Southend fishing boats bringing home their haul. Close to this beach is where you will find great local pubs, and eateries where you can enjoy a genuine taste of Southend.
Chalkwell Beach is popular with walkers. It provides a great opportunity to get away from all the noise and the bustle and enjoy a refreshing walk along the shore with just the sea, the sun, and the sand. If you feel like a little light refreshment during your stroll then why not visit one on the cafés along the beach. Chalkwell station is only five minutes from the beach so if you are arriving in Southend by train this is the perfect beach for you.
City Beach is a good, traditional, family beach. Here you will find numerous arcades, as well as the usual food and drink outlets serving doughnuts, ice cream, and other seaside treats. Children will love the fun fountain on the beach, while everyone can enjoy the recently landscaped area on the beach. One particular feature of City Beach are the newly installed state-of-the-art digital lighting columns which let you extend your time on the beach into the evening.
Jubilee Beach is one of the busiest of Southend’s beaches. Located close to attractions including Adventure Island, and Sea-Life Adventure. Jubilee Beach is a great place to enjoy a coffee in one of the selection of cafés, or to try a little shopping. It is also here that you can take a boat trip, if you want to escape the land and get out on the water for a while.
Shoebury is home to two of the most popular beaches in Southend. Shoebury Common beach has parking for 1500 cars so there is always space to leave your vehicle here while you head for a stroll along the seafront. The Shoebury Common Beach was awarded a prestigious blue flag in 2016 so you can be sure that it meets all the current standards for beach cleanliness and water quality. There is also disabled ramp access and a wooden over beach platform, making this a beach for everyone. Beach huts are available here, so why not stay and enjoy some spectacular views across the estuary.
Shoebury is known for it’s suitability for water-sports. There are facilities available here to launch jet-skies and other water craft, and this is also the home of the Southend Kite surfing school.
Nearby is the quieter Shoebury East Beach. This long sandy beach with a grassy hinterland is popular for afternoon picnics, and for those who want to watch the water-sports. The East Beach is also home to Essex Kite-surfing Club.
Thorpe Bay Beach
Thorpe Bay Beach has won both a Quality Coast Award and the Blue Flag Badge. It is the beach of choice for kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, and a host of other water-sports. If you prefer something less exhausting then patronise one of the cafés or restaurants here, or simply stroll along the beach enjoying the estuary views. Beach huts crowd the beach at this point, many of them with decking leading directly onto the beach, so why not hire one and stay a while.
Three Shells Beach
Three Shells Beach is the perfect choice for families. It is centrally located in the heart of Southend, near the pier, Adventure Island, and a range of popular restaurants and cafés. The beach comes with a children’s play area, a shower, and the Three Shells Lagoon where visitors can can paddle and swim all day in safety.
Westcliff Beach is the home of the popular Rossi ice cream emporium. The beach is located close to the Cliffs Pavilion where superb entertainment is offered throughout the year. Westcliff is also the place to come for walks along the shore at low tide. Watch the boats in the estuary or the families playing on the beach.
Whichever beach you choose, you can be sure that you will enjoy your visit to Southend, where there is a beach perfect for whatever you enjoy doing by the seaside.