Beach Description: A large sandy beach with a Victorian esplanade and a river nearby. It has sand banks and shallow water making it an excellent beach for windsurfing.
Water Quality: The water quality is constantly monitored and the results are posted on notice boards.
Beach Safety & Bathing Safety: There are shallow waters here but bathers should be aware that there are submerged stones and rocks further out that may be a problem at low tides.
Litter: Mersea is considered a clean beach.
Beach Facilities: Toilets, cafés and beach huts on Victoria esplanade. There are several campsites nearby.
Seaside Activities: Swimming, windsurfing, kite surfing and sailing.
Wildlife & Walks: West Mersea is good for bird watching and seals may be seen in the area. Check Places of Interest for Cudmore Grove.
Mersea Island Directions: West Mersea is on Mersea Island. It can be reached by the Strood which is the Island's only link to the mainland. Take the B1025 from Colchester. On reaching the Island take the road to the right into the town where signposts will guide you to your destination.
Parking: There is free parking by the seafront or pay parking on the beach car park Victoria Esplanade.
Public Transport: A good local bus service exists, serving routes between Mersea and Colchester.
Tourist Information: Tourist Information Centre, http://www.visitcolchester.com