West Mersea is located on Mersea Island in Colchester, Essex. The Island with it’s traditional fishing village community has a relaxed, easy-going vibe, stunning views & plenty to do, making it a popular tourist destination. The island is split into 2 districts, West Mersea & East Mersea – West Mersea is the larger of the 2 districts & the main tourist area. East Mersea is a smaller quieter district.

West Mersea beach is a beautiful sand & shingle beach over looking the Blackwater Estuary. At low tide the waterline can be seen far in the distance, exposing the vast sandy beach. At high tide the water is still quite shallow & a very good depth for kayaking. If you are looking for a relaxing day then West Mersea is the perfect location.

How to get there:

A12 Junction 26 follow signs to Mersea. From Colchester B1025, follow signs for Seaview Holiday Park. Free Parking at local council car park. 30 second walk from car park to beach.


Nearby shops, pubs & restaurants.
Fresh water taps.
Local Windsurfers club nearby if you have any concerns, very friendly and always good for advice.


  • Check tide times!
    It’s important to check the tide times before visiting Mersea Island – at high tide the only road onto the island, The Strood, becomes covered in sea water and impassable for about 1.5 hours. This normally only happens twice a day for one week of the month. Tide times can be found here at West Mersea Tide Times
  • Be aware of shingle banks and other hazards
  • Best to visit at low tide before taking to the water
  • Can be very busy with other water craft

Ins and Outs:

Put in on the beach.


Situated on the Essex Coast with a South facing beach. Nice open estuary with shallow waters, ideal for novice kayakers.


West Mersea