About Mersea Island 

 
Mersea Island is about eight miles from Colchester in Essex, situated between the estuaries of the Colne and Blackwater rivers. Mersea is a unique place and the most easterly inhabited island in the British Isles. Despite its size it boasts a population of around seven thousand people. 
 
Mersea Island is separated into West Mersea and East Mersea. West being the main area with the largest population and East the more rural part of the Island. 
 
West Mersea has all the conveniences of a small town, making it possible to obtain almost anything you may require. We have Doctors, Dentist, Chemist, Banks, Butcher, Baker, Garage, Hairdressers, Florists, Museum, Library, Primary/Junior School, DIY Shop, Mini Supermarket, Chinese Takeaway, Indian Takeaway, Fish & Chip Shop and wet fish shops, as well as plenty of clubs. 
 
Mersea’s beaches are largely sandy and lightly-stoned with enough room to cope with thousands of visitors. Our shoreline has sand banks and shallow waters which make it excellent territory for paddling, swimming and windsurfing. 
 
The Mersea beach is a clean and hygienic beach with public toilets, water taps, cafés and restaurants on Victoria Esplanade (the main beach front). 
 
You will also be able to find smaller, less busy beaches at Cudmore Grove Country Park and the surrounding area in East Mersea.