One of the 8 beaches in Southend between Shoeburyness and Leigh-on-Sea. We have been to them all as we are from Southend.
City beach is one of the main two beaches along Southend seafront and therefore one of the busiest. Three shells beach is the other main one next to Adventure Island. It is not my personal favourite but the improvements Southend Council have made to the area are good and have certainly modernised the place and added some nice features. The fountains are nice and the seafront looks cleaner. Not keen on the "shared space" thing though.
Lots of arcades and cafes, there is also a Sealife centre, Adventure Island and crazy golf, bowling in the Kursaal etc. The beach is nice and quite sandy with a few stones. Deckchairs for hire. Plenty of toilets by the Water fountains close to beach.
Parking can be hard on this part of the beach. Sealife Centre car park is the nearest, but avoid busy weekends and holidays or get there before 10:00am in order to get a parking space.
Great if you like lots to do, if you prefer quieter beaches, then head towards Westcliff and Chawkwell or the other end of Thorpe Bay and Shoebury.
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