There are two sides to this lovely, pretty Island – East Mersea with sandy beaches and West Mersea where you will find the estuary and the famous Oyster Shed.
Being an Island, you do need to check tide times as when it is in, it covers the only road in/out and you will therefore be suck in/out of the Island until the tide goes out again (usually around an hour).
West Mersea is a idyllic fishing village wih many fresh fish restaurants, pubs and cafes. It is a favourite for crabbing off of the jetty and makes a lovely day out with the dogs as well as the kids.
East Mersea has a lovely sandy beach with beach huts, shops, Cudmore Park so there is something for all to enjoy.