Clacton-on-Sea, located on the Tendring Peninsula in the County of Essex, England, brings a taste of paradise home to native Brits. This resort town, reformed as such from an ancient British settlement, has much to offer the work weary patron.
Being a seaside resort, one would expect beautiful, sandy beaches; with Clacton, one is not disappointed. One will find every variety of water sport, and lots of safe areas for the family to swim. Seven miles of radiant beach, with an almost endless variety of activities. Hotel and other housing accommodations dot the area, and one is never too far from the water. Cliff-top gardens are almost Eden-like in their beauty, and Clacton pier, one of the very best in all of England, is almost a holiday in and of itself. Or, if one prefers less hustle and bustle, Holland Haven Country Park offers a stark contrast form the excitement of the pier, offering instead a bucolic tranquility. The beauty of this park, which hugs the coastline, is surely the stuff of poet's dreams. For the older kids on the trip (especially on a rainy afternoon), Play Rascals, and indoor play area, offers all manner of sliding and climbing to burn off adolescent energy. A restaurant area offers excellent food. If one lives in the area, Play Rascals would also be a candidate for a larger birthday party.
For shopping, Clacton has a veritable shopping village, which contains scores of stores sporting a variety of well known brands in fashion, jewelry, and more. If the shopping village is not to one's speed, do not miss the many local merchants, and one is sure to find something to bring home with pride.
Being so close to the sea, an abundance of sea food fare, at a high quality, is to be found. However, a variety of ethnic fare is also popular, ranging from take-away to finer dining. After a nice meal, Clacton offers a variety of local artwork for you to view, with almost as many styles as artists. Theatre is also alive in Clacton, with the West Cliff Theatre being yet another avenue for culture.
However, Clacton is also a very popular destination for both retirement and second homes, and as such the community has roots that are not always found in purely resort driven towns. As such, one can expect to find a plethora of community organizations, all firmly committed to ensuring that Clacton remains an enviable destination.
Regardless if one is aiming at just a short holiday, an extended stay, or a new home, Clacton offers the amenities of a resort town with the feel of a hometown.
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