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Beside the seaside at West Mersea

The largest of two settlements on south Colchester's Mersea Island in Essex, West Mersea revels in the simple pleasures of a life by the sea. Take it easy and go crabbing by the jetties, feast on oysters, enjoy the cute shops and restaurants, or simply soak up the glorious views from the beach.

Take a walk on the wild side at Colchester Zoo

If you've enjoyed the quiet life at West Mersea but are looking for something a little livelier, the market town of Colchester is the Nearest place to drop by, and Colchester Zoo is under nine miles from West Mersea. 60 acres of parkland are home to over 260 species of animals, including lorikeets, elephants, giraffes and an array of sea creatures.

East Mersea - West Mersea's little brother

West Mersea offers lovely tourist pleasures and has a great community, but five miles away, East Mersea presents a more untapped version of island life. It's not without its own attractions though, and Cudmore Grove Country Park is one of the highlights. With its own sandy beach, woodland and scrub, this one park offers plenty of adventures.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near West Mersea? Travelodge Colchester Feering Hotel offers a great stay at under 15 miles away. Travelodge Clacton-on-Sea Central Hotel also offers great coastal views and sea air, just over 20 miles away.