Mersea is the most easterly inhabited island off the coast of England and is joined to the mainland by The Strood, a causeway sometimes inaccessible at high tide. West Mersea is the more visited side of the island. The beach is sand and pebble; backed by grassland; and is Marine Conservation Society Recommended. It is used for wind surfing, kite surfing, sailing, kayaking, fishing and crabbing. At low tides, the beach towards the water is strewn with sharp mussel beds and soft mud, so prepare accordingly. Boat trips around the bay run frequently for fishing, bird watching or just enjoying the views.