There was a time when we were beach people. When we lived in Germany, in areas that didn't have much of a summer, we'd head to Spain once or twice a year to the Costa Brava to soak up sun and get some vitamin D. Our daughter hated the open water, took one look at the Med, asked if there were any sharks or killer whales and refused to go in. She's never been much of a beach person. We did entice her in when we went to Greece, she was older and willing to put up with the odd sea creature. We always burned to a crisp, no one used sunscreen back then.
We also went to the beach in Holland, boy was that cold, but then any time we went to the beach in California the water was always cold. The Atlantic is much warmer.
We've also gone to Hawaii a couple of times. Love the snorkeling, but the beaches were just ok. Those in Mexico around Cancun are much prettier.
We've done some beach walking in Florida on Amelia Island at Fernandina Beach, but no swimming.
Those days are gone, I no longer lay on sandy beaches, my dermatologist would have a fit no matter how much sun screen I used. If we go to the beach now, and we do go occasionally, it's to walk along the edge, soak our toes, look for seashells and for Mac to look for shark teeth. I not only wear a big hat I've been known to carry an umbrella.
Are you a beach person?