The best part about where we live is the fact that the beach is 15 minutes from our house so we get to take advantage of it quite often.
Ethan has never been a huge fan of the ocean water, but he will sit and play in the sand for hours, which works for me. I pack some sunscreen, sand toys, and a good book and we are both happy campers the whole day.
The hard part? Praying the entire time that sand or the ocean never comes into contact with my camera.