I love both as well! I feel that I'm lucky to live within a reasonable distance from the coast. I'm in northeastern Massachusetts so I can easily get to the Atlantic Ocean along the coasts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.
This photo was taken in the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in early October. It's a very special place, a nesting area for the endangered piping plover. We (I volunteer there too!) close the entire 6 miles of beach on April 1st of each year for the piping plover nesting season; it reopens when the birds are done with it. This year a small part of the beach was open relatively early in August with the rest opening by the end of August.