While a break by the beach will be enough for most of us, there are real benefits to considering life by the sea. Research carried out by American scientists found residents whose properties had an ocean view were happier than their landlocked neighbours.
Living by the seaside boosts mental health and makes people happier and more relaxed according to the study.
Other reports show sea air is good for a sound sleep and helps us feel more alert and energised.
Seaside properties can also be among the most financially viable as second homes or those with earning potential, as well as being good for our health.
Whether it is a weekend bolt hole or a total lifestyle property, there is plenty on the market.
Rhubodach, on the island of Bute, was the rural retreat of Lord and Lady Attenborough. Richard Attenborough fell in love with the island and bought the estate in 1988 for its tranquillity and expansive beauty overlooking the famous sailing waters of the Kyles of Bute.
The mainland is a two-minute ferry ride away, so the location is remarkably accessible for an island home.
Rhubodach is a 48-acre estate with a collection of properties; a farmhouse, self-contained annexe and two large cottages, which in recent years have been let as holiday homes on a self-catering basis. Together they provide the opportunity for a holiday business as well as a seaside home.
For a more modest proposal, Balguthrie is a first-floor apartment on the main street of the pretty seaside town of Lower Largo in Fife with wonderful views over the Firth of Forth and direct access to the beach from the front garden.
It has two bedrooms and a former weaving room at the back which could, given the correct planning permission, make a home office, gym, studio or summer kitchen.
The East Neuk is popular for holiday lets, making it a good choice for buyers looking to make their purchase earn its keep.
For those determined to make a life by the sea, Rodel Hotel on the isle of Harris offers everything you would need.
The building has four guest bedrooms, two self-catering apartments plus owner’s accommodation and the hotel comes with four islands and a harbour. Sea air is an added extra.