And where better to enjoy it than on one of Northumberland’s many fine beaches?
Take a look here at the top 14 as ranked by TripAdvisor – with six more stunners which somehow didn’t make the list.
Bamburgh is ranked number 1.
With its vast expanse of golden sand, flanked by the majestic Bamburgh Castle, it's not hard to see why it comes out on top. The picturesque village is close by for refreshments and toilets and there are several car parks.
Embleton Bay is ranked number 2.
It is a glorious stretch of sandy beach with the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle nearby. The pretty village of Embleton is close by and the walks to Newton-by-the-Sea to the north and Craster to the south are spectacular.
St Aidan's beach in Seahouses is ranked number 3.
This lovely stretch of sand offers great views of the Farne Islands and has the advantage of being close to the amenities of Seahouses.
Ross Back Sands is ranked number 4.
It is a remote beach between Holy Island and Budle Bay, about a mile along a footpath from the nearest parking place at Ross.
Warkworth beach is ranked number 5.
It is a fine stretch of sandy beach which runs from Birling Carrs to Amble with great views towards Coquet Island. There is good parking and public toilets a short distance away.
Beadnell is ranked number 6.
The vast sweep of Beadnell Bay is simply stunning. It is one of the more sheltered beaches on the North East coast, making it ideal for paddling and water sports. There is parking, toilets and refreshments nearby.
Newton by the Sea is ranked number 7.
The curving beach and open-ended grass square surrounded by white-painted fishermen’s cottages is so picturesque. There is a pub and public toilets, while parking is a five minute walk away.
Alnmouth beach is ranked number 8.
A lovely sandy beach on the north side of the River Aln estuary with the pretty village a short walk away for refreshments and public toilets. Parking available next to the beach.
Cocklawburn beach is ranked number 9.
Located a few miles south of Berwick, Cocklawburn is a lovely sandy beach with a good reputation for finding fossils among the rocks. There is a small car park and roadside parking. No toilets.
Seaton Sluice beach is ranked number 10.
A fine beach in the south of the county, with plenty of parking and in close proximity to local amenities.
Blyth beach is ranked number 11.
It is long, golden stretch of sandy beach running from the mouth of the River Blyth to Seaton Sluice.
Spittal beach is ranked number 12.
A fine sandy beach to the south of the Tweed estuary with a lovely promenade. Parking, refreshments and public toilets are nearby.
Druridge Bay is ranked number 13.
A magnificent, seven mile sweep of beach which runs from Amble to Cresswell.
Newbiggin Bay beach is ranked number 14.
A pleasant sandy beach and promenade close to the amenities of the town. Look out for the couple statue while you're there.
Cheswick beach, between Berwick and Holy Island, doesn't make the TripAdvisor ranking list but it is gorgeous and you'll not have to worry about the crowds. There is limited parking but no public toilets.
Berwick beach, also known as the Greenses beach, is popular due to its proximity to the holiday park. There is ample parking, public toilets and it is only a five minute walk from the town centre.
Perhaps lesser known than St Aidan's to the north Seahouses (south) beach is still a lovely stretch of sand flanking the golf course.
Sugar Sands is a secluded beach between Boulmer and Howick. It’s a trek to get there, but is well-worth the walk.
Foxton beach lies just to the north of Alnmouth.
A choice of beaches awaits on Holy Island, from the pretty pebbly harbour beach sandwiched between Lindisfarne Castle and Lindisfarne Priory to the sandy beaches beyond the rugged dunes on the north of the island. Refreshments, parking and public toilets in the village.