You could be down on the beach and dipping your toes before you know it.
Actually you'd probably spot the beautiful soft sand underfoot before your toes actually got wet, but you could be there from your super holiday apartment in the blink of an eye or two shakes of a lamb's tail.
The acid test for whether an apartment is close to the beach or not is whether you would go home to nip to the loo or whether you'd go to a local bar. Your own loo is so much nicer (unless you lived where I did as a student); so home it is. On arriving there are a few stairs to negotiate, but they're easy enough and you'll be entering your safe haven; a fabulous four bedroom two bathroom apartment close enough to the beach to throw a ball.
The hard work has been done too; your new pad is plush having been recently renovated and clean and tidy too (except for your kid's room of course or the friends who've come along or maybe even your own if you're feeling lazy today)