We have around 20 beaches to choose from, all within a 20 minute drive from home. We usually choose one based on swell and wind direction. Most are deserted during non holiday time.
We have been visiting a few with Crystal during her stay with us. Shell Beach is one of my favourites. Protected from the north easterly sea breeze that predominates during summer, the water always seem bluer and the sand whiter than others. And the surf is usually pretty good too. The rocky headland has plenty of rockpools to explore with lots of sealife. This is where we went on Wednesday afternoon.