Beach in reach

We've scoured coastlines, scaled cliffs and combed beaches in our search for the coolest coastal properties, where the water's edge is never far away. Clifftop castles, seaside stays and beach-side B&Bs – you'll find them all here, alongside paradise island resorts and Caribbean retreats. You just have to decide whether your idea of beach-hotel heaven is skimming stones in Brighton, surfing in Santa Monica or scuba diving in the Seychelles…