The beach: this is always the place where we would rather be. The view of the sea. The sound of the waves. The scent of salt water. This illustrated book portrays the beach as a place of longing, with brilliant photography and entertaining stories: How Coco Chanel invented the summer tan, how the special light on the coast inspired artists like Picasso, of the beauty of deserted beaches, of exclusive dream domiciles, of the iconography of the surfer and of the longest wave ride of all time.