Who doesn't like the seaside? The Yorkshire coast is littered with well known coastal resorts and hidden coves. Sometimes it's best just to head seawards and see where the road takes you, but if you want some tips, here you go (working orth to south):
Staithes - a tiny little harbour at the most northerly point of the Yorkshire border, just off the A174. Park at the top and wander down the twisty road to the harbour for lovely views and a cream tea at the hotel.
Runswick Bay - north of Whitby and just a couple of miles off the A174, this is a beautiful long beach with cafe and pub in the hamlet. If you're feeling fit, there's a hotel with a lovely view at the top of the hill.
Sandsend - again, north of Whitby on the A174, just passed Whitby Golf Course. Park alongside the main road and wander down onto the long sandy beach. There is a gallery and pub in the hamlet.
Whitby - The beach at Sandsend runs all the way to Whitby and there is also a raised promenade at Whitby for those who like to look down on others. Whitby harbour is so picturesque and it's well worth exploring the town centre before finding a restaurant with a view.
Robin Hood's Bay - South of Whitby, a couple of twisty miles off the A171, Robin Hood's Bay is gorgeous. Whether you're up high looking down, or on the beach looking up, you can't fail to be impressed by the rugged bay. This is a long beach / bay taking you down to . . .
Ravenscar - This is a quaint little hamlet, with steep walks down to the beach. There is a pricey hotel at the top, but the views from the garden and conservatory and wonderful. If the weather is nice, sit outside. If the wind is bracing, try the conservatory!
Scarborough - You can't beat the Fish 'n' Chips at Scarborough while walking along the promenade. With the north and south bay, you can have a very long walk, or head up to Scarborough Castle for outstanding views in both directions.
Cayton Bay - South of Scarborough on the A165 you could easily miss Cayton Bay. Park your car at the top and meander down to the waterfront, where you'll find a lovely beach with surfers hard at work.
Filey - Head to this popular town and start at Filey Brigg Country Park, with excellent views to the north, east and south. For those who enjoy a good walk, there is a very long beach starting below the country park and running south.
Flamborough - A stunning sea frontage with white, chalk cliffs, located between Bridlington and Filey Bays. See the thousands of nesting birds or visit the wonderful lighthouse. An SSSI and a Special Area of Conservation.