Here is a little video I did last year down at Manly Beach. I'm talking about the beach or a place as a character.
To further illustrate the point...this is a picture of the same beach I took yesterday in the height of summer. The sun is brighter, the sky is a different shade of blue and it is a whole lot more crowded.
I love using the beach and the ocean in my writing because it is so much a part of my day to day life.
This beach is at Manly in Australia and features in my novel Mr Right and Other Mongrels.