One of the perks to arriving at the beach early is that the beach is practically empty first thing in the morning, as you can see here at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Of course, the scene would be much different a couple of hours later when the whole area would be full of umbrellas, tents, beach chairs, and yes, people.
This was taken while I was standing out in the water looking back at the shore, as the early morning sun was really lighting things up. Good times.
Photo location: Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, Florida
A three-exposure (-2, 0, +2) HDR tonemapped in Photomatix, edited in GIMP