We say “go to the beach” (not “go to beach”). Follow the same strategy with other related expressions, such as “walk along the beach”.
We say “go to the beach” (not “go to beach”).
Do you like going to the beach?
Do you like going to beach?
Follow the same strategy with other related expressions, such as “walk along the beach” or “walk on the beach”.
Walking on the beach helps diminish stress.
In some situations, you can use the indefinite article a/an instead of the article “the”.
We went to an exotic beach in southern Thailand.
1. 'To the Beach' vs. 'To Beach'
We typically include the definite article “the” with the expression “go to the beach”.
I love going to the beach in summer.
I love going to beach in summer.
Note that we use the article even if we are talking in general terms.
Going to the beach is fun and healthy.
Follow the same convention with other related phrases, like “walk along the beach”, “walk on the beach”, or “next to the beach”.
Let’s take a walk along the beach.
Walking on the beach is healthy and soothing.
Buying a house next to the beach will give you access to a delightful vacation spot.
But omit the article when using the plural form (beaches) in a general sense.
Beaches are typically made of sand or tiny grains of rocks.
We always use the prepositions “on” when thinking of the beach as a surface.
She just wants to lie on the beach.
And “at” when thinking of the beach as a place.
My kids are at the beach.
Don’t say “in the beach”.
My kids are in the beach.
2. Can You Use the Article a/an?
When speaking about going to the beach in general, we do not use the indefinite article “a”.
Last Sunday we went to the beach.
Last Sunday we went to a beach.
But you can use a/an to refer to a particular beach (or type of beach).
We went to a beach where guests can relax and chill out.
We explored a beautiful rocky beach in Spain.
Similarly, we commonly use the structure “a/an + adjective + beach” (e.g., a pristine beach, a beautiful beach, a rocky beach, a sandy beach, a private beach, etc.).
I took my boat out and went to a sandy beach.
We visited a pristine beach before going back to the hotel.
When using it an adjective, add an article (a, an, the) or another determiner (this, that, my, your, etc.) before “beach” according to the usual rules.
This beach resort is family-friendly.
My beach towel is really soft.
We visited a new beach restaurant that serves local cuisine.