The development of the beach as a popular leisure resort from the mid-19th century was the first manifestation of what is now the global tourist industry.
The first seaside resorts were opened in the 18th century for the aristocracy, who began to frequent the seaside as well as the then fashionable spa towns, for recreation and health.
The extension of this form of leisure to the middle and working class began with the development of the railways in the 1840’s, which offered cheap and affordable fares to fast growing resort towns.
The development of the seaside resort abroad was stimulated by the well developed English love of the beach. Today, there seems to be more beach goers than ever before.