People living on the English coast are more likely than those living inland to say they are fit and well, an analysis of census data suggests.
The researchers said living in areas such as Skegness, St Ives or Scarborough was linked to a "small, but significant" improvement in health.
Lower stress and more opportunities to exercise were suggested as possible explanations.
The findings were published in the journal Health and Place.
The researchers looked at data from 48 million people in England from the 2001 census. They compared how close people were to the bracing sea air and their answer to a question about their own health.
The study was conducted by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Exeter.
It found people living less than 1km from the sea were more likely to say they were in "good health" than people living further away.
I've lived all my adult life by the sea, and some of my childhood too. I still get a thrill from walking the beach with my dog in all weathers and just appreciating the beauty, so I can easily see why a lot of people who say they live near the coast feel in good health, it certainly can lift the spirits and mental health impacts physical health to doesn't it?
And of course years ago, people used to go to seaside towns to recuparate from TB.