If you've headed off to the coast for a break getting up early may not be on the agenda. But if you do head to the sea front while the other tourists are brushing their teeth and eating breakfast you have the chance to capture some fantastic shots.
If you're planning on shooting some early morning seascapes take a tripod
along as you'll need it when you start using long exposures. You'll need a sturdy tripod but if you're planning on taking a stroll along to seafront to see what photographic treats you can find, make sure it's light. When you're getting your gear together pack a polarising filter as it will help combat some of the reflection from the sea. You can take a variety of lenses designed specifically for capturing different scenes but if you don't fancy working as a packhorse a standard lens will be fine.
Head to the beach and turn the ripples of waves into something that's almost as smooth as glass. Just watch the tide when you do this and make sure your camera's on a tripod as you'll be using very long exposures.
If the magical hazy light and glass-like water doesn't appeal to you turn around and have a look for some beach huts. These colourful buildings, lined up with streaks of morning sun create a picture that's much more fun.
If you're near a harbour head over to capture fishermen at work, the coils of rope and containers they use in their work. Have a look over the edge too and see if there's lines of colourful buoys on the harbour side - when the light catches them on a sunny morning they look brilliant but they work equally well on a dull day too. Lobster pots are another popular photographic subject but instead of photographing them piled high on the harbour side why not look for the criss-cross of shadows created when the morning sun shines through them?