This is an estuary at Seaside, Oregon.
I live near Puget Sound, so I can see water most any day I choose to, or get to various beaches quite quickly, but the Oregon coast is a happier place because most of the beaches there are sandy (here we are prone to rocks), there are plenty of smaller towns without many other tourists mucking about, and all of the beaches are publicly accessible. Plus, hey, look - it's PRETTY.
If you look around my living room walls, you will see pictures of beaches and lighthouses, and knickknacks of pelicans. I really ought to own a cottage on the Oregon coast. I have a CD which is nothing but 60 minutes of the sounds of ocean surf. I listen to it a lot. It calms me.
It calms me after I've picked up my morning newspaper and read the headlines. It soothed me after my paycheck got smaller again this year. And it is good to hear the ocean and think sandy beach thoughts as the Mariners strive manfully to break every losing team record in the book.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....sand....waves....sunshine....well, okay, it's Oregon, you don't always get sunshine. Still. PRETTY.
Where is your happy place?