This is a picture of me at the beach in Hampton Beach NH.
I love the ocean. I'm not sure if I prefer the ocean in winter, or summer.
The beach in winter is nice because there aren't a lot of people, laying all over the sand, that you have to wind around to walk along. It's quiet and you can very clearly hear the water and the seagulls. You can bring your dogs to the beach in winter, and nobody cares. You can eat lobster at the seaside fry shacks, and it's much cheaper than in the summer. And it's very easy to find a place to sit. It's easy to find parking as well. You can park right in front of the sand, in any spot you like, there are so few other cars it kind of looks as if you were parked in the middle of the road.
But in the summer, there are so many people that it seems like a party everyday. All the stores are open and it's balmy and the salt makes your skin feel tight. There are ice cream stands open late into the night. You can swim without a wetsuit, and lay in the sun. Get a tan, wear hardy any clothes and it's entirely acceptable.
Maybe I'm simply being lazy right now, but if you go by my pro/con list, the winter is clearly better. Which is weird, I would have thought the summer would have many more positives. I'm sure I've left many out.