So you're looking for a stay that'll let you wake to the sound of splashing waves? Watch the sunset dip behind the swells? Cue the classic beach cabin, which arguably gets you closer to the sands and shores than any other accommodation out there. In this guide, we take a look at some of the most wanderlust-inducing destinations where you can search for that pad on the pebbles.

Search for a beach cabin in the UK

Rows and rows of colourful little beach huts dot the UK's popular coastal resorts, with some even dating all the way back to the Victorian and Georgian eras, when seaside jaunts first became a popular pastime. Many have now been converted to offer characterful stays, joining newer rentals to offer a whole host of destinations on UK sands.

Choose Devon for a beach cabin by the surf

Fix the board to the roof rack and set the sat nav for Devon. This cut-out of the West Country is a favourite of wave riders all over the UK. A cabin close to Putsborough Beach or Saunton Sands promises to put you just a short walk from the rollers.

Rent beach homes in Dorset

Dorset has long been a favourite of beachgoers. The Victorians first noticed the holidaying potential of Chesil Beach and the coves around Lyme Regis. In those parts, beach cabins share the shore space with cafés and pubs, all before giving way to the Jurassic Coast, an area famed for its prehistoric dinosaur fossils.

Pick a beach cabin in East Sussex

Leading the charge for the beach rentals in East Sussex are the colourful homes that line the promenades of bustling Brighton. You can ferret out some seriously enchanting pads along the shoreline there, all without dispensing with vinegar-scented fish stalls and elegant Georgian tearooms. A hop, skip and a jump could also get you from the beach to the North Laine, a bohemian maze of antique shops and vegan eats that's popular with the city's student crowd.

Get beach homes in Europe

Everyone knows that British summertime weather can leave a lot to be desired. That's why Europe can seem such an enticing prospect for those in search of beach homes doused in sun.

An Italian beach hut

Italy's coastline wends and weaves down from the vibrant walks of Rimini to the salt-panned edges of Sicily. Between the two is where you can find the region of Puglia. It's remained out of the spotlight, content to continue making its sweet white wines and peppery olive oil. Along the shores, cute trullo houses – built with stacked Apulian white stone – pop up now and then between the cacti and the eucalyptus trees.

A holiday on the beach in Spain

Spain's southern coast isn't all given over to hedonistic 18-30s resorts. You can also venture to lesser-known areas to seek out salt-washed cabins. Take the Costa Almeria, between the uber-popular Costa del Sol and Costa Calida, where eco stays nestle amid stone pines and spill into the rugged coves of the Cabo de Gata.

Get your beach hut in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is fringed by wide, glowing and windswept beaches all along the North Sea coast. For centuries, the area has been a popular escape for Dutch royalty, with grand cities like The Hague erupting in palaces and parliament buildings. To fuse all that culture with a break by the waves, there are plenty of cottages and rentals lining the sands at Katwijk and Zandvoort.

Travel far and wide with Asian beach cabins

If the wanderlust is pushing you to seek out even more exotic destinations for that holiday on the beach, that's doable, too. From steamy Thailand to picturesque Vietnam, there are oodles of places to pick from.

Get a beach cabana by the surf of Bali

The south shore of Bali, from Canggu to Kuta, is a mecca for those learning to surf. What's more, the area is totally developed, which means it shouldn't be too hard to pick out a cabin that puts you just metres from those perfect rolling barrels.

Live the Thailand beach life

A pad between the palms and the casuarinas of Thailand's tropical islands is something we all dream about. The white-sand reaches of Koh Samui on the Thai Gulf might steal the limelight, but you can also look for rentals wedged between the carved cliffs of the Andaman coast, too.

A beach house along Vietnam's shore

Vietnam enjoys a long, S-shaped length of coastline by the South China Sea. Roughly halfway down it is the bustling town of Hoi An. It's joined to An Bang Village where the waves roll in – a place laden with noodle shacks, banh mi bakers and little bamboo-ringed cottages.