There were also plenty of Britons who highlighted the scenic and sensory perks of a trip to the seaside.
Feeling the sand between their toes was a favourite aspect of the beach for 24 percent of respondents, meanwhile, 44 percent said the sound of waves crashing on the shore helped them to feel zen.
What’s more, as staycations begin to surge in popularity, a third of people said they felt a holiday to the UK seaside was “underrated”.
Sarah Young, head of marine policy at WWF-UK which commissioned the research in partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue, said: “While we wait for travel restrictions to be lifted, there are a number of things we can be doing at home to protect our beautiful coastlines and ensure staycations can be enjoyed for years to come.
“Over the months ahead, Sky Ocean Rescue and WWF will be setting out the actions that we can take as individuals to become ocean heroes, while also encouraging stronger leadership from the UK Government to support vital ocean recovery that’s so urgently needed.”
The campaign by WWF and Sky Ocean Rescue aims to encourage beachgoers to pay more attention to recycling, ensuring they don’t leave litter behind, and cutting down on unnecessary plastic in favour of more eco-friendly materials.