Coldingham beach near Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders has been recognised for its high level of cleanliness, safety and water quality.
Coldingham has also won Blue Flag status. It is amongst more than 60 beaches in Scotland that have been granted a Seaside Award by Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB).
The environment charity said since around the year 2000 the number of beaches gaining the Seaside Award has more than quadrupled.
Each year the awards are given. Beaches from Aberdeenshire to the Borders, and from the Highlands to North Ayrshire, among those featured on the 2012 list.
Portobello beach in Edinburgh and Dunbar East beach in East Lothian are completely new entries.
Six of the sites which have been awarded blue flag status – for which beaches must pass 32 environmental criteria – are in Fife, with Kinghorn beach receiving recognition for the first time. The other blue flag winner was in Dundee.
Derek Robertson, chief executive of KSB, said: “With an increasing number of people choosing to take their holidays at home in Scotland, there has never been a better time to enjoy your local beach.
“The Seaside & Blue Flag Awards highlight that these beaches are an important resource to the local economy and that they are your beaches to enjoy.
He added: “Over the last 12 years, the number of Seaside Awards in Scotland has more than quadrupled.
“There were just 13 in 2000, so I would like to pay tribute to all the hard work that goes in to achieving and keeping these awards by local authorities and communities, and I would encourage everyone, particularly in this economic climate, to make use of the fantastic beaches we have around the Scottish coast this summer.”