Everyone had been saying things like that for years, and yet I'd never been. So, when I moved to London at the beginning of the year and realised the seaside town was just an hour away on the train (well, more like two hours if you're poor and have to get the slow train), I decided it was about time I made the trip.
And with summer having almost come and gone and me failing to make it to Brighton, the Bank Holiday weekend provided the perfect occasion to meet up with two of my best gals, Amber and Stef, and shimmy on down to the coast.
I'll be honest with you, Brighton wasn't everything I'd expected.
It turns out Instagram doesn't show the full picture after all, who knew?
Nevertheless, and despite the sun being very stubborn and refusing to come out to play, we had a fab day. To be honest I'm sure I could be with these two in hell and enjoy myself.
Anyway, let me take you with us on our trip and show you the highlights of our day in Brighton.
We wandered out of the train station and straight down to the seafront.
It also turned my hair into a bird's nest because it was hella windy but such is life on the coast.
Keen to see the main sights of the city, we couldn't not go for a stroll round Brighton's famous pier.
I'd been recommended soo many amazing-sounding eateries in Brighton that we felt spoilt for choice - the food scene really is fab, especially if you like your healthy grub - but we decided to go to Rootcandi, and it was excellent.
The restaurant specialises in plant-based tapas, and despite being super tempted by the menu of small plates, none of us could resist one of the daily specials, cauliflower dahl.
The gals and I also decided to share a portion of courgette fries because, well, courgette fries.
Feeling suitably reenergised and having rested our already tired feet (we'd walked a long way along the beach, OK?), we headed back out to do some more exploring.
Wai Kika Moo Kau.
As we munched, we perused the amazing veggie and predominantly vegan menu and were so gutted to discover Wai Kika Moo Kau wasn't open at dinner time. Note to self: go back for lunch.
We then went to see the Pavilion, which was absolutely not in the slightest bit like what I'd been picturing...
After yet more strolling, we fancied a light dinner before heading home. Enter, Foodilic.
The healthy cafe and deli has two branches in Brighton, and we were lured in by the promise of everything being half-price to take-away from 6.30-7pm.
With half an hour before we needed to be back at the station, we had just enough time for one final windswept walk along the pebbly beach. Safe to say I smashed my step-goal that day.
As we waved goodbye to Brighton and each other, I realised I want to do more day-trips - it's amazing how much you can see and do in a day really, and you can totally get a feel for a new place. And with so much beauty in our wee British Isles, I think it's time to do some more exploring closer to home.
Do let me know where I should go!