I don't sunbathe because I find it very boring. I always wear sunscreen in the summer because I burn really easily. It is really a benefit that I do burn easily because it means that I am more conscious of protecting my skin
It's possible to enjoy the beach and even a little bit of sunbaking, if you choose the right time of day. Although I never go to the beach in the middle of the day during summer (with Perth's scorching summers, that would be insane), I do enjoy visiting in the early mornings and late afternoons when it's still warm but the sun is low on the horizon.
I don't sunbathe specifically to get a tan. It's too much all at once for my skin and only results in a burn. Spending a little bit of time outside each day in the warmer months usually leads to a gradual tan by the end of summer, but it's not on purpose.