There are numerous quilt blocks that are named for cities, states and other places. Here is just the start of the list in a variety of quilt block sizes.
By the Sea
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The By the Sea quilt block is a good choice for a beginner quilter as it uses only the two most common patches -- the square and the half square triangle. This five patch block is constructed as an uneven nine patch because I feel that is an easier method for construction.
The colour choices here are (in my mind), reflective of the sand, surf and sunset on a beach by the sea.
The sample quilts illustrated both show the blocks set on point. The left quilt features many whole blocks as well as partial blocks, separated by sashing strips. The quilt shown on the right adds additional colour by using blank blocks to showcase your quilting skills.
More Sun and Surf blocks
~ Sandy Dunes
~ Lady of the Lake
~ Little Boat