The 40 Best Beach Quotes to Use as Instagram Captions

When Nicki Minaj said, “Let’s go to the beach-each, let’s go get a wave,” we felt that.

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Claire Brodsky

The beach is the best, right? Can we all agree on that? You can always count on a beach trip to provide the right dose of good vibes. Looking to kick back and relax? Load up on that SPF and crack open a beach read. Need some zen? Do a meditation right in the sand. Craving something active? Hop on a stand-up paddleboard (or just literally take a nap on your towel, always a possibility too).

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll probably want to snap at least a few pics. It could be a thirst trap to show off that new bikini, an overview of your picnic spread, or simply proof that you’re spring breaking, but either way, the beauty of a beach makes for a prime photo shoot backdrop. But as we all know, getting the pic is only half the battle when it comes to the artistry of IG—you also have to match it with a caption that’s just right. Crafting a sentence or phrase (or sequence of emojis ✨👀✨) that somehow balances your online persona with the essence of the photo while simultaneously matching the mood of the rest of your grid…oof. With that kind of stress, you might need a second beach trip just to recover from your first beach trip.

If you don’t already have something witty locked and loaded in your iPhone notes app (we all have a “future captions” note), you might want to lean on a quote to say something poetic for you. Work smarter, not harder, people! Here, save these 40 beach quotes in your notes to pair with your sunniest, sandiest pics.

For baecation pics…

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  • “Falling in love is easy to do with the wind in your hair and sand in your shoes.” —The Providence, “Sand in Your Shoes”
  • “I just wanna be drinking on a beach with you all over me.” —Taylor Swift, “End Game”
  • “If your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” —The Princess Bride
  • “Meet me where the sky touches the sea.” —Jennifer Donnelly
  • “But the beach has cute boys!” —Miley Stewart, Hannah Montana
  • “Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” —Sylvia Earle
  • “On an island in the sun, we’ll be playin’ and havin’ fun.” —Weezer, “Island in the Sun”
  • “Some people think the beach closes after the sun goes down. Nuh-uh. That’s when it really starts to heat up.” —Mitch Buchannon, Baywatch Nights
  • “I followed my heart, and it led me to the beach.” —Unknown
  • “When all else fails, take a vacation.” —Betty Williams

      For sun-drenched selfies…

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      • “I never feel more beautiful than after I’ve been to the beach and my hair’s just a crazy mess of salt curls.” —Troian Bellisario
      • “How to have a beach body: (1) Have a body. (2) Go to the beach.” —Unknown
      • “Life is a beach, I’m just playin’ in the sand.” —Lil Wayne, “Right Above It”
      • “Look, if I could run across the beach into my own arms, I would.” —Jackie Burkhart, That ’70s Show
      • “Got a body built for the beach….” —Miguel, “Waves”
      • “I’m gonna soak up the sun. I’m gonna tell everyone to lighten up.” —Sheryl Crow, “Soak Up the Sun”
      • “A vacation is sunburn at premium prices.” —Hal Chadwicke
      • “I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.” —Beyoncé
      • “Only worry in the world: Is the tide gonna reach my chair?” —Zac Brown Band, “Knee Deep”
      • “I’d like to stay here for a while and go wild.” —Maïa Vidal

          For ~aesthetic~ scenery shots…

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          • “The beach has a special way of smoothing even the most ragged edges.” —Lo, Avatar: The Last Airbender
          • “If everyone could just live near the ocean, I think we’d all be happier. It’s hard to be down about anything knee-deep in the sand.” —Crystal Woods
          • “Give me coffee to change the things I can and the beach to accept the things I can’t.” —Unknown
          • “There’s no place I’d rather be than on the seashore dry, wet-free. On golden sand is where I lay, and if I only had my way, I’d play till the sun sets beyond the horizon.” —Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu and Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus, “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride”
          • “All the good comes in waves; I bide my time by the ocean.” —Quinn XCII, “Another Day in Paradise”
          • “You’re not a wave. You’re part of the ocean.” —Mitch Albom
          • “Sometimes I think all I really need in life is in my beach bag.” —Unknown
          • “If there is heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.” —Jimmy Buffett
          • “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
          • “Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.” —Beach Boys, “Catch a Wave”

              For candids (or not-so-candids) with your crew…

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              • “Beautiful beach, a sunny day, and good friends. What more can a man ask for?” —Art Selwin, Cocoon: The Return
              • “I still love things that you don’t even need to pay for. Going to the beach and being around five of your friends and having a good time means so much more than going out and spending hundreds of dollars.” —Maria Sharapova
              • “Be grateful for good friends, hot sun, and clear water.” —Unknown
              • “So all you guys do around here is hang, eat, and surf?” “Is there any other way?” —Brady and Tanner, Teen Beach Movie
              • “Fun times at the beach are like sand. You always bring them home with you.” —Unknown
              • “Today was about chasing sun rays, beach waves, and sunsets. All things beautiful that give you peace are worth chasing.” —April Mae Monterrosa
              • “Toes in the water, ass in the sand. Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today.” —Zac Brown Band, “Toes”
              • “Take all your worries to the beach and wave them goodbye.” —The Diary of a Nomad
              • “Don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Don’t care. Just as long as I live near the beach and don’t have to wear a tie.” —Mitchell Goosen, Airborne
              • “Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach.” —Brian Wilson
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