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75 Summer Beach Quotes for Instagram

Are you currently in Hawaii or just returned from a beach vacation? Need help posting your photos? Keep scrolling to get my list of summer beach quotes for Instagram that will make your posts look great!
This list of summer beach quotes for Instagram was written by Marcie Cheung (a Hawaii travel expert) and contains affiliate links which means if you purchase something from one of my affiliate links, I may earn a small commission that goes back into maintaining this blog.

Captions for your beach photos are hard, am I right?

I know you’re busy and don’t have time to brainstorm something clever for every post. That’s why I’ve got you covered! Scroll down for some amazing summer quotes for your Instagram posts.

Who doesn’t love a good beach day? Whether you’re in Hawaii or some other tropical paradise, these quotes will help show off your amazing vacation spot and make your friends jealous.

Take a break from the sun and scroll through these funny, inspiring, beautiful quotes about the beach. They’ll make you want to pack your bags and head out on another vacation ASAP.

Post away, friend!

Inspirational Beach Quotes

If you’re looking for good captions for beach pictures on Instagram, you’ve come to the right place! Here are a few inspirational beach quotes perfect for any type of beach photo.

“Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.” -Christopher Reeve

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Christopher Columbus

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” -Mother Teresa

“Life is like the ocean, it can be calm or still and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful.” -unknown

Image of a pristine Maui beach with golden sand
Don’t you want cute beach captions for photos like this?

Short Beach Quotes for Instagram

Of course, short beach captions are a quick win! I suggest saving these on your photo so you can easily copy/paste them when you are posting Instagram photos.

“On the beach, you can live in bliss.” -Dennis Wilson

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn

“I followed my heart, and it led me to the beach.” -unknown

“All I need is a good dose of vitamin sea.” -unknown

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” -Isak Dinesen

“An ocean breeze puts a mind at ease.” -unknown

“Life is just better barefoot.” -unknown

“B.E.A.C.H.: Best Escape Anyone Can Have.“ -unknown

“Sky above, sand below, peace within.” -unknown

“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.” -Kellie Elmore

“The best memories are those made at the beach.” -unknown

“Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” -Van Morrison

“I wonder if the ocean smells different on the other side of the world.” -J.A. Redmerski

“I like it when you’re under the ocean, and all you can feel is calm.” -Farrah Fawcett

“How to have a beach body: 1. Have a body 2. Go to the beach.” -unknown

“Life takes you down many paths, but the best ones lead to the beach.” -unknown

“The only BS I need is beach and sunshine.” -unknown

“Eternity begins and ends with the ocean’s tides.” -unknown

“I miss the beach, the peace it brings you. I love the sound and smell of the sea.” -Genesis Rodriguez

“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” -Michelle Held

“After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.“ -Pam Shaw

“If there’s heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.” -Jimmy Buffet

“The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey.” -Enya

“I miss being on a beach vacation and never knowing what day of the week it is.” -Vanessa Rodriguez

“If the ocean can calm itself, so can you. We are both salt water mixed with air.” -Nayyirah Waheed 

“My sense of direction leads me one way: to the beach.“ -unknown

“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” -Robert Wyland

“A pool just isn’t the same as the ocean. It has no energy. No life.” -Linda Gerber

“Being out there in the ocean – God’s creation – it’s like a gift he has given us to enjoy.” -Bethany Hamilton

“Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.” -Ambrose Bierce

“There’s no place like home. Except for the beach.” -unknown

Image of a man and woman walking on the beach away from the camera
Use these romantic beach quotes for your honeymoon photos!

Romantic Beach Quotes

If you need some beach love quotes for your honeymoon or couples trip, these should do the trick!

“You all want to know what my dream is? Very simple. To walk along the beach, holding the hand of my lover“ -Michelle Bachelet

“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” -Sarah Kay

“The true beauty of a woman can be observed when she has spent the day at the beach.” -Troian Bellisario

“She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar.” -Janet Fitch

Image of Kamaole Beach Park II on Maui with green water and golden sand
The ocean can be calm or aggressive.

Sea Quotes for Instagram

Other great captions for beach photos are quotes about the sea or the ocean. These are such powerful forces that work well when talking about beach vacations.

“To me, the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there?” -Walt Whitman

“There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that was as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace its audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands.” -Cecelia Ahern

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” -Jacques Cousteau

“I love the beach. I love the sea. All my life I live within – in front of the sea.” -Rafael Nadal

“At night, when the sky is full of stars and the sea is still you get the wonderful sensation that you are floating in space.” -Natalie Wood

“Take me to the ocean. Let me sail the open sea. To breathe the warm and salty air and dream of things to be.” -Erica Billups

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” -Robert Henri

“Your thoughts, feelings, and sensations are the waves of the ocean – coming and going. There are big strong waves and there are soft gentle waves; they are all water and all part of the ocean.” -Rose-Marie Sorokin

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it be to sail or to watch – we are going back to whence we came.” -John F. Kennedy

“A wave isn’t like a skate ramp or mountain; everything’s moving around, and you have to time how to move along with it. That’s easier with a slow wave.” -Kelly Slater

“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.“ -Wyland

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.” -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Image of Magic Sands Beach on the Big Island with a rainbow in the background
The beach is simply magical any time of day.

Beach Therapy Quotes

Another slam dunk for beach captions for Instagram include all kinds of beach life quotes. Here are a few of my favorites.

“I wish that beach therapy was covered by my health insurance.” -unknown

“To some it’s just water. To me, it’s where I regain my sanity.” -unknown

“The beach is not a place to work; to read, write or to think.” -Anne Marrow Lindbergh

“Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.” -Christy Ann Martine

“I believe in the ocean curing all bad moods. I believe in the waves wiping away worries. I believe in seashells bringing good luck. I believe in toes in the sand grounding my soul.” -unknown

“Mind on a permanent vacation, the ocean is my only medication, wishing my condition isn’t ever going to go away.” -Jimmy Buffett

“The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective. It humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.” -Beyoncé

“Water is the softest of all things, yet it is the most powerful. The ocean patiently allows all things to flow into it. It is always flexible. The Tao is not about grasping, but allowing, like water.” -Wayne Dyer

“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

“Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach.” -unknown

“Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.” -Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

“Advice from a palm tree: soak up the sun, stand tall and proud, remember your roots, drink plenty of water, be content with your beauty, and enjoy the view.” -unknown

Image of a North Shore Kauai sunset with cliffs and the ocean
You’ll want to save a few of these beach sunset captions!

Beach Sunset Quotes

Whether you’re visiting Hawaii or any other tropical destination, you’ll probably want a few sunset beach captions to go with your sunset photos.

“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.” -Jeanne Moreau

“Never go too long without watching a sunset.” -Atticus

“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There can’t possibly be anything more beautiful than Seaside Beach at sunset.” -Bryn McCarren

“Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.” -Mattie Stepanek

Image of two girls holding inflatables at Poipu Beach on Kauai
Use a few of these beach day captions when you post about your Hawaiian vacay.

Beach Day Quotes

When in doubt, beach vibe quotes are the way to go.

“Beach Rules: Soak up the sun. Ride the waves. Breathe the salty air. Feel the breeze. Build sandcastles. Rest, relax, reflect. Collect seashells. Bare-feet required.” -unknown

“I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.” -Helen Keller

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.” -unknown

“The ocean is this beautiful, unexplored place. Why on earth everyone isn’t down there, I don’t know.” -Graham Hawkes

“A day at the beach is never lost time. When the warm grains of sand touch our hearts, we know we’re in the right place.” -unknown

“Who else is up for driving to the beach, turning off our phones, listen to the sound of the waves and watching the moon reflecting on the water?” -unknown

“Nothing beats having my toes in the sand, the hot sun on my face, and the sounds of the waves in my ears. That is where I always want to be.” -Jessica Hanks

Beach Vacation Quotes Wrap Up

And there you have it! These top summer beach quotes and sayings make good captions for beach pictures on Instagram. Have fun posting your beach vacation photos!

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