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150+ Cute & Funny Beach Captions for Instagram

One of the best ways to spend a day is at the beach. There isn’t quite anything else like it – finding a pristine beach tucked away somewhere when you’re on holiday. And if you’re anything like me, chances are that you have a few great beach photos from your last vacation that you can’t wait to caption and post on Instagram.

Memories spent at the beach are some of the best memories. And what better way to share these fun times then with a photo?!

Whether you’re posting on Instagram or another social media platform, scrapbooking, or simply sharing prints with friends, the right beach captions are crucial. With the perfect beach caption, any picture of the beach will come to life. You can spark emotions such as joy, you can convey a message, a thought, or maybe even inspire somebody.

But choosing the right beach caption can be tricky. Should you go with something funny? Witty? Clever? Cute? Inspiring? Long and thoughtful? I mean, the options are seemingly endless.

Luckily for you, I’m here to help. As somebody who absolutely loves quotes, popular phrases, and sayings I have plenty of beach captions to share with you. If you have a photo that needs a caption then you’ve come to the right place.

In this blog, I’ve listed 150 of my absolute favorite beach captions that are perfect for Instagram, or simply to accompany any photo. I’ve also included some tidbits of info about the captions such as a little background on who originally said them as well as my personal thoughts and opinions. Enjoy!

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Cute Beach Captions for Instagram

These next few beach captions are super cute! They will go with any fun and flirty beach photo. These captions are sure to bring a smile to your face while you read them with their light-hearted and witty nature.

a shell on the beach with the caption "pretty sure my birthstone is a seashell"
a person's feet on the beach with the caption "sandy toes, sun-kissed nose"

“Mermaid vibes.”

“Sandy toes, sunkissed nose.”

‘Memories are made in flip flops.’ – Kellie Elmore

“Pretty sure my birthstone is a seashell.” 

“I’ll have a side of beach with my morning coffee.” 

Why I love this caption: It’s a fun play-on-words that would be a perfect caption for a photo of a person enjoying a cup of coffee with a beach view.

“We dream in colors borrowed from the sea.” 

“Feeling stressed? There’s a beach for that.”

“Good times and tan lines.”

“Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.”

Interpretation: This beach caption is a reminder that sometimes good things come out of change. Changes can lead to us finding ourselves.

“Dear ocean, thank you for making us feel tiny, humbled, inspired, and salty … all at once.”

“I’m done adulting. Let’s be mermaids!” 

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” 

Why I love this caption: Like other inspiring beach quotes, this caption tells us that we need to take action in life to make things happen.

“Be yourself. Unless you’re going to be a mermaid, then be a mermaid.”

aerial photo of the beach with caption "high tides. good vibes"
lady walking into the walk at the beach with the short caption "ocean air, salty hair"

“High tides and good vibes.” 

“Sometimes a day at the beach with your best friends is all the therapy you need.”

“By the beach, near the sea, what a wonderful place to be.” 

“You can never have too much beach.”

“Happiness is a day at the beach.”

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

“Give me a coffee to change the things I can, and the beach to accept the things I can’t.” 

Interpretation: A cup of coffee helps to get things done, and going at the beach clears our heads and relaxes us. Plus, what better things in life are there than coffee and the beach?!

“Every day should be a beach day.”

“Beach vibes only.”

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

“Salty hair, don’t care.”

“Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat.”

“A walk on the beach is worth a thousand words.” 

“Life is simple: just add water.”

“A good beach day keeps the doctor away.”

“Let the sea set you free.” 

“Like seashells, we are beautiful and unique, each with a story to tell.” 

Why I love this caption: It is such a happy caption that makes me feel great about being a unique individual. On Instagram, I imagine it being with a photo of shells on the beach.

woman staning next the ocean with hair flowing in the air and caption "an ocean breeze puts the mind at ease"
person walking on the beach with the caption "if you're not barefoot then you're overdressed"

“The beach is cheaper than therapy.” 

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

“If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed.” 

“Here’s to good times and tan lines.”

“An ocean breeze puts a mind at ease.”

“Vacation mode: activated.” 

“Time wasted at the beach is time well spent.” 

“When two roads diverge…take the one that leads to the beach!” – Hannah McKinnon 

Why I love this caption: It is a fun take on Robert Frost’s famous quote ” Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

“I love you to the beach and back.”

“Gone to the beach. Be back never.” 

“It was love at first site the day I met the beach.”

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

“Salty air. Ocean waves. Beach days.”

“Serenity is found somewhere between the sky and the sand.”

Why I love this caption: This beach caption is beautiful and descriptive. To me, it’ll caption any stunning beach photo with ease.

“The beach is calling.”

“Let’s be beach bums today.”

“Saltwater heals EVERYTHING!” 

“I look my best when I’m totally free, on holiday, walking on the beach.” – Rosamund Pike

Funny Puns that make great Beach Captions

Some of the absolute best beach captions are puns – you know, play-on-words that are actually really funny. If you’re looking for something to make you laugh, these beach puns are perfect. Some of them are very clever too – enjoy!

beautiful ocean wavs with the caption "it there's a will, there's a wave"
a mermaid on the sand with the funny beach quote "we were mermaid for each other"

“Beach please.”

“If there’s a will, there’s a wave.” 

“Travel where you can get a daily dose of Vitamin Sea.” – Inspire with Quotes

“We were mermaid for each other.”

Why I love this caption: It is a cute and funny love caption that would suit any couples’ beach photo.

“Don’t forget to get your daily dose of Vitamin Sea.” – Inspire with Quotes

“If you need me, call me on my shell.” 

“Beachology. Be shore of yourself. Don’t be crabby. Let the worries drift away. Drown out pier pressure. Soak up positive energy. Seas life’s moments.” 

“Keep calm and beach on.”

A beautiful beach with palm trees with the caption "life is better with Vitamin Sea"
funny beach caption "talk to the sand" on an image of sand

“I need Vitamin SEA.”

Quote Interpretation: The phrase “Vitamin Sea” is often used to describe the amazing way you feel when you head to the beach or sea. No need to take a real Vitamin C when you have the beach, right?! There are actually a few really great “Vitamin Sea” quotes – check them all out!

“Seas the day.”

“Don’t worry, beach happy.” 

“Beach daze always.”

“SEA more of the world one beach at a time.” 

Why I love this caption: It is about traveling and the beach – two of my favorite things!

“Just beachy.” 

“Resting beach face.”

“Talk to the sand.” 

“When life gives you happiness deficiency try adding Vitamin SEA to your travels, believe me it always works!” — Aakash Nand

“Beach you to it!” 

“It’s a shore thing.”

“Seas the day, forget the drama.” 

Inspiring Beach Captions for Photos

There is something about being at the beach that is inspiring. Palm trees and tan lines, crashing waves and salty hair – these are some of the things that inspire me at the beach. Simply being at the beach is inspirational, but that feeling can be hard to describe in words – which is why inspirational beach quotes and captions come in handy!

These next beach captions are perfect if you’re looking to convey a motivational message, or even inspire someone to go to the beach, or make a general change in their life.

an ocean sunset with the beach cation about chasing beautiful things
woman surfing with the caption "you can;t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

“Today was about chasing sun-rays, beach waves, & sunsets. All things beautiful that give you peace are worth chasing. Everything else isn’t.” – April Mae Monterrosa

“Worry is something you can make as big as the tallest mountain, or as small as a pebble on the beach. It is up to you to decide which you would rather have.” —Byron Pulsifer 

Caption Interpretation: This quote is about mountains and pebbles on the beach, and uses their size as a metaphor for importance. It tells us that we can control how much we let our worries in life affect us.

“It doesn’t matter where you go in life as long as you go to the beach.” 

“I have always wanted to write a novel, and I tried many times but could never find the right story. One day, I was walking on the beach, and the idea for ‘Groundswell’ hit me. I went into the house and started writing and never stopped.” – Katie Lee

Did you know: “Groundswell” was the first novel written by Katie Lee, novelist and ex-wife to Billy Joel. It is a fiction feel-good novel that takes place at the beach.

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

“A Day At The Beach Restores the Soul.”

“If you know that you have just three days at the beach, you will be so happy to be there every day.” – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“A cloudy day at the beach is still a day at the… Beach”

“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. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and let the beach invade your body.”

Caption Interpretation: To me, this beach day quote is a reminder that spending time at the beach is good for your soul, so it is never a waste of time. But at the same time, this quote about taking a deep breath and being in the present moment. Both are really great pieces of advice!

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

“Don’t be afraid to go up to the hot girl on the beach.” – Charlotte McKinney

“There were times over the years when life was not easy, but if you’re working a few hours a day and you’ve got a good book to read, and you can go outside to the beach and dig for clams, you’re okay.” – Mary Oliver

“The day I stop being inspired to write songs, I’ll go sit on the beach – until I become inspired again.” – Brett Eldredge

Did you know: Brett Eldredge is a popular American country music artist. He obviously finds creativity when spending a day at the beach. It is easily one of the best inspiring beach quotes.

woman at the beach with the caption "I hope that someday I wake up to see that I live on the beach"
woman at the beach with the caption "life gives you special moments that involve the beach"

“I hope someday I’ll wake up to see that I live on the beach.”

“I thought I could avoid continually crashing, but as it turns out, it’s unavoidable. Even on the calmest day, the ocean still rolls into the beach and pulls pebbles out to sea.” ― Rebekah Crane

“When I think back to my childhood, I just think of the word ‘freedom.’ In the summers, we spent all day on the beach.” – Donna Langley

“Life gives you special moments, especially those that involve the beach.” – Larry Wilcox 

“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 

Caption Interpretation: Being at the beach and near the sea makes us feel empowered and happy, and therefore brings about positive thoughts that are enjoyable.

“I try to get to the beach every day. It brings sanity to my life. I’ll just sit and read a book and enjoy the quiet.” – Audrina Patridge

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – Jo Walton

Why I love this caption: It tells us how some of the best things in life are free. I totally agree with this statement, plus I absolutely love watching sunsets (especially at the beach!)

Girly Beach Captions

Let’s face it, the majority of beach photos on Instagram are of women. So these next beach captions are for the ladies – they are girly in nature or simply about a woman at the beach. They are ideal for capturing a fun and flirty image of a woman doing her thing on the beach and living her best life.

a lady in a red dress walking on the beach with a caption about being content when walking on the beach
woman on the beach in the sun with the quote "girls just wanna have sun!"

“Live life in a bikini.”

“Just a beach girl who loves the salty air and wind in my hair.”

“No matter how far she wandered, she always found her way back home – at the beach.” – Inspire with Quotes

“No words can express, The depth of her contentment, As she walks along the beach.” – Suzy Toronto

Why I love this caption: This beach girl quote describes a feeling many women have when walking on the beach. I imagine it captioning a photo of a lady walking on the sand leaving footprints behind her.

“I was always an unusual girl. My mother told me I had a chameleon soul, no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality; just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean.” ― Lana Del Rey

Did you know: Lana del Rey is an American singer and songwriter. Most people know her best for her popular song “Summertime Sadness.”

“Your daughter, your sister. She is salt to the sea.” ― Ruta Sepetys

“A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.”

“Sunshine is my favorite accessory.”

“For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. And when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt in her lips.” – Jose Chavez

Why I love this caption: It beautifully puts into words how a lady who loves the beach truly feels.

“She is most herself at the beach.” – Inspire with Quotes

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

“Girls just wanna have sun.”

lady staring out at the ocean on the beach with a caption about getting filled with longing at the beach
woman at the beach with a caption about her true beauty being observed at the beach

“Sometimes she wants to drift away like ocean waves and sometimes she wants to stay still like a river, wrapped in solitude.” ― Nitya Prakash

Quote Interpretation: That a girl changes from time to time. Sometimes she wants to explore the unknown, and sometimes she is happy with what she knows.

“She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.” ― Holly Black, Tithe

“I’m going to change the world, but today I’ll just be a mermaid.”

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

“The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.” ― Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

“Some girls are just born with the beach in their souls.”

“She was in love with the sunset, no one else ever even stood a chance.”

Why I love this caption: Like other funny beach quotes, this quote makes me giggle. I’m not sure it is intended to be funny, but to me it is. When I think of a girl with lots of boys after her who is mostly intrigued by watching the sunset – it paints a funny picture in my head.

“She was no better than the shells by her feet, tumbling this way and that at the beck and call of the waves.” ― Katherine McIntyre

“As she always did, when she went over the dune and saw the waves crashing on the shore, her heart leapt inside her in excitement. She still had a love affair with the ocean.” ― Sharon Brubake

“Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.” ― Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Why I love this quote: This is a very inspiring beach quote, and like most of my favorite beach quotes, is about how wonderful the beach is even though it is free. The best things in life are free.

“Give a girl a margarita, put her on the beach. Smiles and paradise are now within reach.” — Spencer Antle

“Beach girls now, beach girls tomorrow, beach girls till the end of time.” — Luanne Rice

Did You Know: Luanne Rice is a New York Times best-selling author. She has 36 novels published including one titled “Beach Girls”, where this quote is from.

Thought-Provoking Beach Captions

Not all beach captions have to be silly. I mean, most are, but you can find quotes and captions that are deep. These next captions are a little more meaningful. They should make you stop and think, and maybe even wonder to yourself if you fully understand it or not. These beach captions should spark an internal conversation – which is why I love them!

A house on the beach with the quote "life is short, buy the beach house"
girl at the beach with the caption "individually we are one, but together we are an ocean"

“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” 

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

“Life is short, buy the beach house.”

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

Why I love this caption: It is a short beach quote that in only a few words, describes how the ocean has an energy to it that is unmatched.

“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 

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

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”– Mahatma Gandhi 

Quote Interpretation: This quote reminds us to stand strong, and not be negatively influenced by those around us. It also is about how we shouldn’t generalize humanity negatively based on the actions of only a few. It would be the perfect beach caption for a whimsical photo of the ocean.

“Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.” John Kenneth Galbraith 

“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. “ – Sandy Gingras 

“I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.” – Anna Quindlen 

“Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.” –Ryunosuke Satoro 

Why I love this caption: This caption would be a great start to any Instagram post encouraging change. It tells us that together, we are bigger and stronger than we are individually.

lady at a lookout over the beach with a caption about nothing being more beautiful than the beach
woman staring out at the ocean fro the beach with the caption "the waves of the sea help me get back to me"

“All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drown in its monstrosity.” – Alysha Speer 

“Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank.” – Amish Proverb 

“I love you like the sea loves the shore.” 

“When my toes are sunk into warm sand and the ocean is lapping my feet, when I breath in the scent of salt and hear the cry of a seagull, I know that I am returned to a place of restoration. I am home.” – Toni Sorenson 

“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 

“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 

Quote Interpretation: The ocean is persistent and always returns to “kiss the shoreline.” To me, this is a metaphor for life, how persistence is beautiful regardless of failures or denial.

“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 

“The beach is a great place to relieve the soul-crushing stress you build up in the traffic going to the beach.” 

“The sun is hot without a cloud in the sky and the beach runs out for a mile in silky white sand so that when the tide flows back.” — Atticus 

“The waves of the sea help me get back to me.” – Jill Davis 

“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.” – Rachel Carson 

“The sea lives in each one of us.” 

“As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart, never full of love.” 

“The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.” — Christopher Paolini 

beautiful palm tree at the beach with a caption about in eveyr grain of sand there is the story of the earth
woman walking on the beach with a caption about a day at the beach never being lost time

“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. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and let the beach invade your body.” 

“You’re not a wave, you’re a part of the ocean.” – Mitch Albom 

“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 

Quote Interpretation: To me, this quote is about we should have gratitude for the simple things in life. If we can manage this, then we will have an easier and happier life.

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

“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 

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

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.” — E. E. Cummings 

“The beach means plenty of possibilities, and the defeats go with the waves.” 

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

“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” 

“Come walk with me, take off your shoes, let’s walk the beach with only the moon to light the path and waves to hear you tell me you love me. Why does the ocean rock the moon to sleep every night? So the sun will wake and kiss the beach.” – J Henson 

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