70 Beach Captions That Will Make Waves in Your Feed

Showing off pictures of that perfect beach day? Use these beach Instagram captions to sum up the summer fun.

Ah, time to relive that perfect beach day by posting all your pictures on Instagram. How do you perfectly capture what that day was like, though? How can you possibly sum up all the fun had and memories made? While it may be hard to do, using the perfect beach captions can help convey the message to your followers.

Beach captions for Instagram are different from the typical selfie captions you use. These captions can be anything from funny beach puns to beautiful summer quotes—or, if you’re going on spring break, some spring captions or vacation captions may work, too. Typically, they add character to your Instagram posts and pique your followers’ interest. If you aren’t a caption aficionado or wondrous wordsmith, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Read on for the best beach Instagram captions, whether you’re looking for something cute, funny, or inspirational. By the way—if you’re planning a beach trip, these are the best beaches in every state to visit (don’t forget to pack a good beach read for entertainment). Bon voyage!

Cute beach captions

1. You, me, and the sea make three

2. Just another day in paradise

3. Making waves for days

4. Good vibes & high tides

5. Turning my beach day into a beach week

6. Sunshine on my mind

7. Beach days & sun rays

8. Wild & free—just like the sea

9. Gone beachin’

10. At ease with the sea breeze

Funny beach captions

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11. Washed up

12. New job: selling seashells by the seashore

13. Living for beach daze

14. Gone to the beach…I might be back

15. Bow down to the Queen (or King) of the Sand Castles

16. Good times had: 1 Mermaids seen: 0

17. My boss asked when I’ll be back from the beach…bold of them to assume I’m even coming back

18. Is it really a beach day if you don’t take half the sand home with you?

19. Just smile and wave, buoys

20. Finally, I got a place with an ocean view! (Ideal for pictures of sandcastles!)

Need more laughs? These funny quotes will crack you up.

Punny beach captions

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21. Pretty shore this is a beach day for the books

22. Funny sea-ing you here

23. I shore love this view

24. Water you doing if you aren’t at the beach?

25. Long time, no sea

26. Shell yeah!

27. What’s up, buoys and gulls?

28. Current mood: fin-tastic

29. Happy as a clam

30. Seas the day

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Quote beach captions

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31. “The cure for anything is saltwater—sweat, tears, or the sea.”—Isak Dinesen

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

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

34. “To escape and sit quietly on the beach—that’s my idea of paradise.”—Emilia Wickstead

35. “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

36. “The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.”—Henry Beston

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

38. “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

40. “A kiss on the beach when there is a full moon is the closest thing to heaven.”—H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Summer-themed beach captions

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41. Life’s better in flip flops

42. Sunshine & tan lines

43. Having fun in the sun

44. Spending the dog days of summer by the shore

45. Nothing but sunny days ahead

46. Living for beach days and summer nights

47. The summer breeze called & led me to the beach

48. Lost (and found) in paradise

49. Sunshine & smiles—the ultimate combo

50. Name one thing better than a sunny day by the ocean

Lyric beach captions

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51. “I’m gonna soak up the sun”

52. “Wishing I was knee-deep in the water somewhere”

53. “On an island in the sun, we’ll be playin’ and havin’ fun”

54. “Summertime, and the living is easy”

55. “Under the boardwalk, down by the sea”

56. “Bodies in the sand, tropical drink melting in your hand”

57. “I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay, watchin’ the tide roll away”

58. “Suntan toes ticklin’ the sand”

59. “Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world”

60. “Summer days drifting away”

Inspirational beach captions

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61. Anything is possible at the beach

62. “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

63. “The beach to me is a sacred zone between the earth and the sea, one of those in-between between places where transitions can be experienced—where endings can be mourned and beginnings birthed. A walk along the beach offers the gift of the unexpected.”—Joan Anderson

64. “Take time in a place you love, restore your spirit on the beach.”—Luanne Rice

65. Time’s never really wasted at the beach

66. “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

67. “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”—Kate Chopin

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

69. Get lost on the beach and find yourself

70. The saltwater just has a way of cleansing the soul

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Kelly Kuehn is an associate editor for Reader’s Digest covering entertainment, trivia, and history. When she’s not writing you can find her watching the latest and greatest movies, listening to a true crime podcast (or two), blasting ‘90s music, and hiking with her dog, Ryker, throughout New England.