Looking for some inspirational beach quotes? Here are our favorite beach sayings and captions – perfect for your Instagram post or just to boost your happiness.
115 Beach Quotes and Sayings
I put this list of beach quotes together – because I LOVE the beach. And because you’re here, you must love it too. I’ve organized the post into seven sections: inspirational, Instagram, funny, sunset, love, famous, and thoughtful.
If I’ve missed your favorite quote or saying let me know in the comments. Of course, there are some that I intentionally left out – I wanted to keep this list family-friendly. 😀
A note about attribution: Quotes are attributed when known. If no attribution is given, then the author is unknown. If you know the author of one of our unattributed beach quotes, please let us know so we can correctly attribute it.
Okay, now let’s get to the fun part.
33 Inspirational Beach Quotes
Time wasted at the beach is time well spent.
An ocean breeze puts a mind at ease.
May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your shoes.
Sunshine is the best medicine.
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happiness is a day at the beach.
The beach is not always a place, sometimes it’s a feeling.
B.E.A.C.H.: Best Escape Anyone Can Have.
Life is simple: just add water.
Feeling stressed? There’s a beach for that.
“Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.” – The Beach Boys
Leave footprints of love and kindness wherever you 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.
Wherever you go, bring your own sunshine.
Give me coffee to change the things I can, and the beach to accept the things I can’t.
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Robert Wyland
There’s no place like home, except for the beach.
“To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise.” – Emilia Wickstead
Never give up for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
I followed my heart, and it led me to the beach.
“The beach is not a place to work; to read, write or to think.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Friends, sun, sand and sea. That sounds like a summer to me.
“A pool just isn’t the same as the ocean. It has no energy. No life.” – Linda Gerber
Life takes you down many paths, but my favorite ones lead to the beach.
“What I want in a good beach read is sunshine, drama, easy-reading and transportation to another world and other people’s problems.” – Jane Green
We dream in colors borrowed from the sea.
My sense of direction leads me one way: to the beach.
“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus
“My life is like a stroll upon the beach, as near to the ocean’s edge as I can go.” – Henry David Thoreau
Sky above, sand below, peace within.
“Your only worry should be if the tide is going to reach the chair.” – based on Zac Brown Band lyric
If it requires bare feet in the sand, my answer is yes!
22 Instagram Beach Captions
Happiness comes in waves.
You can find me where the sand meets the water.
Good times and tan lines.
Resting beach face.
Dear ocean, Thank you for making us feel tiny, salty, humble, and inspired, all at once.
Let the sea set you free.
Me and the ocean: Love at first sight.
Everyone should believe in something. I believe I’ll go to the beach.
The beach is calling and I must go.
Memories are made in flip-flops.
All I need is a good dose of vitamin sea.
You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to leave the shore.
Sandy toes, sunkissed nose.
In the waves of change, we find our direction.
If there’s a will, there’s a wave.
Girls just wanna have sun.
A change in latitude would help my attitude.
Gone to the beach. Back never.
Keep calm and go to the beach.
Sea you soon.
16 Funny Beach Quotes
Stay salty, my friends.
Long time, no sea.
Sunshine is my favorite accessory.
Saltwater heals everything.
If you need me, call me on my shell.
Seashells > Snowflakes
Sky above, sand below, peace within.
Seas the day.
Happier than a seagull with a french fry.
Tangled hair, don’t care.
Beach More – Worry Less.
If in doubt, paddle out.
The lower the latitude … the better the attitude!
High tides. Good vibes.
I need to be seahabilitated
The beach is calling.
You might also enjoy this post I wrote about how to chose the best beach chair.
6 Beach Sunset Quotes
“Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank.” – Amish Proverb
Every sunset is an opportunity to reset.
“The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.” – Pamela Hansford Johnson
Don’t forget: beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.
“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
“Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.” – Kristen Butler
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5 Beach Love Quotes
I love you more than there are grains of sand on the beach, fish in the sea, and waves in the ocean.
I love you like the sea loves the shore.
As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart, never full of love.
It was love at first site the day I met the beach.
The tans will fade, but the memories of you will last forever.
15 Famous Beach Quotes
“Where does a wise man kick a pebble? On the beach. Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest.” – G. K. Chesterton
“I love the beach. I love the sea. All my life I live within — in front of the sea.” – Rafael Nadal
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau
“I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows.” – Drew Barrymore
“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
“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
“I love the sea’s sounds and the way it reflects the sky. The colors that shimmer across its surface are unbelievable. This, combined with the color of the water over white sand, surprises me every time.” – John Dyer, Poet
“On the beach, you can live in bliss.” – Dennis Wilson
“The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective.” – Beyonce
“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
“It was as if when I looked into his eyes, I was standing alone on the edge of the world…on a windswept ocean beach. There was nothing but the soft roar of the waves.” – Anne Rice
“I like anywhere with a beach. A beach and warm weather is all I really need.” – Rob Gronkowski
“In every out thrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.” – Rachel Carson
“The true beauty of a woman can be observed when she has spent the day at the beach.” – Troian Bellisario
“The ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and frightened with the memories of the dreams of time.” – H.P. Lovecraft
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18 Thoughtful Beach Quotes
“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
“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
Advice from the Ocean: Be shore of yourself. Come out of your shell. Take time to coast. Avoid pier pressure. Sea life’s beauty. Don’t get so tide down on work that you miss out on life’s beautiful waves.
“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.” – Jeanne Moreau
“After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.” – Pam Shaw
“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” – Michelle Held
“A beach is not only a sweep of sand, but shells of sea creatures, the sea glass, the seaweed, the incongruous objects washed up by the ocean.” – Henry Grunwald
“The waves of the sea help me get back to me.” – Jill Davis
“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“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
Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.
Life is like the ocean. It can be calm and still and rough or rigid. But in the end, it is always beautiful.
“To me, the sea is like a person–like a child that I’ve known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I’m out there.” – Gertrude Ederle, First Woman to Swim the English Channel
“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.” – Rachel Carson
“Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and end of all things on earth.” – Heinrich Zimmer
Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.
“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
If you’re like me these quotes make you want to get back to the beach as soon as possible!
What is your favorite beach quote? Let me know which one you love most.
Hi, I’m Dena Haines. And I’m co-founder of Storyteller travel. I love to cover food, animals, and destinations around the world. I also blog about photography at ClickLikeThis.