Your spectacular photo deserves an equally glorious caption.

By Kimberly Holland
February 21, 2019
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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You’ve snapped the perfect #beachlife photo complete with crystal clear water, bright blue sky, and golden sand. You've cropped, filtered, and tagged. The only thing left is to craft a genius caption. (No pressure!)

If you don’t have your own beautiful words to share—captions from the heart always resonate—you can use quotes from authors and poets, song lyrics, and for the visual communicators, the perfect mix of emoji to impress your social media squad.

Here, we’ve gathered some of the best Instagram captions for beach photos, from punny lines to heartfelt sentiments, that are sure to be a good fit for your photos #bythesea.

Before you post your masterpiece, make sure to tag your beach photos #CLPicks so we can admire them—and maybe even repost them from the Coastal Living Instagram account.

Lyrics for Beach Captions

"Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call" — Jimmy Buffett

“I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand / Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand" — Zac Brown Band

“On an island in the sun / We'll be playing and having fun / And it makes me feel so fine / I can't control my brain" — Weezer

“And the waves crash around me, the sand slips out to sea. The winds that blow remind me of what has been, and what can never be.” — Nickel Creek

"I believe in the sand beneath my toes." — Third Eye Blind

“Even castles made of sand fall into the sea, eventually." — Jimi Hendrix

"Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." — Zac Brown Band

“I got my swim trunks, and my flippie-floppies.” — The Lonely Island

Funny Beach Captions

Happier than a seagull with a French fry.

Beach, please :beach:

Gone coastal.

Shell yeah :shell:

Tropic like it’s hot.

Happy as a clam!

Whale hello!

Do you sea what I sea?

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming ..." — Dory in Finding Nemo

Cute Beach Photo Captions

Getting my Vitamin Sea :ocean:

Keep Palm and Carry On :palm_tree:

Sunshine is the best medicine.

The best therapy is beach therapy :beach:

An ocean breeze puts the mind at ease.

Photo Captions for Beach Selfies

Seas the day.

“The true peace of God begins at any spot a thousand miles from the nearest land.” — Joseph Conrad

“The sea made music at her feet.” — Louisa May Alcott

"My life is like a stroll upon the beach, as near the ocean's edge as I can go." — Henry David Thoreau

“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

“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, And the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me." — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"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

Instagram Beach Captions for Couples

"It's always better when we're together." Jack Johnson

You are my sunshine :sunny:

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." ― Anthony J. D'Angelo

"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

“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.” — Kate Chopin

Instagram Photos Captions for Girlfriend Beach Trips

Beach hair, don’t care!

Hanging with my gull-friends.

Girls just wanna have sun :sunny:

"A little sea-bathing would set me up for ever." — Jane Austen

“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

Photo Captions for Boat Photos

Come sail away ⛵️

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” ― William Arthur Ward

"Alone, alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide wide sea!" — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“… in no time he was climbing aboard a trim little boat. He quickly set sail. And the moon sailed along with him.” — Crockett Johnson

“I’m on a boat. I’m on a boat. Everybody look at me, ‘cause I’m sailing on a boat.” — The Lonely Island *boat emoji*

Photo Captions for Winter Beach Photos

Dear Summer, I miss you. #tbt

“The sea does not like to be restrained.” ― Rick Riordan

"Winter blues should only refer to the color of the ocean.” — Unknown

Dreaming of warmer days :thought_balloon::beach:

Photo Captions for Dog Beach Photos

Sun’s out, tongue’s out! :sunny::dog:

All you need is love, and a dog." — Unknown

:ocean: + :sunny:= a doggone good way to start the day. :dog::ok_hand_tone4:

Sandy paws welcome

It's a dog's world, and we're just living in it.

"Dogs are my favorite people." — Richard Dean Anderson

All-Purpose Beach Quotes

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

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

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

“The cure for anything is salt water—sweat, tears, or the sea.” — Karen Blixen

“The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it." — Jacques Yves Cousteau

"The Sea! the Sea! the open Sea! The blue, the fresh, the ever free!" — Barry Cornwall

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." — Jacques Yves Cousteau

"Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach." —Michelle Held

"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

"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

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

"The sea lives in every one of us." —Wyland

"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

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