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Best Beach Quotes – 45 Quotes About The Beach, Sea & Ocean

I’m sure it comes as no surprise when I say I absolutely love the beach. A quick glance at this travel blog will show that the majority of my trips are always to beach destinations.

Whether I’m surfing in Costa Rica, island hopping in the Philippines, swimming in the crystal clear sea of Sardinia or scuba diving in Thailand, pristine beach destinations always have a soft spot in my heart.

I simply love spending time at gorgeous beaches around the world (I mean, who doesn’t?) and when I’m not at the beach, I’m planning my next trip there.

Since my next trip is nowhere in sight, I decided to put together a compilation of the best quotes about the beach to fuel my beach wanderlust.

These are all sorts of beach inspired quotes, to keep me going until I can sit on a sun soaked beach again. So without further ado, let’s dive in and discover the best beach quotes!

Photo of the crystal clear water of a tropical beach with text overlay saying "I believe in the ocean curing all bad moods" - an awesome beach quote

My personal favourite beach quotes

I thought I’d start this beach quotes compilation with my personal favourite quotes. These are the ones that get me excited about heading back to the sea.

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

“Life takes you down many paths but my favourite ones lead to the beach.” – Unknown

“The Ocean is everything I want to be. Beautiful, Mysterious, Wild & Free” – Unknown

Photo of a blonde girl jumping in the crystal clear water of Sardinia with text overlay saying "B.E.A.C.H.: Best Escape Anyone Can Have"

“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

“See the line where the sky meets the sea, it calls me. And no-one knows, how far I’ll go” Moana

“There’s no place I’d rather be, Then on my surfboard out at sea, Lingering in the ocean blue, And if I had one wish come true, I’d surf till the sun sets, Beyond the horizon” – Lilo & Stitch (Honestly, this movie is one of the main reasons Hawaii is so high on my travel bucket list and the reason I started surfing!)

“Sunshine is the best medicine.” – Unknown

Photo of a girl floating in the turquoise water of Malcapuya Island with text overlay saying "In need of vitamin sea" - a beach quote that fits beach photos perfectly!

Inspirational beach quotes

I love reading inspirational travel quotes, especially more adventurous quotes that get me pumped about heading out there and exploring the world.

These inspirational quotes are specifically about the beach, and are the sort of quotes you think about while enjoying a good sunset at the beach.

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

 “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 

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

Photo of a blonde girl carrying a surf board in the sea with text overlay saying "Catch a wave and you're sitting on top of the world." - a quote from a famous beach song

“You never really know what’s coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drown in its monstrosity.” – Alysha Speer

“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

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Unknown

“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 of Guyan Island in the Philippines with text overlay saying "Life is good, but island life is better" - one of the best island and beach quotes if you ask me! 

Beach quotes for Instagram

Imagine this. You’re on your dream beach vacation, you snapped gorgeous photos that will make all your friends back home jealous, but you’re stuck on the caption.

You want to come up with a clever beach caption for Instagram to go along with your epic beach photo. If you’re looking for travel Instagram caption ideas, this is the section for you!

Whether you’re looking for an inspirational quote or a short and funny pun, these great beach captions are excellent for beach pictures on Instagram.

“B.E.A.C.H.: Best Escape Anyone Can Have.“ – Unknown

“In need of vitamin Sea” – Unknown

“Friends, sun, sand, and sea – that sounds like a summer to me.” – Unknown – quotes about travelling with friendsthis is also one of my favourite !

Photo of two girls holding a surf board on Santa Teresa Beach at sunset with text overlay saying "Good times and tan lines" - a beach quote perfect for your Instagram captions!

“Good times and tan lines” – Unknown

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

“I followed my heart, and it led me to the beach.” – Unknown

“Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.” – The Beach Boys

“Life is good, but island life is better.” – Unknown (I saw this written on a sign in a hostel in El Nido, and I couldn’t agree more. This caption goes particularly well with photos of you living the island beach life)

Photo of the beach and sea in Malindi with text overlay saying "An ocean breeze puts a mind at ease" - one of my favourite beach quotes!

Funny beach quotes

We’ve had quite a few inspirational quotes already, time for a bit of a laugh! These funny beach quotes are perfect for a light hearted and fun occasion.

“My sense of direction leads me one way: to the beach.“ – Unknown

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

“Just keep swimming!” DoryFinding Nemo

“Sunrise, sunburn, sunset, repeat.” – Luke Bryan

“Salty hair, don’t care.” – Unknown

“Life’s a beach!” – Unknown

“A change in latitude would help my attitude.” – Unknown

Photo of a girl walking Whitehaven Beach in Australia with text overlay saying "Sky above, sand below, peace within" - a beautiful quote about life at the beach

Romantic beach quotes

Is there anything more romantic than walking hand in hand with your significant other on the beach? The sound of the waves in the background, the crunchy sand below your feet and the vast ocean ahead of you.

Whether you’re searching for beach love quotes to share with your special someone, or just want to be reminded of your love for the beach, these romantic quotes are perfect for you.

“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

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

Photo of the Bondi Icebergs pool and Bondi Beach in Sydney with text overlay saying "If there's a heaven for me, I'm sure it has a beach attached to it." - this beach quote reflects my mood very often!

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

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

“The tan lines will fade, but the memories will last forever” – Unknown

“We dream in colours borrowed from the sea.” – Unknown

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

“May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your shoes.” – Unknown

Photo of a girl by a traditional Filipino boat in Siargao Island with text overlay saying "I followed my heart and it lead me to the beach" (one of my favourite beach quotes!)

Short beach quotes 

So far we’ve had a lot of inspirational, romantic and long beach quotes, so time to change it up with some awesome short beach quotes. Sweet and to the point, these short quotes are perfect for any occasion.

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

“An ocean breeze puts a mind at ease.” – Unknown

“Sky above, sand below, peace within.” – Unknown

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

“Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” – Sylvia Earle

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

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

Photo of the sunset at Dalawella Beach, with the iconic palm trees and swings with text overlay saying "We dream in colours borrowed from the sea" - a beautiful quote about the beach and the sea

Final thoughts on the best beach quotes

There you have it, the ultimate compilation of quotes about the beach! I tried to put together all of my favourite quotes, as well as other funny, inspiring and romantic beach quotes.

Are there are other beach quotes that you think should feature on this list? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to include them.

I hope you find these beach quotes inspiring, and they help satisfy your marine wanderlust while you wait for your next beach vacation!

If you’re looking for quotes to inspire your next solo trip, these quotes about solo travel are perfect for you!

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Photo collage of the beach in Spargi, Italy, and in Siargao, Philippines, with text overlay saying "45 awesome beach quotes"

Darlene Wasge

Sunday 18th of April 2021

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