60 Beach Quotes & Captions For Those Who Love The Ocean

Quotes about the Beach

Beach quotes can be corny, beautiful, inspirational, humorous, reflective, and anything in between. It’s only natural when summertime rolls around or we’re getting ready for our next beach vacation that our minds begin to wander to the salty shores and we are instantly in need of a proper beach caption.

We frequently go searching for as many cute beach captions as we can to go with our Instagram photos of far-off turquoise dream destinations. Beach quote sayings are nothing new, but sometimes it can be hard to find a good beach caption for what you need.

We decided to round up our favorite quotes about the beach, beach musings, beach time quotes, beach walk quotes, save the ocean quotes, beach slogans, beach sayings, and of course famous beach quotes. It’s tough to beat a beautiful sunrise, swim, sunset, or day at the beach.


Beach Quotes – Our Favorite Ocean Quotes

“There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that was as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace it’s audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands.”

 Cecelia Ahern 

“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

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

Janet Fitch

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

Holly Black

“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

Kurumba MaldivesShort Beach Quotes

Sometimes we just want a short sentiment or quote about the beach. These short beach quotes are some of our favorites for a post to social media, sign, art project, or a mug. It’s tough not to love everything about the beach.

“Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.”

Ambrose Bierce

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

– Emilia Wickstead

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

– Unknown

“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

“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

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

– Jeanne Moreau

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

– Linda Gerber

“I love the beach. I love the sea. All my life I live within – in front of the sea.”

– Rafael Nadal

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

– Unknown

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

– Unknown 

MaldivesWaves Quotes

The power of the ocean lies in its waves. Waves have humbled man for years and demonstrate the power of mother nature in her gentlest and fiercest. These beach quotes about waves are sure to help you find some inspiration or draw upon a nice memory. 

“There is no new wave, only the sea.”

-Claude Chabrol

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

-Mitch Albom

“Life is a wave, which in no two consecutive moments of its existence is composed of the same particles.”

-John Tyndall

“It’s a wonderful metaphor, catching a wave, for how you can look at other challenges in your life.”

-Jeff Bridges

“A wave isn’t like a skate ramp or mountain; everything’s moving around, and you have to time how to move along with it. That’s easier with a slow wave.”

-Kelly Slater

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

-Jon Kabat-Zinn

Maafushivaru_Maldives_ResortFamous Beach Quotes

Can you have a list of beach quotes without including quotes from greats like Jacques Cousteau or Walt Whitman? As we get more into diving in our travels it’s hard for us not to look up to Cousteau as an idol for his pioneering of the sport and conservation of marine life.

“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.

– Aristotle Onassis

“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

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

– Henry David Thoreau

“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.

–Jacques Cousteau

“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

Cute Beach Sayings

I love a cute beach saying or beach quote. These are some of my favorites for a bit of fun in the sun. 

“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.”

– Unknown 

“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.”


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

– Dennis Wilson

“Even castles made from sand fall to the ocean.

– Jimi Hendrix

“In this big ball of people, I’m just one grain of sand on this beach.” 


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

– Unknown 

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

Isak Dinesen

“Mind on a permanent vacation, the ocean is my only medication, wishing my condition isn’t ever going to go away.”

 Jimmy Buffett

Things to do in Nusa LembognanInspirational Morning Beach Quotes

The calm of the ocean at first light is breathtaking. Everyone should spend some time in their life on the beach at sunrise. It’s a magical moment that makes for some lovely beach quotes. 

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

 Jacques Cousteau

“The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.”

– Beyoncé Knowles

“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.”


“What is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”

– David Mitchell

” The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.”

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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


“I’m just a simple guy swimming in a sea of sharks.”

– Don Johnson

“After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.

 Pam Shaw

“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

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

— Rachel Carson 

Cam on Beach at Anvil Bay in Mozambique

Save the Ocean Quotes

Our oceans are under threat from pollution and commercial fishing. They are a vital lifeline to our planet home to the majority of life on our planet. It’s up to us to save our oceans or it will be our peril. After these beach quotes, you can check out these eco-friendly products or tips to travel more sustainably

“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

“The Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and frightened with the memories of the dreams of time.”

-H.P. Lovecraft

“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.”

-Arthur C. Clarke

“I said that the oceans were sick but they’re not going to die. There is no death possible in the oceans — there will always be life — but they’re getting sicker every year.”

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

“Without water, our planet would be one of the billions of lifeless rocks floating endlessly in the vastness of the inky-black void.”

— Fabien Cousteau

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men will never gather up all the plastic and put the ocean back together again.”

— Charles Moore

“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”

-Jacques Cousteau

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Funny Beach Quotes

“I wish that Beach Therapy was covered by my Health Insurance.”

“Keep calm and think of the beach.”

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

“How to have a beach body: 1. Have a body 2. Go to the beach.”

“Gone to the beach. Be back never.””

We’re all about the Palm Trees and 80 degrees.”

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

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Looking For Beach Inspiration?

If you loved these quotes about the beach you should check out some of our beach related posts, like the perfect beach packing list. You can also find some dream-worthy beach destinations like the Maldives, Seychelles, Mozambique, Greece, Indonesia, and more on our site! 

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