110+ Short Beach Quotes Captions, & Sayings for Ocean Lovers

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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, our minds wander to the salty shores, and we are instantly in need of a good beach caption.

We frequently search for as many cute beach captions as possible 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, waves quotes, beach sayings, and of course, famous beach quotes. It’s tough to beat a beautiful sunrise, swim, sunset, or day at the beach.

Our Favorite Beach Quotes and Beach Captions!

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Getting ready for my favorite sea quotes!

Our Favorite Ocean Quotes

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There is no doubt some amazing beach quotes around the internet. It was hard to narrow these down, but if we had to pick our favorite quotes about the ocean, these would be it.

“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 (This is one of my favorite ocean captions on this list!

“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

“I wonder if the ocean smells different on the other side of the world.”

-J.A. Redmerski (This is actually one of my favorite beach Instagram captions!)

“Whenever I look at the ocean, I always want to talk to people, but when I’m talking to people, I always want to look at the ocean.”

-Haruki Murakami

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“To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise.” – Perfect Beach Captions for this Photo

Short Beach Quotes

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Sometimes we want a short sentiment or quote about the beach. These short beach quotes are some of our favorites for posting on social media, making signs, delving into art projects, or simply putting on 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 (Another fantastic ocean caption I love!)

“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 (Can this short beach quote be any better?)

“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 (One of my favorite sea quotes!)

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“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

You all want to know what my dream is? Very simple. To walk along the beach, holding the hand of my lover

-Michelle Bachelet

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

– Rafael Nadal

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

– Unknown

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

– Unknown 

“Good times and tan lines.”

– Unknown

“Meet me where the sky touches the sea.”

— Jennifer Donnelly (Another one of those fantastic and short sea quotes!)

“Leave footprints of love and kindness wherever you go.”

– Unknown

“Sky above, sand below, peace within.”

– Unknown

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“There is no new wave, only the sea.” – Waves Quotes I love

Waves Quotes and Sea Quotes

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The power of the ocean lies in its waves. Waves quotes 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 (One of those favorite ocean love quotes!)

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

-Mitch Albom (A great happiness ocean quote that is short)

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

-John Tyndall (Tyndall nails this waves quotes)

“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 (A favorite ocean wave quote of mine by the famous Kelly Slater!)

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

-Jon Kabat-Zinn

“As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love.”

– Unknown

“A day at the beach is never lost time. When the warm grains of sand touch our hearts, we know we’re in the right place.

– Unknown

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

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Thinking about all the ocean quotes to go with the scene

Famous Beach Love Quotes

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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 sport and conservation of marine life. Here are my favorite beach love quotes.

“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

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

— Michelle Held

“In high seas or in low seas, I’m gonna be your friend…
I’m gonna be your friend. In high tide or in low tide,
I’ll be by your side… I’ll be by your side.”

– Bob Marley (Bob Marley has the best beach love quotes)

“I could be blindfolded and dropped into the deepest ocean and I would know where to find you. I could be buried a hundred miles underground and I would know where you are.”

-Neil Gaiman (This is another one of those awesome ocean and love quotes)

“I miss the beach, the peace it brings you. I love the sound and smell of the sea.”

-Genesis Rodriguez

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Cute Beach Sayings

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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 (A favorite beach saying of mine)

“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

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Inspirational Morning Beach Quotes

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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 (this is one of the best beach love quotes ever!)

“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 (One of my favorite beach quotes from one of my favorite travel movies, Cloud Atlas)

” 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

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

 Wyland (Another great happiness ocean quote that shouldn’t be overlooked)

“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 


Save the Ocean Quotes

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Our oceans are under threat from pollution and commercial fishing. They are a vital lifeline to our planet, home to most life on our planet. It’s up to us to save our oceans, or it will be our peril. After these beach life 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 (A great beach life quote to use for artwork)

“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

“Why is it that scuba divers and surfers are some of the strongest advocates of ocean conservation? Because they’ve spent time in and around the ocean, and they’ve personally seen the beauty, the fragility, and even the degradation of our planet’s blue heart.”

-Sylvia Earle

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Any of these beach quotes goes well with this photo!

Funny Beach Quotes

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Honestly, sometimes you don’t need a long beach quote to convey your feelings about the ocean. In times like these, humor is the way to go! These are some of my favorite funny beach captions!

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

“Keep calm and think of the beach.”

(A calm sea quote that I love)

“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.”

“Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach.”

“Live life in a bikini.”

“Girl just wanna have sun!”

“I wonder if the beach misses me.”

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“An ocean breeze puts a mind at ease.”

‘That crazy little sun of a beach”

“Friends don’t let friends go to the beach alone.”

“We mermaid for each other.”

“I’m going to change the world, but today I’ll just be a mermaid.”

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Inspirational Ocean Quotes

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Lastly, these are my favorite inspirational ocean quotes said by some very notable people. Enjoy!

“Your thoughts, feelings, and sensations are the waves of the ocean – coming and going. There are big strong waves and there are soft gentle waves; they are all water and all part of the ocean.”

– Rose-Marie Sorokin

“Water seeks its own level. Look at them – the Tigris, the Euphrates, the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Yangtze. The World’s great rivers, and every one of them finds its way to the ocean.”

-Alison Mcghee (one of my favorite ocean quotes of all time!)

“The ocean has a life of its own. It’s tides, whirlpools, currents and eddies are a testament to its conflicting emotions.”

-Anthony T. Hincks

“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.”


“If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn’t worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it’s life or death.”

-Morgan Freeman (I love this relaxation beach quote and use it all the time!)

“Being out there in the ocean – God’s creation – it’s like a gift he has given us to enjoy.”

-Bethany Hamilton

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

-H. P. Lovecraft (Another great ocean quote that hit home)

“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.”

-Kahlil Gibran

“The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey.”

-Enya (Enya knows a great ocean caption!)

“Eternity begins and ends with the ocean’s tides.”


“Even the upper end of the river believes in the ocean.”

-William Stafford

“Every time you dive, you hope you’ll see something new. Some new species. Sometimes the ocean gives you a gift, and sometimes it doesn’t.”

-James Cameron

“The sea complains upon a thousand shores”

-Alexander Smith


“I want to do everything I can in my own life to protect and preserve the ocean.”

-Cody Simpson

“I like it when you’re under the ocean, and all you can feel is calm,”

-Farrah Fawcett

“Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.”

-Christopher Reeve

“Water is the softest of all things, yet it is the most powerful. The ocean patiently allows all things to flow into it. It is always flexible. The Tao is not about grasping, but allowing, like water.”

-Wayne Dyer

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.:

-Mother Teresa

“The ocean is this beautiful, unexplored place. Why on earth everyone isn’t down there, I don’t know.”

-Graham Hawkes (Lastly, this is one of those great beach phrases anyone can appreciate!)

I hope you enjoyed our favorite beach quotes and captions!

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“Keep calm and go to the beach.”

“Darling, it’s better, down where it’s wetter, take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day, Out in the sun they slave away, While we devotin’, Full time to floatin’ Under the sea!”

-We all know who said this famous Under the Sea Quote

“Life takes you down many paths, but the best ones lead to the beach.”

“Tropic like it’s hot.”

“Seas the day.”

“The beach is calling and I must go.”

“Memories are made in flip-flops.”

“All I need is a good dose of vitamin sea.”

“Home is where the anchor drops.”

“Good times and tan lines.”

“When in doubt, paddle out.”

“Namast’ay at the beach.”

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If you loved these relaxation beach quotes, you should check out some of our beach-related posts, like the perfect beach packing list. On our site, you can also find some dream-worthy beach destinations like the Maldives, Seychelles, Mozambique, Greece, Indonesia, and more! I hope these beach quotes helped you in whatever you are using them for!

About Natasha Alden

Natasha is the co-founder of The World Pursuit. She is an expert in travel, budgeting, and finding unique experiences. She loves to be outside, hiking in the mountains, playing in the snow on her snowboard, and biking. She has been traveling for over 10 years, across 7 continents, experiencing unique cultures, new food, and meeting fantastic people. She strives to make travel planning and traveling easier for all. Her advice about international travel, outdoor sports, and African safari has been featured on Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest.

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