100+ Best Summer Captions for Instagram (Short, Long, Funny, & More!)

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Summer is just right around the corner and I’m sure you have a whole list of things to do as well as fun getaways including a trip to the beach. And of course, another thing I’m sure of is that you’ll be taking a lot of photos before, during, AND after this long-awaited season — but then, you’ll soon be faced with a dilemma: coming up with the best summer captions for Instagram to match your wondrous memories!

After all, if you want to spice up your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok included), you can’t just keep using the same ol’ cheesy or worn-out statements on your photo descriptions. So fret not, because I’m here to help you take the guesswork out of this process by giving you examples of summer Instagram captions that can fit whatever purpose you need.

No matter if you want one-word captions, a short phrase, a long quote, a pun-y one, or a sappy sentence to describe your loved one or your friends, I’ve got it all for you right here in this post.

I will also update this post as needed whenever I come up with NEW and fun captions, so don’t forget to bookmark this page!

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Instagram Tips F.A.Q.

Why is it a must to have a good Instagram caption?

With how saturated the Instagram feed is, you need a caption that will capture a scroller’s interest — and when you do, they’ll spend time looking at your photo and maybe even engage with your post, which then helps you rank better on Instagram’s algorithm. Naturally, this also encourages more likes as well as encourages more engagement with your audience so that they can connect with you more.

How to choose the best summer captions for Instagram?

It should give context to your photo as well as evoke a response from your followers (also sometimes called a ‘call of action’). This is why sometimes, short but killer first liners work; after all, Instagram usually ‘folds’ the description after the first two lines. It also doesn’t hurt to add some emojis!

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Short Summer Captions

Short Instagram Captions

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  • Anchors away!
  • A coconut a day keeps the doctor away.
  • An ocean breeze puts the mind at ease.
  • Dreams are made of sun, sand, and coconuts.
  • Eat. Sleep. Beach. Repeat.
  • Every day is one step closer to summer.
  • Good vibes happen on the tides.
  • Happiness comes in waves.
  • High tides and good vibes.
  • Home is where the beach is.
  • I dream of summers that last forever.
  • I think I’ve found my happy place.
  • If life is a journey, the beach is my destination.
  • It’s bad manners to keep a vacation waiting.
  • Less Monday, more summer, please.
  • Life’s a wave, catch it.
  • Living on island time.
  • More sunshine, less worries.
  • Never stop chasing your summer.
  • Nothing but good vibes and blue skies.
  • Paradise found.
  • So much sun, so little time.
  • Summertime and the livin’ is easy.
  • Summer nights and city lights.
  • Sunshine is the best medicine.
  • There are Sundays, and then there are SUN-DAYS
  • These are the days we live for.
  • Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
  • Tomorrow might rain, so I’ll follow the sun.
  • What time is it? Summertime!

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Captions for Portrait or Selfies

Summer Captions for Instagram: Selfie or Self Portraits

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  • 90% happy, 10% burnt!
  • A bikini can’t solve anything but it is a good start.
  • All I wanna do is have some sun.
  • Always make sure to get your daily dose of Vitamin Sea.
  • Find me under the palm trees.
  • Good things come to those who swim.
  • Good times and tan lines.
  • Hey Summer, I’m waiting for you.
  • I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.
  • I find my happiness where the sun shines.
  • I followed my heart and it led me to the beach.
  • I have a resting beach face.
  • I prefer my footprints in the sand rather than the snow.
  • I was made for sunny days.
  • If it requires a swimsuit, my answer is yes.
  • I’m all about sun days.
  • I’m in a flip-flop state of mind.
  • I’m just a beachy kinda girl.
  • I’m ready for summer! Who’s with me?
  • In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
  • In a sunshine state of mind.
  • Just trying to live in the sunshine.
  • Keep calm and lay in the sun.
  • Life is better in flip-flops.
  • Life is better when you’re under the sun.
  • Live a bikini kinda life.
  • Live by the sun, love by the moon.
  • Living for these summer days and summer nights.
  • Nothing but sandy skin and summer smiles.
  • Ocean air, salty hair
  • Salty hair, don’t care.
  • Sandy toes, tan lines, and ocean waves.
  • She just shines.
  • Sky above, sand below, peace within.
  • Stay salty.
  • Summertime and I am feeling fine.
  • Sun, sand, and a coconut in hand.
  • Sun’s out, buns out!
  • Sunsets & palm trees — it’s a tanning type of day!
  • Swim your worries away.
  • That summer feeling!
  • The beach is calling, and I must go.
  • This chapter of my life is called happiness.
  • This señorita needs a margarita.
  • Tropical state of mind.

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Friends or Couple Captions

Summer Captions for Instagram: For Couples or Friends

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  • A life without love is like a year without summer.
  • Be grateful for good friends, hot sun, and clear water.
  • Even the sun is jealous of the way we shine.
  • Friends are the sunshine of life.
  • Friends, sun, sand, and sea. That sounds like a summer to me.
  • Girls just wanna have sun.
  • Hanging with my grill friends.
  • If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed!
  • I don’t know what’s tighter, our jeans or our friendship.
  • Let’s wander where the Wi-Fi is weak.
  • Tan lines fade, but friends are forever.
  • The lobster to my roll.
  • There’s no better group to escape with.
  • We mermaid for each other.
  • We shore do love each other.
  • When I met you in the summer.
  • You are my sunshine.
  • You, me, and the sea.
  • You simply cannot do epic things with boring people.
  • You’re one in a melon.

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Puns or Funny Summer Captions

Puns and Funny Descriptions

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  • I’m an aquaholic!
  • Back in the swim of things.
  • Beach, please!
  • Beach you to it.
  • Does anyone know where I can find more vacation days?
  • Don’t worry, beach happy.
  • Everyone should believe in something… and I believe I should go to the beach. Again.
  • Gone to the beach. Be back never.
  • Happy as a clam.
  • Happier than a seagull with a French fry.
  • Happiness is a day at the beach. Or two. Or three.
  • How to have a beach body: 1. Have a body 2. Go to the beach.
  • I can sea clearly now.
  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!
  • If you need to reach me, call me on my shell.
  • It’s aboat time!
  • Life’s a beach.
  • My love for camping is in-tents.
  • Tropic like it’s hot!
  • Sea-esta!
  • Sea la vie!
  • Shake your palm palms.
  • The magic of the SEAson.
  • That crazy little sun of a beach.
  • There is always summer somewhere, I’m just not sure where. So obviously, I need to find out!
  • Time to seas the day.
  • Vacation calories don’t count.
  • Vitamin Sea.
  • Why be moody, when you can shake your sandy booty

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Quotes & Song Lyrics Summer Captions

Road Trip Summer Sunset

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  • “…And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “And the summer seems as though it would dream on forever.” — Elizabeth von Arnim
  • “‘Cause a little bit of summer’s what the whole year’s all about.” — John Mayer, ‘Wildfire’
  • “Here comes the sun, and I say, it’s all right.” — The Beatles, ‘Here Comes the Sun’
  • “I got a pocketful of sunshine.” — Natasha Bedingfield, ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’
  • I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket. — Kellie Elmore
  • “I wonder what it would like to live in a world where it was always June.” — L.M. Montgomery
  • “It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine. It’s summertime.” — Kenny Chesney, ‘Summertime’
  • Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Oh babe, you make me feel like it’s a hot summer night.” — Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, ‘Hot Summer Night’
  • “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
  • “Sometimes, all I think about is you, late nights in the middle of June.” — Glass Animals, “Heat Waves”
  • “Summer has a flavor like no other. Always fresh and simmered in sunshine.” — Oprah Winfrey
  • Summertime is always the best of what might be. — Charles Bowden
  • “What would I pay to spend a day warm on the sand?” — The Little Mermaid, ‘Part of Your World’
  • “You are so much sunshine in every square inch.” — Walt Whitman

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Long Summer Captions for Instagram

Wanderlust to Travel the World

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  • Dear ocean, thank you for making us feel tiny, humbled, inspired, and salty — all at once!⁠
  • Life takes you down many paths but my favorite ones lead to the beach.
  • Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sunkissed hair. That endless summer, take me there.
  • Summer: hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better.
  • The beach: where doing absolutely nothing is doing something.
  • You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream, and that’s basically the same thing.

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One Word Summer Captions

One Word Instagram Captions for Summer

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For the unfamiliar words below, simply click it to be led to the page explaining its definition!

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End of Summer Instagram Captions

End of Summer Captions

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  • All I’m going to say is it sure is rude of you, summer, to leave me like this.
  • And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.
  • Another summer is just around the corner.
  • Can you do me a favor and just stay forever?
  • Every summer has a story.
  • Fall, read the room. We’re not ready for you yet.
  • Might just keep pretending it’s summer until it’s actually summer again.
  • I dream of a never-ending summer. Quick, someone make my dreams come true!
  • It was all a dream.
  • It shore was a good summer!
  • Let us shell-abrate all the good times and tan lines.
  • Salty about this ending.
  • Summer is over. Time to officially remember what day of the week it is.
  • Summer, you are my favorite hello and my hardest goodbye.
  • The tan lines will fade but the memories will last forever.
  • They’ll never, ever take the summer away from me.
  • This is not a goodbye, but a sea you real soon.
  • Until next time, summer.
  • Wake me up when it’s summer again.
  • You really put the ‘good’ in ‘goodbye.’

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100+ Best Summer Captions for Instagram (2022 Updated)


I hope this comprehensive list of the best summer captions for Instagram inspired you with a sentence or two for your next post.

Do let me know in the comments section below which captions do you love the most!

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  1. Karlos Moore

    Thanks for sharing this blog and an amazing caption list. I am going to use them in my posts as well as life also to keep myself motivated.

  2. Vt

    Thanks for these! Very helpful for my Insta captions.

  3. Stacy

    I think this became my favorite post
    I never know what to put when I upload a photo.
    Thank you for sharing this information.

    • Aileen Adalid

      Hope it helps! :D


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