Bring on the sunshine, the sand, and the Instagram likes with these summer quotes and caption ideas.

By Travel + Leisure
Updated May 13, 2020
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One of the best things about summertime — well, other than the fact that it’s summertime — is sharing photos of beach days, melting ice cream cones, smoldering sunsets, and delicious al fresco meals with the best summer Instagram captions.

Summer is the perfect season to relax, unwind, and get a healthy dose of Vitamin D. It's also a great opportunity to try out the latest trending hashtags and squeeze a handful of extra likes out of those long summer days. While summer vacations might look a little different this year as the COVID-19 pandemic restricts travel, we can still post sunny snaps from our backyards (or past travels) to bring a little sunshine to our friends' feeds.

Impress your followers with clever, funny, and cute summer captions. Below, we’ve selected a few of the best, covering everything from beach Instagram captions to summer quotes, so consider those next few (hundred, hopefully) likes on us.

Summer Instagram Captions

Less Monday, more summer, please.

Girls just wanna have sun!

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream, and that’s basically the same thing.

Summer should get a speeding ticket.

Nothing but blue skies.

Good times and tan lines.

Happier than a seagull with a French fry! *insert french fry emoji*

Pool hair, don’t care.

Beach Instagram Captions


High tides and good vibes.

Anchors away! *insert anchor emoji*

Life’s a beach!

Don’t worry, beach happy.

Time to seas the day.

Always make sure to get your daily dose of Vitamin Sea!

Queen of the (sand) castle. *insert crown emoji*

Summer Captions to Use While Social Distancing

The only nation I’m visiting this summer is imagination.

Summer is a state of mind.

If you need me, I'll be by the pool, quaran-tini in hand.

Adventure is calling, but I can't come to the phone right now.

Working from home isn't so bad when you can sunbathe on your lunch break.

This summer, everything is "BYOS" — bring your own sanitizer.

Inspirational Summer Quotes

“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” — Wilma Rudolph

“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” — Jeannette Walls, "The Glass Castle"

“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.” — John Steinbeck, "The Winter of Our Discontent"

"One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter." — Henry David Thoreau

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” — Wallace Stevens, "The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm"

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” — Charles Bowden

"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, "The Great Gatsby"

"I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June." — L.M. Montgomery

"Here comes the sun, and I say, it's all right." — The Beatles, "Here Comes the Sun"