Have a stunning beach photo or vacation view that you want to post on social media, but can’t think of a caption? We’ve been there! A cute (and fitting) caption can be hard to think of sometimes, especially after a long day in the sun. To save you the headache of brainstorming, we’ve compiled more than 100 of the best summer Instagram captions for every type of post. From funny captions and clever quotes to song lyrics about summer and more, there are plenty of options to choose from.

We've got short and quippy caption ideas such as, "Paradise found" and "Tropic like it's hot." Or if you prefer, heartfelt quotes about summer, like: "If it could only be like this always— always summer," from writer Evelyn Waugh. There is a little something for everyone, including "dad" jokes and puns. We dedicate "chill out with your grill out" to you, grill masters.

If you’re looking for summer holiday specific ideas, take a peek at our lists of caption ideas for Pride, Father’s Day Instagram captions, and 4th of July Instagram captions. We also have a host of beach Instagram captions and travel Instagram captions to browse through for even more inspiration. Suffice to say, you won't be at a loss for content this season.

So keep palm, carry on, and sea our best summer Instagram caption ideas.

Instagram Captions for Beach Days

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  • Sea's the day.
  • I can sea clearly now.
  • If there's a will, there's a wave 🌊
  • Living my fanta(sea).
  • Sea the beauty in everything.
  • At the beach, every day is Sun-day ☀️
  • Feeling salty.
  • Summer blues.
  • Getting my vitamin sea.
  • Shore thing.
  • Sandy, salty, and happy.
  • I sea you!
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  • This is my resting beach face.
  • Sandy toes, anything goes.
  • Shell yes!
  • Long time no sea.
  • Mermaid vibes.
  • Ocean waves and happy days.
  • Hit me on my shell phone 🐚
  • Just the sand, the sea, and me… happy as can be.
  • Just keep swimming.

Instagram Caption Ideas for Summer Vacations

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  • Chaise the blues away.
  • Not sweatin' a thing!
  • Waving goodbye to my responsibilities.
  • Anchor's down, bottom's up.
  • Margarita time!
  • Everything is easy breezy.
  • I’m on island time.
  • Paradise found.
  • My office for the day…
  • Out of office.
  • My summer vacation is going swimmingly!
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  • Tropic like it’s hot.
  • Vacay all day.
  • On vacation… be back never.
  • That cabana life.
  • Chaise all day.
  • Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

Funny Instagram Caption Ideas for Summer

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  • ‘Tis the sea-sun!
  • Shell-abrating good times!
  • Fish you were here.
  • Washed up!
  • Here come the waterworks.
  • Queen beach.
  • Work hard, play hard.
  • Party time… excellent.
  • Vacation mode: on.
  • Tans fade, but friendship is forever.
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  • Guac bowls and squad goals.
  • Chill out with your grill out.
  • Grill baby grill!
  • We mermaid for each other.
  • You’re one in a melon!
  • Cold brews with the best crew… you know how we do!
  • Keep palm and carry on.

Cute Instagram Captions for Summer

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  • Summers end, but friendship never does.
  • Sun-day, fun day!
  • Beach enthusiasts!
  • Gone coastal.
  • Ocean air and salty hair.
  • Born for bliss!
  • I'm walking on sunshine!
  • Here comes the sun.
  • Girls just wanna have sun.
  • Sun’s out, fun’s out!
  • You are my sunshine!
  • I got sunshine in my pocket.
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  • Rosé all day while the palm trees sway.
  • Nothing new under the sun.
  • Sunshine on my mind.
  • Be the sunshine.
  • Summer is my happy place.
  • Hot sun, cold beer, wish you were here.
  • Let's sail away.

Song Lyrics for Summer Instagram Captions

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  • “Sun-kissed skin, so hot we'll melt your popsicle.” — Katy Perry, "California Gurls"
  • “I was ridin’ shotgun with my hair undone.” — Taylor Swift, "Our Song"
  • “Summer breeze makes me feel fine.” — Seals & Crofts, "Summer Breeze"
  • “We could be together baby, as long as the skies are blue.” — Calvin Harris, "Summer"
  • “Windows down, country sound, FM on the radio.” — Thomas Rhett, "Make Me Wanna"
  • “Let the good times roll!” — The Cars, "Good Times Roll"
  • "A little bit of summer is what the whole year is about." — John Mayer, "Wildfire"
  • “Summer lovin’ had me a blast!” — John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, "Summer Nights"
  • “Summer, summer, summertime… time to sit back and unwind.” — DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, "Summertime"
  • “I got a feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night.” — Black Eyed Peas, "I Gotta Feeling"
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  • “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” — Billie Holiday, "Summertime"
  • “Celebrate good times, come on!” — Kool & the Gang, "Celebration"
  • “Turn down for what!” — DJ Snake and Lil Jon, "Turn Down for What"
  • “Shots shots shots shots shots… everybody!” — LMFAO, "Shots"
  • “I gotta say it was a good day.” — Ice Cube, "It Was a Good Day"
  • “Shine bright like a diamond.” — Rihanna, "Diamonds"
  • “Living young and wild and free.” — Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, "Young, Wild & Free"

Quotes for Summer Instagram Captions

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  • "Summer bachelors, like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be." — Nora Ephron
  • “Vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” — Robert Orben
  • “Here, in some way, we are young forever.” — E. Lockhart
  • “I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.” — Susan Branch
  • “If it could only be like this always—always summer.” — Evelyn Waugh
  • “When all else fails, take a vacation.” — Betty Williams
  • "The summer night is like a perfection of thought." — Wallace Stevens
  • "It's been an adventure. We took some casualties over the years. Things got broken. Things got lost. But I wouldn't have missed it for the world.” — Anthony Bourdain
  • "I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list." — Susan Sontag
  • "Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." — Henry James
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  • “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” ― Helen Keller
  • “I know that if odor were visible, as color is, I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.” — Robert Bridges
  • "Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind, and you my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling." — K.D. Lang
  • "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
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