65 Beach Writing Prompts 🏖️

Sun-kissed skin, crashing waves, and the endless expanse of the ocean – ahh, the beach! But even when you can’t be there physically, you can capture its magic through the power of words. This summer, dive into a world of creative expression with our list of 65 beach writing prompts!

These prompts cater to writers of all levels, from seasoned storytellers looking for a fresh spark to budding wordsmiths just starting their journey. So grab your notebook, channel those beach vibes, and get ready to craft captivating beach-themed stories, poems, and more!

65 Beach Writing Prompts

Dreaming of sandy toes and salty breezes?  Channel those beach vibes into creative energy with our list of 65 beach writing prompts!

Creative Writing Prompts

  1. Imagine you find a mysterious bottle washed ashore with a message inside. What does it say, and what do you do next?
  2. Write a story about a day when the ocean turned different colors. How did it happen, and what adventures did you have?
  3. You discover a secret cave hidden behind a waterfall on the beach. Describe what you find inside.
  4. Create a tale about a beach where magical creatures come out at night. What creatures are they, and what do they do?
  5. Write about a beach party that goes fantastically wrong, and how you and your friends manage to save the day.
  6. Describe a journey to a deserted island and the challenges you face while trying to survive.
  7. You meet a talking dolphin while swimming in the ocean. What does the dolphin tell you?
  8. Write about a treasure hunt on the beach with clues leading to a hidden chest.
  9. Imagine a beach where every grain of sand holds a tiny secret. What happens when you uncover some of these secrets?
  10. Create a story where you and your friends build a sandcastle that comes to life.
  11. Describe a day in the life of a mermaid or merman living near the beach.
  12. Write a short story about a beach that has a hidden magical portal.
  13. Imagine you are a pirate searching for buried treasure on a beach. Describe your journey.
  14. Write a poem about a lone seagull soaring through the salty air.
  15. Imagine a future where beaches are underwater. Write a dystopian story.
  16. You find a mysterious footprint in the sand. Follow the trail and write what you find.

See this list of creative writing about summer for more ideas.

Journal Prompts

  1. Write about what you pack for a day at the beach and why.
  2. Write about a time when something unexpected happened at the beach.
  3. Describe your perfect day at the beach from sunrise to sunset.
  4. Write about the most memorable beach vacation you’ve ever had.
  5. How do you feel when you’re at the beach? Describe the emotions and sensations you experience.
  6. Imagine you are a grain of sand on the beach. Describe your journey from the mountains to the shore.
  7. How do you think beaches are different around the world?
  8. What activities do you enjoy doing at the beach and why?
  9. Reflect on a time you found something interesting on the beach. What was it, and what did you do with it?
  10. Write about a beach trip with your family. What did you do, and what made it special?
  11. How does the sound of the ocean make you feel? Explain in detail.
  12. Describe the most beautiful beach you’ve ever visited. What made it stand out?
  13. Write a journal entry about a rainy day at the beach. How did you spend your time?
  14. Imagine you’re at the beach alone. What do you do, and how do you feel?

Would You Rather

  1. Would you rather swim with dolphins or snorkel with colorful fish? Why?
  2. Would you rather build a giant sandcastle or have a beach barbecue? Explain your choice.
  3. Would you rather find a message in a bottle or discover a hidden cave? What would you hope to find?
  4. Would you rather spend a day surfing big waves or exploring tide pools? Why?
  5. Would you rather play beach volleyball or go kayaking? What attracts you to that activity?
  6. Would you rather find buried treasure or discover a new marine species? Why?
  7. Would you rather ride a jet ski or go paddleboarding? Why?
  8. Would you rather have a beach bonfire with friends or a quiet picnic by yourself? Explain your preference.
  9. Would you rather watch the sunrise or sunset at the beach? Why?
  10. Would you rather find a rare seashell or a piece of sea glass? What would you do with it?
  11. Would you rather be able to breathe underwater or run on water?
  12. Would you rather go on a beach hike or lounge under an umbrella all day? Explain your choice.
  13. Would you rather encounter a friendly shark or a mischievous sea turtle? Why?

See our post on 200+ would you rather questions for kids for more ideas.

Descriptive Prompts

  1. Describe the sound of the waves crashing on the shore in detail.
  2. Write about the feeling of sand between your toes. How does it feel, and what memories does it bring back?
  3. Describe the smell of the salty sea air and how it makes you feel.
  4. Write a detailed description of a sunset at the beach.
  5. Describe the colours and textures you see in a tide pool.
  6. Imagine you are lying on the beach. Describe what you see, hear, smell, and feel.
  7. Write about the taste of your favourite beach snack or treat.
  8. Describe a seashell you found. What does it look and feel like?
  9. Write about the sight of a sailboat drifting on the horizon.
  10. Capture the feeling of walking barefoot on the warm sand.
  11. Describe the experience of diving under a wave in the ocean.
  12. Write a letter to a friend describing your ideal beach day.
  13. Imagine you’re a lifeguard at a busy beach. Write about a typical day at work.
  14. Write a poem about the ocean and its mysteries.
  15. Describe the excitement and anticipation of arriving at the beach after a long drive.

Bonus Beach Prompts

  1. Write a news report about a strange discovery washed ashore.
  2. Write a dialogue between two seashells about the human world they observe.
  3. Design a sustainable beach cleanup campaign slogan and poster.
  4. Write a song about the carefree feeling of a summer beach day.
  5. You stumble upon a hidden message carved into a piece of driftwood. What does it say?
  6. Create a comic strip depicting a funny beach mishap.
  7. Write a persuasive essay urging people to protect our beaches.


We hope these prompts inspire you to weave tales of salty adventures, sparkling seashells, and sun-drenched memories. Whether you’re journaling, crafting a story, or pondering a “would you rather” scenario, these beach writing prompts are sure to enrich your writing experience.

So grab that beach towel (metaphorically, of course!), dive into these prompts, and share your creations in the comments below! We’d love to hear about the beachy worlds you bring to life.

Beach Writing Prompts

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