Beach pictures

Relax in our sunny collection of beach photos. You’ll find royalty-free images of stunning seaside sunsets, white sand beaches, clear blue oceans, powerful waves, beach pictures with people, starfish, conch shells, seashells, boats, and more.

Are you looking to launch your online business? Try Shopify for free!

multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront


beach chair with an untold story

Beach Chair With An Untold Story


woman talks on her cell phone on sandy beach

Woman Talks On Her Cell Phone On Sandy Beach


person sits on steps by a beach looking at their phone

Person Sits On Steps By A Beach Looking At Their Phone


keywhole cliff

Keywhole Cliff


sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed


close up of the water coming into shore

Close Up Of The Water Coming Into Shore


woman in sunglasses takes a selfie at the beach

Woman In Sunglasses Takes A Selfie At The Beach


tossing beach ball at the park

Tossing Beach Ball At The Park


persons legs walking towards the water on a beach

Persons Legs Walking Towards The Water On A Beach


person in a striped bathing suit lays on the beach

Person In A Striped Bathing Suit Lays On The Beach


doggo on a beach walk

Doggo On A Beach Walk


beach side rock formations

Beach Side Rock Formations


woman in black dress at beach

Woman In Black Dress At Beach


woman in a swimsuit shields her eyes from the sun

Woman In A Swimsuit Shields Her Eyes From The Sun


ocean whitecap waves

Ocean Whitecap Waves


woman walks towards the camera on a beach

Woman Walks Towards The Camera On A Beach


people on a sandy beach with city buildings

People On A Sandy Beach With City Buildings


solitary surfer paddles out to the waves

Solitary Surfer Paddles Out To The Waves


woman in a facemask takes a selfie with her phone

Woman In A Facemask Takes A Selfie With Her Phone


aerial view of waves washing up along sandy beach

Aerial View Of Waves Washing Up Along Sandy Beach


aerial view of coastal city and roller coaster

Aerial View Of Coastal City And Roller Coaster


black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach


woman in striped bathing suit takes a beach selfie

Woman In Striped Bathing Suit Takes A Beach Selfie


hard work for great beauty

Hard Work For Great Beauty


a flock of seagulls fly over a beach to the sea

A Flock Of Seagulls Fly Over A Beach To The Sea


tides goes out on rural beach

Tides Goes Out On Rural Beach


green trees surround a sandy beach on a misty day

Green Trees Surround A Sandy Beach On A Misty Day


person smiles while laying back on the beach

Person Smiles While Laying Back On The Beach


northern california rocky shore

Northern California Rocky Shore


two people relax laying down on a sandy beach

Two People Relax Laying Down On A Sandy Beach


view of a distant house from a wet sandy beach

View Of A Distant House From A Wet Sandy Beach


white boat with a red stripe on a sandy beach

White Boat With A Red Stripe On A Sandy Beach


photo of a beach with coarse orange sand

Photo Of A Beach With Coarse Orange Sand


penticton wineries overlook okanagan lake from cliffside

Penticton Wineries Overlook Okanagan Lake From Cliffside


the sun sets through a thick evening fog

The Sun Sets Through A Thick Evening Fog


notebook sunhat and sunglasses on pineapple table cloth

Notebook Sunhat And Sunglasses On Pineapple Table Cloth


tide rolling in

Tide Rolling In


person carries their blue and white surfboard to the ocean

Person Carries Their Blue And White Surfboard To The Ocean


low tide at the beach house

Low Tide At The Beach House


hand holds up a bright beach ball

Hand Holds Up A Bright Beach Ball


person in red walks an empty beach

Person In Red Walks An Empty Beach


a stoney mound on the beach

A Stoney Mound On The Beach


portrait image of sunny day at beach

Portrait Image Of Sunny Day At Beach


three people run towards the water on a beach

Three People Run Towards The Water On A Beach


rocky seashore sunset

Rocky Seashore Sunset


grey foggy beach

Grey Foggy Beach


straw parasols on a beach in greece

Straw Parasols On A Beach In Greece


lone man stands on a pier at sunset

Lone Man Stands On A Pier At Sunset


happy pink beach sunset

Happy Pink Beach Sunset


Start a business

Most everything you need to get started — photos, suppliers, and more

Stunning Beach Pictures and Travel Photography

Travel photography is one of the most interesting genres of photographic journalism. As far as the subjects covered - the genre is one of the most open. Travel photographers are visual artists who specialize in capturing the essence of a time and place through the lens of a visitor observing a location and its culture.

From wide-shots of white sand beaches to action shots of intense weather patterns to serene photos of your personal tropical paradise complete with stunning shots of beach-fronts and surfs - travel photography is a truly diverse and fascinating art

Turning Your Vacation Photos into Art

The art of travel photography is so much more than simply snapping shots on location. Framing, timing, color and composition all have a significant role to play in truly capturing the character of your location.

Framing a Tropical Island

When photographers talk about “framing” an image they’re talking about using the objects around the subject you’re capturing to situate them and draw the viewer’s attention to them. Surrounding palm trees, rocks, branches and even doors or windows are great way to do this. You’ll want to be mindful of what surrounds your subject and use it to your advantage.

For example, maybe you’re on the ocean in the middle of the caribbean snapping shots of bottlenose dolphins bouncing up and down over the water. A stagnant shot of this scene would be great - but what might really put the photo over-the-edge would be managing to frame the dolphin against the backdrop of a tropical island or even the decor of the boat.

Colors of the Surf and the Ocean

Color is an important aspect in any photography - but in travel photography it’s especially important. Remember that the colors in your photographs can set the mood and convey the character of the location.

If you’re snapping shots of a tropical surf in Hawaii for example - it would make sense to use bright, saturated blues, yellows, and pinks. Whereas if you’re photographing the country-side of Scotland - more muted greys and soft greens would make more sense.

It’s no secret that colors opposite each other on the color wheel](https://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory) play well together - but with photographs of real scenes, you’re not able to alter the colours of objects (at least not until post-production). Similar to framing - finding the right colours to play off each other is about having an artistic eye and being able to spot scenes and compositions in real life that can play off each other.

When travelling - you want to keep an eye out for scenes with contrasting colours that you can incorporate into your shots. Beaches, surfs, islands, cities and nature reserves are great places to find colours that naturally play off of each other.