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  • Writer's pictureJustine I.

Beach Day Playlist

15 Songs for Sun, Sand, and Swimming

Some people lay out in the sun at China Beach in San Francisco, with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County across the bay

China Beach: San Francisco, CA - Photo Credit: Bryan Donoghue

The sun peeks out through clouds and warms your skin. It’s 90 degrees but it feels much hotter. Maybe it’s a swelling humidity that engulfs your skin like a soup or a dry, unmoving air that sticks to your skin, suffocating. Either way. It’s time to hit the beach.

Time to pile your half-clothed friends into your car with backpacks and coolers jammed into the back, and drive down the highway, hands hanging out the window, until you hear seagulls squealing and fussing over scraps of food and smell the salt through the air. Feel the temperature drop a little. Time to hide the beers clinking together in your cooler and walk through the lull of the boardwalk, hear people laughing, talking. The wood creaks under your feet, and greasy food is warm in the distance. Keep walking and feel the sand hot, sinking under your weight. The ocean crashes and recedes, cyclical. Your friend smears sunscreen over your back. When you lay down, you feel your weight pressed to the earth, occasionally moving sand around with your body. The water crashes in front of you, and you softly hear people around you talking to each other. It is a crowded beach, after all. But for now it feels like it is only you.

Wispy clouds scattered across the sky above Race Point Beach in Provincetown, Massachusetts

Race Point Beach: Provincetown, MA - Photo Credit: Bryan Donoghue

At some point throughout all this, someone will likely pull out a speaker or ask for music in the car, and you’re going to need something to capture the feeling you have - of the light hitting your face and warming your entire body, of relaxation and excitement, of simple joy. That's why we put together a list of our 15 favorite songs for the beach. These songs are upbeat and fun, light and pleasant, and sure to get you into the vibe of Summer fun. So relax! Forget about your job! Summer is here.

You can check out our Youtube playlist or add the entire playlist right to your Spotify, here.

As with our camping playlist and our road tripping playlist - for those of you with Spotify, there’s a link here and a player at the bottom to add these as a playlist to your own library. For our readers who prefer YouTube, we've put together a playlist over on the Pathloom YouTube channel of all the linked videos below.

Also as with our other playlists - play it on shuffle, there’s still no method to this madness.

A beautiful view of the Caribbean from a beach on the West Coast of Barbados near Bridgetown

Sunset splashing pinks and oranges across the sky above Playa Zicatela in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico

Hidden gem Playa Carrizalillo in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico



Very Good Boy Simba looking extremely regal while sitting on Stinson Beach in California

Simba, King of Stinson Beach, CA - Photo Credit: Bryan Donoghue


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