16 Best Books Set on the Beach

Posted by Hayley on July 17, 2015


Trips to the Caribbean or the Mediterranean are expensive; books are not. Save some cash this season and enjoy the sun and surf by reading about it. Unlike a real beach trip, you'll be guaranteed a brilliant story without the risk of a sunburn. It's a win-win situation!

From idyllic romance on the New England coast to grim post-apocalypse survival on a ragged shoreline, we've got beaches in every genre. Dive in!


BEACHES WITH A CHANCE OF MURDER AND MAYHEM
The Enchanted Castle
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Emma
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BEACHES FOR SUNBURNED LOVERS
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I Capture the Castle
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The Wind in the Willows
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BEACHES TO FIND (AND TO LOSE) YOURSELF ON
The Iliad
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The Sword in the Stone
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BEACHES FOR ADVENTUROUS INTROVERTS
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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
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I Manxmouse
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What's your favorite beach read?

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message 1: by Scott (new)

Scott How could you guys forget Nevil Shute's On the Beach?

http://www.amazon.com/Beach-Nevil-Shu...


message 2: by Jenni (new)

Jenni Beach Music
Prince of Tides


message 3: by P.R. (new)

P.R. Scott wrote: "How could you guys forget Nevil Shute's On the Beach?

http://www.amazon.com/Beach-Nevil-Shu..."


I completely agree, was about to mention it then saw your post. What a classic!


message 4: by Leigh (new)

Leigh On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0142196...


message 6: by Lucille (new)

Lucille Shakespeare's The Tempest.


message 7: by Emmeline Joy (new)

Emmeline Joy "Nation" by Terry Pratchett :)


message 8: by Mary (new)

Mary Jenni wrote: "Beach Music
Prince of Tides"

Prince of Tides - great catch!


message 9: by Rui (new)

Rui Mateus To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf


MaryannC.Book Fiend When I was a kid, Jaws ruined it for me for awhile at the beach.


message 11: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Only beach I've ever been to was in Salem, Mass. Does that count? I don't know.

As for 'beach' reads, I don't know many.


message 12: by Jumana (new)

Jumana Loved Island of the Blue Dolphins as a child. I could not get into Robinson Crusoe after a friend lent it to me this year.


message 13: by Teri (new)

Teri G Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry - loved it as a kid, still love it as an adult.


message 14: by Azur (last edited Jul 18, 2015 08:47AM) (new)

Azur Evil under the sun by Agatha Christie
It's set in a beach resort.

The way these books are aranged I almost have a "Bingo".


message 15: by Preston (last edited Jul 19, 2015 07:14PM) (new)

Preston Pairo Big Blow (Ocean City Mysteries Book 3) by Preston Pairo
A humorous romp along the beaches of Ocean City, Maryland, summer sales of this $2.99 eBook from Amazon.com benefit the Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum.


message 16: by Carla ♥ (new)

Carla ♥ Leigh wrote: "On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0142196......"


good choice.. Love that book!


message 18: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Elmer If these are the best books set on a beach, there must be some really horrible books with beach settings! Yikes!


message 19: by Shalet (new)

Shalet Jimmy Yet to read a good beach book. But think, I will go Jaws soon....


message 20: by Emme (new)

Emme Cross May I humbly recommend my new novel Love on St. Barts. Much of the action takes place on Gouverneur Beach, one of the prettiest spots in the Caribbean. The novel also gives you a sense of what it's like to visit St. Barts without emptying your bank account. If you like it, check out the sequel Lessons on St. Barts. Coming in September is Back to St. Barts.

Emme Cross


message 21: by Micaja (new)

Micaja Jean I really loved Island of the Blue Dolphins as a kid and I still love it now


message 22: by a Lena (new)

a  Lena William Golding - Lord of the flies.


message 23: by Phoenix2 (new)

Phoenix2 The beach its the ultimate beach book!


message 24: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Wait! I just realized! My favorite beach book is not up there! Kon Tiki Awesome, true(ish) adventure story, with a beach destination.


message 25: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Duma Key by Stephen King by *do I really need to say who wrote this, lol* Stephen King


message 26: by Nadine (new)

Nadine Jones A list of "best books set on the beach" MUST include On the Beach!!


message 27: by Sofía (new)

Sofía What about "On the Island" by Tracy Garvis Graves?? Come on!! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...


message 28: by Kay (new)

Kay J Coming up for air, sounds interesting.


message 29: by s.penkevich (last edited Jul 19, 2015 08:11PM) (new)

s.penkevich Why is The Stranger not on here!? I mean, beautiful Algerian beach. The sun breaking into shards on the sand. Maybe a bullet or five, but hey, take the good with the bad right?


message 30: by Ashli (new)

Ashli Barrera Haha Jaws,classic


message 31: by penneminreads (new)

penneminreads Lena wrote: "William Golding - Lord of the flies."

Absolutely! I loved that book.


message 32: by Charles (new)

Charles Oh come on! You're not gonna include The Sneetches and Other Stories?


message 33: by Bill (new)

Bill MaryannC.Book Fiend wrote: "When I was a kid, Jaws ruined it for me for awhile at the beach."

Me too and my beach was on a lake nowhere near the ocean..


message 34: by Diana (new)

Diana The Island, by Victoria Hislop


message 35: by Randolph (new)

Randolph What about Sunny Beaches?


message 36: by Claire (last edited Jul 21, 2015 11:27PM) (new)

Claire McAlpine Under the Sea-Wind by Rachel Carson.

Just brilliant, written from the perspective of Scomber the mackerel, Antiguilla the eel and Sanderling the gull, by a scientist with the voice of a poet.


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O' Dell

It's a classic, immersive story that really draws you in. I love the way it's simple and easy to understand but gets more complicated as you go.


message 38: by Shayan (new)

Shayan Foroozesh Scott wrote: "How could you guys forget Nevil Shute's On the Beach?

http://www.amazon.com/Beach-Nevil-Shu..."


And I thank them for that.


message 39: by Carol (new)

Carol Emmeline Joy wrote: ""Nation" by Terry Pratchett :)"
Was just going to say that! Nation is my favourite beach book.


message 40: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Jenni wrote: "Beach Music
Prince of Tides"


great read, beach or otherwise!


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