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120+ Best Sunset Captions & Quotes for Instagram

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I’m a sucker for a good sunset, especially when it comes to travel photography and videography. 

The painted skies, the change in shadows, the moon and stars peeking out… it’s always a sight to behold. 

Maybe that explains why sunsets are super popular to share on Instagram!

And I bet that’s why you’re here, so I’ll get right to it.

In this post, I’m sharing over 120 sunset captions for instagram, including romantic sunset quotes, song lyrics about sunsets, literary quotes, and sunset puns.

Happy posting!

Sunset captions for Instagram

Photo of the ocean with people swimming in the foreground and a sailboat in the background with a bright red sunset. Text at the top reads: Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in the morning, sailor's warning.

Enhance your sunset photos with these perfect sunset captions for Instagram.

It’s a wrap! – Perfect for the last sunset of your trip.

Tag the artist.

Team sunset.

On fire.

Hashtag no filter.

About last night…

The day is ablaze.

Cocktails & sunsets

Sunsets & high tides

Peace. Love. Sunsets.

Slipping into the sunset.

Blue hour is pure magic.

I’m a sucker for sunsets.

Wow! This sunset sucks. – Can’t help but add a little sarcasm in here!

Forever chasing sunsets.

Another one in the books.

My favorite hour of the day.

Professional sunset chaser.

When the sun goes down…

A little sunset therapy for ya.

Another day orbiting the sun.

Pink skies got me feeling fine.

Mother Nature needs no filter.

From painted skies to starry nights

[Insert location] is for sunset lovers.

A beautiful ending to a beautiful day.

Is it just me or do sunsets just hit different?

Well I see Mother Nature’s hard at work today.

Clearly Mother Nature never takes an evening off.

Never forget to stop and enjoy little moments like this.

This is your sign to slow down and enjoy every day’s sunset.

Soak up every bit of sun before it goes away for another day.

Don’t forget: beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies. – Paulo Coelho

Pink skies & [insert type of wine] wine. ex. Pink skies & white wine

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning.

Golden hour makes everything spring alive one last time before the day turns to night. – Meg Frost

Sometimes I never want the day to end, but then I remember about Mother Nature’s sunsets. – Meg Frost

Mother Nature never stops working. She’s out here painting a brand new sunset 365 days a year, every year.  – Meg Frost

Sunset puns

Photo of a candy-colored sunset view with the ocean in the foreground and mountains in the background.

These sunset puns are short, sweet, and to the point!

Sun downer

Sunset & chill

Sunny side down

Sky Fawkes Night

Sunsettin’ the mood

Sunsets & Sol mates

Here comes the moon

It’s another tequila sunset.

I like pink skies and I cannot lie.

I never met a sunset I didn’t like.

The sky, the sky, the sky is on fire.

A sunset a day keeps the doctor away.

Song lyrics about sunsets

Photo of a sunset at a beach. Text overlay reads song lyrics: Sunrise. Sunburn. Sunset. Repeat.

There’s no doubt that many a sunset has inspired a song. Here are the best sunset lyrics to use as Instagram captions.

Time to say goodbye to the sun. – Sunsets in July by 311

Sunrise. Sunburn. Sunset. Repeat. – Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset by Luke Bryan

At the end of the day, you’re the one that I want. – End of the Day by One Direction

Sunsets and neon lights. – Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas by Brandon Flowers

Pack your bags and we can chase the sunset. – Gypsy by Lady Gaga

Don’t let the sun go down on me…. – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me by Elton John

Drifting away, I’m one with the sunsets. I have become alive. – Moment 4 Life by Nicki Minaj

Tell me what do you get at the end of the day? – At the End of the Day by Van Morrison

Sunsets fade and love does too. – Space Cowboy by Kacey Musgrave

Let’s get dressed in lavender sunsets. – Dreams and Converse by Dawn Richard

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. – Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone by Bill Withers

When the sun goes down, we’ll be groovin’ – When the Sun Goes Down by Kenny Chesney ft. Uncle Kracker

There’s too many things I haven’t done yet. There’s too many sunsets I haven’t seen. – Many the Miles by Sara Bareilles

And one more from one of my favorite Broadway plays, RENT:

In daylights
In sunsets
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles
In laughter, in strife
In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure a year in a life?
- Seasons of Love by Jonathan Larson for RENT

Sunset quotes for Instagram

Photo of a couple embracing during sunset. A quote above them reads: Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal."

When a sunset is so beautiful that you have no words, use these sunset quotes for Instagram.

There’s nothing like a beautiful sunset to end a healthy day. – Rachel Boston

It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream. – Bernard WIlliams

The true purpose of education is to teach a man to carry himself triumphant to the sunset. – Liberty Hyde Bailey

Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under. – C. JoyBell C.

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

I cry very easily. It can be a movie, a phone conversation, a sunset. Tears are words waiting to be written. – Paulo Coelho

There is nothing more musical than a sunset. – Claude Debussey

I’m always up for a riot, but now and again, you’ve gotta put your feet up and enjoy the sunset. – Pete Doherty

I always say that the times in my life when I’ve been happiest are the times when I’ve seen a sunset. – Chris Evans

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. – Mahatma Gandhi

If I could lick the sunset, I’ll bet it would taste like Neapolitan ice cream. – Jarod Kintz

Photo of the beach during sunset. Text overlay reads: At the beach, life is different. Time doesn't move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun til it sets.

At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun til it sets. – Sandy Gingras

Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal. – Elbert Hubbard

The sunset is a wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate all the great things the sun gives us! – Mehmet Murat Ildan

Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage. – Thomas Kinkade

How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset. – George MacDonald

You just gotta use the sunset as a reset button and start over in the morning with every chance you get to open your eyes. – Victoria Monet

Every sunset is a chance to reset. – Richie Norton

Black silhouette of a woman doing yoga during sunset. Words to the left read: May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset more peace.

May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset more peace. – Umair Siddiqui

Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second. – Mattie Stepanek

Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful. – Beau Taplin

There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them. – Jo Walton

Literary sunset quotes for Instagram

Here are my favorite sunset book quotes to pair with your social media photos.

Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunsets are loved because they vanish. – From the Dust Returned, Ray Bradbury

When the sun has set, no candle can replace it. – A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin

No sun outlasts its sunset but will rise again and bring the dawn. – His Day is Done, Maya Angelou

Foam is white and waves are gray. Beyond the sunset leads my way. – Bilbo’s Last Song, J.R.R. Tolkien 

The water was glassy and calm, still candy-colored in the afterglow of sunset. – Bag of Bones, Stephen King

The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire. – The Unspeakable Skipton, Pamela Hansford Johnson

They sipped until the sun, as golden and syrupy as the bourbon, slipped into the sea. – Where to Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

It’s that time between day and night when the sky looks like it’s on fire and mosquitoes are on the hunt. – The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

Harry looked down and saw deep green mountains and lakes, coppery in the sunset. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

Twilight fell: The sky turned to a light, dusky purple littered with tiny silver stars. – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling

Photo of a purple sky at sunset with a Harry Potter quote at the top: "Twilight fell: The sky turned to a light, dusky purple littered with tiny silver stars."

Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting. – The Gift, Richard Paul Evans

The daisy follows soft the Sun – And when his golden walk is done – Sits shyly at his feet – The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Emily Dickinson

Bursts of gold on lavender melting into saffron. It’s the time of day when the sky looks like it has been spray painted by a graffiti artist. – I Live Here, Mia Kirshner

An intense copper calm, like universal yellow lotus, was more and more unfolding its noiseless measureless leaves upon the sea. – Moby Dick, Herman Melville

The redness had seeped from the day and night was arranging herself around us. Cooling things down, staining and dyeing the evening purple and blue black. – The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd

Sunsets we always liked because they only happen once and go away.

But Lena, that’s sad.

No, if the sunset stayed and we got bored, that would be a real sadness.

Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury

Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries. – On the Road, Jack Kerouac

It was a rich and gorgeous sunset – an American sunset; and the ruddy glow of the sky was reflected from some extensive pools of water among the shadowy corpses in the meadow below. – The California and Oregon Trail, Francis Parkman

Softly the evening came. The sun from the Western horizon like a magician extended his golden wand o’er the landscape; Twinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Romantic sunset quotes for Instagram

Photo of a couple holding hands while walking along the beach during sunset. Text above them reads "A sunset is the sun's fiery kiss to the night."

Pair these romantic sunset quotes with your couples photos!

Sunset lover

As we run off into the sunset…

When the sun kisses the ocean… – I can just picture it: you and your sweetheart embracing on the beach while the sun sets. So cute!

Let’s ride into the sunset together.

Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquillity of a lovely sunset. – Ann Landers

What makes the sun set? What makes the moon rise? Is it my love for you? – Frank Sinatra as Clarence Doolittle in Anchors Aweigh

The question is: what happens after you walk off into the sunset? – Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

People who can relax, enjoy the sunset, hold hands at the end of the day… they’re the happy ones – Woody Harrelson as Stan Lloyd in After the Sunset

If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office. – George Lucas

There’s an element of tongue-in-cheek in every one of our songs. Walking off into the sunset, holding hands, and being married forever was not exactly a brand new idea. – Peter Noone

I have always thought beach weddings are beautiful. A sunset ceremony with a beautiful sky, white drapes and fire lanterns. – Ricky Whittle

A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night. – Write Like No One is Reading 3 by Crystal Woods

Her heart was made of liquid sunsets… – Her Heart Was Made of Liquid Sunsets by Virginia Woolf

Instagram caption prompts for sunset pictures

Last, but not least, sometimes a long-form caption is called for. Here are a few sunset-themed Instagram caption prompts to get your creative juices flowing.

The bonus? Captions like this are more likely to inspire engagement from followers new and old alike!

# of my favorite sunset quotes.

The # best sunsets I’ve ever witnessed.

# of my favorite things to do at sunset.

Do these # manifestations at sunset every day.

# photography tips for capturing the sunset.

# reasons why I prefer watching sunsets over sunrises.

 The # best places in [insert location] to watch the sunset.

I’m grateful for sunsets, [insert something you’re grateful for], and [insert something else you’re grateful for]. How about you?

Are you team sunrise or sunset? I’ll go first in the comments! [Don’t forget to add your answer in the comments to encourage engagement.]

When was the last time you sat and watched the sunset? [Finish the caption by telling a story about the last time you watched a sunset.]

What are your favorite sunset captions for Instagram?

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This post was originally published on June 18, 2021. It was last updated November 6, 2022.

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