Sometimes all you need is a quick beach getaway from these buzzy cities. Seriously, when was the last time you book a trip to the beach?—Sitting on sun-drenched sands, turquoise waters flicker, ahh truly the best.
But worry not, some of our favorite summertime movies can transport you to the ocean in an instant, despite the fact that you’re not technically seaside. If you’re looking to hit the couch instead of the sand, we recommend living vicariously through these 10 classic films that will take you on a journey from small surfer towns and desert islands to tropical resorts. Surf on!
1. 50 First Dates
Classic, classic, classic. A groundhog day-esque movie stars Adam Sandle who falls in love with a girl who has memory loss (our girl crush, Drew Barrymore). The comedy poses a seriously difficult question: would you go on 50 first dates if they were all on the beach?
2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Hawaii is definitely a place to go after getting dumped (and yes, break-up vacays are most definitely a thing). But what would you do if you discover that your ex (and their new sexy boyfriend) are staying at the same hotel. Starring Jason Segal and Mila Kunis—a must see movie!
3. Something Borrowed
Based on a book by the same name, Something Borrowed is a movie that we all wish our summers in the city looked like: going back and forth between NYC and the Hamptons. It also has a pretty entertaining and intriguing story line, like having an affair with your best friend’s fiancé who you’ve been in love with forever. You know, a typical summertime romance ordeal.
4. Mamma Mia!
Between Meryl Streep singing her heart out to ABBA’s or the beautiful Greece scenery: which one is more mesmerizing? Mamma Mia! is basically an ad for the Greek islands with its deep blue ocean and crisp white buildings. It’s also a magical, happy, feel-good movie that’ll brighten your mood 100%.
5. Fool’s Gold
Featuring the legendary rom-com duo Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, this early 2000s flick involves an elaborate treasure hunt in the Caribbean. Think aquamarine water, lush tropical islands, and that Hudson-McConaughey chemistry we all love and need.
6. Finding Nemo
Can’t help but to throw one Pixar movie in this list. Let’s follow Marlin and Dory in their adventure to search for Marlin’s son, Nemo. From the Great Barrier Reef all the way to the Sydney Harbour and beyond—to 42 Wallaby Way, to be exact. Let’s keep swimming.
7. Something’s Gotta Give
Would it truly be a Diane Keaton movie without a picturesque house at an enviable location, such as, IDK, a mansion in the Hamptons? A classic rom-com about falling in love on the beach. And Keanu Reeves plays a doctor, in case you needed another reason to love him.
8. Just Go With It
With a cast featuring Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, and Adam Sandler and lush Hawaii as the backdrop, this rom-com is exactly what you want from a beach movie: funny, easy, not so serious, and most of all, re-lax-ing.
9. Lilo & Stitch
For Best Disney Summer Film, we had to go with the throwback classic Lilo & Stitch. Set in a small Hawaiian town, Lilo and her older sister Nani are trying to navigate life without their parents when Lilo adopts a weird blue dog who sings Elvis and ends up being an alien on the run. Lilo & Stitch teaches us the true meaning of “ohana” and the power of second chances.
10. The Last Song
Miley and Liam might be over IRL, but this movie is forever. That’s what happens when you combine a teen romance set on the stunning southern coast with Ms. Miley’s singing. A major throwback, but you’ll still belt out every word to “When I Look At You” when it comes on.