It's not all crystal clear water and piña coladas.

By Real Simple
Updated July 20, 2015
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Erika Radford

Ever feel envious of families on Instagram who seem to be having the perfect vacation? Rest assured—those photos are often only one filtered moment in what can otherwise be a somewhat chaotic vacation. And while we love going to the beach, there is some potential for sunburn and sand in the eyes. So we asked our followers at @WomenIRL to share their real beach photos with us, and the submissions made us smile.