Here's What a Day at the Beach Really Looks Like

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

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.

"When I told him vacation doesn't last forever."— @rdillon517 #WomenIRL

A photo posted by Women in Real Life (@womenirl) on Jul 20, 2015 at 12:22pm PDT



"Resting beach face" -- @eraddest #RSroadtrip #WomenIRL

A photo posted by Women in Real Life (@womenirl) on Apr 9, 2015 at 5:36pm PDT



"She had a rough night last night." —@queendeeappleby #womenirl

A photo posted by Women in Real Life (@womenirl) on Jul 12, 2015 at 7:01am PDT



"I slathered sunscreen on everyone but myself." —@kelly.robertson09 #womenirl

A photo posted by Women in Real Life (@womenirl) on May 4, 2015 at 10:08am PDT



One with nature. #WomenIRL #rsroadtrip (via @marker_mack)

A photo posted by Women in Real Life (@womenirl) on May 22, 2015 at 6:23am PDT





Not everyone is excited to spend time in the pool. (via @tonidowdy) #womenirl

A photo posted by Women in Real Life (@womenirl) on Jul 3, 2015 at 11:16am PDT



"Head in the sand. No, really." —@melissalvb #WomenIRL

A photo posted by Women in Real Life (@womenirl) on Jul 15, 2015 at 7:22am PDT