“13 Beaches” talks about Lana escaping the paparazzis of the beaches she attended during the summer of 2016–revealed on an interview for Paris Match Magazine.
This is juxtaposed by herself covering her emotions, hiding and not accepting the loves she feels for a man who hurts her in the same way media does.
She wants to escape him to finally feel alive, searching for “something real” as she mentions on the chorus, playing the game and getting used to it.
She previously portrayed her struggle to have privacy because of the paparazzi in High By The Beach, filmed at her condo on the beach she mentions in the verses.
Lana Del Rey spoke about the song to Paris Match, she said;
I wrote the song ‘13 Beaches’ to tell how last summer I had to search thirteen beaches before finding one without the paparazzi, where I could sit and read a book… But we get used to it. Maybe the game is worth the candle.”