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This Year’s Most Popular Beach Games for Adults

Beach trips are all about fun and games. Here are some of this year's most popular.

Jesse Broadt: Contributor

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Sun worshiping is fun, but after a few hours of tanning, even adults want some genuine playtime. Here are some great games for grown-ups to guarantee you’ll have as much fun as your kids during your day at the beach and enjoy that perfect Myrtle Beach outing.

people playing TidalBall on the beach


Recently invented by a group of friends on the South Carolina beaches, TidalBall’s popularity is rapidly gaining momentum. This simple beach game combines bocce ball and cornhole but without the need of hauling equipment down to the beach. No boards, no nets, no paddles. Four players toss/roll their tidal balls into specially structured holes dug in the sand to score points, similar to corn hole scoring. Find a TidalBall set at Amazon.

couple playing cornhole on beach


Cornhole enjoys a huge group of aficionados. Who woulda thunk chucking 16 ounce bags of corn kernels at a raised platform would become such a popular activity? Right now on some beach somewhere, someone is coaxing their bags of corn into that 6 inch hole on the board. Find some great cornhole sets at Amazon.

people playing spikeball on the beach


Spikeball is a youngster to the beach games scene. It combines the best elements of volleyball and four square. It is a highly competitive game played with teams of two serving and hitting the ball off the net in an effort to score 21 points and victory. Amazon offers a great selection of Spikeball sets.

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Bucket Ball

All beach lovers enjoy a game of beer pong once in a while, and bucket ball is a great variation of this activity. It can be played on the beach, by the pool, or even on a grassy lawn. Most bucket ball games also include a floating rack that can be used in a pool, lake, or any place there is calm water. Beware, however, if your kids see you having this much fun, they just might insist on joining the game. Check out this bucket ball beach edition from Amazon.

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Bocce Ball

Don’t forget bocce ball when planning a seaside excursion, as this game is widely popular among many adult beach lovers. Most sets weigh less than 12 pounds and come with sturdy carrying cases. A fun and competitive game for virtually any adult, bocce ball is always a winner when your day begins to lag. We found some great choices from professional to starter sets at Amazon

Girl playing beach tennis

Classic Beach Tennis

Bouncy PVC balls and simple wooden paddles are all you need for a relaxing game of classic beach tennis. If you do not want to drag along a net, simply mark out a rectangular court with a half line. You can also enjoy hitting the ball back and forth in shallow surf when it is time to cool down. We love this reasonably priced set from Amazon.

people Playing beach volleyball

Beach Volleyball

The overwhelming favorite of many beach vacationers is the forever-popular game of beach volleyball. If the beaches you like do not offer this game, you can simply opt to bring your own. Most portable beach volleyball sets are lightweight and easy to transport, and well worth the effort. However, make sure you dig the stakes into hard, firm sand when placing your net. Here is a good rough and tumble portable set suitable for adults. 

people Playing ladder ball on beach

Ladder Toss

For an original kind of throwing game that is simple to carry and assemble, try ladder toss on your next beach excursion. This game is a challenging variation of ring toss or horseshoes, and features two ladders with colored rungs, designed somewhat like field-goal markers. Each color rung on the ladder represents different points. This entire ensemble can be put together in less than five minutes, making it a great choice to take along on a beach vacation. We love this highly rated set from Amazon.

Beach trips are made for fun, so take a moment and order a few of these great games to test your skills and stamina while working on your tan.

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