We have all been there… we get to the beach and we relax, maybe sleep, wake up, eat, and probably get bored shortly after. I know I have been there and I’m sure you have too. 

The best way to really save yourself from boredom is to get up and do stuff. With a couple of beach games you are sure to have fun with your friends or families.

There are plenty of fun beach games for both adults and families to play, but here’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

Whether you are out basking in the sun alongside your friends, keep in mind that there are plenty of other ways to catch some sun and fun.

Games to Play at the Beach with Friends

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Follow along as we breakdown some of the best and most popular games that have been played in beaches all over the world. 

Next time you go to the beach then grab some of these games and bring them along with you because you will have a heck of a good time.

Before you know it, the day will be gone, and you’ll have to come back for more.

 One of the most popular and widely known games is probably a no brainer. That is none other than beach volleyball. It is probably the most common game out there because you can definitely have many players.

If you don’t own a volleyball then be sure you buy one. Often times it is one of the most entertaining forms of team-player building that you can possibly have.

If your intention is to play volleyball at the beach then be sure you get there early to secure a net. 

I know most beaches have a limited number of nets and sometimes when i get there late I won’t get one.  Make sure the beach you are going to will have a net so you can play. So do your homework. Not all beaches have volleyball nets. Just an FYI.

Packable Beach Games for Adults

 Often times it is actually easier to pack a couple of fun beach games with you rather then bring a mess or an array of different things. One of the coolest things about going to the beach is that you can practically play any beach game that is easy to carry. 

On the list below we break down some of the best beach games that are easy to pack to take to the beach. These are often the most popular. 

If you haven’t heard of them yet… well now you have. 

I bought a couple of these beach games on Amazon so I could get the fast shipping and excellent return policy.  The price will likely change over time, so click on the image to check the current price of each beach game on Amazon.

GoSports Slammo Games Or Spikeball game

Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit – Includes Playing Net, 3 Balls, Drawstring Bag, Rule Book

This game has become more popular at beaches and outdoor camping sites because it’s so easy to play and quite fun. It’s kind of like a volleyball-type game except with fewer players and the net being on the ground.

How to play:

  • 2 players and 2 teams 
  • How to Play: Each player slams the ball on the center net to the opposing team. Each team has only 3 hits before they have to bounce, slam, or spike the ball on net to the direction of the opposing team. The trampoline based net is easy to set up and use. Trust me, this game can go on for hours. 

Flying disc Frisbee Set by Ropoda

ROPODA Flying Disc, Frisbee Set Disc Pole, Disc Toss Game Beach, Lawn, Backyard Park, White

  • How to play: This game is more like a frisbee game, but more like a frisbee toss.  It is easy to carry because there isn’t much needed equipment.
  • You have the white poles that are either holding up an empty cup or water bottle and the goal is to throw the frisbee and hit the object that is balancing on the pole. It is fun and often very easy to set up and bring. The nice thing is that you can  play with a lot of people. 

Cornhole toss

Himal Collapsible Portable Corn Hole Boards With 8 Cornhole Bean Bags (3 x 2-feet)

  • How to play: Cornhole toss is often very easy to play and doesn’t have too many materials. It is a very easy game to set up and a very fun fast-paced game. 
  • All you really need is a board and bean bags and the goal of the game is to toss the little bags of sand in the hole. It really is not rocket science and it is actually very easy to play.
  • It definitely can go on for hours and it can definitely keep you entertained for hours at the beach. 

Kan Jam portable disc slam outdoor

KanJam Original Portable Disc Slam Outdoor Game – Features Durable, Weather Resistant Material – Includes 2 KanJam Targets and 1 Flying Disc; Multiple Styles Available

  • How to play: This game also has a frisbee toss type of game. The goal is to toss the Frisbee at the can while the opposing team that has a chance to land the Frisbee into the can.
  • There are several ways of getting points here, but if the opposing team gets the Frisbee in the can its an automatic 3 points.

How to play:

Beach bocce ball

GoSports 90mm Backyard Bocce Set with 8 Balls, Pallino, Case and Measuring Rope | Choose Hard Resin Balls or Soft Rubber Balls, Classic Resin Balls

  • How to play: A ball is tossed underhand at a reasonable distance away. That ball is called the Pallino ball. 
  • The object of the game is to toss the other balls as close as possible to the Pallino ball. Whoevers ball comes the closest is awarded points depending on the distance from the actual Pallino ball.
  • The players must toss each of the balls underhand as close as they can to the Pallino ball. 

The 5 Second Rule

PlayMonster 5 Second Rule Game – New Edition

  • How to play: Even though it is a board game I will admit it is one of the funnest games to play out there and what a better way to play than at the  beach with your friends. You can have three or more players and it really allows you to think on the spot. 
  • The object of this game is to think of three things depending on what the card says, you then have 5 seconds to name them. 

It’s easy to take with you. It also doesn’t have too many pieces so you dont have to about losing them at the beach. 

Slacklining

Premium Slackline Kit 60ft Longest Ever – Tree Protectors Ratchet Cover Strong Carry Bag – Slack Lines for Backyard Ideal for All Levels – Ninja Tight Rope for Trees Easy Setup Outdoor Healthy Fun

Another yet super fun game to play is called slacklining. The object of the game is purely just balance yourself on the line. You pretty much get a total body workout!

And its a great exercise to really engage your core and give you mental clarity to focus!

Beach games with or without equipment

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Limbo at the beach

  • How to play: This is probably one of the more known beach games. You can use a beach towel to hold up the limbo bar. The object of the game is to lower the bar until the person can lo longer limbo underneath it.
  • If you can twist your beach towel and have two people hold it up to make it easier.

Musical beach towels

  • How to play: This game is exactly like musical beach chairs, the only difference is that instead of using beach chairs you will be using beach towels.
  • Bring a bluetooth speaker or even your phone to play some music. Once the music stops the players will run to the beach towels that are closest to and sit on them. Whoever doesn’t get a beach towel is out, until there’s one player left. 

Bury yourself in the beach

Photo by Ussama Azam
  • How to play: This isn’t really a game, but more of a fun activity you can do at the beach. The object of the game is to have somebody bury you up to your neck in sand. 
  • It definitely takes a while and it is quite fun. You can take turns burying each other in the sand and it often makes for a pretty good beach picture.

Beach Bodysurfing

  • How to play: Beach body surfing is  to actually swim in the ocean without actually having a boogie board in hand. The object of the game is to ride with the waves by swimming in the same direction of the waves.
  • You use your body as a boogie board and see how far the waves can you bring you to the shore. 

Frisbee Toss

  • How to play: This is probably one of the oldest games that I used to play when I was a child. You can buy any frisbee in the market. It’s easy to play. 
  • You throw the frisbee back and forth between two people and catch it. Whoever misses, losses. You can point system it to keep track.

H3 Best Beach games for families

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Build a Sand Castle

one of the easiest things you can do is build a sand castle with your friends or even your family. It is one of the most fun yet challenging things you can create. Have you seen some of those amazing sand castle that people create? In the summer time you can definitely check out the sand castle competitions in San Diego! It’s really fun to see! And it literally blows your mind!

Frisbee Throwing

This is probably one of the easiest things you can do. Whether you buy the frisbee toss rings or grab a good old fashioned frisbee! They both work! When I was younger, my dad and I would always play this at the beach!

Fly a kite

(only if its windy enough)-This is definitely entertaining for anybody. It isn’t just for kids! Kite flying is actually quite fun for adults too. It could be challenging to just get the wind to catch the kite perfectly, but once you do, then be prepared to be entertained for hours. 

Blow Bubbles

This is perfect for families and kids to enjoy. It is quite fun to blow many bubbles just for the heck of it. If you have larger bubble wands even better. My family used to bring the big bubble wands and you can take some pretty epic instagram pics with it. Just be wary that it can get your hands all soapy.

Collect Shells

Whether you’re bringing your family or yourself, this is fun regardless. One of the most engaging games to play is to collect seashells. If you ever visit a Florida Beach, beaches like Panama City and Pensacola Beach have the most amazing seashells ever! But it’s also cool to collect them in Cali! My cousins kids spent hours washing them and bring them back. There’s so pretty epic seashells out there if you ask me

Photo by Jeremy McKnight

Beach Treasure Hunt

This can be played with your little ones. You may need some paper. Make a list of all the things you can find at the beach. Nowadays, if you take your phone in protective case, you can take pictures of things you need to map out. It’s really easy and definitely fun.

Beach Soccer

Have you ever watched beach soccer? Whether you have or not this is actually one of the most entertaining sports you can play on the sand. What a better way to practice your skills by freestyling beach soccer! This is by far one of my favorite games to play. 

Beach Football

One of the most common games to play on the beach. Find an empty area when you have enough room to toss the football. My dad and brother would play this at the beach at all times! It was pretty fun to watch them!

Conclusion

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There are probably a hundred more different fun beach games that you can play for both adults and families. These are just a couple ideas that you can probably use while having a fun day at the beach. 

If you are visiting the beach with your friends or family then often times there is much more to do  than just sitting around and sleeping at the beach. If you are going to the beach for the day then try any of these beach games as they will definitely pump up your blood and allow you to get some exercise at the beach.

 Don’t forget to bring the beach essentials when you’re visiting the beach. Check out my blog that contains the 20 top essentials to bring with you to the beach.

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If you’re visiting with your dog then do not forget the top essentials that your dog needs.  These dog accessories are must-haves next time you visit the beach.