Many beachgoers enjoy the simplicity of soaking up the sun, sipping a beverage or reading a book. Sometimes we prefer a little friendly competition or just some play time in the surf. And of course, kids are always in motion on the sand. Here are some of the games and toys we love.

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TidalBall Set | America’s Beach Game | Ultimate Beach Accessories And Must Haves, Outdoor Toss Beach Games for Adults Kids Friends & Family

Tidal Ball


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Do you like cornhole but hate lugging the boards? Tidalball is for you. Tidalball can be played anywhere on hard-packed sand. Scoop a hole and U-shaped trench 10 paces apart with the included scoop.  Pick teams and start playing just like cornhole. A ball tossed/rolled into the hole is worth 3 points, and a ball tossed/rolled into the trench is worth 1. Scoring is subtractive, just like cornhole. If you score 3 points and your opponent scores 1, you get a total of 2 points for the round. Keep going until one team hits 21. The Tidallball set is compact, affordable and highly rated. It includes a mesh carry bag, six colored balls, a sand scoop, and 4 koozies to help keep your gaming beverages cool. Easy to carry, easy to play. What’s not to love?

VIAHART Surfminton Classic Blue and Orange Beach Tennis Wooden Paddle Game Set (4 Balls, 2 Thick Water Resistant Wooden Rackets, 1 Reusable Mesh Bag)

Classic Beach Tennis


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We’ve played beach tennis since we were kids. Simple wooden paddles and bouncy PVC balls make for a fun, relaxing game of skill on the beach. How long can you keep the ball aloft? Want to make it a competition without lugging a net? Mark out a rectangular court with a half-court line. One paddler on each half of the court tries to keep the ball from hitting the sand on their side. Balls must be hit upward, and make it higher than the tallest player to count. Make your own variation to keep the fun going. We also enjoy hitting the ball back and forth in shallow surf while we cool down.

GoSports 90 mm Backyard Bocce Set with 8 Balls, Pallino, Case and Measuring Rope - Made from Premium Resin

GoSports 90 mm Bocce Set


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Another classic most people are familiar with is Boccce. Up to four competitors. Throw the “jack” (small white ball) 15’ – 20’ away. Teams take turns throwing their balls, trying to land/roll their ball closest to the jack. Knocking competing balls away is allowed. When all balls are tossed, score one point for each ball of the winning team that is closer than the closest ball of the other team. The next team throws the jack to a new location, and more rounds are played until 12 points are scored. Bocce is another relaxing beach game for most kids and all adults. We think a quality Bocce set with nicely weighted balls is important for enjoyment of the game, which is why we like the highly-rated GoSports bocce set.

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Bucket Ball Ultimate Beach Edition


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Every beach bum loves an occasional game of beer pong. Bucketball takes this party classic to the pool, the lawn and the beach and makes it family friendly. Think of this as a giant beer pong set you can place right on the lawn or sand. Or, use the optional floating rack and take the game to the pool, sound or any calm water. The whole set is simple, packable, lightweight and easily transportable. Family members of all ages will enjoy Bucketball.

GoSports Premium Metal Ladder Toss Game Set

Ladder Golf


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Ladder golf (or ladderball) is quickly gaining in popularity on the beaches of North and South Carolina. This is a game which is packable, quickly assembled, easy to learn and open to all ages. Ladders are placed about 15 feet apart. Each player takes turns tossing bolas (two rubber balls connected by a string). Landing the bola on the top rung is worth three points. The middle rung is worth 2 points, and the bottom rung is worth 1 point. The first player to reach 21 points exactly wins. If a player goes over 21, their points from that round don’t count and another round is played. Ladderball is simple to learn but challenging to master. This game plays well on the beach, in the back yard or on the driveway. You’ll be surprised how much you improve in just a week!

GoSports Portable PVC Framed Cornhole Toss Game Set with 8 Bean Bags and Travel Carrying Case - Choose Your Style

Beach Cornhole


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One of the most popular games since 2000, you’ll see several cornhole sets on a short drive down the beach in Corolla. This is the classic game of angled boards with holes at the top, and tossed bean bags. One member of each team stands behind the boards at each end, and take turns tossing the bags. One point is awarded for a bag that lands on the board and putting a bag through the hole is worth three points. Knocking opponents’ bags off the board is allowed and encouraged. Scoring is subtractive.  If you score 5 points in a round and your opponent scores 2, you get 3 total points for the round. Keep playing rounds until one team reaches 21. Rules vary, but we like to play to exactly 21. A team that goes over 21 during a round is knocked back down to 11 and must work their way back up. This makes the game very interesting! We’ve linked a cornhole set from GoSports, which includes lightweight PVC/fabric “boards” that break down to a convenient carry case. Traditionalists will want to find a wooden board set, and several local beach stores carry them. There’s nothing wrong with either approach.

NERF Vortex Aero Howler Foam Football - NERF Soft Vortex Football for Long-Distance Throws - Perfect for Pool + Beach Football - Kids Aero Howler Whistle Vortex Foam Ball - Red

Nerf Vortex Howler


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Our favorite beach football is the Nerf Howler. This is smaller and softer than a regulation football, with a finned tail to make nearly any throw fly far and straight. We find this especially helpful on windy beach days. In addition, the Howler contains a built-in whistle that notifies players (and other beachgoers) of an incoming football. We like to find some open beach, space ourselves as far apart as possible, and go for distance records. Or, get the gang together, mark some end zones and play a game of two-hand touch. Simple games of catch are fun and rewarding with the smaller size and added stability.  This is a simple, no moving parts fun game of catch on the beach.

Waboba Surf Ball (Colors May Vary)

Waboba Surf


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We discovered the Waboba series a few years ago. It instantly became our favorite surf activity. Waboba balls are satisfyingly wrighted, soft, squishy floating balls with a water-skimming cover. Fling a Waboba ball and it’ll skim across the water for long distances. You’ll be surprised how slick these are, and how far they bounce in the surf. They really do bounce on water, and the action is especially fun on choppy days. We love that we can play a game of catch while cooling off in the ocean on a hot day. Wabobas are practically indestructible, small, easy to carry and fun to toss. This one is great for all ages. Give them a try and see how much fun it is to bounce a ball across the water.

GoSports Slammo Game Set (Includes 3 Balls, Carrying Case and Rules) - Outdoor Lawn, Beach & Tailgating Roundnet Game for Kids, Teens & Adults

GoSports Slammo


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The GoSports Slammo Game is an action-packed, engaging outdoor game perfect for players of all ages. This exciting game is a cross between volleyball and foursquare, offering a fun and competitive way to stay active. The set includes a round net that is placed at ankle level, three balls, and a carrying case for easy transport and storage.

Players aim to hit the ball into the net in a way that challenges their opponents to return it without letting it bounce more than once. The game demands quick reflexes, agility, and strategy, making it an excellent choice for both casual backyard fun and more competitive play.

Suitable for two to four players, Slammo is a fantastic game for family gatherings and beach outings. Its simple rules and engaging gameplay make it easy to learn yet challenging to master.

Sunlite Sports Waterproof Football, Outdoor Play, For Pool Beach Lake Park Water Toy, For Kids Children Teens Adults, Family Fun

Sunlite Sports Waterproof Football


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The Sunlite Sports Waterproof Football is a must-have for any beach, pool, or outdoor enthusiast. This football is completely waterproof, ensuring consistent play and performance even when wet. Made from high-quality neoprene, it withstands the rigors of water play without losing its shape or texture.

The football features a unique, textured surface and double laces that provides excellent grip, making it easy to catch and throw, even with wet hands. Its bright blue color ensures high visibility in the water and on the beach. We love playing football in the surf, where diving for a catch is painless and fun!

Coop by SwimWays Hydro Lacrosse, Blue, Outdoor Games For Adults & Kids

SwimWays Hydro Lacrosse


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The SwimWays COOP Hydro Lacrosse set is a fantastic addition to any water-based playtime, perfect for the beach or pool. This set includes two short lacrosse sticks and a soft, water-friendly ball. The sticks feature a comfortable, soft foam handle and a deep net pocket, making catching and throwing the ball effortless and enjoyable, even for beginners and children.


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