Beach days are the best days. They’re full of joy, laughter, exploration, and making memories. From building sandcastles to playing beach volleyball to snorkeling among the calm waves, beach days are everything you need to relax and recharge. If you’ve ever spent a day on the beach in Destin, you know this is a fact!
Yes, everyone loves to enjoy quality time on the beach, but it takes energy to make a fun and memorable day. Swimming, running, and even lounging under the hot sun can cause fatigue, and when you’re fatigued, you can’t take full advantage of the beach. For this reason, one simply can’t go to the beach without a stash of snacks! Staying hydrated and well-fed is key to fueling your energy levels so that you can make your beach day the best it can be.
Take a look at some of our favorite beach snacks so you can prep your own cooler with a variety of deliciousness!
Tropical Fruit Medley
Fruit can be a great hydrator, making it the perfect snack to add to your beach pack. Be aware, though, that not all fruit is created equal when it comes to bringing it to the beach. Fruits like bananas, peaches, and pears tend to get mushy after a few hours, even in a cooler. Instead, try fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapes, oranges, and pineapple. Plus, choosing more tropical fruits might put you an in even beachier mood! Prep your fruit in a variety of ways – from taking it individually, tossing everything together in a bowl, or making fruit kebabs. Bonus: if you make fruit kebabs, you can handle your snack with sandy fingers without getting a mouthful of sand while you’re at it!
We love trail mix! It is an easy, on-the-go snack, which is ideal for an active day on the beach. The great thing about trail mix is that you can basically use whatever ingredients you want! Our suggestion is a healthy mix of nuts and dried fruit. Nuts are a good source of protein and can help keep your energy levels up, while dried fruit creates a sweet contrast. You might also consider adding pretzels, granola, or coconut flakes. For a beach day trail mix, you will probably want to forgo the M&Ms or chocolate morsels, as they can make a bit of a gooey mess. But hey, if you absolutely need chocolate, no judgment here!
Veggies and Dip
Vegetables are another excellent hydrator, as well as a good source of nutrients. Carrots, cucumbers, and celery have high water content and will help keep you hydrated while playing in the sand and sun. Pair your vegetables with a tasty dip like hummus, ranch, or artichoke dip, and you’ve got yourself a yummy beach snack. Just like with fruit, you can pack these individually, tossed together, or on kebabs.
Pinwheels are another fabulous snack that can be made with a variety of ingredients, either savory or sweet. A peanut butter pinwheel is a go-to sweet and energizing option. Simply spread peanut butter and your choice of jelly or honey onto a tortilla, roll it up, and cut it up. If you’d prefer something with a savory touch, try a veggie cream cheese and your favorite lunch meat. Pro tip: when using lunch meat, be sure that it is packaged in a cooler with plenty of ice to ensure it stays fresh!
Cookies and Crackers
Who doesn’t love cookies and crackers? Not only are they tasty, but they are also finger foods that are great for snacking on the beach. Pack your favorites, and you’ll find yourself snacking on them all day long – whether it’s while lounging and reading your favorite book under a colorful beach umbrella, between beach volleyball rounds, or after a refreshing swim in the Gulf. You just can’t go wrong with cookies and crackers!
In addition to these yummy and messy-free snacks, be sure to bring water! It is easy to get caught up in having fun on the beach without staying adequately hydrated. Having enough water for you and the family, along with hydrating snacks, is the best thing you can do to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable beach day.
Hopefully, this list helps you pack your cooler for your beach excursion. Of course, if you forget to pack, bring food one day, don’t fret. The Destin and 30A communities provide ample cafes, restaurants, food trucks, and grocery outlets right along the beach, so you can simply take a short break from the beach and grab a snack of your choosing. Nothing better than convenient food options, so you don’t have to shorten your time playing and splashing around on your favorite coast!