Best Food to Eat at the Beach

5 Delicious and Convenient Beach Snack Ideas

Posted on 1/6/2023

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, many of us look forward to spending time at the beach. There's nothing quite like lounging on the sand, splashing in the waves, or playing beach volleyball on a warm sunny day. And, of course, no beach day is complete without some tasty food to enjoy. But what are the best foods to pack for a day at the beach?

The quick answer:

Sandwiches, chips and dips, fresh fruit, ice cream, and grilled goodies are all excellent options. Sandwiches are easy to pack and transport and satisfying to eat while lounging on a beach towel. Chips and dips are easy to share and a great option for satisfying hunger without feeling too full. Fresh fruit is a healthy and refreshing choice, and it's easy to pack and transport. Ice cream is a classic beach treat; you can mix and match flavors and toppings to your heart's content. And if you're feeling ambitious, consider bringing a grill and cooking up some burgers, hot dogs, or veggie skewers – it's a fun and tasty way to enjoy a meal, and it's a great activity for the whole family to participate in.

Now let's dive a bit deeper:

1. Sandwiches

Sandwiches at the Beach

A classic beach food, sandwiches are easy to pack and transport, and they're satisfying to eat while lounging on a beach towel. There are also so many options to choose from. In addition to the go-to's like peanut butter and jelly or turkey and cheese, you can also get creative with your fillings. Consider trying a veggie wrap with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and hummus, or a chicken salad sandwich with grapes, walnuts, and a little mayo. Wrapping your sandwich in foil or placing it in a container can help keep it fresh and prevent it from getting squished during transport.

2. Chips and Dips

Chips and Dips at the Beach

Whether you prefer tortilla chips and salsa, or kettle chips and French onion dip, this snack is always a hit at the beach. It's easy to pack and share, and it's a great option for satisfying hunger without feeling too full. Feel free to get creative with your selections. Try pairing your choice of chips with guacamole, hummus, or even a simple bean dip. Just make sure to pack your dips in a leak-proof container to prevent any spills.

3. Fresh Fruit

Fresh Fruit at the Beach

Fresh fruit is a healthy and refreshing (and hydrating) option for beach snacking, and it's easy to pack and transport. Some good options include apples, bananas, berries, watermelon, and pineapple. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even bring along a small cutting board and knife to slice your fruit into bite-size pieces. Just be sure to properly dispose of any fruit scraps to keep the beach clean.

Many of our followers on Facebook agree. Susan R. and Gina M. favor "Grapes," and Becky G. insists on "Watermelon" for her beach day. As Susan B. suggested, stopping at a local farmstand like Durbin's in Clanton, AL, on the way to the beach is a great idea. She buys "peaches, cantaloupe, watermelon, and other fresh fruit to eat while relaxing at the beautiful beach." Now that sounds like a perfect beach day!

4. Ice Cream

Ice Cream at the Beach

Nothing says "beach day" quite like a cold, creamy scoop of ice cream. Whether you prefer classic flavors like chocolate or vanilla, or more adventurous options like mint chip or cookie dough, there's an ice cream for everyone. If you want to mix things up, consider bringing along some toppings like sprinkles, chocolate chips, or chopped nuts to customize your own sundae.

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 5. Grilled Goodies

Grilled Goodies at the Beach

Grilling at the beach can be a fun and tasty way to enjoy a meal, and it's a great activity for the whole family to participate in. Just be sure to follow all local laws and regulations regarding beach grilling, and make sure to properly dispose of any charcoal or grilling debris. Some tasty options to consider grilling up include burgers, hot dogs, veggie skewers, and even grilled fruit like peaches or pineapples. Just remember to bring along all the necessary grilling equipment, including a grill, charcoal, tongs, and any other tools you might need.

Remember, the grill isn't just for burgers and veggie skewers. As Marilyn M. shared with us on Facebook, hot dogs are "always our luncheon treat." So, don't forget to pack some for your beach day!

Some people, like Susan R., enjoy something a little different at the beach. She told us on Facebook that her beach snack of choice is "Grapes and Craker Barrel Cheese!" The diversity of choices shows that a perfect beach snack can be anything you love."

With these tasty options in tow, you're sure to have a delicious and enjoyable day at the beach. So, go ahead and reserve your Destin vacation rental with Ocean Reef and start planning your beach day today!

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