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Here are some awesome beach food ideas that you can enjoy on your long days at the beach. These beach foods are ones you can easily pick up, pack, and put in your ice chest.

I grew up with cotton fields on 3 sides of my house and one of the world’s most beautiful beaches 35 miles to the south.

That’s the joy of the South, people.

You’re right on a farm living the dirt road back country life and in 35 minutes you can be on a white beach with blue water living the beach life.

Salt, sand, sun, and food.

That’s what life’s made of.

little girl eating watermelon at the beach

Ideas for Beach Foods (3 Categories)

  1. Snacks and foods that need to be in the ice chest
  2. Snacks you can buy/make that can be kept at room temperature
  3. Foods or snacks you pre-make at home

I grew up going to the beach on Saturdays and Sundays for nearly 6 months out of the year.

Now I’m a grown up with 5 kids of my own and we live less than an hour away from the world’s most beautiful beaches on the Emerald Coast and so, well, I know a thing or two about the types of foods that work well at the beach.

Food And Snacks To Keep In Your Ice Chest (Cooler)

This is the heart of beach food. Cold, fresh, and refreshing.

You’ll want to get some big bags of ice for the cooler and make sure anything that could melt (chocolate, candy, etc.) or go bad in the heat (deli meat, dip, etc.) gets put in there. An insulated picnic basket is also an awesome idea.

Watch how to make a perfectly portable cheese dip for the beach!

Personally we load our cooler full of FRUIT and this list will reflect that.

  • Fruit that is sliced or that needs to be refrigerated
    • Watermelon slices
    • Apple slices
    • Pineapple slices
    • Blueberries
    • Strawberries
    • Kiwi slices
  • Veggies
    • Tomatoes
    • Sliced cucumbers
    • Carrots
    • Sliced peppers
    • Broccoli
  • Individually packed ice creams
  • Cheese sticks, slices, or blocks
  • A cheese ball or cheese dip for your crackers
  • Dips and salsas for your chips
  • Yogurt
  • Popsicles – freeze pops are great, in case they begin to melt!
  • Pepperoni, salami, cured meats to pair with cheese and grapes
  • And don’t forget the drinks!
    • Water bottles and electrolyte drinks like Gatorade are of course a must for time spent at the beach.
    • If you’re heading to the sand with some other adults and your beach allows it, a box of wine is always fun! (Don’t forget the plastic cups!)
    • Iced sweet tea – a must for the South.
    • A thermos of ice cold lemonade, or make some of our favorite Honey Limeade to stay refreshed all day!
wine and fruit on the beach

Easy Beach Food

This is the type of stuff you can buy at the nearest grocery store and just shove in your bag.

The key here is you want snackable things that will fill everyone up (particularly if you have kids) and you want them to be low stress. Easy.

Psst… be sure and keep a couple of grocery bags to use as trash bags while you’re there. Just tie them to your umbrella, beach wagon, or ice chest!
girl holding up chip at the beach
  • Chips (salsa and dip can go in ice chest)
  • Crackers (Ritz, saltines, wafers, Cheez-Its, Wheat Thins)
  • Goldfish
  • Fruits that aren’t sliced (nectarines, apples, oranges, plums, apricots, bananas, grapes)
  • Veggie straws
  • Animal crackers
  • Gogo squeeze pops (these are sealed up room temperature applesauce like snacks)
  • Cookies (probably without chocolate if you’re in the lower half of the US because it’ll melt and be a mess, if you do want chocolate cookies put them in the cooler)
  • Brownies (definitely a better option for getting your chocolate fix!)
  • Popcorn
  • Chex mix
  • Nuts, trail mixes, and dried fruit
  • Bars (Nutri-grain, Kind bars, muesli, nut and fruit, etc.)
  • Beef jerky
  • Gummies
  • Pretzels
  • Raisins

If you’re actually in a beach in the South you’ll want to avoid most types of candy and definitely all types of chocolate unless you put it into your cooler.

Snacks And Food You Can Make And Bring To The Beach

So now let’s move onto the interesting things. If you’re bringing kids, then you’ll likely want to make sure your little ones have a lot of food to eat.

I suspend all normal snacking rules at the beach because when the kids are running around like crazy swimming they get super hungry. And I want to extend our beach days for as long as possible so we have Tons O’ Snacks and we’re fine with it.

If you plan on being at the beach throughout a mealtime and your VRBO, AirBnB, or condo/townhouse isn’t right on the water, then you’ll want to whip something up and bring it down with you.

man carrying a cooler with beach foods
  • Tortilla wraps (like any of these)
  • Pasta salad (cold pasta and veggies with a simple dressing like Italian)
  • Fruit salad
  • Ham, turkey, tuna, or chicken salad wraps (put some pepper slices, cucumber slices, or anything else you like with a simple condiment wrapped up inside)
  • Salads (whether you make it and put it in a Tupperware or buy a packaged salad mix)
  • Leftovers from dinner
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Rotisserie chicken (you can buy one at the store and shred it with a fork then pair with BBQ sauce, in a sandwich, etc.)
  • Sandwiches (pb&j, ham and cheese, BLT, whatever suits your fancy)

So next time you’re planning a trip to the beach (or a whole week of trips!) make sure to plan ahead for some of these yummy snacks and drinks!

50+ Easy Beach Snack Ideas

Here's your handy-dandy list of all our beach food ideas!
4.34 from 3 votes
Course Snack
Cuisine American



  • Watermelon slices
  • Apple slices
  • Pineapple slices
  • Kiwi slices
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • bananas
  • oranges
  • apples
  • dried fruit


  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced peppers
  • Broccoli


  • water
  • electrolyte drinks
  • sweet tea
  • lemonade
  • limeade
  • box of wine

Dairy Treats

  • individual ice creams
  • yogurt
  • cheese sticks
  • dips for your chips, crackers, and veggies

Meat Snacks

  • pepperoni
  • salami
  • cured meats
  • beef jerky

Boxed Snacks

  • chips
  • crackers
  • goldfish
  • veggie straws
  • animal crackers
  • popcorn
  • chex mix
  • trail mix
  • nuts
  • cereal bars
  • granola
  • gummies

Easy Meals & Sides

  • tortilla wraps
  • salad
  • sandwiches
  • hard boiled eggs
  • fruit salad
  • pasta salad
  • rotisserie chicken
  • dinner leftovers


  • cookies
  • brownies
  • ice pops


  • Choose foods and drinks of your choice.
  • Pack foods that must be kept cold in your cooler.
  • Enjoy the beach!
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  1. 5 stars
    tons of great easy ideas. Exactly what I was looking for. I didn’t want to make a meal to take to the beach. Just wanted to grab a few snacks from the store on the way

  2. 5 stars
    Headed to the beach next weekend with the family. Thank you for all the great ideas. Making a veggie salad and pasta salad when I get there. The rest will be for all to make/grab for theirselves.

  3. tons of great easy ideas. Exactly what I was looking for. I didn’t want to make a meal to take to the beach. Just wanted to grab a few snacks from the store on the way

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