Best All Inclusives for Pickleball

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Maybe you’re obsessed with this increasingly popular activity, or maybe you’re thinking “what the heck is pickleball??

You may have thought it a sport for seniors, but Pickleball is actually (and actively) enjoyed by people of all ages, all over the world.

In a Nutshell: Invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, WA, Pickleball is an indoor or outdoor racket/paddle sport where two players (singles), or four players (doubles), hit a perforated hollow polymer ball over a 36-inch-high net using solid-faced paddles (similar to ping-pong paddles). Opponents on either side of the net hit the ball back and forth until one side commits a rule infraction. In 2022, pickleball was adopted as the official state sport of Washington.

So now you’re likely thinking “Hey, that sounds like fun! Where can I play Pickleball on vacation?

Where to Play Pickleball on Vacation

While you can likely play Pickleball anywhere that a tennis court exists (which includes most all-inclusive resorts), many resorts will set aside time on their tennis courts for Pickleballers. Check before you book because at some you’ll need to bring your own Check Pricespickleball paddles and balls, but we’ve rounded up a list of the best all inclusive resorts where you can play Pickleball without being chased off the courts by tennis lovers.

St. James Club, Antigua

Pickleball at St James Club Antigua
St James Club Antigua
Located on a secluded peninsula, the boutique and upscale St. James Club has three different courts available for Pickleball, along with not one but two gorgeous white-sand beaches, world-class cuisine, exemplary service, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and plenty of activities galore for adults and kids alike (including a kids club).

Dreams Jade, Riviera Cancun, Mexico

Pickleball is at Dreams Jade RC
Dreams Jade Resort & Spa
At Dreams Jade Resort & Spa you’ll find a high-end gym, a luxurious spa, heated pools, and the teen-friendly Core Zone, along with gourmet fine dining and a mini-golf course that everyone will enjoy, and….of course, PICKLEBALL!

Moon Palace, Cancun, Mexico

Moon Palace Cancun - one of our best all inclusives in Cancun, Mexico
Moon Palace Cancun
There’s something for everyone at Check PricesMoon Palace Golf and Spa Resort in Cancun…including a fully-wired and trendy Teens Club, an on-site golf course, an amazing Spa, epic entertainment featuring big-name acts, a flow-rider (double wave simulator)…. and now Pickleball. Score!

Couples Tower Isle, Jamaica

Couples Tower Isle
Couples Tower Isle
Check PricesCouples Tower Isle is the flagship resort that has been updated recently. In addition to Pickleball, active vacationers will love the unlimited golf, tennis, water sports (including free scuba diving), and complimentary tours of Dunns River Falls. AND it has a nude island in case you don’t like tan lines.  The island can be reserved for weddings (they restrict the nudies during the wedding events so no fear of Fred and Ethel nekkid-photobombing your wedding pics). And did we mention, PICKLEBALL!

Couples Swept Away, Jamaica

Couples Swept Away
Couples Swept Away
Check PricesCouples Swept Away is a very cool resort. If you want to wake up, step out onto the beach, and be surrounded by palm trees, this is your home…..it will feel like you own a beach house right on the beach. Active types will love the fitness & sports center, where the squash courts have A/C, tennis lessons with a Pro are free, plus, yes…PICKLEBALL! Or you can walk for miles with your sweetie on a beautiful beach, holding hands.

Sandals South Coast, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Sandals South Coast
Sandals Resorts
Whether or not you choose to stay in one of their new Overwater Bungalows, Sandals South Coast has a lot to offer……such as romance…..luxury…fine dining….and…PICKLEBALL!

Sandals Ochi Beach, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

#9 on our list of best all inclusive resorts in Ocho Rios is Sandals Ochi Beach Resort
www.sandals.com
Check PricesSandals Ochi Beach Resort is party town with deejays pounding out the vibe day and night. Drinks, dining, spa, golf and fun activities make this resort a great version of “The Suite Life”.

ClubMed (some, various locations)

Pickleball is at selected ClubMed Resorts
ClubMed Cancun
Although ClubMed (aka the “grandaddy” of all inclusive vacations) has resorts all over the world (and the only all-inclusive in the U.S. at Sandpiper Bay, Florida), Pickleball is available only at ClubMed Resorts in Punta Cana, Sandpiper Bay, Caravelle, Michès Playa Esmeralda, Turkoise, Ixtapa & Cancun. You really can’t go wrong with any ClubMed, where they pioneered the concept of all-inclusive and consistently win consumer awards for quality of experience.

Wanna learn the Pickleball lingo?

Here’s a glossary of terms you’ll want to know: Pickleball Terminology

Bonus Trivia Question:

What country claims to be the Pickleball capital of the Caribbean?

Here’s a hint:
Also known as Waladli or Wadadli by the native population, this country is found in the Lesser Antilles, and is one of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region.

Don’t want to guess? That’s okay, you can go read all about it.

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