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.
So now you’re likely thinking “Hey, that sounds like fun! Where can I play Pickleball on vacation?“
We’ve rounded up the best Caribbean all-inclusive resorts where you can play Pickleball
Where to Play Pickleball on Vacation
While you can likely play Pickleball anywhere that a tennis court exists (which includes many all-inclusive resorts), some 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.
Sandals South Coast, Ocho Rios, JamaicaWhether 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, JamaicaCheck 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”.
Couples Tower Isle, JamaicaCheck 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, JamaicaCheck 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.
St. James Club, AntiguaLocated on a secluded peninsula, the family-friendly 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).
Pineapple Beach Club AntiguaFeaturing a classically elegant old-world Caribbean vibe, this luxury adults-only all-inclusive is part of the Elite Island Resorts brand, a leader in supporting the Pickleball craze. Check PricesPineapple Beach Club Antigua offers 6 dedicated courts for Pickleball, along with the upscale accommodations, impressive beach, and gourmet cuisine you expect from a 5-star all-inclusive resort.
Hammock Cove AntiguaWith the recent addition (2021) of two regulation Pickleball courts, the uber-boutique adults-only (21+) Check PricesHammock Cove Antigua has quickly become the favorite of luxury-seeking Pickleballers for its all-villas (with private plunge pools!) accommodations and high level of service that will ensure you feeling like royalty. Even the most nomadic-travel obsessed folks find it hard to leave this place. Oh Hammock Cove, why can’t we quit you?
Curtain Bluff, AntiguaLocated on the south coast (so no worries about seaweed!), the family-friendly Check PricesCurtain Bluff, Antigua has a single Pickleball court, but offers plenty of other activities to keep you occupied while you wait your turn, and the calm clear bay it’s situated on is perfect for snorkeling and other water fun to be enjoyed in between your Pickleball matches.
Margaritaville Island Reserve, Cap Cana, DRThe Jimmy Buffet-inspired Check PricesMargaritaville Island Reserve in Cap Cana made Pickleballers everywhere feel welcomed by including both Pickleball and Tennis courts in the plans as they built this new-from-the-ground-up family-friendly resort, where you can enjoy your cheeseburger in paradise after a rousing round of calorie-burning Pickleball, whether it’s 5 O’clock, or not. If some of your family or travel companions aren’t into Pickleball, there’s plenty more fun to be had, from Cornhole to flip-flop Olympics to Margarita Races and much more, along with live entertainment that will have you singing out loud. Adults who like a quieter environment can “escape to the Hammock”, aka Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana Hammock, the adults-only enclave within the resort.
Dreams Jade, Riviera Cancun, MexicoAt 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!
Secrets Playa Blanca Costa Mujeres, MexicoThe brand-new adults-only Check PricesSecrets Playa Blanca is located in the exclusive Costa Mujeres conclave and features all the luxury Secrets Resorts is known for – extravagant accommodations, upscale dining, a luxurious Spa. In addition to the miles of white sand beach, which experiences far fewer seaweed issues due to the proximity of just-offshore Isla Mujeres, the Secrets Playa Blanca Costa Mujeres has both tennis and pickleball courts, squee!
Moon Palace, Cancun, MexicoThere’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!
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach, BahamasYou can’t go wrong with a powerhouse brand like Viva Wyndham, and the family-friendly Check PricesViva Wyndham Fortuna Beach not only offers Pickleball, but paintball as well for those who love to go home with a few battle bruises to show off! The Bahamas are famous for exceptional diving and snorkeling, among many other local attractions, and the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is well known for exceptional service, cuisine, and upscale accommodations, making it a great choice.
ClubMed (some, various locations)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
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