By Allrecipes Staff
June 22, 2015
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Get tips for making the most out of your day at the beach.

Our crack squad of seasoned beach bums has put together some tasty treats and sunny ideas to help you snag some surf-side fun this summer!

The Menu

Grills or fire pits are often available at the beach. But if you're not sure and you're planning a cookout, check first with the beach authorities.

Main Dishes:

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Photo by jrbaker

Side Dishes:

Black Bean and Corn Salad II
Photo by larkspur

Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes:

Paradise Island
Photo by MrsFisher0729

Dessert:

Easy Key Lime Pie I
PPhoto by LYNNINMA

Party Tips

Add these details to kick your party into surf mode.

  • Coat bare noses with neon-colored zinc oxide.
  • Hand out puka shell necklaces.
  • Award prizes for best boardshorts, coolest surfer print T-shirt, or most indestructible Annette Funicello hair-do.

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Beach Party Checklist

Here are some essential items to pack for a day under the hot sun--and a few that are just for fun.

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats with protective brims
  • Swimsuits
  • Beach towels and/or blankets
  • Chairs
  • Large beach umbrellas
  • Beach balls
  • Soccer ball
  • Sand buckets and shovels
  • Volleyball set

Savoring the Surfer Lingo, Brah

If a day spent duck-diving your way out to the line-up to shred the gnarl gets you totally stoked; if popping up on the deck of your stick when the waves are totally macking and going off in the barrel of a gnarly keg sounds seriously festy; then you might just be a total surfer marley!

Others of us might be more keen on just beaching ourselves in a lounge chair and popping the top on a cold beverage. To each her own.

The first rule of the beach is no harshin' anyone else's mellow! Shocka-brah to all!