Interested in an active vacation filled with fun sports? Love to play pickleball at home and looking for somewhere to do it on your trip? A pickleball vacation is the answer, and this article covers all you need to know to plan one.
What to Expect on a Pickleball Trips
With this increase in popularity, hotels and resorts have caught on to the pickleball craze, and many have introduced pickleball courts to their range of on-site amenities. There are even resorts offering pickleball vacation packages in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Pickleball trips are much the same as other trips, just focused on the sport of pickleball. This means that the resort offers pickleball courts, and often has instructors onsite who can give lessons, or existing pickleball programs you can join.
An increasing number of resorts offer pickleball vacation packages, and you can even find all-inclusive pickleball vacations. There is a great range of wonderful things to look forward to on pickleball getaways, no matter where you choose to go.
Most resorts also offer a wide variety of other activities for when you’re off the court, such as beaches and watersports; additional racket sports like tennis; golf; volleyball; and more. There is often a spa onsite to soothe any achy muscles, as well as hot tubs to soak in.
There are generally restaurants onsite so you don’t have to go far to fuel up after a game. Many resorts feature nightly entertainment and a selection of bars to choose from, as well, in addition to excursions and tours in the local area.
Who is a Pickleball Vacation For?
A vacation is perfect for relaxing, having fun, and trying new things. Many people enjoy trying out new sports while they’re on a trip, so a pickleball vacation is a great choice for anyone, even if you’re brand new to the sport.
In fact, the majority of resorts with pickleball courts also have instructors. These on-site professionals can get you started with the basics of the sport if you’re new, or share tips and tricks if you want to improve your game.
Whether you’re a seasoned player or have just discovered the sport, you can often also join pickleball tournaments. Obviously, all resorts will have a different schedule for this, but check before booking to see if they offer pickleball tournaments and when they occur if so.
Where to Go on Pickleball Trips
While pickleball is most popular in the U.S., particularly on the West Coast, there are a huge variety of destinations where it can be found. From Michigan to Mexico, whatever type of destination you’re looking to explore, there’s probably a resort with a pickleball court out there for you!
Pickleball Vacations in the USA
California, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia, New Jersey, Washington, and Hawaii are some of the states with resorts where you can go on a pickleball vacation. As you might expect, there are also plenty of places for pickleball vacations in Florida. Two of the nicest are The Boca Raton Resort and Club and Hawks Cay Resort.
All-Inclusive Pickleball Vacations 2023
Sandals resorts with pickleball include Sandals Emerald Bay and Sandals Royal Bahamian in The Bahamas, Sandals Grenada, and Sandals South Coast in Jamaica. There are also some great all-inclusive pickleball vacation packages at resorts in Mexico like Club Med Cancun.
To help you find the perfect pickleball resort, we put together a list of these 25 top resorts for playing pickleball. Here are some suggestions for pickleball vacation packages by Pickleball Getaways, as well.
Guided Pickleball Trips
When you go to book a pickleball vacation, you can decide to go on your own to a resort that has a program in place all the time or you can go with a group where you can go to destinations all around the world. These guided trips usually include a pro to teach lessons, organized touraments and additional tours and activities planned.
Have you ever been on a pickleball vacation? Let us know in the comments! And if you need any help planning one, head to our travel planning page, where you can find trusted experts to help you plan the perfect pickleball getaway!
Emily is a Freelance travel writer from the UK who believes that the discovery of culture, history, foods, and modern life is the most exciting part of travel. She loves finding great deals and experiencing great travel on a budget.
Emily graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom, with a degree in Asia Pacific Studies.