Quick & Easy Beach Vacation Meals

Quick & Easy Beach Vacation Meals – 25 ideas for cooking your own meals at your beach condo rental this summer. Quick and easy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes so you can enjoy your trip. All of the recipes can be doubled or tripled for a large crowd. Can make most of the meals ahead of time and freeze them for the trip!

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Beach Condo Meal Ideas

Is anyone else counting down the days until summer vacation? I don’t know about you, but I LOVE heading to the beach for summer vacation. We usually stay at a hotel, but this year we will rent a house or condo. Since we will have a kitchen, we are going to do a little cooking while we are there. Today I am sharing 25 Quick & Easy Beach Vacation Meals. I have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes that are perfect for your upcoming trip!

What to Bring to Your Beach Rental

Most rental houses and condos come equipped with the basics, but we’ve listed a few of our favorite things that it may not have. You can either bring these things with you or order them ahead of time and have them shipped to your destination so it’s there waiting for you.

  • Disposable Half-Sheet Baking Pans with Lids: I use these all the time at home and when traveling with food. These are a MUST!
  • Slow Cooker: Your rental may have a slow cooker, if not, this one is good. You can make several recipes in this. I love to throw the potato casserole or Smothered Green Beans in here.
  • Gallon Freezer Bags: gallon freezer bags are another must for me. I use them for everything. I precook ground beef, sausage, and bacon and place them in the bags. The bags are also perfect for marinating pork, steaks, and chicken.
  • Large Cooler: if you are going to do some meal prep before you head down, you will need a large cooler to store everything in. I pack the cooker with frozen casseroles, burgers, and marinades.

Beach Vacation Meals for Large Groups

Most of these recipes can be made in advance and frozen for the trip. All of the recipes are easy to double or triple for a crowd.

  • For burger night, I make the burgers ahead of time and freeze them before we go down. I store them in our cooler.
  • For grilled meats, you can place the meat in the freezer bag, add the marinade and freeze the bag. Alternatively, you can whisk up the marinade and store it in a mason jar.
  • Casseroles – all of the casseroles can be made in advance and frozen unbaked. When ready to bake, thaw and bake as directed. Write the time and temperature on the baking pan lid or aluminum foil.

Favorite Gulf Coast Beaches

The Florida Panhandle is our go-to destination. Our favorite beach is Destin, FL. We love it so much that we moved there! You can check out all of our recommendations for the Destin area here: https://www.plainchicken.com/category/travel/usa/destin-fl/

We recently checked out the Alabama beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. We stayed in a condo at Turquoise Place. It is the nicest place we’ve ever stayed on a trip. We want to move it in!

Check out all of our favorite Gulf Shores/Orange Beach restaurants here: https://www.plainchicken.com/category/travel/usa/gulf-shores-orange-beach/

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Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole

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Cracked Out Breakfast Bubble Up

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Mini Pancake Bites

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Sausage & Cream Cheese Quiche

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Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

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The BEST Chicken Tetrazzini

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Mexican Casserole

slow cooker shredded nashville hot chicken slider with pickles and ranch

Slow Cooker Nashville HOT Chicken

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Beef & Cheddar Sliders

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Crack Chicken Pinwheels

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Best Burgers EVER

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Marinated Grilled Hot Dogs

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Outback Steak Seasoning

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Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders (Honey Lime)

plate of grilled pork chops

The Ultimate Pork Chops

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Grilled Mississippi Chicken

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Crack Pasta Salad

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Lunch Lady Coleslaw

7-Layer Salad

spoonful of potato casserole

The Ultimate Cracked Out Potatoes

bowl of green beans and bacon

Smothered Green Beans

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Butterfinger Cake

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No-Bake Key Lime Pie

stack of lemon brownies

Lemon Brownies

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Oreo Banana Pudding


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