Some say life begins at 50, and it’s never too late to discover or rekindle your passions. One of the keys to a fulfilling life in your golden years is engaging in hobbies that bring you joy and purpose.

The best hobbies and activities for women over 50 are those that bring joy, fulfillment, and a sense of purpose. It’s essential to explore various interests and find activities that resonate with individual preferences and goals, especially for those experiencing the “empty nest” when the kids grow up and move away from home. That’s why the best hobbies for women over 50 are ones that promote physical and mental well-being while fostering social connections and personal growth.Top of Form

Pickleball: A Delightful Racket Sport

Pickleball is relatively new in the world of sports and it’s found its perfect players among women over 50. In fact, this social group is responsible for the current trend of pickleball getaways. Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, making it accessible and fun for all skill levels. The sport’s smaller court size and slower pace are perfect for those looking to maintain an active lifestyle without the intensity of other racket sports.

Why Pickleball is Beneficial:

  1. Low Impact: Pickleball is gentle on joints, making it an excellent choice for women who may have joint concerns.
  2. Cardiovascular Exercise: Engaging in pickleball provides a cardiovascular workout that helps maintain heart health and overall fitness.
  3. Social Interaction: Playing pickleball often involves joining a community of like-minded individuals, fostering social connections and a sense of belonging.
  4. Mental Agility: The game requires quick thinking and strategy, promoting mental sharpness.


Tennis: A Classic Sport for All Ages

Tennis is a timeless sport that continues to be a popular pastime among women over 50. Whether you’re playing singles or doubles, tennis offers a fantastic way to stay active and competitive while having a blast on the court.

Why Tennis is Beneficial:

  1. Full-Body Workout: Tennis engages multiple muscle groups, providing an effective full-body workout.
  2. Flexibility and Coordination: Playing tennis improves flexibility and enhances hand-eye coordination.
  3. Stress Reduction: The physical exertion and focus required on the court help alleviate stress and boost your mood.
  4. Community Building: Joining a tennis club or league allows women to meet new friends and establish a supportive community.

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Golf: A Relaxing Pastime with a Purpose

Golf is renowned for its leisurely pace and allowing players to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. For women over 50, it’s an ideal hobby that combines physical activity with the joy of nature. This is especially true if you play on a course with breathtaking ocean views and tropical flora and fauna.

Why Golf is Beneficial:

  1. Low-Impact Exercise: Golf involves walking or using a golf cart, providing moderate physical activity without overexertion.
  2. Mental Focus: The precision required for each shot fosters mental concentration and mindfulness.
  3. Nature Connection: Spending time on a green, serene golf course promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being.
  4. Friendship and Networking: Golf is a social sport that encourages camaraderie and networking opportunities.

Hiking and Nature Exploration: Finding Serenity in the Outdoors

Hiking and nature exploration allows women over 50 to connect with the natural world and find serenity in the outdoors. Who knows what matter of lovely butterflies and birds you might encounter?

Why Hiking and Nature Exploration are Beneficial:

  1. Physical Wellness: Hiking is an excellent way to stay physically active while enjoying the beauty of nature. It offers a low-impact cardiovascular workout that can help maintain heart health, improve endurance, and enhance overall fitness.
  2. Mental Rejuvenation: Nature has a remarkable ability to soothe the mind and provide a mental reset. The sounds of the birdsong, the scent of damp earth, and the gentle rustling of leaves in the breeze create a calming atmosphere that eases stress and anxiety.
  3. Sense of Adventure: Hiking and nature exploration provide a sense of adventure and discovery, boosting self-esteem and providing a sense of achievement.
  4. Social Engagement: Just as other hobbies can be shared with friends, hiking and nature exploration are even more enjoyable when experienced in the company of like-minded companions. Organizing group hikes with friends allows for social bonding, shared laughter, and the creation of lasting memories in the great outdoors.

The Joy of Group Activities

While pursuing hobbies individually can be immensely rewarding, there’s a unique joy in sharing these activities with friends. The social aspect of engaging in hobbies together amplifies the benefits and contributes significantly to mental well-being.

Where to Partake in Group Activities for Women Over 50

A group trip that allows you and your friends to indulge in all of the above activities in the safety of a resort with 24-hour guarded security and the comfort of a private home is the ideal setting to embark on all of the hobbies on your list. Pura Vida House is a luxury, all-inclusive vacation rental in Costa Rica, located within the 4,500-acre resort property of Hacienda Pinilla. This resort community has dedicated tennis and pickleball courts, a stunning 18-hole golf course, and miles of nature trails where you can see howler monkeys and scarlet macaws.

That’s not all! Guests here have access to shops, a gym, yoga studio, equestrian center, water sports, a spa, and three beautiful beaches. Plus, the best part…the Beach Club! You and your friends can ride in style on our two golf carts to the Beach Club to dine at the restaurant, sip cocktails by the massive infinity pool, and watch the sunset over Avellanas Beach.

Hobbies play a crucial role in enhancing the quality of life for women over 50. Engaging in activities like pickleball, tennis, golf, and hiking provides physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Combine these activities with friends and these hobbies become even more enriching, fostering strong social connections and promoting mental well-being. So, embrace the joy of hobbies, pick up that racket or hiking boots, and create a fulfilling and vibrant life after 50!

Considering a tennis, golf, or pickleball getaway with friends? It’s a breeze with the help of our all-inclusive vacation rentals and 24/7 personal concierge services at Pura Vida House. Contact us with any questions at (614) 600-1904 or

Blog by: Jennifer LaCharite – Costa Consultants, International