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Florida Beaches: Drinks Permitted

By Marie Gorbenko Published August 2021

Nothing says classic summer fun like a day at the beach. Sand between your toes and a freshly cracked can of beer at your fingertips—just the thought of it is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. And while this summer may not be 100% business as usual, we can still enjoy some glorious seaside days with a few extra safety precautions and some boozy beach knowledge. Curious about how you can combine your love of libations with beach time? Wonder no more! We’ve put together the hotspot list of alcohol-permitted* Florida beaches—alongside some grab-and-go summer sip suggestions and tips. Just think of me as your boozy beach fairy. Sip back and enjoy!

East Coast

Whether you’re enjoying the art deco architecture of South Beach or exploring the Space Center in Cape Canaveral, you’re never too far from a glorious east coast beach. Check out these alcohol-friendly spots:

  • Flagler Beach, Deltona: Alcoholic beverages are only permitted on the sand of the beach.

  • Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay: Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.

  • Playalinda Beach, Canaveral: Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.

Topo Chico Hard Seltzer in case near ocean

Summer Sip Suggestions

I’ll admit it, I have a Miami bias. So, of course, my east coast suggestions are bound to have some Latin flare to them. The Cutwater Tequila Variety Pack, Topo Chico Hard Seltzer and Corona Limonada Hard Seltzer are some of my favorite drink options when I’m following Will Smith’s advice to “sip a little something.” Yes, I’ve totally sipped along to that song. No, I’m not sorry.

Pro Tip: As with any activity, alcoholic or otherwise, safety should always come first. Make sure to always check beachside precaution—such as checking beach flags and posted signs, packing ample water and using tons of sunscreen. The safety-first approach to summer 2021 will help keep us, our families and friends happy, healthy and safe for many years to come.

West Coast

Enjoying some high-end shopping in Naples? Or taking in the vibrant street art of St. Petersburg? The west coast’s major cities have a plethora of boozy beaches to check out, grouped accordingly:

Greater St. Petersburg:

  • Madeira Beach: Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.

  • St. Pete Beach: Alcoholic beverages are allowed on the sand at beachfront hotels, but this is limited to hotel guests.

  • Treasure Island: Alcoholic beverages are allowed. However, no alcohol is allowed on the beach between the 8500 block and the 9900 block of Treasure Island Beach between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Redington Beach: Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.

Sarasota:

  • Siesta Beach: Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.

  • Turtle Beach: Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.

  • Lido Beach: Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.

Naples:

  • Naples Municipal Beach: Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.

  • Vanderbilt Beach: Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.

Tanqueray Gin & Tonic in case on a dock near the ocean

Summer Sip Suggestions

Nowhere in Florida have I come across any locale too highbrow for beachside fun. In fact, the relaxed sophistication of the west coast lends itself perfectly to some slightly “fancier” premade drink options. The Canteen Black Cherry Vodka Soda, Tanqueray Cocktail Gin and Tonic and Long Drink Legend Citrus Soda Cocktail (or its zero sugar version) are all on regular cooler rotation while I’m enjoying a post art exhibition beachside tipple.

Pro Tip: The best beach picnics are the ones prepared in advance to maximize on-the-spot enjoyment time. Keeping the menu light and opting for low-maintenance foods—such as premade sandwiches and pre-sliced fruit—help take the hassle out of having to resort to using your boogie board as a cutting board. And, since most beaches prohibit glass containers, always making a habit of ditching the glass and opting for plastic, metal, or silicon cups and containers will go a long way in guaranteeing a safe and enjoyable surfside feast for all.

Panhandle

Fancy a more laid-back time with the family? The Florida panhandle’s easy vibe and small-town charm—alongside it’s famous Gulf of Mexico beaches—make this area the perfect kick back and relax location. And, of course, we can’t forget our requisite alcohol-friendly beaches to ensure ultimate chillaxation:

Panama City:

  • Panama City Beach: Alcoholic beverages are permitted year-round, except the month of March.

  • Shell Island: Alcoholic beverages are permitted year-round, except the month of March.

Pensacola:

  • Pensacola Beach: Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.

  • Perdido Key: Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.

Truly Punch Hard Seltzer case held near beach

Summer Sip Suggestions

When you just want to get away from the pressures of daily life, panhandle beaches really are the way to go. While chilling with my beach read, I like to enjoy some oldies but goodies to remind myself that the classics never go out of style for a reason. My classics include the White Claw Hard Seltzer Variety Pack, Truly Punch Hard Seltzer Mix Pack, Bud Light Hard Seltzer Variety Pack and High Noon Sun Sips Vodka Soda Variety for an instantly easy summer vibe.

Pro Tip: Extras. Having extras of everything—whether that be plastic cups or playlist songs—goes a long way in minimizing logistics stress and maximizing beach time fun. This is especially true when it comes to trash bags. Bringing more trash bags than you think you need prevents the chance of running out of rubbish room and accidentally leaving evidence of your beach day in the form of litter. I think I speak for all of us when I say that we’ve each come across crushed seltzer cans while on a stroll along the shore. Not a pretty sight. Let’s make a pact to celebrate responsibly!

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