Kicking back on a beach with a drink in hand is the stuff ideal vacations are made of. But in the U.S.A., finding a place to do that legally can be a tall order. Here's where you can do it openly — no brown bag required.
1. Oregon Coast Beaches
Not only are these some of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S.A. to begin with, but responsible drinking for those of legal age is allowed all along the coast.
2. Cocoa Beach, Florida
While plenty of things are banned at Florida’s Cocoa Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, alcohol consumption in non-glass containers is a go for loungers and swimmers.
3. Cumberland Island, Georgia
Wild horses, the serene sounds of waves crashing on a remote beach, and glistening sunrise views make Cumberland Island a place worth visiting. Feel free to sip on a glass of wine when you go... because it’s allowed!
4. Cape Cod Seashore, Massachusetts
This gorgeous stretch of curling Atlantic coastline is a perfect New England spot and it’s one where you can also enjoy a local brew while sinking your toes into the sand.
5. Kehoe Beach, California
A part of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Kehoe Beach is a definite highlight. You can relax with a drink anywhere on this seashore as long as you don’t bring excessive quantities — like a keg.
6. South Padre Island, Texas
Alcohol is legally permitted on this Gulf beach, so stash your favorite beverages in your beach bag. Take note: This place gets insanely busy during spring break, so you might want to make sure your travel here at another time.
7. Fire Island, New York
Though certain extra popular areas of Fire Island Seashore have dealt with varying degrees of alcohol bans over the last couple of years, those bans do not impact the entire seashore and there are still plenty of places where you can chill on this Long Island beach with a cold one. Just make sure you do your research first!
8. Paradise Cove, Malibu, California
As one of the few beaches in the greater Los Angeles area where you can technically legally drink, Paradise Cove is a gem for fun lovers. Plan your visit strategically as to avoid throngs of sunbathers.
9. Outer Banks, North Carolina
In this idyllic North Carolina destination, alcohol is positively allowed on the beaches. Authorities simply request (like most other places on this list) that beachgoers not bring glass containers.
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