You had no idea these summer resorts allow (legal) beach boozing
Say goodbye to brown-bagging and flasking at these public beaches!
Due to strict open-container laws in many sunny destinations, city codes prohibit the fun juice on public, sprawling sands. No, seriously. It's totally illegal to drink alcohol on 99.9 percent of public beaches in North America.
Luckily, there are exceptions. From Miami to California, a handful of beach resorts offer privileged ways to booze on the beach—legally! Say sayonara to brown bagging it when checking into these amazing beachfront properties.
South Beach, FL
According to city code 70-86, alcohol is prohibited on the beaches of Miami Beach and South Beach, but dozens of five-star hotels have dedicated sections on the beach where visitors can legally drink thanks to their permits. A great hotel that allows drinking in their beach section is Royal Palm South Beach Miami, a Tribute Portfolio Resort. Like most luxury resorts with beach sections, the resort has the right to serve with permit, and guests here are treated to complimentary beach boxes, stiff cocktails and—our favorite—fresh-spiked fruit like tequila-soaked watermelon and pineapple.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
The cozy, boutique hotel Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills may be up in the hills touting suites with private plunge pools and breathtaking views, but all the action is at the hotel’s dedicated Eva Mandarina Beach Club. The beach club opened last year as the resort’s private beach oasis for guests with restaurant, bar and sunbeds right on La Cruz Beach, officially the only bar on this stretch of paradise. Thanks to Mexican artist Abel Galvan, the design of the outdoor beach club is whimsical and creative. Expect a ladder shooting up to the sky at the end of the surfboard bar top, oversized swing sets, thatch-roof palapas and contemporary art in the form of vintage modes of transportation, like a shipwrecked fishing boat and Volkswagen Bug. The margaritas here are near to perfection.
According to Section 98-58(a)(10) of the Collier County Laws and Ordinances, possessions and consumption of alcohol is prohibited in county parks, which comprise basically all the beaches including popular Barefoot Beach Access, Barefoot Beach Preserve and Vanderbilt Beach. But guests who stay at Ritz Carlton Naples, which underwent a massive, multi-million dollar renovation two years ago, can freely drink to their hearts desire. The five-star hotel owns the first 63 feet from the end of their boardwalk to the ocean, essentially the dune area to the west, so beach boozing is legal for guests. Shack up in a beach chair and order a signature Gumbo Punch.
San Diego, California
The historic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego recently unveiled a beach village with massive, contemporary guestrooms right on the boardwalk. But what makes the hotel truly unique is that it owns a 12,000-square-foot section of Coronado Beach (considered one of the top 10 beaches in America), making it literally the only hotel in California where you can legally drink on the beach. Sit back in one of the lounge chairs or beach beds and knock back craft cocktails like Blackberry Margarita and Gold Rush (bulleit rye, lemon, honey and cinnamon).
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Lucky for you, all beaches in Puerto Rico allow open containers, but not all beach resorts have dedicated beach sections. Thankfully, the historic Condado Vanderbilt (which recently underwent a major $200-million renovation) offers a dedicated beach section outfitted with beach loungers and cocktail service provided by beach butlers. Sunbeds will be added in the near future but, for now, unfurl that towel and say yes to wine spritzers!