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Alcohol on the Beach: Know Florida’s Rules

It’s Labor Day weekend, and if you’re vacationing at Bamboo Beach Club Resort or any of the surrounding areas, you may want to have a few adult beverages. Some beaches allow it, some don’t, and some just require that you adhere to certain restrictions.

Know your beach drinking rules! Here is a breakdown of the rules and some tips for Clearwater Beach, just a short walk from Bamboo Beach Club Resort, as well as other nearby beach destinations.

Clearwater Beach

The downside: Alcohol is banned for beach goers. The upside: You can still enjoy a beachy drink outside if you go to designated hotels or restaurants serving alcohol. If you want to drink legally while at the beach there are areas at the Sand Pearl, the Hilton Clearwater Beach (Tommy’s Tiki is right on the sand), Palm Pavilion Inn, Shephard’s Beach Resort and others where alcohol is served.

Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands

Because they are state parks, neither allows alcohol, but the Honeymoon Cafe serves beer and wine, which can be consumed on the premises.

Indian Rocks Beach

Things you can’t do on Indian Rocks Beach: campfires or bonfires; live music, parties; and, sadly, possession or consumption of alcohol and possession or use of glass or bottles. So if you want to drink, head to another location.

Redington Beach

Speaking of that other location…there are no ordinances prohibiting drinking on the beach nor are there any prohibiting glass bottles. So if a little drinking is on the docket, find a reliable mode of transportation, grab a cooler and head for Redington Beach.

Treasure Island

Yes! You can drink here, as long as you’re 21. However, a few restrictions: no glass and no kegs.

Also, there are restrictions on weekends: Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the beach between the 8500 block and the 9900 block of Treasure Island Beach (the northern end of Sunset Beach, which is a small finger on the end of Treasure Island) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays as well as Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day, as well as from the first weekend every February to the last weekend in September. You can, however, head to Caddy’s on the Beach, a popular party spot.

St. Pete Beach

Much like Clearwater Beach, you can drink, but you have to do it at beachfront hotels. Good news: There are 17 hotels on the Gulf of Mexico that rent beach cabanas in the area stretching from the Don CeSar Hotel to the Postcard Inn. The TradeWinds has more than 500 cabanas itself.

No one wants to end a vacation with an arrest, so it pays to know what’s legal and what’s not on Clearwater and surrounding beaches!

Of course, you’re welcome to enjoy the beautiful pool at Bamboo Beach Club Resort with an adult beverage any time (no glass containers allowed).

What do you think? Would alcohol restrictions keep you from visiting certain beaches?

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actress (and active) with local community and city theatre.