Many beaches in Florida do not allow alcohol consumption anymore. However, there are a few beaches that allow drinking in Tampa Bay, provided it is not in a glass bottle. So, if you want to bring along some drinks for your day date or night to the beach, visit one of these four beaches in Tampa Bay, or one of the two other beaches that are within an hour and a half drive of the Tampa area. Enjoy the sand, water, and other activities the beaches have to offer while you sip on your drink.
Treasure Island is home to soft, white sandy beaches and colorful sunsets. Alcohol can be consumed there, but only within certain hours. Beachgoers can drink between 5am and 8am, and 6pm-1am. In between those hours, visitors can stop by Gators Cafe and Saloon, which is widely renowned as the “world’s longest waterfront bar” for a beer or mixed drink! From the deck, patrons can look for pelicans and dolphins!
Located just west of St. Pete, Madeira offers beachgoers the opportunity to drink with only a few places along the 25-mile beach where it’s prohibited. There are many opportunities to drink off the beach as well. Across the street from part of the beach is John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk, which feature many restaurants and bars with plenty of drink and food.
You can legally drink on this quartz-sand beach, that was voted the #1 U.S. Beach by TripAdvisor in 2020! The sand is 99% quartz, so it remains cool and won’t burn to the touch while you lounge on the beach with your drink. Visitors can also play a pick-up game of volleyball and eat or drink under the shade in the picnic areas. There are plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance, but since beachgoers don’t need to leave the soft sand to drink, it’s easy to spend the day enjoying Siesta Beach.
Slightly north of Madeira is Redington Beach is a smaller, quieter beach with a local feel. If you want to drink and enjoy your company without the crowds that Florida beaches can bring, this is the place for you. While you may not find as many places to wander into here, because Redington is a small community, you’ll find relaxation and the rest you need.
Not far from Siesta Beach is Turtle Beach. Turtle Beach was named after the large number of turtles that visit the beach. Beachgoers can drink and enjoy a day of fishing, horseshoe, and volleyball. It is an excellent place to look for shells and sharks’ teeth while taking a swimming or game break. There are also plenty of places to get food when you need a meal after drinking and having fun.
Lido Beach is located near Sarasota, slightly outside of Tampa Bay, but close enough Tampa Bay inhabitants can easily visit in a day. It’s more relaxed than Sarasota Beach, and unlike Sarasota Beach, visitors can drink! It’s a good place to dolphin watch, fish, and sunsets. There are plenty of shops and dining options nearby if you need a break from the sun or get hungry!