Going to the beach and living out that Corona commercial is not as easy as it sounds in Tampa Bay. Most beaches in Florida do not allow alcohol consumption.
Yes, we know, this sucks, and we totally agree sun, sand and suds is more than just a sweet t-shirt. However, we have compiled a short list of beaches in the area that will allow for a little tipple of hooch provided you don’t bring glass bottles.
The soft white sand beaches of Treasure Island allow for drinking between 5am and 8am, and 6pm to 1am. Essentially, city officials don’t want you drinking in peak UV, and for good reason. Also note, Sunset Beach is more residential and there are strict alcohol regulations in this area throughout most of the year – see more here. However, if you are dead set on getting snockered at high noon, well, roll over to Gators Cade and Saloon for a cocktail.
You can snake a brew while watching the sea turtles at Madeira Beach. The 25-mile stretch of beach has a few restricted areas that are marked, but most of this beautiful stretch of coastline is good for an alcoholic beverage. Of course, John’s Pass and the Boardwalk offer some fantastic nightlife, so if you are feeling a little too parched on the beach, go ashore.
Siesta Key has some beautiful views and the sand is 99% quartz, plus , like many of the Sarasota beaches including Lido and Turtle, you can drink alcohol. Score a pick-up volleyball game with that Budweiser, Maverick.
North of Madeira is Redington Beach, which is the more chilled-out cousin to Madeira. The crowds are a little thinner at Redington and while it is smaller, the views are great and you will have plenty of space to enjoy your cooler.