Whether you’re a native Floridian, a long-term transplant, newly arrived or just plain visiting, to avoid any complications it pays to know about Florida’s beach regulations.
While researching Florida’s regulations, it turns out our beaches are a patchwork of local regulations and permissions. Meaning, while one municipality may allow alcohol on the beach while an adjacent municipality may only allow alcohol during the weekend, or during specified times. Then again, the beach a few feet away may ban alcohol on the beach altogether. So what we’ve done is attempted to compile a list that beach goers may have before venturing out to enjoy Florida’s famous white sands.
I’d like to stare at the stars while on the beach, can I camp on any of Florida’s beaches?
Camping right out on the beach, near the waves, is not usually permitted for safety reasons. There are a few beaches in Florida that do provide campsites. These campsites are generally, located right behind the sand dunes.
Can I drive my vehicle directly on the beach?
It appears that, for the most part, most Florida municipalities have regulated vehicles off of their beaches. However, Volusia County, famously, Daytona Beach, allows motor vehicles on the beach. The local authorities have asked all operators to be a responsible beach driver by driving only in designated areas and observing the speed limit.
It’s my birthday, and I only want to wear my birthday suit on the beach, can I do that?
Unless you are going to Haulover Beach in South Florida, you’ll be out of luck. There are several private nudist resorts, but they usually limit the nudity to their private pool area.
I can’t stand the thought of Fido being stuck at home all day while I enjoy the beach. Can I bring my pet with me?
Yes! However, you will want to check where the designated “pet” beach is in your area. Some beaches may not allow your pet to be off of a leash while some may not have any restrictions for your furry friends.
As always, check with your local municipalities for their regulations. If you have any questions for us, we’d like to hear from you! As a reminder, we always offer free consultations. We are conveniently located off of I-95 and Yamato in Boca Raton.