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What beaches are you legally allowed to drink beer on in Southeastern North Carolina?

Judy Royal

While most beaches prohibit consumption of alcohol, there are a couple of beach towns in the area that allow it. Oak Island and Topsail Beach both allow people to drink alcohol on the beach, and it’s allowed at Freeman Park in Carolina Beach, although not on the beach within the town limits. All of the beaches encourage visitors to use cans instead of bottles.

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5 Responses to “ What beaches are you legally allowed to drink beer on in Southeastern North Carolina?”

  1. On February 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm Missy wrote:

    Drinking should be allowed at all the public beaches. Probably one reason there isn’t much tourism here compared to other beaches in the country.

  2. On March 6, 2011 at 9:42 am nathan wrote:

    Maybe those beaches that dont allow drinking have designed it that way. It a joke that they allow people to DRIVE onto a beach then consume alcohol before DRIVING back onto the roads.
    (Warning, sarcasm below)
    Missy, you are right. All beaches should allow drinking. That was every drunk college kid can come make a mess of the beach and make it impossible for families to enjoy. They can sit in the sun all day getting hammered and leaving their mess behind for someone else to clean up then stumble back to their cars and endanger everyone else on the road. The possibilities are endless!

  3. On March 19, 2013 at 11:30 am Darrell Parks wrote:

    Last summer a gang of young men were unloading gear to take to the beach. they set a cooler behind my car, which i did not see, and proceeded to back into. I was told if i pulled and cut sharper, I would miss the cooler. The heck with them moving their precious beer. On the beach that afternoon, this group spent several hours standing in the ocean and drinking large quantities of beer. They got tired of wading back onto the sand to get more beer after awhile, so they just took a cooler into the ocean with them. I wonder if any visitors decided this would no longer be the beach they would vacation at with this going on. I also wonder when they left, what condition their driver was in, or if they had a designated driver. THIS IS NOT THE IMAGE OAK ISLAND WANTS TO PROJECT. WE ARE FAMILY BEACH. IF HEAVY DRINKING IS YOUR THING, GO TO A BAR.

  4. On May 11, 2013 at 9:31 am Stephanie Jamieson wrote:

    I don’t think it should be banned but more so regulated. I think you should be able to drink after a certain time in the day. Drinking in the afternoon is nonsense anyway in my opinion. I’m 21 and at the age where drinking is EVERYTHING but I’m not stupid about it. I usually Keep it in my home and I don’t even take a sip and drive. Those that are young and ignorant give a bad rap for the rest of us who are actually responsible. But anyways, short and sweet I believe it should be allowed past 5pm. That is usually when kids are off the beach and when partying should happen. That’s just my opinion but I don’t believe it to be too harsh.

  5. On May 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm Mark mallen wrote:

    Is the consumption of alcohol allowed on bald head island beaches?

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