Beachin’ and Boozin’

Written By: Michelle Andrews

California beaches bring good times, blue skies, and golden-bronzed people where you can’t help but feel like you’re in paradise while relaxing with a gorgeous view and the soft lulls of the ocean waves that erode your stresses. The perfect way to top the laid back, hang-ten vibes and the peaceful environment of the beaches, is with a nice cold beer or alcoholic beverage in hand. Fortunately, there are a few beaches that allow you to get both your tan and buzz on as you sink in sun rays, enjoy a mini staycation and escape reality for a few hours.

Once your session of laying out while getting your drink on is finito, please keep these little backyard paradises enjoyable for all visitors and staycationers by picking up all cans, bottles and trash you may have brought or that you see at these alcohol-friendly beaches.

Kehoe Beach
Inverness, CA. 94937
415.464.5100 | www.nps.gov

Kehoe Beach, a part of the Point Reyes beaches, can be found after a 0.6 mile walk along a peaceful trail of marshes and sand dunes at the northern end of Great Beach. This tranquil beach is calming to the eye and inspires adventure with a smooth stream that runs into the Pacific Ocean and vast sand dunes and cliffs that are enticing to explore. Kehoe is also an alcohol-friendly beach for those who are 21 years of age and older. A couple things to keep in mind if you plan on drinking and relaxing at Kehoe is that no kegs are allowed and that all beach goers have to be off the beach by 11 p.m., so remember to give yourself enough time to hike the small trail back to your car.

Native Knowledge: Heads up, there is no overnight parking! Also, for all the dog lovers out there, this beach is dog-friendly as long as your pup stays on the leash.

Photo Credit: Fred Von Lohmann

Carmel Beach
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
831.620.200 | www.carmelcalifornia.com

Carmel Beach really does have it all under the sun, from surfing to volleyball, to bonfires and weddings. This eye-catching beach has white sands, gentle coves, and incredible sunsets to end any day in awe. While soaking up all the fun and beauty of Carmel Beach, feel free to sip on a nice glass of wine or alcoholic beverage of your choice until 10 p.m., as long as it’s not a keg. Not only is this beach booze-friendly, but also dog-friendly even sans a leash.

Native Knowledge: About two or three blocks from the beach on Ocean Avenue is free two-hour parking! There are also side streets available with free parking!

Photo Credit: Dannymac15_1999/Flickr

Descanso Beach Club
1 Descanso Ave
Avalon, CA, 90704
310.510.7410 | www.visitcatalinaisland.com

Live a life of luxury at the Descanso Beach Club, where you can dive into an array of lavish activities. This beach club offers 17 cabanas ready to rent that come with complimentary goodies such as, bottled water, delicious smoothies, Wi-Fi, chaise lounges, a personal beach butler and towels, as well as private massages and bottle service for an extra fee. Imagine lying out with margaritas at hand and being waited on by your own personal cabana butler. That sounds like the perfect way to spoil yourself to me! If you want a break from the celebrity treatment, the Descanso Beach Club also offers vibrant beach parties to shake and groove all your worries away with live entertainment, DJs, and wallet-friendly happy hour.

Photo Credit: Ralphman/Flickr

Malibu Paradise Cove
8128 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA, 90265
310.457.2503 | www.paradisecovemalibu.com

Keeping it simple and to the point, Malibu’s Paradise Cove, has beach-goers stick to the classics when it comes to alcohol consumption, allowing only beer, wine and champagne on its warm, sunny beaches. Opening its sandy beaches and clear skies to the public at 8 a.m., all the beach bums can hang out, drink and have a good time until the beach closes at sunset. If you need food to hit the spot or to absorb the brew or liquid courage you’ve been sippin’ on, Paradise Beach Café is located on the beach so you may walk in and out as you please when you need a bite to eat.

Native Knowledge: This beach can get crowded, so arrive early or be ready to expect some hectic parking.

Photo Credit: Morgan Hartt/Flickr