What’s the story with the Alcohol Ban on the beaches in Panama City Beach, Florida?
What do the drinking laws mean for Spring Break?
Can you still drink on Panama City Beach?
Is it true that Panama City Beach bars stop serving alcohol at Two a.m?
If you’re asking yourself any of these questions, or you’ve heard abut the Alcohol Ban in Panama City Beach then read on… If you’re just looking for a quick answer; here it is. You cannot drink on the white sandy beaches in Panama City Beach during the month of March. But Spring Break is by no means over…
In an attempt to alleviate concerns that Panama City Beach Spring Break had gotten out of hand, a drinking law was passed in 2016. Local law enforcement and Bay County officials enacted a new law that bans drinking alcohol on “the white sandy beaches” during the month of March. The remaining 11 months of the year are unaffected.
Is The Drinking Ban Just Aimed at Spring Breakers?
Officially, this is not directed at Spring Breakers, or college / High School students specifically. There are several instances of older couples being fined for violating this law, due to their lack of awareness.
Being caught consuming alcohol on the beaches can result in a fine of up to $500. So it’s sensible to know the law, and where you stand.
The only month of the year the alcohol ban is in place is March. The month the highest volume of Spring Breakers visit Panama City Beach.
So What Does This Mean For Spring Break?
Realistically, there’s very little that this actually changes.
Your Hotel / Resort most likely has a pool area. Depending where you stay, you might also have access to a large back deck, and even a Tiki Bar (if you’re staying at the Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort, a.k.a. the ‘Spring Break Fun Place’.)
So those wanting to responsibly enjoy alcohol, can still do so during Spring Break in Panama City Beach. The only difference is that you can’t drink while you are stood on the beach itself.
Police officers do patrol the 27-mile stretch of sand, and may approach anybody they suspect of drinking. If you are found to be consuming alcohol on the beach, cops can issue tickets and fines. At the time of writing, the maximum fine is $500.
Panama City Beach Spring Break
Knowing this, many Spring Breakers thought about visiting other destinations for Spring Break instead. The downside to this approach is that the majority of alternative Spring Break destinations just don’t compare to Panama City Beach. What you gain in being able to drink with your toes in the sand, you lose so much more in other areas.
Spring Breakers using the alcohol ban as a reason to skip Panama City Beach during 2016 quickly understood their mistake. The Panama City Beach Spring Break alcohol ban did result in a quieter Spring Break than typical in 2016. However, early projections predict much larger crowds in 2017.
The Spring Break experience isn’t simply consuming alcohol on the beach. It’s so much bigger than that. It’s the fun atmosphere. The 27 mile stretch of pure white sandy beaches. The huge selection of Condos and Beach Houses. The concert performances, daytime games and contests. Plus all the fun attractions, restaurants clubs and bars.
Spring Break Capital of the World
Panama City Beach is the Spring Break capital of the World for good reason. Lots of them.
The drinking laws on the beach are ultimately there to help increase your safety and peace of mind.
Not only is this not negative, or something to be concerned about, it’s a positive thing. It ensures you’ll get back home with nothing but great memories of your Spring Break, and even better stories to tell!
Find out more about the Panama City Beach Spring Break experience at www.springbreakfunplace.com