Partying on the beach with the wind in your hair, free of the stifling walls of nightclubs, is something even the most crowd-averse curmudgeon should experience at least once. Many public beaches all over the United States have become increasingly strict about large gatherings, but that is no reason to rule out the beach as a location for your next party. Plus, there are always those famous beaches abroad that welcome reveling tourists. Here are some of the world’s best beaches for partying.
We’ve ranked these beaches based on public access, proximity to bars and nightlife, and amenities for on-site food preparation as well as access to street food or beachside dining. While many of these beaches aren’t your typical overcrowded spots, but lesser-known options that are still great for large get-togethers, we included a few beaches whose legendary nightlife scenes extend well into the day. The sun, the sand, the salty air, and the endless horizon make for views that can be both relaxing and thrilling.
Initially, this list only contained beach towns and beaches in the United States, but as overseas travel is becoming increasingly accessible, we thought it high time to expand our options to include beaches to party in outside America. Big Bay State Park on Madeline Island, Wisconsin, made our list, as it is home to Tom’s Burned Down Café, a contender on The Daily Meal's list of Best Beach Bars. Beloved by locals, Tom's was rebuilt to spotlight live music of all genres and features quirky signs lining the walls. World-famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro is also on this list, partly because of its excellent street food that you won’t find anywhere else. The majority of these beach towns are still in the United States, but it never hurts to start dreaming of and cooking up plans to go to beach parties abroad.
Whether you’re with family or friends, or just want to relax and have a good time on your own, these beaches are sure to meet your every need. They offer a variety of ways to enjoy your summer party, from picnic tables and pavilions that can host a large group to exciting entertainment like live music nearby. Check out our slideshow to see where you should be organizing your next celebration!
Additional editing and reporting by Nikkitha Bakshani.
#15 Oak Island Beach, Oak Island, N.C.
Oak Island, North Carolina, didn’t just make this list because of its stellar views and clean sand. With 65 public beach access points, it is one of the most welcoming beach towns in the country. Oak Island allows eating and drinking on the beach, and it’s home to eight different parks sure to suit everyone’s preference, whether you're looking for fishing, barbecuing, or recreational sports.
#14 Atlantic Dunes Park, Delray Beach, Fla.
The emerging nightlife on East Atlantic Avenue, combined with the casual appeal of a beach town, make Delray Beach a haven for those looking to escape the usual party spots. There are two miles of public beach that are easily accessible from East Atlantic Avenue, so you’re never too far from restaurants and bars. With a picnic area and covered pavilion, Atlantic Dunes Park is great for a more relaxed beach experience (with partying options just a short walk away).