Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Last Remaining Beaches You Can Still Cruise Through

As fun as it is to spend the day at the beach, there’s just nothing that beats driving next to the sea with the top down and the wind in your hair. Beach driving is typically prohibited, but it's still allowed in a handful of places. We've hand-picked five of our favorites for your convenience.

  1. Corolla Beach, North Carolina - Best known for its wild horses, Corolla Beach in North Carolina's Outer Banks also happens to be a great beach driving destination. Only four-wheel-drive vehicles are permitted, and several rules and regulations apply. However, there's no better way to snag a pristine and secluded section of beach. After enjoying a drive, you can find the perfect location and spend the day and evening watching wild mustangs roam freely on the beach while dolphins frolick in the ocean.
  2. Cape Cod, Massachusetts - Beach driving is permitted along a significant section of the Cape Cod National Seashore known as the ORV Corridor. As the name implies, only off-road vehicles are permitted. Further, you must visit the Off-Road Permit Station in Provincetown to get a permit first. Once you do, though, you will be allowed to drive freely along this section of the seashore, which runs from Provincetown to Truro.
  3. Island Beach State Park, New Jersey - For the ultimate surf fishing and spectacular, sandy beaches that are perfect for sunbathing and fun in the sun, the 10 miles or so of drivable beaches in this state park are second to none. Situated on Barnegat Bay, these beaches feature dunes, tidal marshes and some of the best surf fishing conditions around. You must obtain a permit, and only four-wheel-drive vehicles are permitted to drive on the beach, but it’s worth it — driving visitors are met with unbelievable sea air and gorgeous views.
  4. Long Beach Peninsula, Washington State - Driving along this lovely, sandy peninsula has been permitted for nearly as long as cars have existed. Large sections of it are open to cars year-round while others are closed from mid-April until after Labor Day. Pristine and scenic, Long Beach Peninsula has hard-packed sand that's fun and easy to drive along. By exploring it by car, you can easily find a nice, secluded spot where you can enjoy a peaceful day of fun and relaxation.
  5. Daytona Beach, Florida - Perhaps the best known beach in the U.S. for driving is Daytona Beach, which boasts approximately 23 miles of packed sand stretching along the ocean and accessible via Atlantic Highway, which is also known as the A1A. At a price of just $10 per vehicle, this adventure is well worth it for some unbelievable ocean vistas.

If driving on the beach is on your bucket list, now is the time to visit one of the beaches listed above. You're sure to have the time of your life! Did we leave your favorite drivable beach off our list? Let us know in the comments below!

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