Panama City Beach (Panama City, FL)
It comes at no surprise that after a rowdy PCB spring break 2015, Panama City Council HAD to implement some kind of legislation to avoid a future spring break catastrophe.
But was an alcohol ban on the beach in response to loud public and resident outcry the answer? The 5-0 unanimous vote in favor of the alcohol ban was met with applause from residents who wore “please save our beach” t-shirts and anger from dozens of hospitality, restaurant, and pub owners who wore “please save our jobs” t-shirts. Clearly, the city council took sides in this decision. A local lawyer who spoke in favor of the residents at the city council meeting, even went as far as to call the actions of spring breakers “domestic terrorism” despite of course… no political aims by college party-goers whatsoever.
Indian Wells Beach (East Hampton, NY)
The 2,000 foot main stretch of Indian Wells Beach (better known as Fratster Beach) will no longer be a hotspot for booze-fueled partygoers. East Hampton lawmakers are closing in on an alcohol ban aimed to keep wild party-seeking tourists (spring breakers) away and young children safe. East Hampton’s Councilwoman, Sylvia Overby, headed the decision, and even proposed a measure to ban alcohol at an adjacent beach during daytime lifeguard hours.
Galveston Beach (Galveston, TX)
When USA Today released their annual top spring break destinations of 2014, it was only plausible to infer what was bound to happen next. As you likely predicted, Galveston responded by stationing extra police patrol on the sought-after west end of the island where spring breakers are known to drink in clumps, and drive and park on sand dunes. Of course, alcohol is permitted at East Beach/Apffel Park where Spring breakers aren’t known to gather.
Port Aransas Beach (Port Aransas, TX)
On Thursday January 22, 2015, the Port Aransas City Council passed a unanimous bill to ban alcohol on city beaches during spring break (sorry to anyone who had already made plans to head down to Port Aransas this year!) This new ordinance gives city council and Port Aransas police more authority to handle beach activities and drive out unwanted guests. The vote was aimed strictly to outlaws alcohol on city beaches over those two weeks in March spring breakers would normally flock to the shore.
Fire Island National Seashore (Patchogue, NY)
The National Park Service at another popular spot on Long Island recently brought down the hammer by banning alcohol on all federal lands between Atlantique and Corneille Estates. Town Councilman John Cochrane has even come forward in full support of the ban, and to publicly denounce outside visitors stating that they were simply not picking up after themselves and using residents lawns as restrooms leaving it up to the locals to clean up. Safe to say, it’s best to avoid Fire Island this coming spring break.
Despite all the unwanted vibes from locals across the nation, there are still several hotspots where you won’t have to worry about new laws or any fines.
Cancún, Mexico, Nassau, Bahamas, South Padre Island, Texas, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic have all consistently ranked among top destinations to spend spring break for years. Why? Because there are essentially no laws in Cancún, the Bahamas, or in the Dominican Republic in regards to drinking in public. Don’t forget that the drinking age at these three spots is also 18 – which also attracts those on the verge of turning 21, but don’t want to risk severe citations in the states for underage drinking.