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Old 07-03-2012, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Angier, NC
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Having a debate with friends - is it legal to consume alcohol on public NC beaches, spefically OBX?
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Having a debate with friends - is it legal to consume alcohol on public NC beaches, spefically OBX?
It depends on the jurisdiction. In the National Park Service area, this literature says no open containers of alcohol allowed in vehicle, and public consumption is prohibited. The brochure is here: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisi...20Brochure.pdf

I'm not sure if you are inside a tent on an NPS campground, whether that is "public".

Several other towns governs other areas, north of the NPS, so the alcohol policy up to the town. The only thing I see prohibited is driving with an open container, so I believe you could carry in a cooler of beer, for example. Here's a link to a summary: Beach Rules and Regulations It also has links to specific towns. The town of Duck does not specifically prohibit drinking, just warns you not to swim: http://www.townofduck.com/ourbeach/ Of course, the towns all want you to remove your trash.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:40 AM
 
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It depends on the jurisdiction. In the National Park Service area, this literature says no open containers of alcohol allowed in vehicle, and public consumption is prohibited.
That literature only refers to "spiritous liquors" and "fortified wines". Beer and regular wine are legal on the NPS beaches.

I believe all of the town beaches allow all types of alcohol consumption but I'm not 100% on that.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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That literature only refers to "spiritous liquors" and "fortified wines". Beer and regular wine are legal on the NPS beaches.
Thanks for reading that more carefully than I did. So in the NPS, you could carry in your cooler of beer or wine, but just not drive with an open container.
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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You can drink on the beaches, just exercise common sense.
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:44 PM
 
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Not all the beaches. I know Wrightsville Beach isn't open container. Usually they won't say anything, as long as you're acting cool. But giving its a holiday week, they enforce it more.
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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I should have specified: I believe all the OBX town beaches allow alcohol. I don't know anything about the others.
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:31 PM
 
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The OP was asking specifically about the outer banks. They allow alcohol except for open containers in cars, which is the rule on the roads anyway. People drink on the beach all the time.

The open container law also applies to golf carts, FYI. You will get a citation for that.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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Wrightsville Beach is the only NC beach that I am aware of that specifically prohibits alcohol.
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:57 AM
 
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It is legal to drink on all OBX beaches...and nobody will ever bother you about age either
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