6 Beaches You Can Drive on With Your Car


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It’s nice to drive to the beach, but what about driving on the beach? That’s the sort of beach experience you can’t get everywhere, and when it’s allowed, it can end up being the best part of your day.

Interested in taking a trip to the beach in your four-wheeler? Take a look at these six destinations, all of which are legal for beach driving.

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1. Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

Assateague Island is divided into sections, with some areas designated for beach driving and others reserved for pedestrian use or wildlife protection. 

All you need to do is get yourself an Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) permit, and the sandy shores are yours to explore. Seasonal restrictions may apply, so check with the park authorities first.

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2. Pismo Beach, California

Pismo Beach was once famous for clams, but thanks to both tons of people and tons of sea otters, the clam population has significantly diminished. Now it’s known for its expansive coastline and soft, golden sands, which are perfect for an oceanside ride. Check out one of the designated areas for beach driving and soak up some views of the sunset and Pismo Pier.

Image Credit: Pismo Beach, California at sunset by Steve Hardy (CC BY-ND).

3. Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand

This Western New Zealand beach is actually more like 55 miles, but that’s still a ton of beach that your tires can cover. Ninety Mile Beach is famous for its sunsets, so find a place to park and kick back.

Image Credit: Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand by Dean Bromley (CC BY).

4. Outer Banks, North Carolina

The Outer Banks are famous for many things, and all of those things can be experienced from the driver’s seat of your car. Check out Corolla Beach for its more tranquil vibes and a pristine stretch of coastline where you can sometimes even spot wild horses.

Image Credit: Wild horses of the Outer Banks by Don Sniegowski (CC BY-NC-SA).

5. Stockton Beach, Australia

Not far from Newcastle in new South Wales, you’ll find the sky-scraping dunes and rough coastline of Stockton Beach. Beach driving is allowed along certain stretches, as long as you’ve got a Beach Vehicle Permit.

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6. Daytona Beach, Florida

Undoubtedly, you know Daytona Beach from the Daytona 500. The best part? You can be your own racer (at safe speeds, of course) since you can drive the beach and enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean.

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