For many, the idea of driving on a beach is only something that had been seen in old black and white photos of days gone by. However, there are still plenty of modern-day beaches where you can still drive on the beach. Here are some of the best beaches in America for beach driving.
Daytona Beach is still considered by most to be the undisputed king of beach driving destinations. In fact, Daytona probably has the most interesting history as it pertains to the pastime of taking your vehicle out on the sand. Way back in 1902, the beach hosted its first car and motorcycle race along the sands. Eventually, the route became known as “The North Turn,” which would eventually graduate into the empire we know today as NASCAR. Today, it’ll cost you $20 but you can cruise your vehicle along the sands of Daytona Beach.
While Daytona is great for beach cruising, it can also get pretty crowded during certain parts of the year. If you’re looking for miles of unspoiled beach to drive on, you’re better off heading up to Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts. You’ll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle before you’re allowed out on the sand and you’ll also have to sit through an orientation video, but the extra effort is worth it.
California has been a major destination for car enthusiasts for more than a century. You might expect that it would be full of beaches to cruise on. In actuality, there is only one beach in the state where it’s legal to drive on the sand. Oceanu Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area outside of Pismo Beach provides five and a half miles of sand where visitors can cruise. They recommend that you have some type of dune buggy or four-wheel-drive, but ordinary cars are permitted as well.
The beaches in Texas are special because a state law makes it so that anyone can access and drive on the beaches completely free of charge. It’s one of the few places where you can actually take a “road trip” on a beach. North Padre Island is home to a 60-mile stretch of beach you can drive on, some of which runs through undeveloped parts of the state.