When you are on a vacation, you want to pass time on the beach as much as possible since that is the main reason why you went in the first place. Some people do not get enough from a day spent at the beach, so sometimes they want to enjoy it at night as well.
So, do beaches close at night, and is it illegal to go for a swim even if they are closed?
As a general rule, most beaches in Florida are open from sunrise to sundown, and they do not allow people at night. However, there are some beaches that are open 24 hours a day, and they are the exceptions to this rule. If you want to make sure of the beach working hours, you can contact the local authorities.
Going on a vacation in a different city or state may involve a lot of rules that you are not familiar with.
In order to avoid breaking the law, and doing some illegal activities that might get you in trouble, you should inform yourself well beforehand.
In this article, you will read all about the working hours of the beaches in Florida, as well as those that are exceptions to the rules.
General Policy Of The Beaches In Florida
In most cases, the beaches around Florida are open from early morning until sundown, meaning that after that people are not allowed to stay or go swimming on the beaches.
However, there are always exceptions, therefore, you can find beaches that are open late, or that do not close at all. Beaches that are open 24 hours a day allow guests throughout the whole day and night.
The beaches that have regular working hours, i.e. from early morning until evening, do not allow people to visit when they are closed.
- In general, it is considered illegal to go to the beach if it is already closed to visitors.
They set regular working hours because this way they can easily manage crowds, and prevent any unpleasant or dangerous events by providing security officers and lifeguards.
Each beach around the United States is operated by the rules of the owner, however, they are mostly the same or similar, especially if they are in the same state.
Nonetheless, that does not mean that all around the States you will find the same or similar beach rules. Most beaches around the US are owned by the government, meaning that they are free to the public.
Before you visit a certain beach, you should make sure that you are familiarized with the guidelines.
As I mentioned before, the rules and regulations might be quite similar, but you should be prepared that somewhere you may come across totally different rules, even though it is only a county in question.
Therefore, once you decide on the beach that you are going to visit, ensure that you know and you follow the rules.
If you need to obtain information about a certain beach, you can do that in several ways.
- Check Signs On The Parking Lot – Usually, the beaches provide all of their rules and regulations before you enter, i.e. at their main entrance. They are mainly placed in parking lots because that is where people come first. This way all of the visitors can know what behavior is expected from them once they enter.
- Visit The Website Of The Beach – Most beaches have their own websites where they put all of their information at their visitors’ disposal. Usually, there you will find everything you need and you want to know about a particular beach.
- Contact Local Or Beach Authorities – If there is no other way to inquire about the working hours of the beach, you may call the beach directly and ask yourself. If you are in no position to obtain their number, then you can call the police department. They will give you all the information you need about a particular beach.
In addition, you should make sure that there is public access to the beach you want to visit.
Some landowners tend to buy the waterfront, meaning that they also buy a part of the beach when they buy the house.
You should remember that if the beach is owned by someone, it would be illegal to visit, even if no one is in the house at a particular moment.
Check out this relaxing video of St Pete’s beach. This beach is a personal favorite of mine!
Is It Illegal To Go To The Beach At Night?
If the beach does not work in the evenings, that means that it would be illegal to visit it during the closed hours.
The beaches usually have fences around their main entrances, and they have signs that they are closed, however, not all of them have security guards or some kind of security system. Therefore, many people tend to visit the beach even though it is closed.
However, you should know that police may come and check the beach occasionally.
This is more likely to happen if there were previous issues and vandalism on that beach. So, remember that if the beach is closed, it would be illegal to visit it after working hours, and you may get in trouble with the law.
If you are caught by the police at the beach after working hours, you might be faced with legal charges for trespassing.
Even if you are a tourist, and you do not know the rules, you might not be excused after all. Therefore, be careful, and inform yourself about the rules and regulations before deciding to go on a certain beach at night.
Is It Safe To Visit The Beach At Night?
Although sleeping on the sand and night swimming sounds adventurous and exciting, you should know that those activities may lead to potential dangers, such as:
- No lifeguards.
- Potential criminal activity.
- No proper lighting.
- Sea creatures, like jellyfish, that you cannot see at night.
- Change of tide levels abruptly.
Most beaches in Florida are closed at night, however, there are some exceptions.
However, before deciding to visit a beach at night make sure that you are familiarized with their working hours along with other rules. Otherwise, you might be faced with some legal charges.