Best Vehicles for Carolina Beach Bums

Whether you're taking a road trip to the beach or you're lucky enough to live by the Carolina coast, you need a car that suits the outdoor lifestyle. From catching the ocean breeze to riding on the dunes, we've got you covered. Here are the best vehicles for Carolina beach bums.


The Jeep Wrangler is probably the first car that comes to mind, and for good reason. Synonymous with rugged outdoor adventure, the Wrangler assures maximum sun exposure thanks to the removable top, zip-out windows, and foldable windshield. With the wind in your hair and the salt in the air, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option for the beach. The bonus is the ability to off-road on the dunes in approved areas. The Jeep Wrangler is ideal for cruising on or off the sand. Check out why so many people love their Jeeps at AAA Talks.


If it's just you and your special someone out for the day, the Mazda MX-5 Miata will do the trick. The two seater convertible has a snug cockpit so you can enjoy each other's company on the drive. The small trunk allows for a beach bag, cooler, and a few other necessities. Raise the top and take in the action from the driver's seat as you approach the shore. You won't break the bank on this beach car, as the Miata is an affordable convertible that suits most budgets. Or, Take Your Top Off, with some of these other new convertibles.


For more than six decades, the Toyota Land Cruiser has had a reputation for off-road ruggedness, making it the perfect choice for driving on the sand. The V-8 powered beast can also tow more than four tons if you have a boat or motor home to transport. With a spacious interior and ample cargo room, you can pack up the whole family for a road trip without a problem. 


Designed to meet the needs of beach bums, the Honda Element has a urethane floor and water-resistant seats that will make cleaning out sand easier than ever. Just hose down the inside and outside when you're done for the day. Plus, the ample cargo space provides plenty of room for beach chairs, boogie boards, and other necessities. With plenty of leg room and head room, all passengers can fit comfortably on a longer drive.


If you're planning to surf or jet ski, you might want to invest in a truck like the Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma can tow as much as 5,000 pounds, and its bed is long enough to accommodate surfboards. With the double cab, you can fit your family or a few friends without the steep price of a full-size pickup. Plus, you can throw a few coolers on the bed without taking up room in the cabin.


The Subaru Outback is a good choice if you don't want to be bogged down by size. It's AWD and spacious enough for a few friends spending a casual day at the beach. Toss in a few towels, beach bags, and a volleyball, and you're all set. You can always attach a few surf boards to the top if you're feeling adventurous.

If you're looking for some travel suggestions, check out The Best Beaches in the Carolinas and The Best and Brightest Lighthouses of North Carolina for your next road trip. AAA Auto Buying can help you find the right car for traveling to the beach or for coastal living. Call 1-866-710-6226 to speak to one of our auto experts today.