Your Best Beach Visit Ever Starts Here

kids having fun at rehoboth beach

We’re so glad that you’re planning to visit Rehoboth Beach, the Nation’s Summer Capital. Of course, our mile-long beach and boardwalk are the main attractions, but you'll find lots to enjoy both on and off the beach. Consider just a sampling of what Rehoboth Beach has to offer:

  • free concerts every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening through the summer season at the bandstand
  • a lip-smackin' reputation for a vibrant culinary scene that includes award-winning
    people dining outdoors at rehoboth beach restaurant

    fine dining establishments, delightful dives, and lots of additional options to sip and taste

  • opportunities to experience nature at one of two state parks, located at either end of Rehoboth Beach, or along the gorgeous bike trails in the area
  • a charming, walkable downtown area that features dozens of boutiques and shops as well as more than 100 eateries
  • a Tuesday morning Farmers Market where you can pick up fresh produce and tasty treats.
people on rehoboth beach boardwalk


So whether you're favorite thing is eating, shopping, fishing, being active, communing with nature, dancing or singing along to your favorite tunes, soaking up the sun - or doing it all, we're so pleased that you've thought of Rehoboth Beach. Below are some tips related to parking and beach regulations to help ensure that you have your best Rehoboth Beach visit ever!


Throughout the summer season, which is May 15-September 15, parking in the City of Rehoboth Beach is by permit or via meters only.

  • Parking permits, required in non-metered areas of the city, are enforced from 10 am-5 pm. After 5 pm, parking in non-metered locations is open to all.
  • Metered spaces require payment from 10 am-10 pm. The citywide rate is $4/hour.
  • Head-in parking is required in all angled or perpendicular parking spaces.
  • Daily, weekend, weekly, and seasonal permits may be purchased from 8:30 am-3 pm daily in season at kiosks in the 700 block of Bayard Avenue, between Stockley and Norfolk streets, and at 408 Rehoboth Avenue, just beyond the drawbridge and traffic circle as you come into town. Permits also are available at the city’s parking department, located at 1 City Hall Drive, behind 30 Lake Avenue.
  • Meter payments may be made using credit cards, the ParkMobile app, or change. A change station is located at Rehoboth Avenue and 1st Street, or change is available from the parking deepartment.
  • All 30-minute and accessible spaces require payment in season.
  • Parking vehicles longer than 22'3" is restricted.
  • Scooter parking permits and designated parking areas are available.

Find more parking information.

Lifeguards, umbrellas, chairs, and wheelchairs

  • Lifeguards protect Rehoboth Beach and beach-goers from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through three weeks following Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 am-5 pm weekdays and 10 am-5:30 pm weekends and holidays. The Rehoboth Beach Patrol coverage area includes all of the beach within the city’s corporate limits, from Prospect Street to Deauville Beach.
  • Some hotels provide umbrellas and chairs for their guests. Private vendors are available on the beach in season to rent chairs and umbrellas. These vendors are located near dune crossings or at the blue and yellow huts.
  • If you bring your own umbrella, be aware that a circular shade of no more than 8’ and a central pole no longer than 7’6” is permitted.
  • Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis free of charge from 10 am-5 pm during the beach season at Rehoboth Beach Patrol headquarters, 1 Baltimore Avenue, and at storage sheds located on the beach at Maryland Avenue and Laurel Street. Please call 302-227-2280 for more information.

Beach rules and regulations

  • Smoke-free areas in Rehoboth Beach include the beach and dune crossings, bandstand plaza, boardwalk and access ways, and city parks and playgrounds.
  • No tents or canopies are allowed on Rehoboth Beach, without permission from the city, which may be granted for weddings or special events. Baby tents up to 36” high x 36” wide x 36” deep are allowed.
  • Grills or any cooking or heating devices that use fire are prohibited.
  • In season, beaches within the city are guarded by the Rehoboth Beach Patrol from 10 am-5 pm weekdays and 10 am-5:30 pm weekends and holidays.
  • No one is permitted on the beach from 1-5 am.
  • No drinking or open containers of alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach, boardwalk, or public streets.
  • Dogs are allowed on the beach only from October 1-April 30. The city has both a leash and pooper scooper law.
  • From May 15-September 15, bikes are allowed on the boardwalk only from 5-10 am. Find additional safety guidelines for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Adults are not allowed to bicycle on sidewalks at any time. Children riding on sidewalks must be 12 or younger.
  • No vehicles on the boardwalk or beach.
  • Skateboards are prohibited on the boardwalk and bandstand plaza year-round and on sidewalks and streets from May 15-September 15. Rollerblades and roller skates are prohibited on the boardwalk and bandstand plaza from May 15-September 15.

Find more information about beach rules and regulations.

    Stay Informed!