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Your Best Beach Visit Ever Starts Here

We’re so glad you’re visiting Rehoboth Beach, the Nation’s Summer Capital. Here are some tips related to parking and beach regulations to help ensure that you have your best Rehoboth Beach visit ever!

Parking

Throughout the summer season, which is defined as the Friday before Memorial Day through the second Sunday after Labor Day, parking in the City or 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 hourly rate varies from $2-$3/hour depending on location.
  • 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. Change stations are available throughout the city.
  • All 30-minute and accessible spaces require payment in season.
  • Parking vehicles longer than 21’2” is restricted.
  • Scooter parking permits and designated parking areas are available.

Find more parking 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 9 am-5 pm weekdays and 9:30 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 prohibited on the beach from May 1- September 30. The city has both a leash and pooper scooper law.
  • Bikes are allowed on the boardwalk only from 5-10 am between May 15 and September 15. 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.

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 9 am-5 pm weekdays and 9:30 am-5:30 pm weekends. 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.

Stay Informed!