Parking in Delaware Beaches


Don't let parking be a nightmare! Prepare for your Delaware Beaches vacation.

Don’t let parking be a nightmare! Prepare for your Delaware Beaches vacation.


People come to the Delaware Beaches because these quiet, family friendly, ocean front towns are free from the frantic hustle that swarm the more popular locations. But because this is a residential community, what comes along with that small, beach town feel are parking nightmares. Some of the biggest complaints from visitors to these shores is that parking was next to impossible.

But forewarned is forearmed as they say. If you come prepared, then your beach vacation doesn’t have to be full of the stress of searching for a parking spot.


Here are some helpful hints about preparing to park in Delaware Beaches:

Off-Season Parking

If you are planning to come during the off-season, usually from Labor Day — Memorial Day, parking is free except where prohibited. So maybe you should plan a non-summer visit to the Delaware Beaches.

Parking Permits

Parking Permits can be attained while in town or ahead of time. These can be used if you are planning to stay a day, a weekend or if you are planning to keep coming back all season. Parking Permits allow you to park like a local, but they can be a bit pricey.

Metered Parking

The meters in Delaware Beaches only take quarters (unless it is also a Parkmobile location, see below). So it’s a good idea to keep a roll of quarters in your car at all times. At most locations, credit cards are no longer accepted!

Be sure to pay attention to the signs! Some parking is limited to 2 to 3-hours. And there are zones where parking is not permitted, or where parking is just residential or business.


If you have a smartphone, Parkmobile may be the option for you. Pay for metered parking with the click of a button. You don’t even have to run back to your car to add more time to the meter. Parkmobile is available at Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, Lewes and Rehoboth.

Watch this video for more info:

Parking is Enforced

If you do not follow the parking rules, expect to have a ticket waiting for you. Your car could even get booted or towed.

Parking Fills Up FAST

If you want a spot, metered or otherwise, try to get to the beach by 10 a.m. By 10:30, the spots may all be gone.

Take Advantage of Public Transportation

Bethany Beach Trolley Services:
After you park in Bethany Beach, take advantage of the 25-cent trolley. It makes stops all over Bethany, and you can’t beat the price.

 The Jolly Trolley:
Catch a ride to see the best of Rehoboth and Dewey beaches! An inexpensive lift that makes a number of convenient stops as well as providing fun facts along the way.

DART Resort Transit System
Avoid the hassle of parking all together by using the DART. You can park your car all day, then ride the easy-to-use transit system to travel all over the Delaware Beaches.


Here is some helpful information about Parking at each Delaware Beach Location:

 Bethany Beach

**Meters and Permits are enforced from May 15–September 15

 Metered Parking:

–Only available in the downtown area
–Rate: $2/hour
–Parkmobile available

Parking Permits:

–All non-metered parking requires a permit
Rates: 1 Day: $27; 3 Days: $79; 7 Days: $183
Can be purchased at:

Bethany Beach Police Department • 214 Garfield Pkwy, Bethany BeachOpen 24/7

Dewey Beach

**Meters and Permits are enforced from May 15–September 15

Metered Parking:

–Very few metered locations
–May be better to park elsewhere, and use public transportation
–Parkmobile availalbe

Parking Permits:

Rates: 1 Day: $10-15; Weekend: $35; 7 Days: $55; Seasonal: $200
Can be purchased at:

Dewey Beach Town Hall • 105 Rodney Ave, Dewey BeachOpen Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
**you can also mail money to the Town Hall and they will hold pass

Parking Permit Machines • Town Hall Parking Lot • Open 24/7
**cannot purchase seasonal passes    

iDewey Visitor Center • 1905 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach • hours vary

Available online at
**there may be a surcharge

Fenwick Island

**Permits are enforced from May 15–September 15. Metered parking is not available.

Click here for a Fenwick Island Parking Map

Parking Permits:

–All parking requires a permit, which cannot be purchased in advance
Rates: 1 Day: $10; Weekly: $60; Monthly: $150; Seasonal: $300
Can be purchased at:

Public Safety Building • 800 Coastal Hwy, Fenwick IslandOpen every day during summer

Fenwick Island State Park Parking:

39415 Inlet Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE

–You can pay to stay for the day
–Walking distance from Fenwick Island
Rates: Out-of-state: $10/car; Delaware residents: $5/car


**Meters are enforced from May 1–October 14

Metered Parking:

–Very few metered locations available on public streets and municipal parking lots
–Arrive early for a spot
–Parkmobile available

Cape Henlopen State Park Parking:

15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE

–You can pay to stay for the day
–Walking distance from downtown Lewes
Rates: Out-of-state: $10/car; Delaware residents: $5/car

Rehoboth Beach

**Meters and Permits are enforced from the Fri. before Memorial Day–2nd Sun. after Labor Day

Click here for a Rehoboth Beach parking map

Metered Parking:

–Rate: $2/hour
–Parkmobile available

Parking Permits:

–All non-metered parking requires a permit
Rates: 1 Day: $10-15; Weekend: $35; 8 Days: $60; Seasonal $175-200
Can be purchased at:

Parking Meter Department • 30 Lake Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE • Open summer hours 8 a.m.—midnight; winter hours 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Visitors Center • 501 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Kiosk on Rehoboth Avenue (after crossing the drawbridge) • Open 8:30 a.m.– 3 p.m.

Kiosk on Bayard Avenue (after crossing over Silver Lake) • Open 8:30 a.m.– 3 p.m.

Permits also available for purchase at check-in time at several local Real Estate Offices and the Visitors Center





CLICK HERE to read more about polite dealings with locals in Rehoboth Beach.

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