City Partners with 4ocean for Beach Recycling Effort

In an effort to keep Boca’s beaches clean and free of debris and plastics, the City is partnering with Boca Raton-based 4ocean on a 6-month pilot program to increase recycling efforts at City beaches. 

4ocean is a Public Benefit Corporation with a mission to end the ocean plastic crisis by cleaning the ocean and coastlines and stopping the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits. 

Beginning this month, 4ocean will empty and sort 9 large recycling bins placed on Boca beaches. Residents and visitors can look for the large, blue recycling cans at:

  • South Beach Beach Park    
  • Red Reef Park    
  • Three Spanish River Park tunnels     
  • Silver Palm Park. 

Recycle bin collections will take place three times each week and the items will be sorted in the 4ocean warehouse for contamination. Information about top recyclable items and top contamination issues will be provided to the City, and additional public information will be distributed to help inform residents and visitors about better recycling habits.

There are many ways to keep our oceans clean and our wildlife safe. Learn more about reducing the use single use plastics and using the clean-up buckets that are available at Boca Raton’s Ocean Rescue stands. Thanks for doing your part!

2020-2021 Beach, Boat & Dog Permits available NOW for purchase at City Community Centers!

  • Boca Raton Community Center (next to City Hall)
    Monday-Friday 9am-8pm; Saturday 9am-4pm
  • Sugar Sand Park Community Center
    Monday-Friday 9am-8pm; Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm
  • James A, Rutherford Community Center at Patch Reef Park
    Monday-Friday 9am-8pm; Saturday 9am-4pm
  • City beach, boat, and dog park/beach permit-holders are still encouraged to renew permits online. Facial coverings are required in all City facilities.

COVID-19 Update as of September 7, 2020:

City beaches are open sunrise to sunset. Beachfront parks and parking lots are open 8am to sunset for permit holders and patrons paying the daily rates. Bark Beach is also open to permit holders.

  • Limited restrooms will be open.
  • Lifeguards will be on duty.
  • All City of Boca Raton beach park playgrounds are open. 
  • Picnic pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis only, with capacity limitations.
  • Parties accessing the beaches shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet.

Beach parks include:

  • Spanish River Park    
  • Bark Beach at Spanish River Park    
  • Red Reef Park     
  • Gumbo Limbo Nature Center    
  • Alan C. Alford Golf Course at Red Reef    
  • South Beach Park    
  • South Beach Pavilion    
  • South Inlet Park

Boca Raton South Beach Pavilion

Boca Raton’s coast is known for its most priceless treasure: a two mile stretch of lifeguard protected beaches. This pristine beach area, isolated and serene, provides recreational use for the thousands who wish to spend time at the ocean or enjoying the various sand dunes spotted with sea oats and sea grapes.


Lifeguards staff the beach 7 days a week, year-round, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time and from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM Daylight Standard Time.


For those wanting to watch the waves “live” before heading to the beach area, a high-resolution, time-lapse system webcam is located at South Beach Park Pavilion (East Palmetto Park Road and A1A). View the footage HERE. Information is provided regarding beach conditions, water temperatures and weather reports via weather station WS1080, with updates every few minutes.


Beach mats are located at the middle tunnel of Spanish River and the boardwalk at South Beach Pavilion and can be used in a multitude of applications for individuals of all abilities, including pedestrians and wheelchairs. The approved mat placement is a straight length from the boardwalk or tunnel to the beach. These mats will be accessible all year long.

For physically challenged beachgoers, beach wheel chairs are available. Please speak to a Gate Attendant upon arrival.

Use the links on this page to find more information about the beachfront parks.