COVID-19 Update as of June 3, 2020

Public and private beaches in Palm Beach County reopened on Monday, May 18, 2020. Pedestrians have access to City beaches sunrise to sunset during the reopening phase.  

City of Boca Raton beach-front parks and parking lots reopened to the public on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 8am – sunset for permit holders and patrons paying the daily rates. Bark Beach reopened to permit-holders on Friday, June 5, 2020. 

Permits are now available for curbside purchase ONLY at the Boca Raton Community Center (150 Crawford Blvd. - West side), Monday - Saturday, 9am - 4pm.

  • Limited restrooms will be open.
  • Lifeguards will be on duty.
  • All City of Boca Raton beach park playgrounds and picnic pavilions will remain closed until further notice.
  • 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


I’m a resident of Boca Raton. How can I access the beach?  You can walk or ride a bike to a beach park access point, or you can park at one of the beach parks from 8am - sunset with a beach permit or paying the daily rate. Beaches will be open sunrise to sunset. Parking along A1A is prohibited.

What activities are allowed on City beaches in this first phase? While activities are not restricted, all social distancing guidelines should be maintained for safety.

When will beach parks and parking open? City beach parks and parking open to permit holders and patrons paying daily rates on May 26, 2020. Beach parks are open from 8am - sunset.

Will my beach permit pass be extended? The City will review this issue during the upcoming budget process which will be finalized in September.

Is Bark Beach open? Bark Beach opened on Friday, June 5, 2020 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7am - 9am & 5pm - sunset.

Mizner Bark Dog Park is open and is free to residents with a park permit.

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.