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Where to find free beach parking in Palm Beach County

Free beach parking might seem like a dream in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, but plenty of spaces can be found along Palm Beach County’s 37 miles of coastline.
 
The free beachside parking spots get easier to find as you travel north from Boca Raton to Tequesta.
 

Beachgoers can park for free and step out into bliss at the end of the pedestrian tunnel below State Road A1A at Loggerhead Park in Juno Beach. Photo: Bill DiPaolo

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Pull off State Road A1A into tree-lined South Inlet Park just north of the winding Boca Inlet, and you’ll pay $3 per hour on weekdays and $4 per hour on weekends and holidays. 
 
Meanwhile, at Tequesta’s Coral Cove Park and along both sides of A1A north of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, parking all day every day is free.
 
“When I was a kid, my parents never paid to park on the beach. Now, you have to look really hard to find a free spot,” said Nancy Scialdone, a Deerfield Beach legal assistant who was parking her Toyota Camry in one of the 30 free spots in Ocean Ridge Hammock Park
 
Ask any local or tourist, and they will agree: Finding a free beach parking spot in Palm Beach County takes time. They also likely concur it’s worth the effort.
 
One of the best snorkeling spots in the nation greets visitors when they stop underneath the Blue Heron Bridge at Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach. And the parking is free.
 

This maritime statue greets visitors who enjoy free parking at Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach. Photo: Bill DiPaolo

 
There are swing sets for kids, grills and horseshoe pits at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island in Riviera Beach. And free parking.
 
There’s a lifeguarded kiddie swim area and fishing near the Jupiter Inlet jetty at DuBois Park in Jupiter. Parking at this super-popular park is limited, but free.
 
A tunnel under A1A greets visitors after they park for free on the west side of the road at Loggerhead Park in Juno Beach. The walk through the dank, dim cement shaft takes about a minute. You’ll feel like Dorothy opening the door to Oz when the turquoise ocean, green palm trees and cool ocean breezes greet you at the end.
 
Do you like Shakespeare? Summer outdoor plays are performed at the annual Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival on the west side of Carlin Park in Jupiter. Park for free.
 
The wide beaches with lush sea oats in Delray Beach — where volleyball and windsurfing are passions — are walking distance to restaurants, breweries and even a pinball museum along always-evolving Atlantic Avenue. If you don’t mind walking a few blocks, there’s no charge to park until 4 p.m. in the city’s parking garages on SE First Avenue, Northeast First Avenue and SE Fourth Avenue.
 
Toting their paddle boards and kayaks, beachgoers hop out of their vehicles parked for free on the sandy sides of State Road A1A in Tequesta. It's paddling distance from the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, and just a few steps to the turquoise waters of the Intracoastal Waterway.
 

Experience a throwback to the days of pulling over along a sandy roadside steps away from the Intracoastal Waterway in Tequesta. Photo: Bill DiPaolo

 
Finding such free spaces that are walking-distance to Palm Beach County beaches takes some searching — and a little luck. And keep your eye on the clock.
 
There are about 50 spaces — about 25 on each side of Palmetto Park Road — east of the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton. The parking spaces, which are free for four hours, were almost all occupied on a recent steamy August weekday afternoon.
 
Arriving early is the only way to get a free spot, said beachgoers. Workers and customers at the bicycle shops, clothing stores and eateries along that bustling section of Palmetto Park Road compete for the spaces, walking distance from South Inlet Park.
 
“Make sure you’re back on time. My friend got here 15 minutes after his time expired. He had a ticket on his windshield,” said Jim Leighton, a Boynton Beach landscaper who had been snorkeling on the beach.
 
When on the hunt for free beach parking in Palm Beach County, use this rule of thumb: With a few notable exceptions, parking at county beach parks is free, and parking at municipal beach parks is paid. 
 
The only two Palm Beach County Parks that require payment are R.G. Kreusler Park in Palm Beach and South Inlet Park n Boca Raton. All other county parks have free parking.
 
Why? Those two parks are within municipal boundaries of the two communities. Palm Beach and Boca Raton required the county to agree to price the parking comparable to municipal parking rates.
 
“Otherwise, the public would go to the cheaper county park and not go to the municipal parks,” said Chris Korbelak, manager of public engagement for the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department.
 
Parking at municipal beaches in Lantana, Lake Worth Beach, Ocean Front Beach Park in the Ocean Ridge/Boynton Beach area also require payment. Parking at the municipal beach in Riviera Beach (Ocean Mall on Singer Island) is free.
 
In Palm Beach, free time-limited parking spaces are getting more difficult to find. If you are determined to walk in the sand here, scour the commercial streets west of A1A in midtown. You could get lucky and find an open spot with 30 minutes to two hours of free parking. Check the signs posted on the streets closely, though, to make sure you are complying with the rules. 
 
But if you make it to Palm Beach island early enough in the day, there is free beachside parking waiting for you: Visitors to Phipps Ocean Park, on A1A just south of Sloan’s Curve, can park for free for two hours between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. 
 
The town’s website notes the restrictions are strictly enforced.
 
A car parked along the roadway with the ocean in the background.

Free parking along the ocean on State Road A1A? It's real in Jupiter. Photo: Bill DiPaolo

 
FREE BEACH PARKING IN PALM BEACH COUNTY
South to north:
  • East of Intracoastal Waterway on both sides of Palmetto Park Road. Four-hour limit.
  • Gulfstream Park, just south of Briny Breezes.
  • Ocean Ridge Hammock Park, on west side of State Road A1A between Ocean Ave. and Boynton Inlet
  • Ocean Inlet Park at the Boynton Inlet
  • Phipps Ocean Park in Palm Beach, south of Sloan’s Curve. Free parking for two hours from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island, Riviera Beach
  • Ocean Walk Mall on Singer Island, Riviera Beach's municipal beach
  • Phil Foster Park, on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway on Blue Heron Boulevard in Riviera Beach
  • About 40 free spaces are on Mercury Road, behind Town Hall in Juno Beach
  • Juno Beach Park, north of Donald Ross Road
  • Ocean Cay Park, in Jupiter at Marcinski Road and State Road A1A 
  • Free street parking on State Road A1A from Ocean Cay Park north to Carlin Park
  • Carlin Park, in Jupiter at State Road A1A south of Indiantown Road
  • DuBois Park, tucked between the Jupiter Inlet and State Road A1A at Jupiter Beach Road
  • Jupiter Beach Park, next to Dubois Park
  • Coral Cove Park, in Tequesta on State Road A1A north of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
  • Both sides of State Road A1A, about a half-mile north of Cato’s Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway to Coral Cove Park.

Palm Beach County cheap and free events

Monday, February 26, 2024

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Discounts at Cinemark on Tuesdays

All Day | Discounted | Cinemark

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-7.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Boca Raton

Free Big Band concert: 'Montage,' Palm Beach State College

7:30 pm | FREE | Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Gardens

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

CMX Classics discount film

3:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $6.00-7.00 | CMX Cinemas

Art and Jazz on the Avenue in Delray

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Live music: Clematis by Night, West Palm Beach

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Free Twilight concert: Rock of ABBA, Delray Beach

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Old School Square, Delray

Black Arts Matter, West Palm Beach

6:30 pm | FREE | CityZen Garden, Downtown West Palm Beach

Friday, March 1, 2024

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Guided nature hike, Jupiter

9:00 am | FREE | Riverbend Park, Jupiter

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Free concert: First Friday @ 5, Boynton Beach

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Centennial Park, Boynton Beach

Art After Dark: 1st Friday Jazz at The Norton, WPB

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00-10.00 | Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

First Friday Art Walk, Delray Beach

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Delray Beach

Que Bacano!: Salsa lessons, dominoes tournament, WPB

6:30 pm | FREE | Clematis Street on the Waterfront, WPB

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Free entry to museums with bank card

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Sensory-Friendly Science Saturdays for age 5+, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 10:00 am | FREE | Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton

DIY workshops for kids at participating Home Depot stores

9:00 am to 12:00 pm | FREE | Home Depot stores

Delray GreenMarket

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Free Fun First Saturday, Boca History Museum

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum

Free Museum of Art admission for WPB residents & military Saturdays

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

Regal Cinemas Saturday Morning Kids Flicks for $2

10:00 am | Discounted | Regal Cinemas

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Science Stories for age 5+, Boca Raton

11:30 am | FREE | Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton

Adventures of the Three Mess-Keteers, Miami

11:30 am | $5.00 | Sandrell Rivers Theater

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Free entry to museums with bank card

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

CMX Classics discount film

3:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $6.00-7.00 | CMX Cinemas

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