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Parking is now free in Rehoboth Beach. What to know about off-season parking at Delaware beaches


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One of the best perks of visiting or living at the Delaware beaches come fall? Free parking.

The city of Rehoboth Beach announced Monday that its parking season has now ended, and meters won't make an appearance in town again until May 27.

Still, every beach town along the Delaware coast has a different seasonal parking program. Here's a guide for what to know when parking at the beaches or in the resort towns from Lewes to Fenwick Island.

Lewes

In downtown Lewes, meters will be in effect through Oct. 14, according to the city's website.

Good news for beachgoers, though: The meters at the beaches are only active through Sept. 30. All meters are in effect from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. until these dates.

Beyond these metered spots, Lewes offers some free parking year-round, including at the Roosevelt Inlet lot or the trailhead at the public library. 

Rehoboth Beach

The city has ended its seasonal parking program as of Sunday, Sept. 19. Each year, parking is in effect from the Friday before Memorial Day through the second Sunday after Labor Day.

For more parking information, visit Rehoboth Beach's website.

Dewey Beach

The summer parking season has also ended in Dewey Beach.

From May 15 through Sept. 15, all public streets require people to pay through the ParkMobile app or use a permit.

For more, visit Dewey Beach's website.

Bethany Beach

Parking is now free in Bethany Beach. This resort town's seasonal parking matches Dewey and is active May 15 through Sept. 15.

More parking information is on Bethany Beach's website.

South Bethany

Following Bethany and Dewey, South Bethany has ended its requirement of parking permits after Sept. 15.

For more parking and beach rules, see South Bethany's website.

Fenwick Island

Parking permits are no longer required after Sept. 15 in Fenwick Island.

This includes visitor and resident parking permits. More information is on the town's website.

State Parks

Delaware State Parks, such as Cape Henlopen or Fenwick Island, require an entrance fee, which covers parking.

Parks charge this fee from March 1 through Nov. 30.

Emily Lytle covers Sussex County from the inland towns to the beaches. Got a story she should tell? Contact her at elytle@doverpost.com or 302-332-0370. Follow her on Twitter at @emily3lytle.