UPDATED: DNREC Approves User Fees for Deauville Beach, Passes Go on Sale May 15th


UPDATED – 05/14/24 – User fees for Deauville Beach have been approved by DNREC Parks and Recreation Council and Secretary Shawn Garvin. Annual passes will be available for sale beginning Wednesday. A daily entrance fee or Deauville annual pass will be required for use of the beach from Memorial Day weekend thought November 30th. The cost for the passes remain unchanged from what the City of Rehoboth Beach charged in 2023 – $15 for weekdays /$20 for weekend. An annual pass will cost $115 – but those who have a Delaware State Parks annual pass, lifetime pass or surf fishing permit will receive a $25 discount. Walk-ons and bicyclists will continue to use the beach without paying a daily entrance fee.

Additional information from DNREC:

Daily entrance fees will be collected via two automated fee machines and fee booth attendants. Annual passes will be sold in person at Deauville on the weekends of May 25, June 1 and June 8. In addition, they will be available at the Cape Henlopen State Park and Indian River Lifesaving Station offices as well as online at destateparks.com/PassesTagsFees throughout the entire fee season.

The Deauville Beach annual pass will not be accepted at other Delaware State Park locations. City of Rehoboth Beach permits will no longer be honored at Deauville Beach as Delaware State Parks does not accept municipal passes or permits.

Delaware Natural Resources Police will be responsible for enforcement of state park rules and regulations at Deauville Beach. Delaware State Beach Patrol will provide lifeguard service starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Concessions will be available for tennis, beach chair and umbrella rentals, and limited food service.

For more information about the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation’s management of Deauville Beach, including a list of frequently asked questions and the latest updates, go to destateparks.com.


ORIGINAL STORY – 02/14/24 – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has announced that it will assume day-to-day management of Deauville Beach from the city of Rehoboth Beach for the 2024 season. DNREC and the city of Rehoboth Beach were not able to reach an agreement through negotiations after the city’s current lease of the beach property Deauville Beach expired on June 30, 2023, and mutually agreed to the change. DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation will assume management of the state-owned beach and continue all services currently being provided including tennis court rentals, beach concession operations and ocean lifeguarding. The division is working cooperatively with the city on a transition plan. The Delaware State Beach Patrol will provide lifeguard service from Saturday, May 25th through Monday, Sept. 2nd. A daily entrance fee will be in effect between March 1 and Nov. 30 annually. The division is currently assessing and reviewing the fee structure.