Fun in the sun: Central Florida beach Q&A

By Grace Howard, ClickOrlando.com staff
Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:44:50 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 19 2014 02:29:54 PM EDT
Florida beach

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH

Q. Are vehicles allowed on the beach?
A. Yes. Parking maps for Volusia County are listed here.

Q. What are the hours?
A. The beach is open to vehicles from sunrise to sunset from Nov. 1 to April 30 and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May 1 to Oct. 31.

Q: What is the cost?
A. There is a $5 vehicle fee per day from Feb. 1 to Nov. 30. Season beach parking passes for Volusia County residents are $20 and for non-residents are $40 which can be purchased at tollbooths. For more information contact 386-254-4605.

Q. Where are the lifeguards located and when are they on duty?
A. Stations are open according to available manpower. Locations of the stations can be found on the Volusia County Beach Navigator app which is updated regularly. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Sunday.

Q. Is alcohol allowed?
A. No.

Q. Are pets allowed?
A. No.

COCOA BEACH

Q. Are vehicles allowed on the beach?
A. No.

Q: What is the cost?
A. Parking at Lori Wilson Park, which is located 1.75 miles south of State Road 520 and A1A intersection, is free. Parking at Shepard Park, which is located at State Road 520 beach-end,  is $10 and Fischer Park, which is located one mile south of SR 520 and A1A intersection is $7. Parking meters can also be found around beaches at Cocoa Beach.

Q. What are the hours?
A. Public parks close at dusk.

Q. Where are the lifeguards located and when are they on duty?
A. Lifeguards are located at Alan Sheppard Park, Lori Wilson Park, Minutemen Cswy., Jetty Park (Cape Canaveral), Fischer Park and Murkshe Park. Full-time lifeguards are on duty from Easter weekend until Labor Day weekend, Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Part-time lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day weekend until the first week in August, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Q. Is alcohol allowed?
A. Yes. But no glass containers allowed.

Q. Are pets allowed?
A. No.

DAYTONA BEACH

Q. Are vehicles allowed on the beach?
A. Yes. The beach is open to vehicles from Feb. 1 to Nov. 30 for $5 per vehicle and after 3 p.m. passes are $3. Annual passes for Volusia County residents are $20 or $40 for non-residents. For more information call 386-254-4605. The public beach is always open and free to pedestrians and bicyclists depending on tides. Parking maps are listed here.

Q. What are the hours?
A.  The hours for the drive-on beaches are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Q. Where are the lifeguards located and when are they on duty?
A. Lifeguard stations are open according to available manpower. Locations of the stations can be found on the Volusia County Beach Navigator app which is updated regularly. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Sunday.

Q. Is alcohol allowed?
A. No.

Q. Are pets allowed?
A. No.

Pet-friendly beaches in Volusia, Brevard counties:

  • Smyrna Dunes Park, New Smyrna Beach. Admission $5 per vehicle.
  • Canova Beach Park, Indian Harbour Beach, Brevard County.

General safety information:

Beach flag warning system:

  • Two red flags = beach closed to public
  • Single red flag = high hazard (high surf/strong current)
  • Yellow flag = medium hazard (moderate surf/current)
  • Green flag = low hazard (calm conditions)
  • Purple or blue flag = dangerous marine life

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