South Inlet Park
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NOTICE: The use of balloons is prohibited at this park.
1100 S. Ocean Boulevard
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
HOURS: Sunrise - Sunset
ACREAGE: 11.10 acres
beach frontage, guarded (850 feet)
- saltwater fishing and surfing not permitted in guarded swimming area
- beach surf wheelchair is available; contact a lifeguard to arrange for use
- parking (parking fee) - see below
- bus parking (1)
- regular parking
- picnic areas with grills, single table
picnic pavilion, reserved group (Eshleman)
- picnic shelters, single table (5)
- play structure (ages 5-12 years)
- restroom facilities
- showers, outdoor
Parking Fee at South Inlet Park
Automated parking payment process (kiosks)
Cars- $3 per hour (weekdays), $4 per hour (weekends & holidays)
Buses- $7 per hour (weekdays), $9 per hour (weekends & holidays)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What form of payment is accepted?
A. Parking kiosks are currently accepting credit cards only: Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Payment by cash is temporarily suspended to reduce potential for COVID-19 transmission.
Q. How do these parking kiosks work?
A. You need to note your parking space number before going to the kiosk. They work in a similar manner to banking ATM machines. Instructions are posted on the kiosks, and on-screen prompts assist you through the necessary steps. To assist you with any questions you may have, please call the Palm Beach County Parks Operations Division at 561-966-6655 Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or afterhours/weekends at 561-252-1714
Q. Is the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department the first to use these parking kiosks?
A. Locally, the City of Fort Lauderdale, City of Delray Beach, Sunny Isles, Lauderdale by the Sea and Florida Atlantic University are successfully using these parking kiosks.
Q. Will my credit card data be secure?
A. All of the credit card data stored in the parking kiosks is encrypted so that it cannot be read by anyone, including Parks staff authorized for payment processing. The credit card transactions are approved in real-time; therefore, you can check with your bank to verify the amount charged that day.
Q. Does the parking kiosk give change or issue refunds?
Q. What happens if the parking kiosk doesn’t work?
A. In the rare situation that an individual parking kiosk goes offline, customers can still park in a space near the out-of-service kiosk as long as they purchase parking from another kiosk. If you are having trouble with a parking kiosk or would like to report a problem, please call the Palm Beach County Parks Operations Division at 561-966-6655 Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or afterhours/weekends at 561-252-1714
Q. Are the parking kiosks accessible to people with disabilities?
A. All bill and card aperture locations are compatible with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requirements.
Q. Do I have to pay if I have a handicap placard?
Vehicles displaying the handicap placard are only exempt from the parking fee if the vehicle has specialized equipment, such as ramps, lifts, or foot or hand controls, for use by a person who has a disability, displaying a license plate for disabled veterans issued under s. 320.084, s.320.0842, or s. 320.0845, or displaying the Florida Toll Exemption permit.
Q. Who do I contact for more information about the parking kiosks?
A. For more information, please call 561-966-6653 You can also send questions and comments via email to: pbcParks@pbcgov.org
ESHLEMAN PAVILION HISTORY
Historically known as the Porte Cochere, this architectural remnant from the 1930s once stood at the Cabana Club’s western entrance, at the center of a structure that provided covering for vehicles discharging passengers. In 1981, the Porte Cochere was moved one-third of a mile north from its original location to South Inlet Park. It was placed on Palm Beach County’s Registry of Historic Places on November 17, 1997 and eventually renamed Eshleman Pavilion in honor of Dennis Eshleman, former Director of the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department.