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Atlantic Beach Parking Guide

Finding a place to park for the beach can be a nightmare. But navigating Atlantic Beach parking doesn’t have to be! In this post we help you evaluate your Atlantic Beach NC parking options.

During the summer (mid-May- Labor Day) season Atlantic Beach, North Carolina has a paid public parking program in order to provide funds for public beach services such as: lifeguarded beaches, public bathhouses, and beach waste removal. If you are a disabled veteran or have a handicap pass available, parking fees will be waived for you.

The standard Atlantic beach public parking rate is $1.50 an hour and residents of Atlantic Beach can park for free, due to the tax they pay for the county, their parking is considered compensated. If you forget to pay for your parking, you can pay your violation here.

The following beach accesses have pay for parking stations available.

  1. New Bern Avenue Beach Access
  2. West Boardwalk CAMA Lot
  3. Boardwalk Pavilion Lot
  4. Inner Circle Gravel Lot
  5. Marked Spaces Along West Drive
  6. Atlantic Blvd
  7. East Drive

LARGER LOTS (the Circle and the Bathhouse) – Paid Parking

The Circle

The circle has both on-street and ocean front parking available for up-to 146 vehicles. This is paid parking as are the public access points above.

The Bathhouse Atlantic Beach

At the Bathhouse you will find 64 parking spaces, with bathroom facilities, pavilions and picnic tables available to public use. As well as outdoor shower facilities.

Free Parking Atlantic Beach NC

(Yes, there is limited free parking available, too!)

Fort Macon State Park has over 500 free parking spots available.

Of course, if you are staying at a resort or hotel on the beach you can always park there either for free or a parking fee determined by the institution.

Conclusion – Atlantic Beach NC Public Parking Guide

Well, there you have it! That is everything we know about the free parking, public beach parking and paid parking options for Atlantic beach’s beachgoers! Hope this helps and have an awesome beach vacation experience!

For a detailed parking map, click here.