Big Umbrellas Pitched at Lewes BeachBay and ocean beaches in and near Lewes, Delaware provide swimming, fishing, boating and a host of other water sports. Located off of Cape Henlopen Drive, Beach 1 and Beach 2 provide guarded swimming from Memorial Day to Labor Day.


Both Beach 1 and Beach 2 locations have restrooms and shower facilities.  The Lions Club snack shack located at Beach 1 offers beach chair and umbrella rentals daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beach wheelchairs are available at the beach patrol building at Beach 1. Lewes beaches are staffed by American Red Cross certified lifeguards from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Metered parking at Beach 1 and Beach 2 is in effect from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m, May 1st through September 30th, with change machines available at both beaches. Credit cards are accepted at Beach 1 with a two hour minimum charge. You can also download the Parkmobile app to pay for parking. 

Bus groups must obtain an event permit and coordinate bus parking in advance with Lewes Police Department parking enforcement and/or Lewes Parks and Recreation. Obtain an event permit by filling out an Event Request Form (PDF).

Beach Rules

The following activities are prohibited on Lewes beaches:

  • Glass containers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Smoking, vaping, or tobacco products
  • Four-post canopies
  • Crabbing, fishing, seining
  • Boats, paddleboards, kayaks, kiteboards, windsurfing
  • Motorized vehicles
  • Overnight storage of personal items

Additionally, beach visitors are reminded to refrain from littering, stay off the dunes, secure umbrellas, and obey lifeguard directions. Dogs on leashes are permitted before 8:30am and after 6:00pm.

For a full list of beach rules, see the Lewes Code as it pertains to beaches.