Do you allow weddings on the beach? Yes, as long as you follow these rules/regulations (Parks Ordinance 18-12). You do not need a permit for a beach wedding, but please know that fires of any kind as well as throwing rice/pedals is not allowed.
Is there a limit to the number of people in our party/group at the beach? No, as long as your group does not impede enjoyment of the park to others.
What are the beach hours? Most of our beaches are open from 7 a.m. to dusk.
Can I have a tent, chairs, etc. at my event on the beach? Yes. Chairs are ok. Tents up to 10' x 10' are allowed, as long as they can be easily removed and are free-standing. Nothing can be tied to vegetation or other structures.
Can I have a fire on the beach? No. Fire (bonfires, candles,
torches) as well as other potentially damaging items (petals, rice, etc.) are not permitted on the beach. This is to protect our
environment and the fragile beach ecosystem.
Can I have a DJ/music at my event on the beach? Yes, with limitations. One small speaker stereo or acoustic guitar is permitted. No public announcement(PA) systems or loud music is allowed.
Can I restrict who is allowed near my beach wedding? No. All beaches are open to the public. You may have beachgoers watching, but will respect your moment and do so from afar.
What if it rains the day of my beach wedding? It is a very special day. Have a backup plan.
Do I need a FL marriage license if I'm from out-of-state? Yes. Visit the Lee County Clerk of Court for more info.
Can I reserve a shelter/pavilion/picnic area on the beach? No. On the beach, they are all first-come, first-serve.
Can I bring food/drink to the beach? Yes, but no alcohol and no glass. Alcoholic beverages is not allowed at LCPR parks/beaches. At certain parks, catering companies may have limited access.
Where can my party/group find parking at the beach? Parking at the beach is very limited in some areas and is completely first-come, first-serve. All parking lots have an hourly fee for parking. Consider parking at Summerlin Square and taking the LeeTran beach trolley. Click here for the beach trolley schedule.
Does LCPR have beach wheelchairs? No, but check out these local resources:
- Lover's Key State Park - the Park provides them free of charge at their beach only, call 239-463-4588.
- Sanibel Island - Sanibel Island Police Department (239) 472-3111 or Billy's Bike Rental will provide them.
- Fort Myers Beach - Fun Rental, call (239) 463-8844.
Downtown Fort Myers - Scooters Plus, call (239) 337-1773.
Can I take my dog to the beach? Yes, but only at Dog Beach, off State Road 865, south of Lovers Key State Park.
Can I camp on the beach? No, camping is not allowed at any Parks & Recreation beach. Our only campground is at Caloosahatchee Regional Park.