As I’m sure you figured out, you pay for parking at most places along the beach.  Perhaps this page can help somewhat (for you locals, please see bottom of page).

Where to Park:

A list of parking locations for the Fort Lauderdale beach area can be found here.

Metered parking:

My current fave parking method is using the Verrus pay-by-phone.  (I<3U!).  After entering your license plate*, you choose the amount of time & your credit card is charged.  The best part EVER: you get a text when your parking is about to expire.  So…no need to run panicked out to your car.  There’s a nominal ($0.35?) fee in addition to the parking fee.

Wilton Manors has a similar phone-based system, ParkMobile. You register via their website or over the phone. I was able to get through to a real person on New Year’s Eve, after a fairly short wait.

*FYI: entering your license plate number can be incredibly challenging if your phone has a smartphone keyboard.  A person with enough tech savvy to design a blog might be driven to idiotic singing of  “ABC’s”, which doesn’t help, as the keys don’t line up anyway….or so I’ve heard.  Here’s a pic of a phone keyboard should you fit the above description.

Free Parking For Residents:

What the WHAT?? I think I just stumbled upon free beach parking for residents.  You have to buy a parking card for a grand total of $6 for 12 months ($12 if you do it online), which is well worth it if you’re spending any time at the beach.  I’m still figuring out the details and will let you know when I’ve completed the process. What I’ve gathered so far:

The rules:

1. You must be a resident of Fort Lauderdale, proven with all of the following:

  • A current driver’s license
  • A current vehicle registration
  • A current utility bill (within the past 30 days). Acceptable utility bills are water, electric, or cable.
  • A valid twelve-month residential lease or proof of ownership of homesteaded property within the incorporated city limits of the City of Fort Lauderdale .

2. You must park in one of three designated areas, which are really awesome locations.  They’re parking lots 3, 4, and 7 on this map, as well as along the metered area of A1A (east and west side) from Sunrise Blvd. north to NE 19th St.

3.  There are some specific rules you should check out here.

I will post more when I’ve completed the process. For more information or to get a parking card for yourself, visit the City of Fort Lauderdale Parking Department here.

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