Beach Pass or Bust

Beach Pass or Bust

  • The Riverside Realty Group
  • 03/7/22

It's that time of the year, Beach Emblems are on sale across our various Fairfield County, Gold Coast towns. Westport alone boasts miles of coastline with three local beach spots, Compo, Burying Hill, and Old Mill. Vehicle parking passes are required from May 1st through September 30th. Daily admission is available as an (expensive) alternative. For those of you wondering about Sherwood Island State Park, it is managed and maintained through a cooperative effort of the CT Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Sherwood Island.  Sherwood Island State Park is not owned and operated by the Town of Westport and therefore beach emblems are not accepted for access to this location. Longshore lots C, D (pool, tennis, and sailing) and E (marina) are other Westport destinations requiring permitted parking. Stickers can be purchased through Westport Parks & Recreation for Westport and Weston town residents. Non-Resident parking emblems are available to purchase for $775 plus sales tax. There is a limit of 350 emblems for the season.

Many residents collect emblems as souvenirs of past summers.

Fairfield town beach passes are on sale now too. For those who are renewing or for new residents wishing to apply, you can visit Fairfield Parks & Recreation to get this very important "to do" item crossed off your list. All five of Fairfield's beaches are open to the public but you must have an emblem to park at one of the locations. 

Fairfield's Penfield Beach is perhaps one of the most well-known and visited of the 5 beaches.

Accessed down a drive located at 11 Pine Point Road in Rowayton, Bayley Beach is open to residents with a sticker on their car or with a walk-in pass. Once a part of Roton Point Amusement Park, which was in operation from the late 1800′s until late 1942, Bayley Beach features a children’s playground, basketball court, volleyball area, and outdoor showers.  The Pavilion includes Di's Sea Shanty snack bar, restrooms, and changing rooms.  Picnic tables and barbecues are available. Lifeguard services are provided in season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Non-residents in season must pay to access Bayley Beach.  The fee is $100 for the Fourth of July and the day of fireworks, $50 per car for special events, $30 per car on weekends/holidays, and $25 per car on non-holiday weekdays.  Walk-ins are $10 per person or $25 per family. This fabulous little spot has also been known to host some incredible concert performers. We were particularly fond of the Samples concert a few years back.

Bayley Beach in Rowayton captures a sunset like no other.

At the time of this post, Norwalk had not updated its website with 2022 emblem purchase details. CLICK HERE to check back on how to access Calf Pasture and Shady Beach locations.

Let's talk Stamford beach and park permits. On sale now for the 2022 season, parking emblems are available through the Cashiering & Permitting Department and will be required at the following locations: Cove Island, Cummings, West Beach, John J. Boccuzzi, Dorothy Heroy & Newman Mills Riverbank Walk Parks from May 1st through September 30th. The good news is that Spring officially starts in about a week and those May 1st deadlines for needing a permit will be here in the blink of an eye. 

Other local towns requiring parking passes for beaches are Darien and Greenwich - click the town names for application or renewal details. 

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