Biddeford has three public beaches along the ocean: Fortune’s Rocks Beach, Middle Beach, and Biddeford Pool (Gilbert R. Boucher Park). Lifeguards are on duty at each beach from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in season. Beach permits are required to park in any of the parking lots or on-street areas mentioned below from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. between June 15 and Labor Day each year. 

There is no parking in any of the beach parking lots after 9:00 p.m. or before 5:00 a.m.

Resident Beach Permits

Beach permits for residents must be purchased at the City Clerk’s Office, and you must provide the registration for the vehicle that you will be putting the permit on.

First Vehicle: $28

Additional Vehicle Registered at Same Address: $15

Residents ages 65 and older: $15

Non-Resident Beach Permits

1-Day, 3-Day, and 7-Day Non-Resident Permits can be purchased from the kiosks located in each of the beach parking lots.

Non-Resident Seasonal Permits can be purchased online from this website or from the City Clerk’s Office.

Season Permit: $153

7-Day Permit: $79

3-Day Permit: $46

1-Day Permit: $22

7-Day and 3-Day permits are valid for consecutive days only and are not transferable from one vehicle to another.

Note: Non-resident permits have restricted parking hours of 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the lower lot at Biddeford Pool and in the Middle Beach parking lot.

Beaches in Biddeford

Fortune’s Rocks Beach

This beach is a local favorite for surfers. Permit parking is available in the striped spaces along Fortunes Rocks Road. Port-a-potties are available in season.

Middle Beach

Middle Beach has limited permit parking available in the Beach Avenue Lot. 

Biddeford Pool (Gilbert R. Boucher Park)

Permit parking for Biddeford Pool is available at Gilbert R. Boucher Memorial Park. This beach has a bathhouse which is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in season and includes restrooms and showers.

Rotary Park Beach

Rotary Park, located along the Saco River at 550 Main Street, has a swimmer’s beach with seasonal lifeguards. Parking permits are not required to access this beach.

Dogs on Beaches

Dogs are completely prohibited on the City’s public beaches between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from May 25 to September 15.

No unleashed dog is allowed on any of the City’s public beaches from March 15 to September 15. Unleashed dogs under voice command are allowed on the City’s public beaches all day from September 16 to March 14.

Dogs may not use any part of the Rotary Park beach between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. from May 25 to September 15 of each year.

Yellow "surf rescue" surfboard lies in front of dune grass as a bird flies overhead.
Moon rises over Fortune's Rocks Beach at sunset.