Boat Ramp and Beach Parking – Daily Fees and Annual Permits

Boat Ramp and Beach Parking Fees

You can pay boat ramp and beach parking fees daily at a pay station or buy a permit for six or 12 months. If you choose to pay at a pay station, you will need to enter a vehicle tag number. Please note that our pay stations are cashless and only accept Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card payments. The pay-by-plate system replaces the need to display parking receipts.

Daily Parking Fees

  • The daily parking fee at beach pay stations is $5.
  • The daily parking fee at boat ramp pay stations is $6 for a vehicle with a trailer and $2 for a vehicle without a trailer.
  • The daily parking fee at Fort De Soto Park is $5 for a vehicle without a trailer.
    • Parking fees at Fort De Soto Park: Mobile parking technology has replaced the hand-to-hand cash payment transactions at the front entrance booth and will alleviate traffic entering the park.
  • If you have a valid disabled parking permit/tag, you are not required to pay the daily or annual fee. Your permit must be properly displayed. You do not need to be parked in a marked handicapped space as long as the permit is displayed.
  • License plate data for Annual Parking Pass holders will be uploaded daily.
  • We will not collect a fee from people entering the park on foot or by bicycle.
  • Government vehicles entering areas for official business purposes do not have to pay a parking fee.

Problems with a Pay station?

If you are experiencing difficulty at a pay station, it is best to locate another machine. If you experience additional issues, you can call Parks & Conservation Resources Administration at (727) 582-2100 (select 2 from the menu) during business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Annual Beach Parking Permit

Mobile parking technology has replaced hand-to-hand cash payment transactions at the front entrance booth of Fort De Soto Park. Our annual beach parking includes vehicle parking at Fort De Soto’s beach area, Sand Key Park, and Fred Howard Park. You can also buy a six-month pass.

  • An annual beach parking pass is $75. We offer discounted passes for seniors, those with limited income, active and former military, and disabled vets.

Discounted Annual Beach Parking Passes

  • An annual pass for people aged 65 and older is $55. We need a photocopy of your valid driver’s license to issue the pass.
  • An annual pass for people with limited incomes is $37.50. Limit of one vehicle entry per household. Show us proof that you’re in an income-assistance program (an EBT card, for example) or that you’re receiving a limited income senior property tax exemption.
  • An annual pass for current and former members of the military is $55. We’ll need a copy of your DD-214 military discharge papers with an honorable or general discharge indicated or a valid Military ID card including DD Form 2, DD Form 1173, DD Form 1173-1 or DD Form 2765. All IDs must be valid and person presenting identification card must be person requesting discount.Civilians with a DOD civilian retiree care or their beneficiaries do not qualify for our discount program.
  • Annual beach parking permits are free to disabled U.S. veterans. To qualify, you must show us a letter from the DVA verifying your percentage of service-related disability and a DD-214 card or DV designation on a state driver’s license. The pass is limited to one per applicant. Limit of one vehicle entry per military applicant.

Six-Month Beach Parking Permit

  • A six-month beach parking pass is $45. Parking passes for those 65 or older, or a current or former member of the military, is $30. You must provide a photocopy of your valid driver’s license to qualify for the senior discount. To qualify for the military discount, you must show either your DD-214 military discharge papers with an honorable or general discharge indicated, or a valid military ID card Including DD Form 2, DD Form 1173, DD Form 1173-1 or DD Form 2765.
  • The discount program does not extend to civilians holding a DOD civilian retiree card or beneficiaries.
  • All IDs must be current and the person presenting identification card must be the one requesting the discount.

Annual Boat Ramp and Beach Parking Pass

Annual boat ramp and beach parking passes are valid for vehicle parking at all boat ramps in county parks and the three stand-alone boat ramps – Sutherland Bayou, Belleair and Park Boulevard. The passes are also valid for parking vehicles with boat trailers at all ramps listed below and vehicle beach parking without a trailer at Fort De Soto Park, Sand Key Park, and Howard Park Beach.

Fees for Annual Boat Ramp Parking Passes

  • The fee for an annual pass is $110.
  • The fee for an annual pass for seniors aged 65 and older is $55. You must provide us with a photocopy of your valid driver’s license.
  • There is no fee for a pass for disabled U.S. veterans. Limit One Per Military Applicant You must present an official letter from the DVA verifying a service-related disability percentage and a DD-214 card or DV designation on a state driver’s licenses

Here’s How to Get a Parking Permit

Annual beach and boat pass sales and renewals are available online and by mail, email and telephone. You can also trade volunteer hours for a free parking permit.

  • You can view an online application here. There is a two vehicle limit per applicant.
  • You can view a mail, fax or email application here.
  • You can mail a check or money order payable to Pinellas County BOCC and the completed application to
    • Pinellas County Parks & Conservation Resources Department
      Beach/Boat Parking Pass Renewal
      12520 Ulmerton Road
      Largo, FL 33774
  • You can fax the completed application to (727) 582-2550. Please include a daytime phone number so we may contact you for payment.
  • You can scan and email the completed application to pcrannualpass@pinellascounty.org. Please include a daytime phone number so we may contact you for payment.
  • You can renew over the phone by calling (727) 582-2100.
  • You can pay by check, money order or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). If your check is returned for insufficient funds, you will be charged a $30 returned check fee in addition to the permit fee. Please do not send cash through the mail.
  • You can earn two parking passes for every 12-month period by volunteering with the Parks & Conservation Resources Department. A beach parking pass requires 100 hours of volunteer work. A boat ramp and beach permit requires 125 hours of volunteer service.

Other Information

Reminders

Ramps for Saltwater

  • Belleair Causeway Boat Ramp
    3900 W. Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs, FL 34640
    Open 24 Hours – Saltwater – Restroom Facilities Available
    Restrooms are closed daily between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.
    • Belleair Bait operates daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information, please contact the concessionaire directly at (727) 687-7151 or see their website.
  • Fort De Soto Park
    3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715
    Open 24 Hours – Saltwater – Restroom Facilities Available
  • Park Boulevard Boat Ramp
    18651 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, FL 34635
    Open 24 Hours – Saltwater – Restroom Facilities Available
  • Philippe Park
    2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
    Open 7 a.m. to Dusk – Saltwater – Restroom Facilities Available in Park
  • Sutherland Bayou Boat Ramp
    2119 U.S. Alt. 19 N., Palm Harbor, FL 34683
    Open 24 Hours – Saltwater – Restroom Facilities Available
  • War Veterans’ Memorial Park
    9600 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL 33708
    Open 24 Hours – Saltwater – Restroom Facilities Available

Ramps for Freshwater

  • A.L. Anderson Park
    39699 U.S. Hwy 19 N., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
    Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Freshwater – Restroom Facilities Available
  • John S. Taylor Park
    1100 8th Ave. S.W., Largo, FL 33770
    Open 7 a.m. to Sunset – Freshwater – Restroom Facilities Available
    Small Ramp for Boats without Gas Motors – No Permit Required
  • John Chesnut Sr. Park
    2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
    Open 7 a.m. to Dusk – Freshwater – Restroom Facilities Available
  • Lake Seminole Park
    10015 Park Blvd, Seminole, FL 33777
    Open 7 a.m. to Dusk – Freshwater – Restroom Facilities Available in Park
  • Walsingham Park
    12615 102nd Ave. N., Largo, FL 33778
    Open 7 a.m. to Dusk – Freshwater – Restroom Facilities Available
    Small Ramp for Boats without Gas Motors – No Permit Required

County Marina

  • Belle Harbor Marina
    307 Anclote Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 33689 – (727) 943-8489
    Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
    Saltwater – Restroom Facilities Available
    Marina is for wet and dry slip storage only. No Public Boat Ramp Available.

Pinellas County Artificial Reefs

  • Pinellas County Artificial Reef Guide – Pinellas County has 13 artificial reef sites from 3 to 38 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and one in Tampa Bay. These reefs are designed to attract fish like grouper, snapper, mackerel, amberjack, cobia, barracuda and bait fish. The reef sites can have a base diameter of up to 100 feet and reach up to half the water’s depth.