Beaches and Town Parking

Resident Parking

Vehicle Licensing Fee- No Vehicle Decals 

Effective April 2023, vehicle decals will no longer be sold at Town Hall. If you are a town resident with a vehicle registered in town limits, who paid Personal Property taxes in 2022, your license plate number has been entered into our automated parking system.   

The $30.00 vehicle licensing fee will be on your 2023 Personal Property tax bill if the vehicle was registered in the town before January 1st, 2023. Paying this bill annually makes you eligible for free parking in paid parking spots. 

If you have or will purchase a new vehicle or moved the garage location of your vehicle to the Town after January 1st, 2022, please bring your registration showing your new license plate number. There is a $30.00 licensing fee to add new, recently in-town, or additional vehicles to the automated parking system. 


North Beach

Colonial Avenue and Beachfront Colonial Beach, VA
North of Riverboat on the Potomac, North Beach is close enough to the action on the Boardwalk, but quieter and more secluded. 

Downtown Boardwalk Beach

Parallel to Taylor Street Colonial Beach, VA
Lively beach with a bathhouse, watersports, swings, Town Pier, CBVA’s LOVE Golf Cart; and shops, food trucks, and restaurants on the Boardwalk.

Irving Avenue Beach

Along Beach Terrace and Irving Avenue Colonial Beach, VA
Located in a residential area with a number of vacation rentals, bed & breakfasts, restrooms, and the Cannon War Memorial. 

Castlewood Beach

Southern end of Irving Avenue Colonial Beach, VA
Near this beach is the public boat launch on Monroe Bay, dog park, and Castlewood Park with restrooms, benches, picnic tables, jungle gym, seesaws, slides, and swings.  

Beach Rules

To help ensure the enjoyment of all beach goers, the following rules are applicable at all Town beaches:

  • No grills or fires
  • Please, no littering
  • No golf carts or vehicles 
  • No alcohol on the beach
  • No fishing between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • No pets on the beach


The Town of Colonial Beach has installed new parking meters in the downtown area of the town.  The new Flowbird meters work nearly identical to the previous meters but make parking easier and more efficient for visitors. As with the previous meters, guests can pay at the Pay Station with cash or credit card, using their license plate number. The new meters also allow drivers to pay via an app on their mobile devices. Download the Flowbird app for IOS or Android using the App Store on your device, on Flowbird's website, or using the QR code on signage in the parking area (beginning May 22.) View Kiosk locations (PDF).

Parking Rates & Times

Pay using a Paystation meter (cash or credit), with the Flowbird mobile parking app (additional $0.35 per transaction), or Pay Via Text (text message rates may apply). Please see the back panel for more information.

  • Business (Zone 1) - $2/hour or $20/day
  • Beach - (Zone 2) - $3/hour or $25/day
  • Oversized Vehicles or Trailers (Zone 2) - $35/day Vehicles with trailers or are oversized may only use the designated Public Parking spots (in Green) at Castlewood parking lot.
  • Free, 15-minute parking spaces are also available at select locations for people picking up food or making a quick stop.
  • Handicap Parking is free at all public parking spaces and lots in Downtown Colonial Beach. Vehicles must have a valid handicap license plate or placard. Veterans with valid Purple Heart license plates also park for free.
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