Platforms Beach

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Platforms Beach is located between Rio del Mar Beach and Hidden Beach, and is accessed via a drive down Beach Drive from the Rio del Mar Beach Round-a-bout.  There’s a state beach parking lot that requires that you either pay $10 to park or have a state park parking pass.  There are some free parking spots around there, but they are limited and usually fill up before the paid spots do.
Platforms Beach is known for its long, wide and sandy beach, with gentle waves and a long shelf out into the water before there is any drop-off – it’s like you are walking on a platform out into the water. It’s a very popular place for families.  There is a public restroom and a water fountain, but that’s it for the amenities.

If you’re coming from the Rio del Mar neighborhood, there’s a trail you can take from Seaview Drive down to the beach.

See also: Platforms Beach Facebook Page

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