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Corpus Christi’s beautiful beaches are the heart and soul of the Texas Gulf Region. The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department cares for two bayfront beaches and designated stretches of beaches along our Gulf Coast.


COVID-19 Update

We want you to have the most fun possible… responsibly. By following some basic and simple guidelines, we can all ride this wave safely together. 

The health, safety, and enjoyment of our residents and visitors are very important to us. 

CDC Recommendations When Visiting Parks & Recreation Facilities (Revised 7-30-2020)


Get Our Daily Surf Condition

Know the surf condition before you head to our gulf beaches.
We want you to play it safe and have a wonderful experience.
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While on the beach, observe and follow the Flag Warning System.


Our Beaches

Corpus Christi’s beaches are some of our most vibrant natural resources that you’ll want to explore for yourself!

The Bayfront beaches (North Beach and McGee Beach) are nationally recognized as among the best-restored beaches in the country by ASBPA in 2010 and 2012.

McGee Beach - Located downtown on Shoreline Blvd. along the seawall on Corpus Christi Bay, it is walking distance from McCaughan Park, hotels, restaurants, a marina, museums of art, history, and science, as well as near entertainment and sports venues, including the convention center. Learn more about McGee Beach.

North Beach – Located just a short drive over the Harbor Bridge where you can enjoy a relaxed beach vibe—stroll the Beachwalk promenade, lounge under a cabana, enjoy local seafood, board a historic aircraft carrier and explore the award-winning Texas State Aquarium. Learn more about North Beach.

Our Gulf of Mexico beaches on Mustang Island and North Padre Island offer endless recreational opportunities for visitors and locals. Swim in the warm waters, build a stunning sandcastle or simply relax with your toes in the sun-kissed sand and breath in the salty fresh air—ah!

Did You Know? Our beaches seasonally have large amounts of seaweed wash ashore. Seaweed, a natural part of our ecosystem, is a good thing! It provides food for birds, turtles, and marine life. Seaweed also helps form our protective dunes and breaks down into rich nutrients for our beautiful beaches. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these seasonal occurrences.


Floating Wheelchairs Make the Beach Fun and Accessible

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department offers free use of Beach Wheelchairs for persons with disabilities. This chair allows you to move about on the sand and into the surf. Come, bask in the warmth of the sun, enjoy the feel of the surf and the roll of the waves.

To learn more about this program, view the VIDEO about our All-Terrain Wheelchairs for use on City beaches and the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve trails.

To request a wheelchair for use on the beach, you may reach out to the lifeguards on duty or call (361) 826-3469.

Program Beach Locations:

  • McGee Beach
  • North Beach
  • Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall
  • Whitecap Beach
  • North & South of Packery Channel 



VIDEO - Free in CC - Walk Along North Beach Beachwalk (October 12, 2017)

VIDEO - 2018 Beach Parking Permits to Enjoy the Sand and Surf (January 31, 2018)


Address: 8185 Highway 361, Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Phone: (361) 826-3469

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Lifeguards On-Duty Schedule

City Gulf Beach Webcams 
     View Whitecap Beach Access
     and North Padre Seawall



North Beach access by Surfside Blvd., CC, TX 78402 
McGee Beach access by 222 S. Shoreline Blvd., CC, TX 78401
Mustang Island Beaches access by Zahn Rd., CC, TX 78418
Padre Island Beaches access by Park Road 22, CC, TX 78418


Now Hiring

► Heavy Equipment Operator - Beach Operations (link)
Gulf Beach Lifeguard (link)
Gulf Beach Head Lifeguard (link)  
Beach Parking Permit Attendant (link)
Apply Online Today!  

VIDEO: Corpus Christi Gulf Beach Lifeguard Jobs


Vendor Permits

The application period for the City Beach & Park Vendor Permits during March 2021 to September 2021 has closed. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please check back to this page for the next opportunity to apply in early September 2021.