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.
NEWS ► UPDATE-North Beach Restrooms Closed for New Construction (Released 8-2-2023)
Get Our Daily Surf Condition
► Beach Flags Warning System (provides a description for each colored flag)
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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Plan Your Trip to Our Gulf Beaches
The 2024 Beach Parking Permit is available for purchase now. We invite you to enjoy the many miles of salty breeze and surf along our beautiful Padre Island. Get set before you go.
► We encourage visitors to buy their permit before heading to the beach.
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 both set along the Corpus Christi Bay, just minutes from the city’s downtown, marina, local attractions, restaurants, shops, and skyline.
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 and the USS Lexington - an aircraft carrier turned museum. Learn more about North Beach. PHOTOS of North Beach. PHOTOS of Historic 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.
Development Plan for North Beach
This naturally beautiful beach has been a tourist hotspot for over 100 years. This area of Corpus Christi is so important to our history and our future. Learn more about North Beach and all the efforts made by the City to maintain and revitalize the area.
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.
Wheelchairs are available on a first-come first-serve basis while lifeguards are on duty. Please go to any lifeguard tower from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to request a beach wheelchair for the day. For more information, please call (361) 826-4180.
Program Beach Locations:
- McGee Beach
- Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall
- Whitecap Beach
- North & South of Packery Channel
VIDEO - Free in CC - McGee Beach (April 5, 2018)
VIDEO - Free in CC - Walk Along North Beach Beachwalk (October 12, 2017)
VIDEO - Free in CC - Bird Watching at Laguna Shores (July 14, 2017)
BEACH OFFICE CONTACT INFORMATION
Phone: (361) 826-3469
► City Gulf Beach Webcams
View the following live stream:
• Whitecap Beach Access
• Aquarius/Park Road 22 Intersection
• Commodores/Park Road 22 Intersection
• North Padre Seawall
LOCATIONS & MAPS FOR AREA BEACHES
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
Beach & Park Vendor Permit Applications are accepted year-round. Permits are issued on a seasonal basis and are subject to site availability.
► Summer Vending Season
March 1st to September 30th
► Winter Vending Season
October 1st to February 28th
► For more information, click here.
Please check back periodically for opportunities.
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HELPFUL INFORMATION & RESOURCES
- Beach Parking Permits
- Corpus Christi Beach Rules
- Rip Current Forecast
- Rip Current Survival Guide - NOAA Video
- Break the Grip of the Rip - NOAA Video
- Break the Grip of the Rip - NOAA Fact Sheet
- Tips to Handle a Rip Current
- All-Terrain Wheelchair Accommodation Video
- Sand and Shoreline Maintenance Practices
- Texas Beach Watch