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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.


► Tar Balls Washing Ashore on Gulf Beaches Due to Ocean Currents (Released 8-25-2023)

► UPDATE-North Beach Restrooms Closed for New Construction (Released 8-2-2023)


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Plan Your Trip to Our Gulf Beaches

The 2023 Beach Parking Permits are available 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.


Kids Catch A Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) Fishing Event

Free Event is on Saturday, October 21, 2023

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Beach Operations and Catch A Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) for Kids Foundation, along with volunteers, will take local children ages 5 to 18 with disabilities or special needs fishing from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each child will have a volunteer buddy to spend a half-day fishing at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Hatchery Flour Bluff. Pre-Registration is required. Deadline is August 31, 2023. Space is limited for participants, so sign up online today or call (361) 826-3469. ► See PARTICIPANT FLYER for more details. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We need onshore volunteers and fishing coaches to help children with disabilities fish! Spend half of your day fishing with kids and other volunteers at the hatchery. Volunteer check-in is at 7 a.m. See the flyer for the full event schedule and timeline. Lunch and event t-shirt will be provided for all volunteers. Learn more at Deadline to sign up as a volunteer is August 31, 2023. For more information, contact Martha Lawhon at (361) 826-3469 or  ► See VOLUNTEER FLYER for more details.


7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 
    Volunteer Check-In
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Participant Check-In
9:05 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
    Fishing Partners Photos
9:20 a.m.
    Group Photo
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    GO FISH!
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. 
    Plaque Presentation & Door Prizes
1:15 p.m.
    Volunteer Cleanup


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 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)


Address: 8185 Highway 361, Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Phone: (361) 826-3469

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Parks & Recreation page

Beach Parking Permits

Lifeguards On-Duty Schedule

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



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


Vendor Permits

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.


Hiring Opportunities

Gulf Beach Head Lifeguard 
Gulf Beach Senior Lifeguard 
Gulf Beach Lifeguard (Seasonal)

Apply Online Today!  

WATCH VIDEO - We're Hiring for Gulf Beach Rescue Team (Posted 5-12-2021)