Beaches & Parks

Corpus Christi’s beautiful beaches are the heart and soul of the Gulf Coast Capital. With so many beaches, ranging from calm waters to the best surfing destinations, plenty of opportunities await with something for everyone. Between the Gulf of Mexico and the Corpus Christi Bay, more than 100 miles of sandy shores provide a variety of options when it comes to choosing the right beach for your trip.

  • Mustang Island State Park

    Mustang Island is just southeast of the city of Corpus Christi with over five miles of open beach. One of the most popular family beaches in Texas, the park offers an amazing location for any activity under the sun: great camping, picnicking, fishing, beach combing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, sunbathing, surfing, and excellent birding (especially during the spring and fall migrations). Facilities in the park include campsites with water and electricity, primitive beach sites, shaded picnic areas, restrooms and showers. Explore this unspoiled barrier island park! Beach Amenities: Entry Fee Camping/RV Parking Shower/Restrooms Bonfires Permitted

  • North Packery Beach (J.P. Luby Surf Park)

    Located to the North of the Packery Channel, this beach takes you over onto Mustang Island. This beach has some of the best surfing conditions in the area, so keep an eye out for surfers in the water and kiteboarding kites in the sky. The beach starts with the Northern Packery Channel Jetty and can take you all the way to Port Aransas. Follow the end of Zahn road to take you to the coastline. Mile Markers 195 – 208

  • Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world. The park protects 66 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for over 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554. Time your trips over the summer to watch a turtle hatchling release, keep up to date when they are happening on the park’s website and Facebook. Beach Amenities: Entry Fee Camping/RV Parking Showers/Restrooms

  • Packery Channel Park

    Named for the meat packing plants that landmarked the area back in the 1800s, this narrow ribbon of whooshing gulf waters, bordered by two fish-friendly jetties, is all that separates Mustang Island to the north and Padre Island to the south. The waters that rush through here fill Corpus Christi Bay and feed the adjacent freshwater wetlands and saltmarsh. Wrapped in a county park, equipped with a boat ramp and the Oak Motte Sanctuary, Packery Channel teems with wildlife – the kind you can lure on your line from the water and the kind you can capture in the air with your camera. The other great thing you can catch is rays – the beach in Packery Channel Park is a great place to spread out a blanket and soak in the sun.

  • Padre Balli County Park

    Located on the North end of Padre Island on Park Road 22 and consists of 374.5 acres. Padre Balli Park is open all year. There are paved campsites with water and electric hookups and a dump station located nearby. In addition there is a area for those wanting to pitch a tent with water and electric hookups that are centrally located. The camper’s bathhouse and washateria is available to campers using W/E sites. A fresh rinse shower is available for the general public. A first-aid station is located at the park office. Padre Balli Park is a great place to access the Gulf of Mexico facing beach for all your beachfront activities! Beach Amenities: Drive on the beach with a beach parking permit Camping/RV Parking Showers/Restrooms Bonfires Permitted.

For additional information on area beaches, please visit the websites below.