If you find yourself in Corpus Christi, Texas, you’re bound to end up visiting one of the amazing beaches there, but why settle just for one? Corpus Christi is filled with plenty of beaches, all with their own unique attributes. Not only does each one encapsulate the scenic beauty of the Coastal Bend, almost all of the beaches located in the city are free to visit (save Padre Island National Seashore, which does require an entrance fee). If you’re planning to drive and park a car on the sand at any of the beaches, you will need to obtain a parking permit, which are $12 and can be purchased at any Stripes or H-E-B location in the area.

If you’re planning your trip to Corpus, or are planning on moving here, here are some of the best beaches you should include on your “to-do” list!

Cole Park

Cole Park is considered to be the best option for escaping all of the crowds that tend to gather alongside Ocean Drive. It’s also a great summer picnic spot to take in all of the beach vibes minus all the sand. Here, you can enjoy features such as playgrounds, walking trails, and a pier that offers beautiful scenic views of not only downtown Corpus Christi the Gulf as well. During the summer season, you can also enjoy the Bay Jammin’ Concert and Cinema Series at the park’s amphitheater.

Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore contains some of the city’s most secluded beaches. In fact, you’ll find more than 70 miles of dunes and beaches here. North and South Beach contains firmly-packed sand that’s perfect for those who enjoy driving two-wheeled vehicles, while Little and Big Shell Beaches are more suited for all-wheel-drive vehicles. Closed Beach, however, does not permit vehicles of any kind whatsoever. 34 miles of unmarked beach remain for everyone to enjoy however they wish.

J.P. Luby Surf Park

Mustang Island, also commonly referred to as J.P. Luby Surf Park, is not only popular with surfers of all ages, but is vehicle-friendly as well. You’ll find people here who enjoy partaking in activities such as wakeboarding and kite surfing. Prior to visiting this location, you will need to pay an entrance fee at the Mustang Island State Park station, which will provide you with a more exclusive experience, including covered picnic tables.

Bob Hall Pier

Bob Hall Pier, which is located near Padre Balli Park, is perfect for both surfers and fishermen alike, especially since this location contains piers that make the most scenic fishing spots. Additionally, the structures of the piers themselves tend to shift the patterns of sandbars that result in the best waves for surfers and wake boarders to enjoy! If you need to rent fishing gear, surfing equipment, or maybe just need a bite to eat after all the sun-bathing, head over to Mikel May’s Beachside Bar & Grill!

McGee Beach

McGee Beach is located right near the heart of downtown Corpus Christi and is considered to be one of the most convenient stretches of beach in the entire city. If enjoying the water may not be your thing, you can instead consider renting an electric scooter and taking a ride along North Shoreline Drive and Water’s Edge Park instead.

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