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My Favorite Beach Locations

Mustang Island, North Padre Island, and numerous bays; we are so lucky to have so many amazing beaches nearby. Please be sure to note if the beach you select requires a beach permit! Permits can be purchased at most of the local gas stations and at HEB. Also, I highly recommend 4-wheel drive vehicles for the more remote spots, so please let me know if you don't have a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
 

Large Dunes - N. Padre Island, Texas

Map Link: Large Dunes

Parking: Beach permit required, 4-Wheel Drive HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Pros: absolutely stunning large sand dunes, wild sea oat plants, beautiful views

Cons: 4-wheel drive recommended, popular photoshoot location, requires a bit of a hike into the dunes.

Rockport Beach - Rockport, Texas

Map Link: Rockport Beach

Parking: $10 Day Pass, paved

Pros: easy drive and parking, tropical-looking umbrellas, easy to park and walk, two piers, public bathroom

Cons: Sometimes very busy, no sand dunes, no pets allowed

S. Packery Channel - N. Padre Island, Texas

Map Link: South Packery Channel

Parking: Beach Permit Required

Pros: small sand dunes, easy to walk

Cons: can be very busy on the beach, no public bathroom

Horace Caldwell Pier - Port Aransas, Texas

Map Link: H.C. Pier

Parking: Free, paved

Pros: small sand dunes, easy to walk

Cons: can be very busy on the beach

Fish Pass Jetties - Mustang Island, Texas

Map Link: Fish Pass Jetties

Parking: Beach parking permit required

Pros: granite jetties

Cons: can be very busy, HIGHLY recommend 4-wheel drive

J.P. Luby Beach - Mustang Island, Texas

Map Link: J.P. Luby Beach

Parking: Beach parking permit required

Pros: low white dunes, sea oats

Cons: can be very busy, HIGHLY recommend 4-wheel drive