5 Best Beaches in Corpus Christi for Families


The beaches in Corpus Christi are some of the best in the nation!

Whether your family is native to Corpus Christi, you’ve recently moved here, or you’re just plain looking for some fun, summer is right around the corner.  DON’T WORRY!  This isn’t about how you need to tone up or buy this new swimsuit or that one.  It’s about where to do your beach-going in CorpusChristi! That’s right.

These beaches don’t care if you are “summer-ready” or not.  They just want your toes in their sand.

Since there are more than a handful in and around the Corpus Christi area, it can be hard to know just where to go.  So, I’ll break it down for ya.

Best Beaches in Corpus Christi

The truth is that Corpus Christi has a LOT of beaches that are accessible to the public. Some are a bit more remote than others so we’ve put together this list of the 5 best Corpus Christi area beaches that are perfect for families.

These beaches are family-friendly and have close access to facilities such as food and restrooms.

But more importantly, they offer a safe, fun place for your family to enjoy the sounds of the waves and the seagulls – and to soak up that South Texas sun!

Here are 5 of the best beaches for families in the Corpus Christi area:

The Beach at Fajitaville

This little gem is not widely known.  Possibly because it is, technically, not its own beach.  It’s on a stretch of beach called North Beach in Corpus Christi. However, for beach activities, it can be awesome.

This place is a 3 story restaurant with its own private beach area.  Not only do they let you take your drinks to the sand, but there is beachside drink service!! 

So you get the festive atmosphere of this restaurant and you can let your little kiddos play to their heart’s content in the sand while you sip on a delightful frozen margarita and gaze upon the waves.  Honestly, does it get much better than that?

The Beaches at Port Aransas

Now, I know this isn’t Corpus Christi but Port Aransas beaches are only about a 30-minute drive from town and it is so worth it.  These beaches are beautiful and the town is quaint. 

If you are looking for a tourist experience, even if you’re not a tourist, then this is the place to be.  Escape the hustle and bustle of town and visit Port Aransas.  If we have the time, my family will make the drive to the stretch of beach in Port Aransas. 

The sand is soft and beautiful and the water is warm and clean.  The air is oh so breezy. It’s one of the perfect places to pull up a fold-out chair and just relax. You’ll thank me later.

young boy playing with toys in the beach water

McGee Beach on Shoreline Boulevard in Corpus Christi

McGee Beach is one of Corpus Christi’s better beaches.  It is routinely maintained and almost right in the heart of downtown.  It is backed by several highly-rated hotels and gives you a beautiful view of the bay. 

There is a darling little restaurant just feet away for those grumbly tummies.  The water is shallow and perfect for the kids to play in.  Not only is there a beach, but just across the street there are playgrounds for when the sand gets “boring.”

If you don’t want to leave Corpus Christi’s downtown area, but still want to get that beach experience, then McGee Beach is the beach for you.

3 young children sitting on the boardwalk at corpus christi beach

The Beach at San Jose Island 

San Jose Island beach is adorable! It is PERFECT for those of you who want to avoid the crowds.  AND you get to take the Jetty Boat to get there!  This little boat is so much fun and the kids will love it!

Since there is hardly any foot traffic on this beach the shells are perfect.  They aren’t trampled on or picked over.  You can even find whole sand dollars.  It truly is amazing.  Watch your kiddos walk up and down the beach for hours just picking up seashells. 

Plus, there is the fishing.  Dads.  Do you want to fish AND take your kids to the beach?  Well, here you go.  Wade fishing at its finest.

a man fishing on the beach in corpus christi
several toddlers playing in the water at the beach

Mustang Island Beaches

Mustang Island beaches are, by far, a family favorite for us.  The water is almost always beautiful and you can drive on the beach and pick the perfect spot for your brood.  Bring toys, food, grills, and ice chests; stay the day, the night, or the week; make a fire, and set up a tent! 

The possibilities are endless on this beach. Located just about 20 minutes south of Corpus Christi, Mustang Island can get busy during peak seasons, but it is never so busy that you can’t find a spot to park and enjoy yourself. 

There is more than one access road that’ll get you to the water, so you have miles of beach to choose from!

2 young boys running towards the beach water

Whether you just moved here or you are simply visiting the Coastal Bend, we hope your family finds some quality fun-in-the-sun time at one of these Corpus Christi area beaches!

Don’t forget the sunscreen and stay hydrated! If you are new to the area, the South Texas sun can be brutal and we don’t want a little sunburn to ruin your visit!

Happy Beach-ing!

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Rachel is so excited to be here! Originally from Colorado, she moved to Texas as a youngin and never left. She moved to Corpus Christi with her little family 4 years ago and they love it. In addition to being a stay-at-home mom, Rachel is a full-time graduate student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where she is working on her Masters in Counseling Psychology. She hopes to becomes an LPC in the clinical and mental health field. Rachel and her husband of almost 10 years have 3 beautifully and equally boisterous boys {ages 7, 5, and 1 1/2}. When Rachel isn't studying or trying to figure out what to make for dinner, she spends much of her time wondering where that puddle on her floor came from and who hit who first. In any down time she has, she enjoys running, crocheting, reading, and googling new dinner ideas. Her life keeps her on her tippy-toes but she wouldn't have it any other way!