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Dog Friendly Beaches in Corpus Christi

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

When you plan your next stay to Corpus Christi, don’t forget that your dog is on vacation too! You shouldn’t need to leave your four-legged companion behind when hitting the beach for some fun in the sun. Here in Corpus Christi, most beaches are pet-friendly beaches that welcome and encourage dogs of all sizes...just make sure they're on a leash! Be ready for sandy paws, wagging tails and a whole lot of sand crab hunting during your next stay on the Coastal Bend!

Dog Friendly Beaches

Padre Island National Seashore

The Padre National Seashore – sponsored by the U.S. Parks and Services – is a safe nesting ground for sea turtles and more than 380 bird species, extending 70 miles on the coastline separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre.

Its beaches are dog-friendly, however they must be on a leash and accounted for (no roaming) to ensure the safety of the sea turtles. The beautiful beaches of Padre Island are a fantastic place to bring your furry friends.

Although the beaches close at dusk, overnight camping is allowed in certain areas. It’s located at 20420 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi TX 78418

Port Aransas Beach

Port Aransas Beach is a place your dog will absolutely love! He/she won’t just be allowed on the beach, but also in the water to ride on boats or kayaks. Dogs are allowed off leash at this beach on the Coastal Bend for a morning jog, fetch, sand crab hunting and all other types of activities.

Port Aransas Beach features a large pier extending over 500 feet into the water for designated fishing spots. Overnight camping is also allowed.

Free parking is available, and an annual beach tag costs only $12. You can find it at1900 Hwy. 361, Port Aransas TX 78373.

Cole Park

Cole Park is a large, family-friendly park with access to pet-friendly waters. It features a playground, amphitheater with live music, walking trail and ample grass space for both your family and pets to enjoy a picnic or game of volleyball.

The beaches aren’t a far walk from the park, and are open from dawn until dusk. Dogs are allowed off leashes as long as they don’t go to the bathroom. You can find it at 2600 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi TX 78404


Make sure to visit these three spots or any other beach in Corpus Christi if you’re looking to make the most out of your stay for both you AND your dog(s)!


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