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Watch the sunrise at Michael J. Ellis Beach

The concrete seawall/walkway at Michael Ellis Beach continues for more than a mile. The beach is a perfect place to watch the sunrise (or spot a rainbow!). Courtesy photo
Michael J. Ellis Beach and the Upper Padre Island Seawall is a popular Corpus Christi destination for beachside fun. Surfers, sunbathers and beach volleyball games are all common sights on this beautiful one-mile stretch of paradise in the Gulf of Mexico.

A popular hot spot for locals and visitors looking for a day of play, the Upper Padre Island Seawall is ideal for an array of beach activities. The seawall provides an attractive view for beach walks. The Upper Padre Island Seawall has plenty of hotels and beach rentals available for visitors who want to be in the middle of the action. During the summer months, many vendors set up along the beach, renting surf boards and other beach necessities.

Rules and regulations include:

  • Open year-round
  • No entrance fee
  • $12 parking permit required; can be purchased for $12 at local H-E-B grocers, Stripes Convenience Stores, Academy, Texas Star on Padre Island, Padre Balli Park Office or at the Corpus Christi City Hall and Visitors Center. Permits are valid for one calendar year.
  • Speed limit is ALWAYS 15 mph
  • Free parking available in the Windward parking lot
  • Restrooms and rinse-off showers provided
  • Leashed pets permitted
  • No glass containers permitted
  • Contained ground fires permitted
  • ADA ramp available

Michael Ellis Beach at the Upper Padre Island Seawall can be accessed by traveling on Texas 358 to Upper Padre Island and taking a left on to Whitecap Boulevard. Windward Drive will be on the left-hand side and will take you to Corpus Christi’s beautiful seawall.

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Gene —
Beach and facilities are good. Unfortunately, 3 vehicles were broken into one of which was ours. All three cars were entered by busting windows. This was in a public parking lot near Portifino Condominiums rightnext to the beach. The thieves stole a wallet Nintendo DS player and games, and a Samsung Tablet. Called police and they only offered to take report over the phone. We told a beach patrol person and he responded with a flippant "heh" yes it happens pretty often here. I didnt see one patrol car during our stay on the beach and on nearby roads. So, word of advice: Be extra cautious with valuables. Dont leave them in your vehicle even if its locked.
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