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Beaches Still Open in Corpus Christi

The longest undeveloped barrier island in the world is open for those wanting to get away from the worries of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The visitor center is closed, but feel free to enjoy the shoreline at Padre Island National Seashore in Corpus Christi. Courtesy photo

We have some bad news and some good news. Bad news first. The Texas State Aquarium is closed through April as are the Harbor Playhouse Community Theatre and the Art Museum of South Texas. The good news is that not everything is off the checklist. Even better: The beaches are still open, including Padre Island National Seashore, a superb place to practice social distancing and renew your spirit.

Beaches are open, but activities are limited to prevent spread of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus pandemic. Exercise only is permited, such as walking, jogging, bicycle riding. No fishing, sun bathing, or gathering in groups. Also, no camping at this time.

One of the quieter beaches can be found at Padre Island National Seashore. While the visitor center is closed, access to the beach and the 65½ miles of pristine shoreline are open and available for exercise and shell collecting.

Padre Island National Shoreline is the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world. One one side, it faces the Gulf of Mexico. Across Park Road 22 runs the Laguna Madre, a rare hyper-saline ecosystem famous for fishing and wind surfing.

For more about the beaches in Corpus Christi and Port Aransas, check out our Beaches Guide on Even if you can’t get here right now, live vicariously through our website and plan your next visit!

Note: Port Aransas beaches have also been closed to all but exercise. No fishing or camping is being allowed.

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Jimmy D —
Why are they open? Do we really need people traveling here? We will be competing with these people, who are here for FUN, for some potential life threatening needs.
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