North Padre Island Beaches

Corpus Christi, Texas (Nueces / Kleberg County)

Last Updated: 07/12/2021
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Highlight: North Padre Island Beaches
North Padre Island is uniquely positioned to provide travelers a beach experience ranging from the most civilized to the most remote beach experience in Texas. Whitecap Beach along the northern end of North Padre Island is easily accessible and provides all the amenities worthy of a beach near a metro area. Transitioning quickly, however, the beaches along North Padre Island transition quickly to the primitive and remote beaches associated with Padre Island National Seashore. Of particular note in this transition is North Beach – that section between Whitecap Beach and the national park that offers a unique blend or remote access near a metro area. Soft roaders looking to dip their feet into the more remote aspects of off-roading may well wish to experience these sections of Texas beaches to determine if they wish to dig deeper into the wonderful world of off-roading.


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1. Whitecap Beach Access (0 mi)
Whitecap Beach is the northern-most beach along North Padre Island accessible to vehicles.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Corpus Christi

From Corpus Christi, take the John F Kennedy Memorial Causeway (358) across the intracoastal waterway. To enter the North Padre Island beaches from the northern end, follow Park Road 22 for 2 miles to Whitecap Boulevard then turn left and proceed 1 mile to the beach. To enter North Padre Island beaches from the southern point (North Beach), follow Park Road 22 for 11.6 miles to North Beach Access Road, then turn left and proceed east 0.5 miles to the beach.



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John-Paul Clark

Mapping Crew - Texas

JP began his off-road adventures as a "Toyota guy", then later crossed the dark side when he bought a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Describing himself as a 'heavy overlander / moderate crawler', he enjoys everything from long beach runs, to the mountains of Colorado, to the rocks of Moab.
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