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J.P. Luby Surf Park/North Packery Jetty - map
Known as one of Corpus Christi's hottest surf spots for many years and growing as a popular kiteboarding area. When offshore winds blow from the west northwest they produce promising surf at all stages of the tide. High tides produce the best surf here. Try paddling out near the jetty; however be careful of the rip current along the rocks.

J.P. Luby Surf Park draws many young adults and teens to the beach for a variety of activities, including sunbathing, volleyball, socializing, and barbecue gatherings. Many beach-goers particularly enjoy the conveniently located equipment-rental vendors set up along the beach during the summer months. Among their many offerings are kayaks, boogie boards, surf boards and jet skis. This free beach park also features public restrooms. As a result of all these amenities, this beach has one of the largest crowds enjoying fun in the sun every spring and summer. Visitors even enjoy the freedom to drive up and down this stretch of beach in search of the perfect spot.

Directions: Off of TX Hwy 361, near Access Road 3A-1

Once on Highway 358 in Corpus Christi, continue on TX State Park Road 22, then turn left onto TX Highway 361. Turn right on Zahn Road.

 

South Packery Jetty Beach - map
South Packery Jetty Beach was created by the construction of Packery Channel, which is the dividing line between Mustang and Upper Padre Island; the jetties were completed in 2006. This stretch of Gulf Coast shore is a continuation of the beach at the Upper Padre Island Seawall, and it resumes its northward march on the other side of the channel as North Packery Channel Beach.

If surf is not so good on North Packery Jetty, there’s a real good chance you will find good surf on South Packery Jetty. Since the spots are on opposite sides of Packery Channel, they are rarely both good at the same time.

This family-friendly beach is less crowded and thus perfect for children. You can even catch a glimpse of the ample local wildlife. There are no restrooms or other facilities on the beach. Driving is allowed on this part of the beach. Parking requires a beach parking permit, available at Stripes Convenience Stores and many Upper Padre Island retailers.

Directions: Once on Highway 358 in Corpus Christi, continue on TX State Park Road 22. Enter this beach through Access Road 3A.

 

Upper Padre Island Seawall - map
Occasionally confused with the Corpus Christi Seawall in downtown Corpus Christi, the Upper Padre Island Seawall has a very different feel. It’s designed for protection against storm swells that threaten the hotel resorts and condominiums it guards. With breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, the seawall makes a great spot for both shortboarders and longboarders looking for a little more action.

Strong long shore currents prevail here. You will likely drift along the beach during a surf session; however the seawall helps you get back to where you need to be.

Several hotel resorts and condos at the seawall offer dining with a water view and access to the Gulf Coast beach in front of the wall. Beach umbrellas and chairs are available for rent. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Driving is allowed on the stretch of beach in front of the Seawall but a beach parking permit is required. Permits are available for purchase at Stripes Convenience Stores and other local retailers.

Directions: Take South Padre Island Drive into Upper Padre Island. Take a left on Windward Drive, where you will find resorts, condominiums, restaurants and bars. The beach can be accessed most easily from Windward Beach Parking Lot.

 

Bob Hall Pier - map
15820 Park Rd 22

Location and water depth make riding the waves at the top of the list for most that enjoy this beach. Very popular among surfers and avid fishermen, Bob Hall Pier is another attractive feature in Padre Balli Park. This is a hot spot for shortboarders looking for a deep rideable tube. Plenty of parking makes it a surfer friendly beach, with covered picnic tables making it convenient for a day long session.

The pier has long been revered as one of the best and most productive fishing piers on the entire United States Gulf Coast. Bob Hall has a great reputation for being family friendly so pack up the car and take your very own Surf Vacation in Texas.

Directions: You can find Bob Hall Pier by taking Highway 358 from Corpus Christi across the JFK Causeway until it dead ends into Park Road 22. Take Park Road 22 until you reach the Padre Balli Park. The pier is in the park.

 

Fish Pass Jetty - map
Fish Pass is an exposed beach/jetty break with pretty consistent surf. The best wind direction is from the northwest, the ideal wave direction is from the southeast. Most of the surf here comes from windswells. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. A popular spot for surfers.

Directions: Located off Highway 361, the easiest and safest driving conditions are to access it through the Mustang Island State Park; however you will have to pay a minimal entrance fee into the park.

 

Horace Caldwell Pier - map
(Port Aransas)

Located just a short drive down Hwy 361 from Padre and Mustang Islands in Port Aransas. Offshore winds are from the northwest. Waves are more likely to be from local wind swells with the optimum wave angle from the southeast. Waves break both left and right. Sometimes crowded, especially during spring break and summer.

 

San Jose Island - map
(Port Aransas)

Also known as St. Jo Island by the locals, you really need to watch the surf reports before heading out to this spot. Accessible only by Jetty boat at Fisherman’s Wharf in Port Aransas with a daily fee and by scheduled time slots. If the conditions are pointing to some nice surf here, be sure to plan ahead and take anything you might need to eat or drink on the island; there are no services or structures available. The jetty boat runs 10 trips daily.

If the surf reports indicate good conditions you will be rewarded when offshore winds blow from the northwest. Wind swells are much more typical than groundswells and the best wave direction is from the Southeast.

Directions: Fisherman’s Wharf 900 N. Tarpon Street, Port Aransas, 1-800-605-5448.

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