Boca Chica Beach

Sandy beach
54299 TX-4, Brownsville, TX 78521, USA
282 miles from Houston, TX
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality

Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Overnight camping is prohibited

Beware of the jellyfish (after storms)

Dogs are allowed on a leash only

Alcohol-free area

Boca Chica Beach is a long and narrow strip of sand running through arid Texas lands along the Gulf shore for about eight miles from the Lower Laguna Madre to the Rio Grande delta. Located on the southernmost point of the state, this place features no businesses or facilities and is remarkably empty and tranquil – a perfect holiday destination to escape from civilization.

There are plenty of desolate areas at the beach where you’re likely to see no other visitors – only wildlife, like red knots and brown pelicans.

Access and Parking

The beach is open 24 hours daily and entrance is free. To get to Boca Chica, you’ll have to drive about twenty-three miles east on Texas Highway 4 from Brownsville until you reach the dead-end and finally find yourself at the beach. If you travel in a street-licensed vehicle, driving on the sand is allowed.

Parking will be no problem either since you can park directly on site. Nevertheless, note that overnight camping at the beach is prohibited.

No Businesses or Facilities

If you decide to visit Boca Chica Beach, you should prepare for such inconvenience as the absence of restrooms, changing rooms, and rinse showers. No food outlets, concessions, or restaurants are present on-site either. Bring your own food supplies and any beach and sports equipment you may need. Moreover, you’d better also take a first-aid kit with a jellyfish sting relief, insect repellent, and sunscreen.

Beautiful Nature and Rich Wildlife

Boca Chica Beach is a part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge and, thus, is protected by authorities of various levels. The area features such natural phenomena as mangrove marshes, tidal salt flats, and clay dunes. The water is clear emerald and very clean, good for swimming or doing some water sports.

If you’re interested to see wild animals or birds, Boca Chica Beach is a great spot for that. In the spring and summer months, you can witness some of the rarest sea turtles nesting on the shore. Birdwatching will also bring you some bright impressions since you have good chances to spot osprey, hawks, peregrine and aplomado falcons at this beach.

Outdoor Recreation

Apart from typical sunbathing and swimming, Boca Chica Beach is a perfect place for diverse outdoor activities, such as picnicking, birdwatching, fishing, snorkeling, kiteboarding, or surfing. Don’t forget to bring your own equipment for whatever you decide to do during your beach holiday.

Driving Time

  • 35 minutes from Brownsville, TX
  • 2 hours 50 minutes from Corpus Christi, TX
  • 3 hours 50 minutes from Laredo, TX

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

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Visitor questions:

Question: Looking for modern accommodations, Dec 2023.
Asked by Mrs. Knox 10 months ago
Answer: Beachcatcher is a beach aggregator, and we are not affiliate with any accommodation providers. To find a place to stay, please visit hotel aggregation sites.
Question: Is nude sunbathing permitted at Boca Chica Beach TX?
Asked by Larry over 2 years ago
Answer: No, it's not permitted. The only Texas beach where nudism is officially allowed is Hippie Hollow Beach (aka McGregor County Park). Check it on our website.

Boca Chica Beach videos

Getting to Boca Chica - Rio Grande
A short video of the beach and its surroundings
"Driving on the beach" video blog
A nice video of cars driving on the beach

Weather conditions

Current weather at the beach and 3 day forecast

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Brownsville, Texas 54299 TX-4, Brownsville, TX 78521, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: April 14, 2020