Mustang Island State Park Beach

Sandy beach
16550 Mustang Island Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, USA (181 miles from Houston, TX)
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • RV-friendlyRV parking available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby

About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Possible undercurrents

No lifeguards

Dogs must be leashed

Mustang Island State Park is a wonderful family destination by the sea offering a well-maintained and convenient setting for various outdoor activities, such as swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, making bonfires, fishing, birdwatching, strolling, shelling, watching sand crabs... It might also be a great idea to take your dog since dogs are welcome here as long as they’re leashed.

Mustang Island State Park is a good place for a beaching day as well as for a whole week of camping. If you travel in a motorhome, you’ll be glad to know they offer well-kept campsites with amenities. You’re also allowed to drive directly to the beach and camp there. The coastline is beautiful and pristine with clear water and clean fine sand, so good for barefooted walks. Enjoy!

Access and Parking

Note that entrance to the beach is charged and the fee costs $5 per person (children under 13 can pass for free). The chargeable entrance may be a bit unexpected, but the big plus is there aren’t too many visitors in comparison to other beaches in the area. Moreover, the beach is well maintained and cleaned regularly – the staff does their work quite diligently.

As for parking, you can either make use of a parking lot, or drive directly to the beach, or stay in the campground. Primitive campsites cost $10 per night while campsites with water and electric hookups cost $20 per night (or $120 for a week stay). The latter is located behind the dunes and, thus, are protected from the wind, which sometimes gets quite strong.

Rich Wildlife

Mustang Island State Park is a wonderful place for nature lovers and those interested to see animals in the wild. The local fauna is diverse and easy to notice in the sand and water as well as in the air. Apart from such typical beach inhabitants as crabs and dolphins, you’re also likely to spot sea turtles and even see how they lay their eggs on the shore (if you come during the period from April to July). Beyond any doubt, birdwatchers will be delighted by their trip to this beach since there are more than 400 (!) bird species on Mustang Island, including a very rare Aplomado falcon. If you take kids, they’ll have a great time combing the beach – there are good chances to find various shells, fossils, and other treasures in the sand.

Summary

Overall, Mustang Island State Park Beach is a very family-friendly place providing good opportunities for outdoor activities and communing with nature at a reasonable cost. The place is well-maintained, clean, and regularly patrolled, so you can feel calm and safe here.

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Mustang Island State Park Beach videos

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Port Aransas, Texas 16550 Mustang Island Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Mustang Island State Park Beach photo by Aleksandra Zabkiewicz
January 12, 2019
Aleksandra Zabkiewicz
#walkingtime #morningwalk
Mustang Island State Park Beach photo by Sarah Jesness
April 19, 2019
Sarah Jesness
This ground squirrel was so cute I just had to take lots of pictures!
Mustang Island State Park Beach photo by Heather Mancuso Wilson
January 27, 2019
Heather Mancuso Wilson
Tough day to be a jellyfish or a burrfish #mustangislandstatepark
Mustang Island State Park Beach photo by 💚Jessica Bailey
May 18, 2019
💚Jessica Bailey
#greatblueheron #birdwatching
Mustang Island State Park Beach photo by Sarah Jesness
May 21, 2019
Sarah Jesness
It’s really hard to get good pictures of sea turtles. Someday I’ll get a great one!
Mustang Island State Park Beach photo by Tish Brewer
April 27, 2019
Tish Brewer
beach and environs. 🌞
Mustang Island State Park Beach photo by David Botello
April 8, 2019
David Botello
#mustangislandstatepark
Mustang Island State Park Beach photo by Ruth Ann Baldwin
January 15, 2019
Ruth Ann Baldwin
Saw this starfish while looking for shells at Mustang Island State Park, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Mustang Island State Park Beach photo by Huckleberry Finn
April 8, 2019
Huckleberry Finn
Exciting news! I saw the ocean for the first time! The Gulf of Mexico to be exact. I chased sticks and my frisbee alllll weekend. And now I’m going to sleep for ten days. Goodnight!
Mustang Island State Park Beach photo by Justine Hanson
February 13, 2019
Justine Hanson
Wide open on Mustang Island, Padre Island, Texas. #padreisland #corpuschristi #mustangisland #mustangislandstatepark #texas
Mustang Island State Park Beach photo by Edward Frias
March 24, 2019
Edward Frias
Had a good weekend at the beach!
Mustang Island State Park Beach photo by Les Ben
May 5, 2019
Les Ben
#mustang beach fun #mustangislandstatepark fun times.... #mustangisland beach relax and enjoy the water and sun