Newport Pass Beach (Bates Beach)

Sandy beach
Newport Pass Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, USA
184 miles from Houston, TX
Water quality
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Water Quality
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Beach amenities

  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Speed limit is 15 mph.

Glass is prohibited.

No facilities.

Another name of Newport Pass Beach is Bates Beach. It’s one of the most popular coastal destinations in Corpus Christi which offers a relaxing and family-friendly beach recreation in a quiet and picturesque place.

Newport Pass Beach is great for traditional beach activities such as sunbathing, swimming, sandcastle building, beachcombing, as well as for watersports including skimboarding, surfing, and windsurfing.

Location and Access

Located east of Corpus Christi, Newport Pass Beach is open all year round and features no entrance fees. From Corpus Christi, you can reach the beach by driving via Texas 358 onto North Padre Island and then turning left to Newport Pass Road. It’s a drive-on beach. Entrance is free but a 12$ yearly parking permit is required. Tent camping is free.


Unfortunately, the beach features no facilities except for outdoor showers and visitors should be prepared for some inconvenience. There are no shops, bars, or restaurants either, so bring everything you may need with you (at least some snacks and enough drinking water).

Sand and Water

Newport Pass Beach is a small stretch of beautiful golden sand, which is good for walking, driving on, or building sandcastles. The area is well-maintained and clean. Swimming on a hot summer day is enjoyable and small children can splash in the shallow area. However, exercise caution in the water and keep a close eye on children since there are no lifeguards.


This sunny and breezy beach has constant but soft winds, which makes it a good spot for various watersports including sailing, surfing, and windsurfing. Boogie boarding and skimboarding are other popular activities at Newport Pass Beach.

Dog Policies

Pets are allowed on the beach so feel free to bring your four-legged friend with you! Just don’t forget to take a bag and pick up after them.

Driving Time

  • 25 minutes from Corpus Christi, TX
  • 1 hour 50 minutes from Victoria, TX
  • 2 hours 25 minutes from San Antonio, 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:

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Newport Pass Beach (Bates Beach) which you can visit:

Beach reviewed by:
Phil R.
Photos from Google Maps
Clouds over the seaNewport Pass BeachSeagulls on Bates Beach
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Newport Pass Beach (Bates Beach) videos

Sunrise Over Padre Island Corpus Christi
A serene drone made video of the picturesque island sunrise
Newport Pass Fun Fly
A nice video about flying kites 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 Corpus Christi, Texas Newport Pass Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Newport Pass Beach (Bates Beach) reviews and photos
Reviewed on: November 20, 2019