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.
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.
- 25 minutes from Corpus Christi, TX
- 1 hour 50 minutes from Victoria, TX
- 2 hours 25 minutes from San Antonio, TX
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Newport Pass Beach (Bates Beach) which you can visit: