Whitecap Beach

Sandy beach
14802 Whitecap Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, USA
186 miles from Houston, TX
Water quality
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Beach amenities

  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • LifeguardsLifeguard on duty
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • RV-friendlyRV parking available
  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Watch out for broken glass in the sand.

Beware of electric man-o-war jellyfish on the tide line.

Blue crabs can pinch you. Ouch!

It’s a long scenic stretch of very fine white sand (best in Corpus!), offering a lot of space and allowing to drive on.

If you’re looking for a picturesque and soothing holiday destination but don’t have time for longer trips, Whitecap Beach is a place of choice for you! It’s quite popular with tourists and local visitors but has enough space for everyone.

The area is very well kept and comfortable for sitting, picnicking, enjoying the sunset, or making a bonfire at dusk. The atmosphere is peaceful and very family-friendly, featuring few party lovers with alcohol and loud music. Most visitors are couples and families with children, who run around, laugh, and play. Many people also bring their dogs and walk them on a leash.

Access, Parking, and Driving On

Whitecap Beach is located at the end of Whitecap Road and is easy to find.

You can either employ free and spacious parking within a 5-minute walk to the beach or drive directly on the sand, which is densely packed and easy to drive on. During high tide, the beach becomes narrow but still offers enough space for cars. Parking on the beach requires a permit, which costs $12 and is valid until the end of the year. It also gives you parking access to a few nearby beaches, which is a nice bonus!

Eateries and Amenities

The beach has basic facilities on site, including showers and restrooms. They’re clean, but it’s better to have some wipes with you since the toilet paper isn’t always available.

There are a few good restaurants around; one of them is located at a large pier. The cuisine is fine. There is also a snack truck visiting the beach frequently – a good option for having a bite on the go.

Sand and Water

The sand on Whitecap Beach is sugar-white and super-fine, velvety to the touch. It’s hard-packed and easy to step on, making the beach a good place for long walks by the sea. You may go barefoot if you like, but be mindful of washed in man-o-war jellyfish and broken glass in the sand, which is there sometimes despite all the cleanup efforts.

In general, the beach is clean but not without seaweed. As for the water, it’s nice and very warm; the low rolling waves are beautiful and pleasant to walk through or play in.

Local Fauna

The beach is very good for birdwatching; there are many different sea birds in the area, including seagulls, migrating brown pelicans, colorful northern caracaras, and smaller shorebirds.

If you take kids, it might be also a good idea to look for hermit crabs, coquina crabs, pipers, and blue crabs (be careful, they can pinch painfully).

Driving Time

  • 25 minutes from Corpus Christi, TX
  • 1 hour 50 minutes from Victoria, TX
  • 2 hours 20 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:

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Visitor questions:

Question: Good BNB nearby?
Asked by Mary over 2 years ago
Answer: Check Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Corpus Christi/Padre Isle. It is located within a 5-minute walk from the beach and offers delicious breakfasts! You can find this BNB on Booking com.
Question: Can u bbq on the beach in a small pit?
Asked by Anna about 2 years ago
Answer: Yes, you can, if you bring the BBQ pit with you. There are no grilling facilities on Whitecap Beach.
Question: If you’re parked on Whitecap Beach, and someone’s canopy is blown in the air onto your car, is the canopy owner responsible, or is it park at your own risk?
Asked by David Ashbeck almost 2 years ago
Answer: Park at your own risk!
Question: How is the fishing at this beach?
Asked by Mark about 1 year ago
Answer: Whitecap Beach is a great fishing spot! Surf-fishing here is also fun. If you are more into pier fishing, go 1,2 miles south along the beach till the Bob Hall Pier. Have a nice fishing day!
Question: Is there a place to rent beach chairs and umbrellas?
Asked by LaNell about 1 year ago
Answer: No, there are no beach chairs and umbrellas available for rent on Whitecap Beach. Sorry about that! Bring yours because there is no shade on the beach.

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Corpus Christi, Texas 14802 Whitecap Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: December 11, 2019