We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Drive the beach from the Mexican border to the Channel at S.P.Island”

Ranked #5 of 30 things to do in Brownsville
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: State park comprised of more than 1,055 acres offering a variety of outdoor recreation on its land and adjacent beaches of Del Mar and Boca Chica, including swimming, birding, camping, fishing and surfing.
Reviewed 20 February 2014

When for the drive to see the beach, and drive it north, to the channel at the southern tip of South Padre Island. The entrance to the beach is free, and you enter at about the 1/2 way point between the Mexican border, and the channel at S.P.I. It's about 5 miles to the border, or to the channel. We went during the week, and it was empty, but I'll bet on the weekends it's quite popular with the locals! Lots of cars were driving along most of the beach, but that could change depending on tides, and wind. Nice place to pack a lunch, and a few beverages, sit and watch the waves roll in! Similar to driving S.P.I beach, but far more secluded. It was a great way to spend a few hours.

8  Thank BadgerMbTraveller
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (78)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
All reviews
"gulf of mexico"
in 5 reviews
"virgin beach"
in 3 reviews
"nice quiet beach"
in 3 reviews
"padre island"
in 4 reviews
"ship channel"
in 2 reviews
"ice chest"
in 2 reviews
"south texas"
in 4 reviews
in 13 reviews
in 8 reviews
in 13 reviews
in 5 reviews
in 5 reviews
in 9 reviews
in 3 reviews
in 4 reviews
in 2 reviews
in 2 reviews

55 - 59 of 78 reviews

Reviewed 5 December 2013

This Beach is for those of us who love getting away from it all, You can enjoy, walking, playing in the tide, fishing, driving, watching birds, or doing nothing at all. At one end you can see San Padre Island and the other the lighthouse on the Mexican Border.

7  Thank Teri G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 August 2013

I was so hyped about this beach, we had been to south padre beach and thought the water quantity should be the same, this beach is more secluded, and we can drive on the beach ...what's not to like. Oh how we are wrong. Yes, this beach is very secluded, the drive through he park to get there is long but the drive is nice and pretty to see and enjoy. I love the wild cactuses. When on the beach, my #1 tip is to never never drive on the dry sand in a car. Drive on the wet sand only. There is nothing around you so do come prepared for everything. This is a good spot for fishing, hanging out, relaxing, taking a stroll anything really but swimming. The water is nothing like the water on south padre. The water is murky and brown. It feels as if you are swimming in a bayou. In fact later in the evening as we where swimming the water began to smell like sewage.Our wet cloths that we bagged in a trash bad later to be wash when we got back to our condo, smelled so bad. The smell was like something from a backed up sewage pipe. So my advice would be this is a perfect beach for everything you are looking for in seclusion, just don't swim in the water.

10  Thank Mary G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 June 2013

I went to Boca Chica State Park for a wedding. Beautiful setting. There were many people there already who were not part of the wedding party. All of the people who were already there were quiet and respectful of the service. At the end of the ceremony, when the groom kissed the bride, many people on the beach, and people on the balconies of close-by condominiums cheered. A beautiful, memorable event that wound up on youtube. Not very wheelchair accessible. Be aware of soft sands and be careful when the tide comes in. Swimmers need to be experienced in swimming in the ocean, and have buddies to help - never swim alone. Great nearby restaurants and attractions, including Schlitterbaun.

6  Thank djfluth
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 31 May 2013

The beach isn't fancy---and there are no restrooms; but we head there for a quiet walk on my husband's day off every week. We haven't seen many shells, even though we go first thing in the morning; so don't expect to find much. There are no palm trees--or any other kind of trees. But, if the wind is blowing, there are no bugs and it's cooler than inland. Four-wheel drives are highly recommended.

2  Thank NXTZooKeeper
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Boca Chica State Park also viewed

Brownsville, Texas Gulf Coast
Brownsville, Texas Gulf Coast
Brownsville, Texas Gulf Coast

Been to Boca Chica State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing