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“Great for seclusion.”

Ranked #5 of 28 things to do in Brownsville
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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.
Willard, Ohio
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37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great for seclusion.”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

Great place if you like to get away from it all. We enjoyed walking the beach, wading in the tide, driving on the beach, or walking and picking up shells. There were a lot of people on the beach fishing and just enjoying the beach. To the north you can see south padre island. The drive to the beach seemed long but pretty to see. Would return.

Visited May 2014
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Winnipeg, Canada
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380 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Drive the beach from the Mexican border to the Channel at S.P.Island”
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.

Visited February 2014
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8 Thank BadgerMbTraveller
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Tooele, Utah
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Boca Chica Beach”
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.

Visited December 2013
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7 Thank Teri G
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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not the best swimming water, but if seclusion is your thing this is the place to be”
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.

Visited July 2013
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10 Thank Mary G
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Del Rio, Texas
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316 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
“Great place for a wedding!”
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.

Visited June 2013
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