Uber, taxi, towing services all available for beachgoers

File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt court earlier this month instituted a temporary injunction against Uber from offering car-sharing services across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

If sun and sand are on your list of Spring Break activities, you need to keep several things in mind, especially when it comes to simply getting there and back safely.

Before heading to the beach you want to make sure you have a Beach Parking Permit. Though not all beaches in Corpus Christi require a permit, most do. Parking permits cost $12 and can be purchased at any Stripes store, H-E-B, CVS Pharmacy (for students who live on the island), Dick’s Sporting Goods and Academy.

But there are other methods of getting to the beach, such as using Uber. To contact an Uber driver, you can use an app or go online and request a driver to come pick you up and take you to your destination. Pricing varies depending on where you would like to go; however, online and on the app there is a tool that allows you to input your location and the location you wish to go and it tells you the cost. All you have to do is provide a credit card and it will automatically charge to the card — you don’t even need to worry about tipping the driver.

One of the most irritating things about driving on the beach is getting stuck in the sand, thus becoming a tug-of-war with other vehicles to pull one another out. This is where the towing compa- nies like to make their money. According to reviews, Ace 1 Wrecker Service is one of the best priced in towing vehicles in any situation, and they provide friendly and fast service to the Coastal Bend.

They are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at 361-504-0463. Another towing company that specializes in towing vehicles out of the sand is Paradise Towing, who also provide friendly and fast service at a reasonable rate, according to reviews. Their number is 361-814-2886.

For more information about Corpus Christi beaches, along with safety information, visit www.corpuschristimarina.com/ government/parks-recreation/ programs-services/beaches/. For more options on towing com- panies and taxi services you can look on the Yellow Pages online to nd the service you need.

If you do decide to take the wheel, remember — drive safely and be responsible.


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Brittany Claramunt is a reporter for the Del Mar College Foghorn. She joined the staff in Spring 2016 as a first year college student. Brittany majors in Radio and Television and hopes to one day become an aspiring television news anchor. You can contact Brittany via e-mail at bclaramunt@foghornnews.com or follow her on Twitter @BrittClaramunt.

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