Follow the law, come back from break fine-free

Those planning to hit the beach over the break should be aware of the rules. While all of the beaches have similar rules, some do stand out on their own. 

At Port Aransas and Rockport beach and all Corpus Christi beaches, fireworks and glass containers are prohibited. Fishing is permitted on all area beaches, but you must have a valid fishing license with a saltwater stamp. At Port Aransas beach and any Corpus Christi beach, your pets are allowed but they must be on leash. Port Aransas and Rockport both require a parking permit; Port Aransas permits are available at any Stripes or HEB but the permit for Rockport must be purchased on Rockport beach. 

There are some special rules to take into consideration when visiting Rockport beach. Campfires are prohibited but there are barbecue pits available for use. Tents are allowed at the beach, but overnight camping is prohibited. Rockport beach is a good option for families during the break. There is a playground for the younger ones and locations for picnicking. Because there is no driving or pets allowed on the beach you don’t have to worry as much about injuries to your family. 

Port Aransas beach is one of the more laid-back beaches in our area when it comes to rules, but there are still a few important ones. While alcohol is allowed there is a drinking curfew from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Bonfires are allowed on the beach, but they must be no larger than 3×3 feet. The city forbids burning of pallets and any other material that contains nails. You can drive on the beach but be sure to follow the 15-mph speed limit and to stay 50 feet from the water’s edge at all times. There is also free tent and RV camping on the beach. If you are looking for a large beach with lots of room for fun and games, Port Aransas is the beach for you. 

On all Corpus Christi beaches there are five major rules to follow. Glass containers and littering are prohibited. Pets are allowed on a leash and be sure to properly dispose of pet waste. No canopies are to be left overnight. 

North Beach, located just across the Harbor Bridge, follows all of the same rules as other Corpus Christi beaches, but it also has rules of its own. Driving on the beach is prohibited. There are no campfires or barbecue pits allowed, and moonwalks or other inflatable games are prohibited.  North Beach is a good place to visit with friends if you’re looking for a chill beach trip. 

Padre Island National Seashore has a few important rules to know before visiting. Metal detectors are prohibited. Driving on the beach is allowed. Camping on the beach in tents or RVs is allowed but be sure to have a camping permit. Personal watercraft, boats and kite surfing are not allowed at the Seashore. Alcohol can be consumed at the beach but be sure to not operate motor vehicles if you do so. Padre Island National Seashore is a great place for people of all ages to visit but watch out for rattlesnakes in the dunes, grasslands and mudflats.

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