Boca Chica Beach

Dept. Fish & Wildlife

2 Reviews
Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville, TX 78521 956-546-3721 Official Website

GPS: 25.9969, -97.151

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Overview of Boca Chica Beach

Be aware of the tides and high tide line when choosing a beach campsite. Strong winds or storms can significantly elevate tides and create hazardous conditions along the Gulf Coast.

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving on sandy beaches.
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Last reported 9/30/2019
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Salt Lake City, UT 26' Forest River Evo T2050 Toyota Tundra
48 reviews
“Lots of trash, and questionable security”

Reviewed 9/30/2019

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: N/A
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FYI we were really looking forward to camping here, but in the end we didn't stay. First off, there is more trash washed up on this beach than we've ever seen anywhere. It's really most unfortunate, but I suspect that much of it washes down the adjacent Rio Grande River, for none of the other beaches we've seen in this area of South Texas seem to have that much rubbish.

The other big concern that arose was for our personal safety. At the southern end of Boca Chica Beach, the only thing that separates it from the Matamoros, Mexico side is about 50 feet of waist deep, placid water. Walking across the border here would be a trivial exercise. See the photo that we're attaching to this review, and then check out this article from 8/2019 in USA Today: If the article is to be believed, the drug cartels maintain complete control of this exact corner of beach adjacent to Boca Chica Beach, and at the time I took the photo I was wholly ignorant of just how dangerous taking that photo was.

Boca Chica Beach would be an absolutely spectacular place to boondock, were it not for the prodigious trash and the drug running immediately adjacent to it. It's a shame, but it wasn't for us, and we moved to Isla Blanca County Park on South Padre Island instead.

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“private and quiet beach camping”

Reviewed 5/16/2015

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: n/a
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We have stayed here twice during our annual winter trips to south Texas and camped on the beach for 7 days both times. There are NO services and no dump station in this state park and shopping is 25 minutes away, so pack everything you will need for your stay. On both of our stays we were virtually the only ones camping on the beach. The few people that drove the beach there to either fish, site see or picnic. The beach was well patrolled by US Boarder Patrol and so we felt safe the entire time, even when we were the only ones camping. This is one of our favourite spots in south Texas to free beach camp.

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charlie166 would stay here again

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Boca Chica Bust – Aluminarium

Yesterday, we drove to the tip of Texas in hopes of doing some beach camping. As we pulled into Boca Chica State Park I checked the tide tables. Years ago, we camped on the...

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  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
  • fishing
  • swimming beach
  • water access
  • trash
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Great location, run down park.

- Rick

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Very Nice Campground...will definitely be back

- Rodzilla

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Great spot. Love watching the pelicans and herons on the floats.

- Lynn

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OK place but pricey

- teri

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Nice beach camping, sand a little soft.

- Jozeh

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