Laying down the Ground (Sand) Rules
As the saying goes, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. While you will absolutely have the time of your life soaking in the sun on the beaches of Port Aransas, there is a general set of beach rules that guests are respectfully asked to follow for the protection of both the visitor and the environment.
For specific city beach rules, check here, and for I.B. Magee Beach Park rules, check here.
- Can you drive on Port Aransas beach? Yes, the speed limit is 15 mph.
- Signage that shows current surf conditions is located at all City beach entrances. Look for the colored flag and the coordinating explanation.
- Pets are required to be on a leash at all times.
- Small fires no larger than 3 feet deep x 3 feet wide x 3 feet high are permitted on the beach. Fires must be completely extinguished prior to departure.
- No glass bottles or containers are allowed on the beach.
- Driving in the dunes is strictly prohibited.
- Take only memories, leave only footprints. Please dispose of all waste in designated wastebins strategically located along the beach.
- If you see an injured animal, such as a sea turtle, call the Port Aransas Police Department at (361) 749-6241. They can connect you with the proper resources to aid the animal. Do not touch the animal under any circumstances.
- In general, steer clear of all wildlife. Yes, this includes the seagulls—feeding them can be harmful.
- Bollards are poles that separate the driving lane from the recreational area. They are found between the south jetty and Mile Marker 19.
- Parking is only permitted on the roadside of the bollards. No driving is allowed inside the bollards except for the area to the north of the pier, in the county section.
- Some bollards have red painted tops; these mark NO PARKING areas.
- Some bollards have blue painted tops; these mark HANDICAP-ACCESSIBLE bathrooms and can be found just north of the Avenue G entrance and at Mile Marker 17.
- RV Camping, tent camping, and other non-self-contained camping is permitted anywhere on the beach.
- Only motorized vehicles are required to have a parking permit. Pull-behind trailers do not require a separate permit.
- Camping is prohibited within 25 feet of either edge of the obvious driving lane and in any location that would impede traffic or create an unsafe condition.
- Camping is also prohibited within 200 feet of any beach access road and within 50 feet of the water's edge.
- Tent camping is prohibited landward of the bollards and south of the last city-approved lavatory facility.
- No camping is allowed on the county portion of the beach, from the south jetty to Mile Marker E.
- There is a three-night limit for camping during any three-week period.
Port Aransas is well-known for its wide, drivable beaches. Perhaps less known, though, are the rules for parking your vehicle on those beaches. Here’s what you need to know.