Beach driving tips and tricks
how do you drive on the beach?
Driving on the beach can be highly subjective. Exploring the furthest reaches of natural beaches takes knowledge and a willingness to protect the environment. Weather conditions may also significantly affect the difficulty of driving on the beach. Also, the beach may change over time, as vehicle use, weather, and maintenance modify the shoreline. Always check with the managing organization and/or recent users before planning a trip to Padre Island and scout ahead if you are not sure of current conditions.
Enter the beach only at designated access points and proceed directly to the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line. Avoid driving on the upper beach whenever possible, and never drive over any dunes or over beach vegetation. If beach conditions require driving above the high tide line, avoid those areas with known sea turtle nests or shorebird breeding areas.