The beaches on the Texas Gulf coast are generally dog friendly. They are also generally vehicle-friendly. Mustang Island State Park, just across the causeway from Padre Island National Seashore and Corpus Christi doesn’t allow driving on the hard sand beach so this is one of the best places for beach-combing with your dog in Texas.
Its big neighbor to the north is Galveston Island where the beaches are generously appointed with beach houses perched on stilts. Everything that Galveston Island is not, Mustang Island is - one of the few undeveloped barrier islands on the entire Texas Gulf Coast. Five miles of sandy beach are backed by dunes as high as thirty feet. The park is also undeveloped except for a tail-friendly campground.
The namesake wild horses have been gone from the island since the late 1800s but plenty of other critters make their homes here. If you don’t catch a glimpse of the coyotes, jackrabbits or one of the 400 bird species that have been recorded here, look for tracks in the sand.
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