UFO Beach, South Padre Island, Texas
This Texas beach, officially known as North Beach requires either a four-wheel drive or a ten-mile hike along a hot beach. Its secluded nature makes it a popular clothing-optional sunbathing spot and its status as one of the best nude beaches in the US make it popular with college students, so expect high crowds and revelry during spring break.
Nudity is not officially permitted in Padre Island National Seashore and while Rangers patrol the beach regularly, their attitudes seem to vary when it comes to sunbathing au natural. To avoid a possible ticket for disturbing the peace, err on the side of caution and cover up when beach patrols approach. In Texas, women are officially allowed to go topless anywhere men are, so it’s going sans bottoms that could truly get you in trouble.
There are no facilities at the beach and the closets porta-potty is some 13+ miles away.
How to Get There
- Fly into one of three airports: Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (BRO), Valley International Airport (HRL) or McAllen International Airport (MFE). Brownsville is 30 minutes from South Padre, Valley International Airport is 45 minutes, and McAllen International Airport is about 90 minutes. Car rentals are available at all airports.
Where to Stay
The Hilton Garden Inn South Padre is located about 10 minutes from the nearest UFO beach access.