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Padre Island National Seashore, Corpus Christi
Categories: Islands, Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Stretching 110 km (70 mi) along the coast featuring prairies, dunes, and wildlife, Padre Island National Seashore represents the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. Most of the area is undeveloped and accessible only to four-wheel-drive vehicles. The park offers swimming, fishing, camping, surfing, and wildlife-watching opportunities. About 45 percent of all North American bird species can be spotted at the park. Start your tour at the visitor center, where you can also see exhibits, get food and water supplies, and obtain camping licenses. Choose among the numerous RV or tent camping spots in the wilderness, or at the beach. A visit to Padre Island National Seashore represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Corpus Christi holiday planner to plot your vacation.
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Go to mile marker 20 and see crystal clear water and thousands of shells instead in sand. It takes a while and you need 4 wheel drive unless it's good driving conditions that day. Beach combing is sec... read more »
As expected this place is a treasure. Without the National Parks, the US would be a boring overcrowded country. Miles of beach and grassland are here. A peaceful place to visit.
Not the clean, pristine beaches you'll find on the other side of the gulf, but God does great work in many different ways.
I have been Camping at North Padre Island National Seashore for about 20 years, it is a totally undeveloped barrier island, the longest in the world. If you are looking for solitude, and starry nights this is the place. There is a lot of trash at times that washes up, so pack out more than you bring in, help keep the beach clean. It has gotten more crowded, mostly between 10 and 15 miles, I have 4 wheel drive and camp around 17.5 miles to 18 miles down beach. Like any wilderness camping you have to be careful and on your guard, but in 20 years I have had no serious problems. Enjoy your trip!!!
Great place for a vacation, love the paddle boarding, canoeing and especially bike riding. Lots of warm friendly folk, great seafood and plenty of bird and nature watching. A good place to take the entire family.
We got a year-long pass for a song. It's a no-brainer. It's off the beaten path and more natural than the other local beaches. Just last weekend, we wanted to get a few hours of salt time. We tried out a new rod and reel and landed a redfish we later had for dinner. Some kindly beachgoers even generously provided some ice for the catch. We'll be back very soon. Everyone should.
Well worth the $10 admission fee. Beach was terrific and the water was clear. We drove down to the part where you could drive onto the beach parked our car and walked through the barrier and it was deserted even on Labor Day Weekend. We'll be back
Bathrooms and showers are cleaned daily and what could be better than sleeping in a tent on the beach? I'd recommend bringing a strong/wind-proof shade shelter as there are no trees and the Gulf breeze can get pretty strong. Extra ropes and stakes for the tent couldn't hurt either. There are some wooden shade shelters provided, but as they're first-come, first-served, you might be out of luck. There's also a really nice visitors center and beach area for day trippers. One morning when we were there they let out some sea turtles. Oh and it has Wi-Fi. Everything is well maintained and people seem to treat the area respectfully.
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