Padre Island National Seashore, Corpus Christi

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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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  • The National Seashore on North Padre Island is an excellent place to spend a day with family and friends. The right mix of sun, surf, sand, sea turtles, and a great educational center.  more »
  • The National seashore has miles of beach, camping, nature center, and great fishing. It is on the rough neck side as there isn't restrooms along the beach. The nature comes alive at sundown. We have s...  more »
  • Came for the turtle hatching release. So well organized and great experience. Rangers and volunteers made everyone feel welcomed and involved. One walked by with one of the baby turtles to see up clos...  more »
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  • Must do for anyone in Texas! We've camped here a few times and really love the place. The last time was for 3 days and nights Labor Day weekend, we had a blast and the water looked really good considering we had rains in late August. We had some high winds which flipped our tent totally over into the dunes. Everyone who who had sun shades and couldn't get them down fast enough lost theirs to the wind. Make sure you stake everything down with larger stakes than those provided by the Chinese manufacture of your tent and or sunshade. China must not have high winds because the stock stakes and tie-downs are useless, be prepared for high winds which can reach 50 mph when a thunderstorm passes near. Some of these reviewers talking minimal trash must never get out of their car! Lots of trash on PIPS, mostly from beach goers and washing up in the surf. I used to hear the ads on the radio and TV stating "Don't mess with Texas" as if it's someone other than the Texans polluting, cow-poop. It's mainly 90% of Texan's which continue to turn a blind eye and of the fact they are the problem and the also answer. If you've ever picked up trash from the beaches you find tons of it is from day-use, campers, fishermen and off shore pollution in the gulf. I've camped at Mustang Island State Park, just north of PIPS and found it to be worse than PIPS and it's all due to irresponsible day users and campers. Fellow beach lovers please take an extra trash bag with you when you go and help out, trash bags are also available at the entrance booth compliments of your $10 weekly entrance fee. Okay people, I understand you're further down the beach and away from the visitor center and the restrooms; no problem, bag it like we do when walking our dogs and please take it when you leave. Please leave nothing behind and always leave your site better than you received it. Be prepared for the many speeders along the beach, seems to be quite a few and not enough speeding tickets given out to the offenders. We've been there all day and usually we only see the rangers go down and up once. Many offenders don't care when they zoom by your site leaving a sand storm in your face. PIPS needs more policing of the 70 mile stretch of beaches, my guess is funding has been cut...again. No sense in having laws when they can't be enforced! Other than the trash on the beach or floating in the water, speeders or people who don't remove their personal waste, PIPS is the best thing going in Texas. Kudos to you who who aren't the offenders I've talked about nurturing and loving the beach! It's so simple, be responsible, wear sun-block and have a great time!
  • Great place to get away from it all. This national park upholds its great standards. Nice facilities. Restrooms and showers. Viewing decks (including one up high for great views). They have kept this place updated for the past 20 years we've been coming. We really enjoy going out 20+ miles down the beach to see big shell little shell areas. Fun place for 4x4 (required after first few miles). You won't see many (if any) people that far out. Very occasionally a park ranger may go by which is good in case you have any problems. We saw lots of turtle patrol officials due to nesting season. You will see all the trash our ocean carries past the 4x4 only marker as this is a natural beach. Over 50 miles of beach requires the help of volunteers so ask for bags and gloves at headquarters. We easily fill up our truck bed with bulky and small items. While the trash is not cool it's a reality. Fortunately it gets entertaining trying to figure out what the heck these things are or where did this come from (such as unique types of wood, glass bottles, parts from boats, ridiculously huge things that only have a name in that profession). Whether you're coming by car, truck, or RV this beach is one of the best in Texas.
  • My family and friends go here about 3-5 times a year. Its a great way to enjoy the beach and get far from people. Great for fishing and/or playing in the water. Take a drive up the beach, just make sure you have a 4x4 past the 5 mile marker. Just remember, leave it as you left it, if not better. Enjoy!
  • This place has over 30 miles of beach. Of course the farther you go in your going to need 4x4. The sand is very soft in some places but it's great to camp and to surf fish. Just be careful on your speed because it's mostly 25mph but where most of the people camp which is usually the first mile entering the park is 15mph. On coming back from father down the park heading back towards the entrance watch the signs because it's usually one sign and easy to miss for 15mph. I got to meet US Park Services finest due to that but he was very professional and I got a warning but other than that it's an awesome place.
  • Arrived late Friday afternoon and set up the tent and other stuff. Had to leave my partner there over night. But I returned Saturday to a windy afternoon. Met some nice people from Houston and had a very pleasant evening. It's a well maintained park clean and tidy. I would recommend just be aware the the beach IS full of sand 🤔