Padre Island National Seashore, Corpus Christi
(4.6/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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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  • When you visit Corpus Christi be sure to allow time to visit Padre Island National Seashore. No resorts. No commercialization. Just natural beauty and good fishing. One unique feature is that you are ...  more »
  • Our visit was actually in November of 2015. We are from New England and this was our first time on the Gulf of Mexico. We spent three days here and enjoyed every minute of it. Endless stretches of pri...  more »
  • If you are up for an adventure, drive 25 mi. (exactly) down the beach to Big Shell Beach, just a bit past Little Shell. More shells than you can imagine. Must be some good fishing too. Something about...  more »
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  • This is the natural beach at its finest. There's 60 miles of some of the world's best surf fishing, from whiting to redfish, trout, pompano, and plenty of big sharks. It's also remarkably clear and a favorite wading spot to many, just beware the rip currents and remember to swim parallel to the shore if caught in one to escape it. Don't swim alone. Camping here offers an unparalleled view of the stars and is something you won't soon forget.
  • Rangers are all brilliant about a particular field relating to management of the park, and they genuinely care about it. Educators engage the public and seem to tirelessly take on one visitor after another. It's wonderful to know that the Federal government is not only funding endangered turtle conservation, but also preserving grasslands, a highly under appreciated but needed habitat to thousands of species.
  • Great area to connect with wild beach. Sea turtles nest here, great beach combing (drive down the beach about 15 miles to big shell beach) stargazing, and beach camping. This place is a gem. Park rangers are very helpful answering any questions.
  • Best beaches in Texas hands down and there is so much more than just beaches here. Hiking trails, camping grounds and fishing are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy here
  • It is so beautiful here. White sand, cool water. There were a ton of baby claims in the sand. We had a blast watching them dig back into the sand after each wave!