Padre Island National Seashore, Corpus Christi

(4.5/5 based on 1,200+ 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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  • I like to photograph at night. The stars over the Gulf at night were amazing. I have some very fine images. During the day, the beaches had some people but were not over crowded. It is kept clean. The...  more »
  • drove with friends as far as possible on Padre Island. Miles of coastal prairie and nothing else, like bathrooms or civilization. the road there was under construction and we had a lengthy wait at one...  more »
  • Our kids did the junior ranger program which was very informative and educational. The ranger in the visitor center was very friendly and helpful with the kids. We went to the beach that you can drive...  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!