Padre Island National Seashore, Corpus Christi

4.6
#1 of 24 in Beaches in Texas
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Padre Island National Seashore and other Corpus Christi attractions using our handy Corpus Christi online road trip planner .
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  • Loved the beach! So beautiful, clean, bathrooms were clean, water was perfect. No jellyfish to worry about, but there was low tide. Had anperfext day with my daughter and her friends  more »
  • We drove to the end of Park Road 22 and onto the beach. Lovely firm sand, dunes at the back. Sea has plenty of waves but didn’t seem to have a strong undertow so safe(ish). No lifeguards or warning fl...  more »
  • Clean, informative, and a beautiful place to explore, get your feet wet, grab some sun, and relax. The trip was well worth it.  more »
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  • WE ALL LOVED THIS PLACE! This is a great place for all ages. The beach itself is very clean and not crowded even on its busiest day. The kids (17, 15, 13, 8, & 2) all enjoyed their time swimming and fishing of the shore! Really like that once we were done at the beach we could stop to shower. There are plenty of shower stalls, restrooms, and wheelchair access with plenty of picnic tables in the covered patio. They also have vending machines.
  • The Park Ranger at the entrance was so nice and helpful! We went on the Friday of Labor Day weekend and didn't have to even drive too far down the beach to get a nice quiet spot (yes you can drive on this beach with a regular car and even further if you have 4x4!) The dunes are very beautiful and the beach was relatively clean. Great beach outing!
  • This was a pay beach. $10 for day pass. It was very clean (for a beach) had shower stalls by the parking away from the sand to rinse the sand and salt off before you dry off and get in the car. Wasn't crowded. Had access for camping (different pass). All and all a very nice place! So nice we are going back today, and probably the last day of our vacation.
  • Fun day. My kids had a great time. We drove down to one of the less busy places. Parked right on the beach. Worth the drive. We brought a lunch and had to eat in the car. It was a windy day so I didn't feel like eating sand in my food. Good time
  • 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 manufacture of your tent and or sunshade. 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 PINS, 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 75% of Texan's which continue to turn a blind eye, 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 and Mexico. I've camped at Mustang Island State Park, just north of PINS and found it to be worse than PINS 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 $20 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. PINS 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 and people who don't remove their personal waste, PINS 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 and most of all enjoy Texas best beaches on Padre Island!
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