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“padre island”(130 reviews)
A 15-minute drive from downtown Corpus Christi transports you to this magnificent 70-mile stretch of white sand beach, scenic dunes and warm ocean water, offering ideal conditions for swimming, fishing, beach-combing, windsurfing, camping...more
20420 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418-6529
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Enjoyed every minute we were there. The weather was a overcast and some rain, but that didn’t stop us. We were gals we spent some time there.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AylaM871
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited over spring break and while red flag warnings were given and it was foggy we had a great time. Two of our daughters decided to participate in the Jr Ranger program and one helped with an optional trash pick up on the beach....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank tedesco6
Reviewed 3 days ago

I always enjoy going to the National Seashore. There are many miles of beaches to enjoy, plus I know they have special programs. I really enjoy driving along the beaches.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Carol873
Reviewed 3 days ago

We really enjoyed that we could bring opur dogs onto the beach. Most parks won't allow. Good for Padre Island!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank rancherAlbuquerque
Reviewed 3 days ago

We very much enjoyed our visit here. Saw many shorebirds along with native birds. The birding center was fairly new and had multiple levels to view the wildlife. the boardwalk through the wetlands area was a leisurely way to see even more birds and quite...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank stephbevan
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This beach is beautiful. We went specifically for a maternity photo shoot this time, but have been before just to enjoy the beach. It is definitely the cleanest and has the best sand out of all the beaches in the Corpus Christi area. We love...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank erickaharris1222
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited this seashore right before ending our vacation. We are so glad that we did! We had to pay $10 to drive into this National Park/Seashore, but it was totally worth it. I recommend stopping at the Visitor's Center before walking...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank AnnieDodgeCity_KS
Reviewed 1 week ago

Created in 1968, this NPS property offers visitors a different experience than many other NPS location. There are many more animals on the island sand dunes than we had expected. Be sure to time your visit away from spring break.....LOTS of folks. There are other...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LSUTraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Padre Island National Seashore and walked down to the beach and walked around in the water. The was was a little chilly and the waves were really rough, but it was nice and warm out and bit breezy. A must see.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank olivert340
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got in late afternoon and walked the beach. It’s loaded with small seashells. Park was near full but beach was empty. Only Cold water showers but they do have a Dump Station. Really dark & quiet at night. Next morning we toured the Visitors...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Tom T
15 March 2019|
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Response from Gary G | Reviewed this property |
I agree that October and May are great months. Still warm enough in October to enjoy the water and fish. Nights are not too hot. There are campers along the national seashore most times of the year. Campers and fishers go... More
Katherine S
5 August 2018|
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Response from W7942BTevaa | Reviewed this property |
I think you’ll be fine. The sand is very hard packed, like a dirt road. I had a rental with no WD so I didn’t go past the beach area they recommended, but I think you’ll be fine.