We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 7300 N. Padre, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone Number: 956-761-3704
Website
Description: Hikers and bird watchers will love the park's Laguna Madre Nature Trail...
Hikers and bird watchers will love the park's Laguna Madre Nature Trail, while windsurfers head for the bay side. The park also has playgrounds and picnic pavilions.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 31 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 11
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
A Sunday Drive On The Beach

A Sunday drive is as American as apple pie, but a drive along the Gulf of Mexico gives the tradition a whole new meaning. Fun!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
Mark R
Add Photo Write a Review

31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Austin
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The Park offers a great seashore experience. The beach is clean, beautiful aqua water and miles and miles of soft tan sand. The other highlight is that if you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle (we have a Jeep) driving on the beach is a great fun time and gives opportunities for solitude by driving a couple miles north or just... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A Sunday drive is as American as apple pie, but a drive along the Gulf of Mexico gives the tradition a whole new meaning. Fun!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mukwonago, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Parked on the beach in a 30 foot motor home and had a great time. The shore was 30 - 100 yards away at times and the sunrise was spectacular. Careful not to get into soft sand because it can be costly but we were able to dig out once by hand, oops.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Collinsville, Illinois
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Nice to have a beach with accessible bathrooms that were clean. The beach is nearly litter free. Lots of trash cans. Great picnicking spot that is shaded.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Salem, Oregon
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

It was a great value but it was kinda disappointing that we couldn't see the beach from our camp site but it was very peaceful. There is a nice shelter that you can climb the stairs to and sit and view the beach. Gorgeous dunes with a nice path to the beach

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fort Davis, Texas
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

As we travel the Texas Parks system RV camping, we have discovered a very quiet County RV park located on South Padre Island. The beach is about 600 feet from the high tide line separated by a 40 foot sand dune from our RV site. The county has developed the beach area quite nicely, There are 2 pavilions with a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Austin, TX
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
30 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The RV lot itself is not much to look at. We were in space 18 on an end on the beach side. It was a good spot. The bathrooms were fine. They were clean, the showers were warm and everything worked. It's a short walk to the Beach. The beach is beautiful but windy and there was a lot of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Humble, Texas
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We've enjoyed Andy Bowie Park for so many years, but had been away for the past 8 since moving away. We had gone to another part of the beach, further south from Andy Bowie, the afternoon before and the beach was clear of seaweed. But when we went Tuedsay morning to the Park, the seaweed had come in overnight. The... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
Los Angeles, California
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Miles of beach with hardly any other people in sight. Dog-friendly, pristine, and beautiful. One of the highlights of our SPI trip.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Austin, Texas
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

it was worth the $5 entry fee, as oppose other to public beach side, this one had restrooms, showers and great parking next to the ocean. Could even see the dolphins from the shore.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Andy Bowie Park also viewed

South Padre Island, Texas Gulf Coast
South Padre Island, Texas Gulf Coast
 
South Padre Island, Texas Gulf Coast
 

Been to Andy Bowie Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Andy Bowie Park and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Andy Bowie Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?