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Padre Island National Seashore

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Address: PO Box 181300, Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300
Phone Number: (361) 949-8068
Activities: Birdwatching, Camping, Swimming, Fishing, Viewing wildlife
Description: A 15-minute drive from downtown Corpus Christi transports you to this...
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, bird-watching and viewing wildlife.
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I went during the day on a weekday in April. It happened to be sunny and warm, and the water was warm too. There weren't very many people there. It was a wholesome... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I went during the day on a weekday in April. It happened to be sunny and warm, and the water was warm too. There weren't very many people there. It was a wholesome, family-friendly environment: a few kids splashing in the water, a man fishing, a few people beachcombing or lounging in the sand. There are lots of jellyfish on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

While the seaweed in the Ocean was a little rough, the water was great. The beaches were the best. Worth driving extra time to Padre than Galveston.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My husband and I thought it was just another beach like Port Aransas. Boy were we surprised. Beach was pristine. Also we discovered Bird Island. Another surprise. Wind sailers. They rent them and give lessons. Quaint camping area. Will return.

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Centralia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Relaxing drive though northern part of seashore including short drive on the beach. Envious of what the locals can enjoy year round.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

the beach is easily accessible. good atmosphere lots of familys and very friendly locals . not trash on the beach, the water I what it is (not clear)

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

There is nothing like being able to drive on the beach. First one I've seen like that and it was amazing. Beautiful beach, clean, and so peaceful. Can't wait to go back.

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Kasson, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The weather was windy and drizzly, but we drove out from Corpus Christi and in less than 30 minutes we had past through the entrance to the National Shore and drove to the Visitors' Center. Nice structure, nice people. Walked on the beach and picked up seashells. Saw a White-tailed Hawk, two kinds of Plovers and many other sea birds.... More 

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Great to walk along the beach area; for March, already quite a lot of garbage/debris so definitely wear shoes and be careful where you walk.

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San Antonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

NO TV, NO TELEPHONE, NO SIRENS OR GUNSHOTS, NO HOTEL, NO RESTAURANT, NO PROBLEM! HALLELUJAH. This is the ultimate nearby getaway, sleep on the sand, grill in the fire, soak up the sun. Quiet and peaceful. We did NOTHING except enjoy the ocean breeze, the warm sun and the cold beer( our own of course). Best Part, with a lifetime... More 

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Omro, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Traveled some of the National Seashore although it is not possible to drive the 70 or so miles without a 4 wheel drive vehicle. There are sand dunes too high for car travel and the weather is too unpredictable to venture far in a car if the tide comes in.

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