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Padre Island National Seashore

PO Box 181300, Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300
(361) 949-8068
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Beaches, Islands, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Camping, Swimming, Fishing, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Good food, wonderful shops and information regarding the formation of the National Seashore and projects to protect the different species of life found on the beach. A place to shower the sand off too!. Great spots on the beach that are clean and safe!

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Burnet, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I am happy I did my research before visiting Corpus Christi because this beach is so beautiful. It's a beach within the Padre Island National Seashore entrance which is a nice drive outside of Corpus but absolutely worth it! $10/ parking pass for a full week for one car load, you can not beat this deal! Fresh air, sugary sand,... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Beautiful white sand beaches of Malaquite Beach on North Padre Island is reached after about 15 miles drive out of the city, lots of fresh air and warm water, the facilities are good for parking and there is even provided for a shower and toilets at the parking lot.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Wife and I visited for a weekend getaway. Having already been to Hawaii and some other beaches, yes some manmade, The water was warm and for $10 it was worth the drive to always swim in the large bodies of water. No photos as I did not want to damage the phone. Be aware of the constant wind, makes you... More

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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Great place to relax go on the blue ghost check out the restaurant at the light house massive steaks. Also have a meal on the restaurant boats. Lovely drive over the JFK causeway turn left at light and check out the massive casino hotels on the right gi to the end and catch the little car ferry back to mainland... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We went joy riding along Padre Island up to Port Aransas and took the ferry across. It was a nice ride.

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Honey Grove, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I have been to Padre Island many times and once lived on the beach farther north, but had not visited the National Park until recently. The entrance is standard for all the national parks and the lady at that station was very cordial and friendly. The interior to the park is about what I expected, but is somewhat limited. The... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Skip the local hangout known as the pier and head straight for the National Seashore. Be sure to take a lunch and plenty of sunscreen ! Malaquite visitor center and beach has a good shelter and there was ice and snakes for sell.

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Liberty, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I had read a lot about turtles but didn't see any. If you want a peaceful and relaxing vacation spot then Padre Island is for you. Very quiet, peaceful, beautiful views, and lots of space to roam around. $10 admission good for one week. Weather was great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My family enjoyed the beach at Malaquite! The $10 at the entrance is good for 7 days and this was a good and not overly crowded spot, and more importantly, no one was driving on the beach at this location! (I really don't understand the attraction of driving on the beach? What's the point? ) Anyway, this was a good... More

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