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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: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching, Camping, Swimming, Fishing
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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Absolutely beautiful!

Very clean beach with terrific sea views. The waves were mesmerizing! The Park Rangers were very friendly and informative. My family had a great time walking the beach and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Artesia, New Mexico
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Artesia, New Mexico
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Very clean beach with terrific sea views. The waves were mesmerizing! The Park Rangers were very friendly and informative. My family had a great time walking the beach and checking out everything the waves brought onto shore. Great place to visit, we will fish next time!

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Tallahassee, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We visited a few Texas cities and thought we would end our vacation relaxing at the beach. Parking is directly on the beach and a permit is required ($12) or you can enter the state park portion ($10). There was trash everywhere on the beach. We also found a few disc like things of petroleum. There were dead man-o-war washed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Water was blue...enough said. I will say more because of the minimum required. Not many families, local fishers. At first was a little nervous since there were so many local fisherman in scary trucks, and I was alone with my daughter. They parked very spaced out and did not at any point come over. Very respectful locals I must say.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Visited this area based on the reviews. Lovely shore, although unfortunately there was some trash and other glaring signs of having been visited (lots of holes dug by kids, vehicle tracks, lost toys and articles of clothing). Besides that, it was nice. The park visitor center does some interactive presentations for kids showing items that have been found on the... More 

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Katy, Texas
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48 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I wish we had more time, it was very nice. Several families, some pets, lots of kites and picnics. The shore was very clean and we always saw some one from the park monitoring it. It cost us $10, but that gives you entry for 7 days. Not bad!

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Kansas City
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Ok first I would like to say that the national seashore and Malaquite Beach are the same thing. Malaquite is basically the start of the beach area (over 70 miles of protected coastline) once you pay to get into the "park" if you will ($10.00 for single vehicle for a 7 day pass). Malaquite beach is located down from the... More 

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Vinton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Very clean beach, picnic table w/top for shade. White, fine sand. Water was clear and blue. Spent 5 hours there!

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Wichita Falls, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Loved seeing Padre Island...went when there weren't many people on the beach. Loved the souvenir shops also.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I bring my family here without worry almost every year. We use the main pavilion as a picnic area with the beach and dunes as our backdrop! There are showers and changing rooms separate from the bathroom so that cuts the yuck down. After that it's wide open nice beach fronts with no crowds even on Memorial Day weekend. We... More 

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Montana
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71 reviews 71 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We came on the Friday before Memorial Day. There were a couple groups of school kids, but lots of room to spread out. The folks at the visitor center were friendly and the exhibits were interesting. Includes a bath house and gift shop where you can get a cold drink. Picnic tables along the beach available. Not a touristy beach--just... More 

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