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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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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Austin, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you are looking for a nice place to practice windsurfing, Padre Island is the answer. Its beaches towards the West Side between mainland and the island are ideal for windsurfing.

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Porter, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

For 10 dollars US you can get a 7 day pass for access to the park. Nature trails and beaches are great. The beach area was cleaner than expected given the seaweed issue along the coast this year. Get there early for a good spot great place to hang out and enjoy the beach and gulf.

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was the absolute best part of our vacation!!! It was beautiful, water was clear, sand was clean, and seashell hunting was exciting. My family and I all loved it. After a week on Texas, everyone agrees that this was the best part.

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Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

How could you rate this beautiful piece of Texas less than 5 star? The creation of the Padre Island National seashore has helped preserve 30+ miles of nature that stretches from Malaquite Beach, down to the land cut at Port Mansfield. I have never made this trip all the way down because you need a serious 4 wheel drive vehical... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We took our 2 and 4 yr old sons last week and really enjoyed the calmer atmosphere compared to several o th Eric beaches we had been to. We had plenty of space to play and the small waves shallow waters made it easy for my husband and I to relax a little while our kids played in the water.

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Blackduck, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If not in the park the beach is very dirty!!!! Going farther away from town less people if you want quiet time. Lots of small shells to birds to see. In the summer months - little crabs run around - keep an eye open - when they stop you can't see them!!!

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Temple, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

So many nice things at this park, loved they offer wheel chairs for sand. That they had covered picnic tables, turtle release and many other great things for families to see. Can't forget the best part the wonderful beach and making great memories.

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