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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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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Magnificent Beaches, The beaches were beautifully kept, clean, bathroom and outdoor showers available, picnic areas available, plenty parking. The atmosphere was family oriented, restaurants on the piers. I love beaches and these were excellent. I visited ten beaches on seven islands. There was plenty bars and restaurants, great tourist places. They were having the shrimp festival with a parade. Great... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

There is probably never enough time to explore all that this beautiful ever-changing seashore has to offer. We were limited by the rainy weather on the day of our visit but the park rangers were ever so ready to take us on a guided beach walk anyways. What a wonderful way to learn about the critters, plants, and other treasures... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Our 2nd day in Corpus area we went to Padre Island Nat'l Seashore for an early morning sea turtle release. Loved the place so much we spent most of the day there. Thought it was nicer than Port Aransas where we spent our first day. Port A was recommended to us but the line for the ferry was a major... More

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Austin, Texas
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

If you plan to go to the coast in the Corpus/Port A area, highly recommend this park. The beach here is far cleaner (although not pristine by any stretch) than anywhere else in the area. We enjoyed strolling along the sand in the section that was off-limits to vehicles. Trying to enjoy the ocean without a truck running you down... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We had always wanted to visit here on one of our SA trips and got it done this time. South Texas in July is no picinic but a day at the beach is nice. We have a time share in Daytona so of course there are comparisons. Padre waters are very warm (soup like), milky and full of seaweed which... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I loved it, this was my first time seeing the ocean and I can't imagine how I spent my life away. There was a lot of red seaweed stuff, but what do you expect it's the ocean!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Our second time to Padre Island National Seashore - we went year before last! As with our first visit, the beach and facility was first class. Very clean all around with a nice beach area that wasn't crowded. The cabanas were nice with tables and shade to protect those that don't (or can't) get in the sun. Well worth the... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

There were not very people where I was due to the rain when we first arrived. Later in the evening there were a lot of people sailing and just playing in the beach. Had a great time and will go again! To park on the beach is $10 and is good for a year.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Hard not to like how stark this area is. Sand, dunes, Gulf of Mexico, if you're lucky you might see some spotted ground squirrels this time of the year. Very little to distract you from the beauty of it all...very nice indeed.

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DFW (HEB), TX
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It's a bit of a drive from Downtown Corpus Christi, but it is a nice unspoiled beach and litter free. Just be aware there will be seaweed.

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