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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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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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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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Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Came to see the Kemp's Ridley sea turtles hatch. It was amazing! The park rangers were really nice, and very informed. We'll definitely be back!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was our first time to the beach anywhere and it was nice. Of course we didn't know what all to bring but they have a store were you can buy supplies and rent umbrellas they also rent beach wheelchairs! I saw one and it was really nice to see everyone can enjoy this beautiful beach. The showers were a... More

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DFW
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our fourth visit to PINS in July 2014. Other beaches had terrible seaweed -- luckily, there was very little seaweed at PINS. No jellyfish either, except for small ones that do not harm humans (which the Ranger identified as "Blue Buttons"). The beach was clean, people were friendly, the Rangers were helpful, and the store sold cold beer.... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you are looking for nice beaches, this is the spot. Bring the ice chest and awning and spend the day. Water is great. Just a nice relaxing spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The beaches aren't maintained quite like the other public beaches, but we really appreciated the natural setting. Its much, much less crowded, and better for beach combing if you're so inclined. We did see several man o' wars washed up on the beach the day we went, so we were a little skittish about getting in the water. If you're... More

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Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Nice beach, was not near as crowded as North Shore in Corpus Christi. My Fiance' and I took a walk on the beach and just about had the beach to ourselves.

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Pflugerville, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I like the beach but the allege is so bad this time that it takes away form the natural looks of the beach. I know its only doing what it must do but i wish it could be cleaned up better. still had fun.

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