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Malaquite Beach

Padre Island National Seashore, 20420 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
361-949-8068
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Camping, Picnicking
Description: This beach on Padre Island is a great camping and beach-going spot.
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San Antonio, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I know birding isn't probably on most people's list of things to do, but if you are a birder, I highly recommend Malaquite Beach. The beach has great birds and is not crowded at all. The drive from Corpus can also be very productive, particularly in migration. Be sure the check any small trees or bushes for resting migrants in... More

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

went on holiday weekend but still not crowded. they have picnic tables with covering near the beach if you get there early you may get one. Great facilities to cleanup and change when done.

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Burnet, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

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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Round Rock
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

$10 fee for a 7-day pass, totally worth it! Beach was beautiful. There was lots of seaweed that washed up, but it was a bit stormy earlier in the day so maybe that contributed... Otherwise it was a great National Park to enjoy! There is 60 miles of coast line to drive, and enjoy. We will be back with our... More

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San Antonio, tx
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We went to this national seashore during the 4th of July weekend and liked it very much. Pros 1. Not as much crowded as Port Aransas 2. Shaded area with picnic tables to eat. 3. Beach was clean for the most part. Cons 1. Nasty bathrooms and changing area. 2. Not really comparable to Florida beaches. 3. Too much sea... More

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It was clean, fun and uncrowded. I recommend this beach to any family with children. Friendly people and decent visitor center, shower area was not five star but serves it purpose. Go out and enjoy it!

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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Really clean and the visitors center had a decent place to get some shelter for lunch if needed. The "trail" that leads down to the beach is really a hard slog if your carrying a cooler and gear, being as it's on really soft sand.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We camped overnight at the South Beach part. It was clean (no trash), beautiful, quiet, uncrowed. There was a lot of seaweed on the beach though! We enjoyed the tranquil evening & liked being able to have a campfire on the beach. Stargazing was amazing. The bathrooms/showers at the visitor center were OK, but we were certainly glad to have... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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80 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

If you can't or have no desire to drive down to the the white sandy beaches that are South Padre Island at Port Isabel, this is not a bad substitute. The national seashore park here does not have quite the same wild, untamed feel that Andy Bowie park does, but is perfectly acceptable for a drive on the beach, a... More

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