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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, tx
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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
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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420 reviews 420 reviews
54 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Park at the visitor center and walk out to the beach. Beach is clean and peaceful, not like most beaches. Must be because it's on park service land. Beach only had a few people when we were there from 9am to 11am. It goes on for miles so you can simply walk either way to get away from anyone if... More

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Clean beach with $10 entry fee to the park. Good bathrooms, showers, gift shop, and snack bar. No rowdiness. Peaceful beach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

After visiting Mustang Island the day before and being terribly disappointed, we weren't sure what to expect with this beach. It was wonderful!!! Beautiful, soft sand, much less sea weed, and little trash. At $10 per carload for a week, versus $5 per person at Mustang Island, this is THE beach to go to!!

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We visited on a weekday afternoon. Nice weather, no crowds. The beach is remote, has nice facilities. Overall, a great day at the beach.

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Rowlett, Texas, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Kids and I wanted to hit the beach while we were here and thought we would try this one. It will cost you $10 to get in but the pass lasts 7 days. It was well worth it. The beach wasn't crowded and so clean. We swam, boogie boarded and played in the sand. They have showers and changing areas... More

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