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“Lots of winter texans” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Isla Blanca Park

Isla Blanca Park
33174 State Park Rd 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 761-5493
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Type: State Parks, Beaches
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Omaha, Nebraska
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Lots of winter texans”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Friends stay at the rv park for 2 months and love it. Marine lab with awesome displays of local shells is on park grounds You can find names of all the shells you may have collected on the beach.

Visited February 2013
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Beggs, Oklahoma, United States
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Disgraceful!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

For more than 30 years we have come to Isla Blanca park as vacationers and for the past 5 years we've come as Winter Texans. The park has continued to go down due to poor management and lack of concern for those (seasonal and non seasonal) who pay the increasing exorbitant fees. Most recently the beach--which many come to enjoy--has been carpeted with Portugese Man of War and piles of seaweed and other debris that trap the animals making it dangerous to walk the beach without being stung. But the Cameron County park system that is responsible for the RV park and the beach uses the excuse there is no money to do the job. The equipment is available however. Isla Blanca park has been a cash cow for the Cameron County park system, yet visitors who pay the high fees receive little if any benefit from them. The park has also been troubled with corrupt management. It's a sorry situation.

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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137 reviews 137 reviews
47 attraction reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Not good value for the casual visitor”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Paid the $5 daily use admission fee and drove around the park. No facilities are open in winter. It's probably great for RVers, but as a casual visitor it was a waste of $5. There is nothing you can do here that you can't do for free everywhere else on the Island. Be warned, and don't take your car in if you are a casual visitor!

Visited February 2013
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South Padre Island, Texas, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Beach”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

February 17, 2013 We have been coming here for 33 years - vacation and now as Winter Texans. Have never seen the beach in such terrible condition. It is a carpet of sea weed and the blue jelly fish. We know the park has the equipment to cleanup this mess - why not put it to use?

Visited February 2013
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Lebanon, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A Slice of Heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

While RV vacationing in TX we stumbled upon Isla Blanca Park S.Padre Island. A true GEM. Weekly RV rates were fair, site was beautiful and the friends we met will keep us coming back. The beautiful beaches are walking distance, we found some great Coconut Shrimp at Pier 19 and activities hosted by volunteers were a bonus. Our maiden voyage as "snowbirds" couldn't have been better. We look forward to returning next year.

Visited January 2013
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