Andy Bowie Park

Andy Bowie Park, South Padre Island: Address, Phone Number, Andy Bowie Park Reviews: 4/5

Andy Bowie Park
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Hikers and bird watchers will love the park's Laguna Madre Nature Trail, while windsurfers head for the bay side. The park also has playgrounds and picnic pavilions.
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Evert M
Mission, TX26 contributions
Jun 2020
The beach was fairly clean and not over populated because of the pandemic. We were able to find a spot e reasonable distance from other people. The air Quality was terrible because of the African dust and who knows what other undesirables in the air. The price every day of $14 with $2 refundable if you return your trash bag upon leaving is ridiculous. Us senior citizens tax dollars paid for all this and the fee is a rip off. There should be something like a $10 annual pass for senior citizens.
Written July 3, 2020
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Dustin
Bertram, TX2 contributions
Jul 2020
We had a great week at this park. The park is small with just a few spots. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the onsite bathroom was clean. Because of the closure to day visitors, we had a large section of the beach to ourselves. It is a short walk across the pavilion to the beach. We stayed in our RV, and though the spots are small, we spent most of the time at the beach or in the bay right across the highway.
Written July 26, 2020
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TahoegpSA
San Antonio, TX376 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Beach access is nice. Different accesses are fee and another is free. If you’re not in a 4WD or AWD; you just need to be aware of loose sand areas. Nice to be away from the crowds. Nice beaches. Great for a long walk or just lounging.
Written June 16, 2020
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RudySzymon
Chicago, IL679 contributions
Feb 2022
Looked to me like the whole beach east of this park was full of trucks, very often driving too fast and horse's poop. I am surprised that horses are not required to wear diapers, or whatever it is called, to prevent the poop to be all over the beach. Walking on that beach barefoot was not a pleasant experience.
Written February 25, 2022
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halfpint50
1 contribution
Jan 2021 • Couples
There is nothing to highlight. Very poor park for the amount that you pay a night. ($45). Bathroom are nasty. Sinks has dirt and what looked like mole sitting in them. Looks like nothing has ever been cleaned, shower is the same. The pavilion was not in the best shape, the black screen top was all ripped in places. Access to the beach was a joke you walked halfway on a wooden walkway that had weeds coming up and the other half with sand. Would never recommend this place or stay here again.
Written January 6, 2021
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Jan J
Hill City, SD5 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
Follow the locals and it's not too scarry to drive on the beach. Dont panic and spin your tires on the sand or you will get stuck quick! We enjoyed fishing too, with borrowed poles, but you can rent them. There was a cute " space ship" looking piece of wreckage painted up with the nude beach sign and it did seem to attract some followers.
Written April 6, 2016
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Bruce B
Fort Davis, TX86 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
As we travel the Texas Parks system RV camping, we have discovered a very quiet County RV park located on South Padre Island. The beach is about 600 feet from the high tide line separated by a 40 foot sand dune from our RV site.

The county has developed the beach area quite nicely, There are 2 pavilions with a concession stand during the peak seasons, with restrooms and showers, They are a bit dated, But one must remember that this is built directly adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico, and Hurricane Alley.

The RV park itself for most folks is fine, But for some, not so cozy. It met all of our needs and more. The site we reserved was level, good water, sewer with 20, 30, 50 amp electrical and very quite in October, This is not so in the spring and summer, so plan your stays accordingly...

There is nothing fancy about a place so near the salt water, Lots of breeze and sun, No frills should be expected, its clean and maintained to a comfortable level. The park structures are very solid and made to withstand hurricanes of the Gulf, As I said no frills for the salty, yet sturdy RV park.

The best attraction would be the clear, warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico at your doorstep. The county park gate pass for your RV stay is also good to enter the 26 mile South Padre Island beach area, included in the RV pass, This will save you the gate cost of $5.00 a day, nice if you like the beach as we do. Its also good at all county attractions including the other county RV park at the south end of the island, Isla Blanca Park.

If you have a decent truck and understand how the tides work, You are able to drive the entire length of the Island north to Aransas Pass and North Jetty's This requires a competent driver, good vehicle and at least 1/2 day to try this adventure. This is 22 mile's of undeveloped beachfront that offers a certain feeling of adventure that's hard to beat, fishing if you know what your doing and have the right tackle for coastal tides and waves, Many photo opp's of coastal birds including herons and cranes, The Whopping Crane stops over during migration south to Mexico.

You can spend endless hours of shell gathering. And you never know what has washed up from day to day, old boats, sea buoys that have seen better days, wash up over-nite, often to remain there for years before they are sweep back out to sea. Cool beans if you like the sea and the treasures or junk they often give up.

This a diamond in the rough. with that being said, This is not for softies, You must be of a hearty type to get the most out of a stay on this beach...

$160.00 a week + 8 cents per kilowatt hour, The per day cost is 30.00 per day, electricity included. Beach access included.if just walking there is not enough for you.

October 12th thru October 21 2014

Regards and God Bless Texas.
Written October 20, 2014
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mrmoparhemi
Mission, TX328 contributions
Jan 2017
You will have to pay 10.00 and enter at beach access 5. The sandy road is well maintained for all types of vehicles for approximately 5 miles. Further north then you are at the mercy of the tides so if you don't have a high clearance 4x4 do not attempt to drive further. A news story aired last week where a stuck motorist was charged 3000.00 for a tow after he had to be extracted from some deep sand . No worries within the five mile buffer but still be aware of the surface of the sand when you park. If you begin to get struck , all you need to is let air out of your tires. 15psi is optimal. Once at the beach you can swim , fish , grill, and drink but always be cautions of vehicles driving by specially if you have children . Overnight camping is allowed without permits but again, make sure you are visible to night traffic and always be aware of the tide conditions . If you found my review helpful please click below .
Written January 22, 2017
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bunchofcherries
Cypress, TX11 contributions
This park is a paved parking lot with hook-ups and no tent camping is allowed.
Written June 18, 2008
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Tom C
Mukwonago, WI20 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
Parked on the beach in a 30 foot motor home and had a great time. The shore was 30 - 100 yards away at times and the sunrise was spectacular. Careful not to get into soft sand because it can be costly but we were able to dig out once by hand, oops.
Written February 3, 2015
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