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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...more
20420 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418-6529
+1 361-949-8068
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Miles and miles of beaches you can drive on. Turtle releases at the visitor center at daybreak on certain days, check with park personnel. Boat launch and wind surfing.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jeffrey G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful beach, close to facilities. It wasn’t crowded and the water was calm. Would recommend that you visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Susan D
Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked the bird nesting area, where there are labels for the plants. It was a nice three quarters mile walk, mostly level and paved. We went to the visitor center, where there are changing areas, bathrooms, and a nice bookstore. there are stairs at...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank S8674RWsusanm
Reviewed 4 days ago

We like to go to Malaquite Beach as it is much nicer as there are no cars allowed on the beach. But sometimes it's nice to be able to just drive down the beach, find a nice open section, back the car towards the water...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank davincordell
Reviewed 1 week ago

this a good place to spend the day at the beach with nice warm water and good fishing or just play . ocean is usually murky f.y.i.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank eaterofallthingsgood
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a wonderful beach , great place for a long walk , or just a day at the beach . It does cost money to go on the seashore , but it’s well worth it ! I think it was $5 a car load ,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited during the weekend before Thanksgiving and we give thanks to two great volunteers who give their time and enthusiasm to taking visitors along the National Seashore to see many birds in their habitats. We had the fortune of seeing not just one falcon,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Beverly S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself, my husband and our two grandgirls spent one whole day there. We took our FJ Cruiser ALL the way to the end of the island and back, 120 miles at 15 to 40 miles an hour - 4 wheel drive is a MUST past...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DonnaRA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice staff. Interesting visitors’ center. The National Park crowd is friendly and polite. Not crowded this time of year. The beach is beautiful and very very relaxing. I felt like I had a massage instead of a trip to the beach. Will return.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pomommie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drive right on to the beaches here - fantastic place to camp or just to spend the day on the beach. Be aware that once you get down to the beach there are no cell phones or any amenities, but the natural wildlife and scenic...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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November 4, 2018|
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Response from Gary G | Reviewed this property |
I agree that October and May are great months. Still warm enough in October to enjoy the water and fish. Nights are not too hot. There are campers along the national seashore most times of the year. Campers and fishers go... More
Katherine S
August 4, 2018|
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Response from W7942BTevaa | Reviewed this property |
I think you’ll be fine. The sand is very hard packed, like a dirt road. I had a rental with no WD so I didn’t go past the beach area they recommended, but I think you’ll be fine.
Revecca A
July 7, 2018|
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Response from c_szostek | Reviewed this property |
Are you talking about shrimp to fish with or shrimp to eat?
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Tulsa, OK
Padre Island National Seashore (1 Replies)
I'm a little confused. I was under the impression that it was free to go to Padre Island Natl Seashore...apparently I'm wrong...so is it $20 per vehicle for year (Annual Park Pass) AND $5 pp to get in or just one or the other or what? Also would a person WANT to go there AND Mustang Island State Park (pay to get in both places), or would that be somewhat redundant? (Does MISP offer the same as PINS???) Thanks - I really appreciate everybody's input....just wanting to have a rough itinerary of...More
May 22, 2007|
Response fromOctoboy|
As with all National Parks you can pay a 7-day vehicle fee. This allows all of the folks in the car entrance for seven consecutive days. For PINS it is $10. If you'd like to walk or bicycle in, it's $5 per person. If you'd like to buy an annual pass for PINS it is $20 per person. As to what one wants to do that's pretty subjective. If you're just interested in seeing the beach you can drive up and down in Port Aransas for free. To Park and get out, there is a $7 (last time I bought one)...More
Houston, Texas
Please review/critique my plans Gehrig and anyone else (2 Replies)
I booked the Hawthorn Suites at 1442 South Padre Island Drive. They have good reviews and meet my requirement of free breakfast and wifi. My plan is to go the beach there one day, as the reviews say there is a beach near the hotel. The next day I plan to drive 30 min to Padre Island National Seashore. I have read that there is a nice beach there with clear water and an area for swimming. The next day when we check out we will go to USS Lexington then head back to Houston. We are going...More
March 04, 2015|
Response fromGehrig|
You are at the wrong Hawthorne. If you want to be near the beach you need the Hawthorne at 15201 Windward Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78418. The one on SPID is a long way from the nearest beach. The rest of your itinerary is fine. You will love the National Seashore. It is a national park so there will be an entrance fee.
Repentigny, Canada
RV Itinerary questions?? (7 Replies)
We are from Montréal, Québec and planning a 3 - 4 month road trip in a small RV motorhome. We will be arriving in Texas from Louisiana around March 9th and staying 3 or 4 weeks before moving on to Arizona and California. This is roughly what we have so far for Texas: Houston area Galveston (not sure if it's woth it) Padre Island National Seashore Corpus Cristi San Antonio and nearby towns Del Rio Langtry Marathon Big Bend National Park Terlingua Shafter Marfa Fort Davis El Paso ...More
January 07, 2018|
Response fromChristieP|
You are absolutely correct to skip SPI during the month of March. Spring Break is bad enough on its own, but it would also add a lot of driving. You'll see the sea enough at the National Seashore.