Padre Balli Park
Padre Balli Park
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Teuton Flyboy
Bath, NC293 contributions
Mar 2020
In no way do I claim to be some kind of beach expert, BUT…I have been to enough beaches on this planet to know a good one when I see it. Padre Balli Park has a good and fairly clean beach—particularly by Texan standards. Most importantly, it’s free. For Spring Break, my teenage daughter and I returned to Padre Island in order to enjoy the beach, catch some waves, and warm ourselves in the sun. The soft sand makes good material for building sand castles, and the area is full of water fowl and sea life such as sand fleas, snails, and small crustaceans. Since it was early in year and the water is colder, we saw no jelly fish. Although not crystal transparent, the water was tepid and fairly clear. With bigger waves, we were able to get some great surfing with a boogie board. We will continue to tell of the wonders of Padre Island. Located next to the beach, the parking lot offers ample space. Although there is quick access to bathrooms and showers, the facilities aren’t exactly in tip-top shape, so be warned. However, there are covered picnic tables on the beach. It’s a great place for the family to hang out (if you’re not under a stay-at-home order) and just relax. We found the beach wasn’t overcrowded, and the other beachgoers were friendly and courteous—no horseplay to be found.
Written April 3, 2020
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SS_Forever
Dallas, TX480 contributions
Feb 2022
We came down and stayed at the RV park here and enjoyed the beach area. They work very hard daily to keep it clean, the area they handle is with the double trash barrels. The folks running the park, beach and maintenance are all very nice and helpful. If you stay in the RV area you can drive on the beach in the area they maintain to go beyond you have to purchase a pass. Many people boondock on the beach but I prefer the full hookups.

The white sands were beautiful and very clean. Just watch for the tides.
Written February 23, 2022
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kmc47
Mount Pleasant, MI6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This park has it all. My husband and I are camping around Texas for a couple of months and this came up in my search. The reviews I read did not correspond to the pictures posted so we took a chance and made a reservation. The new campground has full hookup, paved sites and a nice clean restroom building. The beach is very close and clean. The only downside to our visit is the weather: lots of wind and clouds. I would recommend this park.
Written February 5, 2020
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Shi S
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Sep 2022 • Friends
Overall the beach was great. The park was decent (for the price you can't complain about a parking spot and hook ups). BUT the staff fails to mention and there are absolutely NO warning signs about the coyote problem. We let our dog out yesterday (9/23) around 7am on a leash, right outside the camper door. She was almost immediately attacked by 2 coyotes. Thankfully we got her away before they could do more damage. The coyotes stayed around the trailer waiting. They were not scared of people at all. I complained to the front desk and park workers and they acted like I was stupid. They knew there was a coyote problem and didn't care. A simple warning would have sufficed. Just a be aware they are here and are bold. But no, they dont care about you or your pets. Our poor baby has been in the emergency vet overnight fighting for her life. Thousands of dollars later and we still don't know if she's going to be alright. What would happen if this was someone's kid? There needs to be attention and awareness brought to this issue before a person or another pet is hurt or killed.
Written September 24, 2022
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Dennis K
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Sep 2023 • Family
Was there 3 nights over Labor Day weekend 2023. Great staff. Great sunsets. No trashy people or rigs. Saw a boy scout troop tent camping. We took a walk around the whole place. I never saw any of the crap mentioned in previous reviews. Inconsiderate people played tejano all night till 7am. This also could have came from the beach as 75% of the beach goers played tejano way too loud.
Written September 5, 2023
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Ann M
Corpus Christi, TX21 contributions
Nov 2022
You can park your car on concrete and walk the seawall without getting all sandy. If you don't mind the sand you can walk off the north end of the sea wall and walk to the jette. Be mindful of the cars on the beach, though. At the south end you can walk a mile down to the Bob Hall Pier. I used to enjoy eating at the restaurant there but Hannah took it out and I don't think it's been replaced.
Written November 14, 2022
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WooPigBeachBum
Clarksville, AR216 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
We have visited this park twice now. This past time, we were camped on public beach about a mile from the park, but we used the park's facilities for showering. There is a lot of parking available, there are several covered picnic tables to keep the kids out of the sun, and the shower/bathroom facilities in the main building are fairly clean. The hours for the shower house are 9-9, and it costs $1 in quarters to start it (4 minutes), and an additional .25 for each additional minute.
Written April 16, 2016
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Eric S
11 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Saw a critical review of Padre Balli RV Park, and if I was staying in the old section, I would agree with some of his points. But, you get what you pay for. The new 50amp sites with full hook ups are excellent, but $50.00 a night instead of $25.00 for the old run down section. The new sites are spacious, level, have large concrete pads, a picnic table and were nice and quiet. There are no pot holes unless you go to the old section, I saw no trashy campers, except in the old section. Spent 4 nights and 5 days in this park.
Written February 21, 2019
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MicheleLPN
Omaha, NE19 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
The only purpose to stay at this campground is to use the Bob Hall Pier and the beach . The RV Park has great access to this Pier and the beach. But for the state park aspect it is a dump. It's just a broken asphalt slab to park your RV on and have water and electricity hookups. Its rundown and in need of a major update. Does have showers and restrooms and laundry area but once again it's all in need a of a major update. No playground for kids to play on. There is nothing to attracted a family with kids to come here. The website is nothing like what the park looks like. The employees are friendly and willing to help if in need of assistance . But unless you plan to be on the pier or the beach the whole time, there's got to be another RV Park with better amenities. There is no Wifi service either . Attached are photos of the actual RV Grounds and 1 of the Bob Hall Pier . But the price is cheap for the off season $25.00 a day .
Written January 8, 2016
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wisheditwasgood
3 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
The first 30 amp rv site they assigned us had the 30 amp outlet popping, smoking and sizzling. The second site had a weak 30 amp outlet that couldn't run my trailer appliances like all other rv parks. Bathrooms are nasty, picnic tables are rotting, trash can be is at the far end of the park. Music on Bob Hall Pier is real loud be into the night. We won't be back.
Written June 26, 2019
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Padre Balli Park - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)