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Is Padre Island connected to or by Padre National Seashore?

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Is Padre Island connected to or by Padre National Seashore?

We will be visiting Texas for our very first time.

We are planning on going to Padre Island. Is this close to Harlingen if not, what is the closest city?

Is it Padre Island or South Padre Island? How far is the National Seashore?

We are looking for beautiful beaches, shells if possible, and a nice area.

Please advise.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Is Padre Island connected to or by Padre National Seashore?

Padre Island runs from Corpus Christi to Brownsville. The National Seashore begins just south of Corpus Christi. The southern end of the island near Brownsville is South Padre. Harlingen is near South Padre but over two hours from the entrance to Padre Island National Seashore.

Edited: 9:29 pm, January 06, 2014
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2. Re: Is Padre Island connected to or by Padre National Seashore?

Padre Island is a National Park and extends south from Corpus

Christi about 60 miles. There is no road and a 4 by 4 is recommended. Padre Island ends at the Port Mansfield cut which allows boats in and out of Port Mansfield. There is no bridge. South Padre Island (not a National Park) starts on the other side of the cut and runs about 28 miles south to the town of South Padre Island, pop. 1,600, which is about 30 miles east of Harlingen via Hi. 100. The beach is hard packed SAND at low tide, runs 28 miles north, and is considered a legal road by Texas law. Use beach access 5 and pay the 5 bucks or get stuck using a 4 by 4 entrance. A sea of grey hair here, beach fishing lots of shells but better selection in the shell shops. White fine sugar sand beach. Don't tell anyone but it is a very nice quiet safe area lots of familys during school breaks and a nightmare during spring break. Cole Younger

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