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“Nice day at the beach” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore
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Owner description: 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, bird-watching and viewing wildlife.
Lynnwood, Washington
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nice day at the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014

We took a day and traveled down to the coast from San Antonio, our home base for spring break this year. My wife had never been to the Gulf and wanted to see the warm waters and barrier islands. It was a good day to visit with highs in the 70's and a reasonable offshore breeze. We took a long walk on the beach and enjoyed a couple of the stops at the visitor center and Bird Island Basin. All in all it was a nice way to spend the day.

Visited April 2014
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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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“North Padre has the beauty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

We stayed one night in North Padre and one night in South Padre on a quick trip. We loved both, but North padre's beaches beat the pants off South Padre Island's beaches. However, the kids really loved all that there was to do in South Padre, especially the water park. Be prepared for a 3 hour inland drive though, because there is no road on The National Seashore, which is somewhat unfortunate because the drive would be much more scenic as well as faster. My husband did drive out on the beach with our Corolla once, but I wouldn't advise doing that in most places. You'll need 4 wheel drive. The sand on Padre is awesome. it isn't coarse like other beaches. Within minutes of stepping off the beach, the sand is completely gone from your feet. The shell hunting is good, we even found a whole sand dollar!

Visited January 2014
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Larkspur, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2014

We try to visit National Park, National seashores on every trip. This area did not disappoint us. It was a beautiful area to walk on the beach, search for some sea shells.

We were there when there was an oil spill, so part of the area was closed and we weren't able to see a lot of the area. We'll be back to see it again.

Visited April 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great Beaches”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

The trip to the park is short and the $10.00 entrance fee is not much. This is a 68 mile trip so make sure you are prepared as there is nothing once you go into the park. It is a worthwhile trip to see the pristine beaches and wildlife. Stop just before the entrance and read the history of this area as it will make you appreciate the park that much more. Worth the time to go through.

Visited March 2014
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St. Albert, Alberta
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

Goes on for miles and miles, beautiful views and sand. Lots of people fish from shores. Nice experience

Visited February 2014
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