South Beach

Padre Island National Seashore

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Park Road 22
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
361-949-8068
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GPS: 27.4155, -97.3016

Last Price Paid: $0
Elevation: 3 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Be aware of the tides and high tide line when choosing a beach campsite. Strong winds or storms can significantly elevate tides and create hazardous conditions along the Gulf Coast.

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving on sandy beaches.
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6 people have reviewed this location.

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2bars
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4 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
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Valladia would stay here again

“Free Beach Camping”

Reviewed Apr 17, 2018

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The beach was crowded, but if we had gone further down we would have had more privacy. There are 60 miles of beach. If you want to go past 5 miles you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle. The sand is hard packed and we had no issues with driving our Subaru Outback. They have a dump station and potable water near the visitors center. We wi... more

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Nikki
Austin, TX Ram 2500
15 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: No real site number
“Right on the beach!”

Reviewed Mar 17, 2018

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PROS: It was free! Right on the beach-- we parked past the 4-wheel-drive-only sign (I have a 4x4 truck). The kids had a blast! Lots of people fishing and having a great time. The Park Rangers are super awesome-- they answered all of my kids' questions, gave tons of recommendations, and seemed to really love their jobs. Ice is available... more

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

traveling_flipflops would stay here again

“Free beach camping”

Reviewed Apr 04, 2017

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Had a lovely time beach camping. Like previous reviewers have stated, the key is to exercise caution and best judgement when beach camping. If you're starting to feel wary of the rising tide, it's probably best to move. Stop in at the visitor center to talk to the rangers and to get a tide chart, which will help you gauge the highes... more

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JulieRobertson
CA 21' Escape
7 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5
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JulieRobertson would stay here again

“Wow!”

Reviewed Mar 08, 2017

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This was our first experience with beach camping and we were not disappointed! You do need to watch the tides and the visitor's station will give you a paper copy if you need one. You will get sandy and get a little rusty, but I thought it was worth it because of the coolness factor. We loved waking up to the sounds of the waves an... more

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glasgows_onthego
28' Ford Four Winds Five Thousand 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
105 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 0

glasgows_onthego would stay here again

“Awesome spot to camp right on the beach”

Reviewed Feb 20, 2017

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This spot was great. Its FREE, and right on the beach. There is over 60 miles of beach shore line that you can camp on along south Padre Island. Most people stop within the first 5 miles because after that you need 4 wheel drive to continue. Be sure to sign in at the registration area right as you enter the beach so you do not have to ... more

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markfreeborn
TX 28' Airstream Pendleton
2 reviews
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: N/A

markfreeborn would stay here again

“Wonderful place to camp and enjoy the Gulf. National Park camping fees apply.”

Reviewed Oct 17, 2016

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We have spent many weekends and extended trips to Padre Island Nat'l. Seashore in the past year or so since we bought our first Airstream. On major holidays like the 4th of July it gets crowded since the beach roadway is not very wide and camping is limited to a narrow strip of beach. But you can drive for miles and find a spot to set ... more

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Recreation:
  • fishing
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Facilities:
  • dump station
  • restrooms: vault
  • showers
Pets:
  • pets

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