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Padre Balli Park

Corpus Christi, Texas


15820 Park Rd 22
Corpus Christi, Texas 78418
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Sites: 54
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 27.58789
Longitude: -97.22317

Elevation: 10' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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22 Reviews

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

We have been enjoying Padre Bali Park for many years. The old section is really bad but so close to the beach, it's been ok. but now the new section has double in price at $50/night. there are no amenities that increase the value. the new section just has smooth, large pads which is nice but "the norm" at most state and county parks that charge much less. I hope the County will read this and think about offering Senior discounts. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Several reviewers have posted reviews of this county park and some mentioned a future expansion in the plans. We have been here and camped in the older, 30A-only campsites for many years, and those sites are woefully inadequate for our current 50A all-electric motorhome, so we were watching this expansion project closely. The new section is now open, with fresh asphalt-surfaced roads and concrete pads, as well as adjoining concrete slabs with picnic table. The sites were more than long enough for our motorhome and toad. The park is about 200yds from the Gulf of Mexico beach and Bob Hall fishing pier. The park itself provides full hookups, and was pretty empty when we were there, since the opening of the new section has not been publicized. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of things to do in the Corpus Christi area, and most have been noted in previous reviews.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

The one word to describe this rv camp is shabby. It is quite old and looks every day of it. The "Park" is an asphalt parking lot covered with potholes, some of which will rattle your teeth even when driving slowly. the shelters provide very little shade, and there are no charcoal grills to be found. Bathhouse is shabby, too. There is a serious spruce-up requirement here. There is a new section which just opened up. It has new concrete pads and electric/water hookups, 50-amp service, and sewer service. Each site has a new pick nick table, but no shelter of any kind, and no charcoal grill in sight. There is also a new bathhouse which I did not inspect, but it looks nice from the outside. This is the area which was once used for tenting. The rates are double those of the original park @ $50.00 per night. Both sections are about 100 yards from the Gulf of Mexico. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E-8
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my tent trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

While this is an older state park, the value makes up for everything. Its not super glamorous but they are working on it. The current section is $25 a night. You call in advance and they take your name. No deposit. Unfortunately that does lead to some full bookings when they are not full. I can attest that, out of the several stays we did last year, the park employees were 100% on top of calling back and following up with the waiting list. Even if you can't book all your days, things change and we've never had to leave. Someone ends up canceling or leaving early. The employees are very quick at fixing anything on the camp sites and the restrooms and the sites are routinely clean. They even have a laundry room that has always worked. The current sites are close but not too bad. When the park is full, it can be a little difficult to reach the back spots due to fellow campers spreading out a little too far on the edges but the park employees do correct that when they are there. Even though the campers are close, there is plenty of parking near your camper and each site can generally take 2 vehicles. It works well with our toy hauler. When we unload our kayak trailer, there's still plenty of room for our kayaks to stay close. The current camp sites are old - 30 amp and old pavement. I wish they would calm down the 2 speed bumps heading in but hey its right on the beach. Its nothing that is going to damage the bottom of your rig - just a bit bumpy. I'd rather have these pull thru spots than pay $50, back in and not be able to get my camper out or have my kayaks or truck next to the camper. So pick your poison. Restrooms aren't pretty but they work and are clean and routinely do not smell. Great value and easy sites. Low stress. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is an older park that has the spaces very close together. The value is very good for the location on Padre Island very close to the beach. All there is between you and the beach is the sand dunes, about a hundred yards. This is a county park and the county is in the process of building a new addition to the park with the sites much further apart. However, their plan for the new section is double the price of what you pay now. The staff tells me that the county intends to keep the old section open at a lesser price. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site D-1
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a restaurant on the pier adjacent to the park. A short drive to Corpus Christi has many attractions. The USS Lexington, a WW2 Aircraft Carrier, a wonder Aquarium, great down town entrainment district. Too much to list.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Old and worn down. No view of ocean, sand dune separates you from the beach. Park is under renovation. Walking distance to the beach. Potholes. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E-9
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

I was scheduled to camp at Mustang Island, but they called me the day of and said their power was out due to a storm. They recommended Padre Balli.

I did not realize that the sites were only 30 amp, so that was a bummer. Also, the weather was 30 MPH winds, so that made our beach days miserable. (obviously not the camps fault)

It seems that this park has fallen into disrepair and they are doing a tax increase to try and bring it back. There are some overgrown parking lots that possible used to be campsites. there is a vacant building that possibly used to be the office?

The office is clean and nice and on stilts, so be prepared for a long ramp or stairs.

The beach is nice, clean, and has picnic table, but the sand is pretty compact. There is a restaurant and pier. It costs to go out on the pier.

The campsites are broken asphalt with two sites kissing. Hookups in the middle with two tables. One for you, one for your neighbor. The ranger just told us to choose which side we wanted to face and pull in that way. Pull through sites.

The dunes were very tall. You cannot see or walk over them. There is a path on the far side of the campground or you can walk up by the office to get to the beach. The dunes do help cut back on the wind.

The shower houses were cinder block construction, but it is starting to crumble. The showers have been lined with that plastic wall stuff and wood slats on the floors, but you can see black mold in places. The showers were hot and high pressure. Great after a cold beach day. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The Catholic church is 1/4 mile from sites. Open air, but indoor Masses on weekdays.

The other shopping/restaurants were at least 1 mile down. You can walk the beach 1 mile and then cut inland and be right at the Valero gas station which has a nice selection of basics and a redox.

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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Basically a parking lot with hookups (no sewer, dump station on lot). You can't see the water but the big dunes really cut down on the wind, which blows a lot. Very nice area on the beach with tables and partial shade, huge pier also there. Staff very helpful and friendly. Spaces can get a little tight if there are several big rigs near you. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Found the electrical plug at our site burnt. The park maintenance person was very helpful and stayed late to change it out. The asphalt surface it getting in very bad shape. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E6
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We though this was a nice, basic beach style RV park. The roads were easy to maneuver in our motorhome. The dunes block the view of the water, so that was kind of a bummer. The park was well maintained and clean. There were no extra frills to speak of, but the close vicinity to the gulf was frill enough. We will be back. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Go to the beach!

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed for a weekend event at the Bob Hall pier. Here's the great things about this park. If you are coming just for the beach or to fish on the pier this is your place. The beach and pier is a one minute walk from any RV site at this park. The sites are level and the water pressure was good (with only about 10 other campers in the park). We did have good local channel reception with our antenna. The things that need improvement about this park: 50 amp service would be great (you cannot keep a 40+ rig cool with one AC in the summer heat), grass areas that do not have spiny stickers to walk your dog in, and pot holes need to be repaired. This is a bare bones park with so much potential if the city would open the purse strings, I would pay more to camp here with just a few improvements. We will return. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

The park was nice, but basic. There is no pools or sewer hook ups, but you are so close to the beach. It was quiet and clean. The bathrooms and showers were older, but clean. They are strict about parking extra cars, so be sure you get the extra pass. Overall, a great stay if you just want beach access. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

I stayed overnight on my way to the valley, and it was fine. Concrete slab, no grass. There are dunes between the campground and the water, so you couldn't see it at all. Basic county park. I would stay again if I had children who enjoyed the beach. The staff was professional, but the office closes for a short period in the afternoon to change staff, and they didn't mention that on their website. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the campground for the spring break week. It has excellent access to beach and Bob Hall Pier for night fishing. We enjoy spending our time out of the RV and did not have any problems with other campers. Sites are large enough and well spaced for privacy. We will definitely be returning. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Location! If you enjoy quick access to the Gulf of Mexico, a great fishing pier and lots of things to do. You'll like this place. Nothing special, basically a big parking lot with water and electric. We stay there several weeks a year and really enjoy it. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Travel Trailer.

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