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Corpus Christi, Texas

Padre Island National Seashore

Corpus Christi, Texas



Corpus Christi, Texas
Phone: (361) 949-8068

Sites: 41
Recent Rate: $4 5/2016

Latitude: 27.430518281367
Longitude: -97.296466827393

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

17 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great place to camp, either in an RV or tent. There are several free places to camp or there are two established campgrounds for which there is a fee to use. We camped in the Maliquite campground - $8 per night or half that with a variety of senior or disabled passes. (There is also a fee that everyone pays to enter the park and several discounted passes are available for this, as well.) There are flush toilets, cold water showers, and a dump station nearby. Cell phone service is pretty spotty. I use Google Fi (Tmobile and Sprint networks) and would occasionally receive emails and text.

Half the sites (on the gulf side of the road) are gravel with a shade structure and table. The other half are all asphalt with a table only. All sites are backin.

Weekends the traffic was literally bumper to bumper both ways with non-campers looking for a site to picnic in or to park to use the showers. Note that there are toilets, showers and beach access at the nearby visitor center, but everyone seemed to want to use those in the campground. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Sixty miles of beach with free camping. Small convenience store in the visitor center. 22 miles to nearest stores.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

No hookups. Near the beach. Large paved parking lot environment with a little room between sites, grass. Lots of generator noise, seemed especially in the evening. Peaceful otherwise. Easy distance to beach. Would camp here again. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Good seafood menu at "Doc's" which can be seen as you come over the bridge across the intra coastal waterway. Reasonably priced lunch special.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This review is for camping directly on the beach...not one of the NPS campgrounds (e.g. Malaquite). There is an entry fee to the NPS area ($10) but nothing for the site itself. Thankfully for our family, this $10 was waived due to the every kid in a park program. So, overall, we paid $0 to camp on the beach for 2 nights. There are no hookups (boondocking), but the experience can't be beat. You will get sand in everything. But the beach is right outside your door. I wouldn't go down the beach without 4x4 and you have to know when the tides are for going in with a camper. It is very accessible though. There were a number of 5th wheels camping and tents, too. There is so much space that you find your own slice of the beach and you won't see the next camper. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Sand

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

Direct oceanfront beach camping. Go south from the visitor center and the road ends and you drive on the beach. Beach road is fine for big rigs to approx mile marker 5 then gets a little soft. Fires are allowed and the beach is wonderful right out your door. No services on the beach except a dumpster when you leave. Pick up after yourself and get a couple extra large garbage bags from the entrance station and fill them with trash from the beach. Leave it cleaner than you found it. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Beach
Site Surface
Sand

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

As a national park, the rate doesn't include the $10 park fee that is good for 7 days. Malaquite campground only has 48 sites, 42 for RV's and is available on a first come basis. The registration is straight forward, however the 12 noon check out time isn't enforced and the park host said it happens often that people don't leave on time and sometimes pay later that day or the next. They should need to reregister by 9 am if they plan on staying on longer. The park is clean as are the restroom facilities. Showers are available but cold water only. We ended up getting a backside site #46 and it worked out well as the view from site 45-48 is unobstructed and you can actually see the seashore. Backside sites are also very wide. The ones closest to the dunes can be obstructed by dunes and dune grass. It was a nice peaceful two nights we spent there. We would recommend it. Note that there are no hookups, but they do have a fresh water fill and dump station at the entrance. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
46
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed both in the campground and on the beach (free after park entrance fees) campground spaces. Generator hours are enforced but not burdensome. The host was very friendly. We enjoyed the seashore and the camping on the beach as well as in the campground. There are excellent birding programs and activities as well as other ranger programs. The junior ranger program is also available here. With a Golden Age pass and free beach camping this is a cheap stop with many National Park program benefits. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 330
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 60

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a first come first serve campground with no hookup 50 yards away from the ocean. There is a bathhouse with showers. It is in walking distance to the Visitor Center where one will find exhibits, films, and meet for ranger tours. We took a driving birding tour for over two hours and it was excellent. The campground has an amphitheater with fire pit where Rangers give talks on a scheduled basis. There is a daily sheet with all the tours, walks and talks given by the Rangers. At this campground there are 43 RV sites, 7 for compact vehicles and 26 sites for tent camping many right on the beach. There is another campground right on the bay but it is smaller but the bay is better for wind surfing and kayaking. If you have an America the Beautiful pass you don’t pay a fee to get into the park and you get 50% off camping fees so we paid $4.00. If you want to camp on the beach south of the Visitor Center it is free but don’t get stuck it will cost $1000 to get pulled out. Padre Island is a great birding site for those migrating in the spring and fall. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 120
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 56

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at the Bird Island Basin (BIB) campground, where all sites are first come, first served and are right up to the bay shoreline. There was only a $5 camping fee with our Golden Age Passport, ($10 without)! The pass is good for one week. No hookups but water is available nearby. The dump station is at the beach-side Malaquite campground which is an 8.4-mile round trip from BIB. If you are a windsurfer or kayaker, this is the campground for you! Cell phone reception was position-dependent but texting worked reliably. We purchased a cell phone amplifier, which allowed us to access web sites. Park staff was very friendly & helpful with lots of on-going activities. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

Loved this place for its location, quietness, fresh sea breeze and the sound of the waves. Showers and Restrooms are quite new and get cleaned daily. Sites are level and come with a grill. Yes, there are no hookups but the dump station just outside the campground is very easy to access. For 8 USD per night I think this is great value, I can definitely recommend this place. Campground host is helpful but don't rely on his information about how to treat stings by jelly fish - better get informed beforehand. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 78
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: December, 2011 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

I would give the park a higher score but we visited during a red tide episode. That meant dead fish on the beach and an aerosol that irritated the throat. Yes, we were warned but unless you experience it you don't realize how bad it is. By the 2nd night we were coughing all night. That said, it's a great park right on the beach. They should do something about the lights at the visitor center and bathrooms to cut down on light pollution, but that's the only problem. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: December, 2010 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed with our family of 9 and enjoyed this CG more than some with full hookups. The location was good, absence of crowds was excellent and proximity to the visitors center was reasonable (about a 15 min walk on the beach, or 5 minute drive). Newly remodeled showers and bathrooms- the showers are cold water- which didn't keep us away. Dump facility is just outside of the CG, but an easy move every couple of days. CG host met us as we drove in and was helpful with site, local info. The 'regulars' invited us to a fish fry the day after we arrived, there's definitely a group that returns here often. Nice stop on our trip across the country. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

One of our favorite places to boon-dock. Primitive and natural. No hookups means no crowds. Plenty of solitude and sand dollars on the beach. The sounds of the ocean will lull you to sleep. Stargazing is good though we did notice some light pollution from Corpus Christi. Sand isn't too bad and what does come inside can easily be swept or vacuumed out. Yes, there's salt spray, but that's to be expected. Ghost crabs like to crawl into things, so don't leave your shoes outside. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2010 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is somewhat primitive but let me tell you it was nice. The sites are level. Just make sure you have a good broom as there's lots of sand. The night sky is breathtaking. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2009 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a gem of a place to stay. GORGEOUS views of the ocean and beach. Quiet. Nice volunteer hosts keep an eye on things. And CHEAP! No hookups, but dump station and fill water on the way in and out. It's a long way to town and civilization, but worth it to stay here, even in stormy weather. Daily guided beach hikes and ranger talks make it interesting and educational. One of the nicest locations we've stayed at. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at Malaquite. No hookups but a wonderful view of the ocean. Only $8 a night. Dogs allowed on the beach. We camped at Padre Island National Seashore in a Motorhome.

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