3 Parks near South Padre Island, Texas
Dec 2015 - $30.00
I feel badly for the rater who scratched his fifth wheel. We have a 30 foot and were able to manuver the entrance with only a couple inches to spare. Once you are in the entrance, it is designed such that you are trapped and unable to back out. My idea of 9/11 type traffic control overkill.
The park is nothing at all special other that the fact you are less than 100 yards of the beach, and across the street from the birding center.. Large asphalt lot with spaces about 5 feet apart. Utility hookups are to the extreme rear. Bring extra hose just in case. Good water pressure. Guys in the office are nice, but aren't authorized to do much more than take your money and give you a receipt. Park is run by the county.
This is our 2d time at this park and will come again only for the convenient location. - Deck & Margot
Dec 2014 - $30.00
I gave this park the low rating due exclusively to the "Big Rig Access" tag on the description. We have a 39' fifth wheel and scraped the left and right sidewalls of the trailer getting into the park and had to drive over the curb with our truck on exiting the park to save the trailer tires. Additionally, we had to use the day visit parking lot to get a good angle to enter/exit the RV area. I left a phone message with the county representative asking to discuss the curbing but got no response. - Torch
Mar 2013 - $30.00
We stayed here for 2 weeks which happened to be during spring break. This park is located away from the main activities. We could hear music until about 1:00 a.m. one time and on Easter weekend during the day for several hours. We didn't find that to be a problem. Getting into and out of the park is very tight. The spaces are close together but are level. If you can get site #1 or one on the other end you will have one open side which is nicer. The staff was very friendly but not very accommodating. We did ask about an empty space on the end but they said it was reserved although it wasn't used when we were there. We really liked the location for bike riding. The birding center is close with a nice boardwalk. The beach is just a short walk from the park and was very enjoyable. The Hilton Garden Inn is a short walk or bike ride. We had a good dinner and breakfast there. The park charges for Wi-Fi, but we were able to use the Convention Center's Wi-Fi across the street. There is a Farmer's Market on Sundays 11:00 to 1:00 about 3 miles north of the park which was great. We had a good time strolling the beach and drinking salty dogs made from the fresh grapefruits purchased at the farmer's market. - NM Full Timer
Jan 2015 - $35.00
A nice large park located right at the south tip of SPI. A short walk to the bay and the beach. Sites are spacious (over 600). No reservations for less than 1 week. Location is great to go to town. We biked but you can also take the free shuttle. Lots of people spend the winter here. We would stay here again. - gypsy parrotheads
May 2014 - $30.00
This park is run by the County and they must use the great deal of money they get for other things, cause they sure don't put it into the park. Terrible maintenance, very unhelpful staff, good monthly rates, but all the sites are booked a year in a advance during the winter and summer months. Once someone has a reservation, they can keep it every year forever. You will have to inherit a good site during prime time. If you want a picnic table you have to buy the wood and build it yourself, I am not kidding!! Want concrete patio, you have to build the form and call the concrete truck/pour and finish it yourself, no lie. They have you, because it is near the beach and the KOA is a rip-off pricewise. Sandburrs, bad electric, no laundry, bad parking, many tight noisy, small sites, all jammed in next to each other. Want to go and look at a site before paying, sorry, you have to pay the entrance fee just to do that. Not that all county employees are this way, but.....they could care less and it shows. No help, there was one lady who was really helpful last year, she had list of sites that were available for a couple of months stay, her co-workers lost it!!! Many grass only sites that look like a train wreck. I wish there were other options, but there are very few. - Buzz777
Feb 2014 - $18.00
Easy access to beach. Friendly staff and level spots with FHU. We plan on coming back in warmer weather. - ournextstop
Jan 2016 - $63.00
The most friendly park I've visited. Lots of activities and everyone very welcoming. Staff helpful and friendly. Facilities clean and well maintained. The gravel on the sites could be a little less coarse as it made walking on it a little tricky. Pull throughs were easy access, and enough space between rigs, but not lots. Lots of activities in the park, both KOA organized and camper organized. Sunset Deck was a favorite and nice to have Pier 19 right there for nice meals. - Wanderer85
Jan 2016 - $65.00
I was very conflicted on how to rate this park since we enjoyed it so much but our site, 20B, was much less than expected. We stayed here for 3 weeks and just loved all the exercises classes offered from Floor Aerobics to Water Aerobics to Zumba to Aqua Zumba. Plus monthly luncheons and shopping outings and get togethers with different themes at night. The restrooms are exceptionally clean and beautifully designed.
This is an extremely friendly park both with staff and campers. It was so easy to meet people. Tom & Staci who do the Zumba are so welcoming. There are no clicks here even though many Winter Texans have been coming here for years.
Onto the site - we paid additional to have a view of the bay. What you don't know until you get here is there are only a handful of these sites which are sort of on the outer perimeter of the park with a road running right in front of these sites to a restaurant (Pier 19). As they are back-in sites, you see traffic going by all day long. Yes it is a beautiful view but not sure if worth it. Also with the public access road in front of the sites, there is no security at all which made us concerned, but thankfully it wasn't an issue. Sites with this view are extremely tight and are on asphalt. We barely fit our 35ft motorhome plus we could not fit our picnic table in our site and had to put it to the rear of the RV. We also had to park our tow perpendicular in front of the coach. Additionally you are close to the dumpsters which are emptied twice a week between 5:00-7:00am - extremely noisy!!!!
The sites in the interior of the park seemed to have plenty of space and if we return we would forgo the view for more space. - Beachside Baby
Jan 2016 - $58.00
Easy to access. Turn right once you cross the bridge from Port Isabel. The cg is a short distance away, next to Pier 19, before you get to Isla Blanca County Park.
Check in was smooth. I called the cg directly, vs the KOA main system, to make reservations since we had 2 rv's in our party and were arriving on different days.
They have a store stocked with standard rving supplies as well as some beach related items. They sell cold drinks including bottled water and Bud Lite.
Roads were paved and in good shape.
Sites are gravel. Many have decks or patios. Ours had a stamped concrete patio and picnic table.
Most of the interior sites are pretty close together. We could barely get our slide out on the drivers side and then could not access the compartment under it without retracting the slide. There are some bay view sites that are larger and more spacious.
Palm trees and shrubs were pretty but do not provide much shade.
Wifi was included but was pretty much worthless in our site #136. I asked about that in advance since I needed to work remotely and was told that all sites should get good access. This was definitely not accurate.
Large pool and hot tub. We were here in winter and did not use them.
5 or 6 each washers and dryers w/ area for folding.
5 shower stalls, separate bathroom stalls and sinks. All were in good condition and clean. - jvkATX