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
May 2016 - $54.00
i've stayed here many times over the years. although the nearby county campground is cheaper, i find the pool, which is protected from a lot of wind and sand (they have a great hot spa, too) wifi, and cable (it has a lot of selections) worth the extra money. i have had the more expensive waterfront spots but this time I went for the less expensive back in spot that worked just well. the roads are paved but the sites are gravel and level. it can be tight but the staff there was most helpful. I will be back. everything is well maintained. - LEB2
Feb 2016 - $54.00
This is a nice, clean and well run park. The spaces are pretty snug as are most parks near the ocean. Wifi is very good except sometimes in the evening it is slow. It is quiet for such a big park which we really enjoyed. There is a large heated pool and a nice deck over the Gulf. The laundry room needs updating. We have been here for 5 nights and would stay longer as the ocean breezes and nice temps are wonderful! - alm
Feb 2016 - $72.00
We had a premier spot for a week at this KOA. It is very high priced, but is clean and offers good services. Many folks seem to stay over the winter, enjoying Zumba and water aerobics and similar offerings. It is very senior and pet/dog oriented, so be prepared. WiFi is inadequate. We enjoyed the stay, but based on the high cost (even with KOA discount) likely will not return. Many folks seem to winter at this location with long term friendships, so it didn't seem all that welcoming to weekly visitors under age 65, in our opinion anyway.
Spaces are pretty tight, but services are well managed. Pool is nice. Pier 19 offers a good restaurant, close by.
Overall, pricey and very dog friendly....too many barking dogs for my enjoyment, but that maybe your preference. Premium spot was not worth it for us, but there is an ok bay side view and location, so that is the way it is! - Forerwr