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South Padre Island, Texas

Isla Blanca Park

South Padre Island, Texas



33174 State Park Rd 100
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
Phone: (956) 761-5494

Sites: 534
Recent Rate: $40 1/2017

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Latitude: 26.074935308016
Longitude: -97.162184715271
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $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 yes
  • Phone Phone yes
  • 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 ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

36 Reviews

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at a premium site near the ocean for two nights. Be alert, the registration office is on the right, immediately past the KOA, about 1/4 mile before the park entrance. The location is right on the Gulf, with white sand beaches. The restrooms and showers, however are dark and damp. This is a very large park. No reservations available for a stay of less than one week. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
P-S36
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We really like this park! First time here in December 2016 and we are very happy with our space. They are VERY spacious and have lots of room between the sites and your neighbor. We had a new neighbor come in next to us today and we didn't even know they were there! We didn't choose a premium site (they seem to get more wind), but we are a quick walk from the beach. Close to restrooms and showers. Our back in site is actually a front first pull in (which was a first for us). We pulled in face first up to the bushes and had to detach our truck and back it up through the grass and park the truck behind our trailer (so truck and RV are butt to butt). Like I said, this was a first and looks funny, but it works....I guess. Lots of places to walk around, nice tables and pavilion with big open beaches. For $35 a night, it is a great deal with full hookups (and includes $10 park entrance fee). The KOA right next door is double the price and they do have all of the amenities like laundry and pool, but they are SUPER close together, narrow roads and it's basically a parking lot. Yes, it has stickers, sand and bugs, but you are on the beach and it's a park! We posted lots of pics on our travel Facebook page: totally trailer if you wanted to see what it looks like before visiting. Happy travels and stay warm. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Turner Sea Street
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
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:

When it's not windy, watch out for pesky mosquitos. Be sure to walk all over the park. There are tons of walkways and little bridges that take you between the park and the beach.

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Review Count: 153
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 44

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a HUGE park that I am told is 100% full most of the summer and 85% full in winter. I think it would be a zoo when it's full, but it was nice and quiet when we were here. The sites closest to the beach are $45/day. We took one in the second tier that was $35/day FHU and was still only a couple hundred yards from the beach if that. We stayed a week at $200 + $15 deposit for electric. Forgot to get a reading on the way out so forfeited a few bucks since I'm sure we didn't use $15 worth but oh well. The showers closest to our site were pretty disgusting. Water pressure and hot water were fine but there were bugs, peeling paint, horrible vinyl stall curtain covered in what looked like mold or mildew. Also no private changing area. Maybe other buildings are better, but I decided it was worth moving the stuff we store in our shower to use our own facilities for the remainder of the week! The other BIG complaint for us was all the sticker plants everywhere. We literally had to carry our dog from our door to the paved road in order for him not to get a paw full of painful stickers. At least you are allowed to walk your dog on the beach, but it doesn't make up for the horrible stickers for me. Can't even remember if there was wi-fi but if there was it didn't work worth a darn. Had to use Verizon data all week which did work well. The weather was horrible all week (killer heat and humidity and torrential downpours) so we were stuck in the rig most of the week. Loved being at the beach but didn't get to enjoy it much. Not sure if that weather is typical or not, but I would not come back because of that and mainly because it's a horrible place for dogs. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

BEWARE: Registration building is not well marked and easy to miss. We had to make a U-turn and go back to it (fortunately there was enough room). Then we missed it again and turned into the KOA. They said it happens a lot as we had to do another turn around to get out of there. If you like the beach and lots of seasonal residents, this park is for you. If you're looking for things to see and do, not so much. At this time of year, few birds to be seen, and South Padre Island looks like Florida. Lots of tourist traps, condos, bad restaurants, etc. Park sites were closely spaced and if you were near a seasonal, as we were, you were crammed in with all their "stuff" - Tomato plants, fences, storage trailers - not our cup of tea. Quite hours weren't enforced. Beach not monitored, so dogs off leashes pooping with owner (1 that I saw) not caring enough to pick up after. The beach access was great if you like that. Lots of wind surfing and nice people out and about. Park staff were nice and helpful. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
415
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The only good food we found was the buffet at the Isla Grand. Great Thanksgiving and breakfast buffet.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Cable TV didn't work well but I have DISH so no big loss. You can't pick up Ch5/ABC over the air at the beach, though. Lots of room and pretty EZ to get around. If you're looking to stay here during the summer make sure to book months in advance; otherwise, there is lots of room usually. They need to be a little more on the ball when it comes to trimming and mowing. good bang for the buck though. I've stayed at the KOA nearby and it's nice but far more expensive. If pool/hot tub is worth about double the price, fine. It's usually pretty windy so putting the awning out isn't a good option most of the time. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Many things to do on SPI and some good places to eat. However, for great tex-mex, Manuel's in Port Isabel near the lighthouse is a wonderful hole-in-the-wall for breakfast and lunch. On weekends during the summer, be prepared for a wait to get in, though. Blackbeards and Louie's are institutions. D'Pizza Joint is very good.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
129
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

SPI has a free bus/shuttle that has a pick up point right at the gate of the park across from Dirty Al's. Dirty Al serves great seafood at reasonable prices. Try the 6 pc shrimp basket and fries.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Easy access to beach. Friendly staff and level spots with FHU. We plan on coming back in warmer weather. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

The area gets a 10 but the park needs some TLC. Check-in and site selection for a first time visitor is strange. The employees can't tell you anything about site sizes and some are really narrow, some really short and some are huge. We tried to stay for a longer period but they said our site was reserved. There were numerous empty sites but they didn't offer to let us move either. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Well organized for a very large county park. Only downer for the dog was the sand burrs in the grassy areas. BTW, dogs are allowed on the beach! This is a good park to be near all the action of South Padre Island. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

If it weren't for the beautiful beach behind this park, it would not be worth a stop. The government employees who run this place obviously know very little about the needs of campers. The sites vary greatly in size and yet they do not ask you how big your rig is when you check in because the computer does not tell them how big each site is. The first two sites we were offered weren't wide enough to put our slides out. We paid an extra $10 a night for a "premium" site, only to discover that the dump station was just 10 feet behind us and there was nothing to block the smell or the noise. The burrs in the grass were a major distraction. We enjoyed the beach. We didn't enjoy the park. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This County Park is in a fabulous location on the Gulf on the southern end of South Padre Island. The infrastructure shows age and wear (old hookup facilities) and many unpaved and non level sites. We did not inspect restrooms, etc. Whatever we saw as negative aspects were offset by the available views and activities such as birding, jetty fishing, beach enjoyment, hiking, etc. We would choose to return here as we are able to in the future. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate based on weekly charge for premium site next to ship channel. Electricity extra; they don't tell you that when reserving. County-owned park and it shows. Many power post covers are broken. Looks tacky, but all utilities worked. Wi-Fi good, but $20 per week. Large sites with adjacent grass. Many burrs in grass, so grass terrible for dogs. Expansive beach for walking, however. Had standing water after hard rain, but maintenance staff quickly trenched a drain. Location next to beautiful beach is a 10, but burrs, uncut grass and deferred maintenance gets a 7. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

It’s all about location, location, location when it comes to this campground. It’s a short walk to the beach from most sites and as a result, it’s very popular with snowbirds. Many of the sites are huge with concrete pads. But there are also a couple of rows of sites so tight that you can’t put out two slides. Unfortunately, the office computer doesn’t provide any information on how big a site is and as a result they don’t ask how big your rig is. That results in a crap shoot. The sign-in process is incredibly complicated and to make matters worse, the Visa machine was broken and as a result we had to come up with $200 in cash before we were allowed to enter. We pleaded with the clerk to accept a $50 deposit and we would come back with the balance on Monday when the banks opened, but the answer was a curt: NO. It took us two hours to finally get settled. We wanted to stay for a week ($185 plus $15 deposit for electricity) but the first site we were sent to was so tight we couldn’t get our slides out. It’s over a quarter of a mile back to the office, which had no air conditioning or ventilation. After lining up for 20 minutes a second time, we were offered another site, which was occupied. Back to the office and another line up and the third site was even smaller than the first. Back to the office and another line up and the fourth site was also occupied. We finally asked for a site for only two nights ($35 a night) but the clerk refused to refund us the difference between the $200 we had paid him and the $70 we owed him. He said the city would mail us a refund cheque to our home address, despite the fact that he had been unable to provide us with a site for the week. It went downhill from there. Only a government bureaucrat could make life so complicated for campground guests. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Be aware that everything that can rust will rust. The wind is unbearable at times. There are lots of trails for biking and the rec center has nice activities. The winter Texans are great for the most part. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.

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