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Date of Stay: January, 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. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.
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.
Date of Stay: 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. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $18.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $40.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $36.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $18.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $30.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $32.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $30.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $27.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $18.00
We stayed here 3 month and really enjoyed it. The park staff is very nice and helpful. All sites are within a 5 minute walk to the beach. We don't recommend the sites near the treatment plant because when the wind blows towards you it can be pretty bad but this is not a problem when a few sites away. The sites in the middle of the park are larger than the ones around them and most have pads. Their are lots of good channels on cable but the Wi-Fi is a little slow at times. We will stay here again. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $40.00
We loved this park. We paid the extra to have a space next to the beach. It was a quiet time of the year to visit. The location was very convenient to restaurants and bars. The park is very large with many areas to ride our bicycles. You can walk your dogs on the beach, which was very family friendly. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $25.00
Park has a nice layout with plenty of space between sites; however, the electricity was not working at two sites we were assigned and the sewer line backed up when flushing. The park could be very nice; however, deferred maintenance has made it unattractive. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $35.00
We got the last available site! Most are rented for 6 months. People have added their own decks, patios, trees. It's more of a seasonal park than one for visitors. Not very quiet on a weekend night. Someone was using a skill saw at 9:45 and our neighbor had his music playing until 12:45. Our site didn't have any grass: just sandy dirt. Made it hard to keep the rig clean. It was a very long walk to the beach: 18 minutes. Seemed longer in the heat. We could walk to the main gate in 8 minutes and get the free bus all over the island and to Port Isabel. That was great! Wi-Fi was available but pricey: about $20/week. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $35.00
DON'T use their website for rates! They've raised all their rates and won't tell you this over the phone. Nightly charge is $35 plus electric! Sandburrs are HORRIBLE! If you have a long- haired dog, be prepared to pick the burrs out hourly. The good news is: currently there are NO jellyfish in the ocean. Maybe the weird weather has affected their migration or breeding cycle. Used to be Isla Blanca was a great value to stay on the Island. No more. We camped at Isla Blanca Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
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.gypsy parrotheads • January 2015
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