South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island KOA

South Padre Island, Texas



South Padre Island, Texas
Phone: (956) 761-5665

Sites: 211
Recent Rate: $63 1/2016

Latitude: 26.079324812975
Longitude: -97.1659934520721

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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) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $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 yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • 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 yes
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 yes
  • ATT, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon,Sprint,T-Mobile
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem yes
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • 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) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities yes
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa yes
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • 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 yes
  • Casino Casino no

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91 Reviews

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jvkATX

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $58.00
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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. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

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The weather was cold and windy. We would not return this time of year.

We really enjoyed the Zumba class! The staff teaches Zumba at 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Pier 19 is a very good restaurant right next to the KOA. Very good breakfast, lunches, dinners and drinks. During winter hours they close at 9pm.

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Beachside Baby

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $65.00
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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. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Don't be afraid to try all the water classes. The pool is heated to 85 and the instructors, Mary for water aerobics and Tom, for Aqua Zumba are so much fun and you'll have lots of laughter.
We ate at Smokey Tails - delicious BBQ and Padre Rita Grill - try the seafood buffet on Friday nights with great live music.
Also recommend the Texas Gold Shrimp tour in Brownsville for something different to do with a taste of shrimp at the end!

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Wanderer85

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

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $63.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Loved Claytons on the Beach for an afternoon of sun and music.

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travelingduo

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $53.00
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Very nice park right on the water. It is easy to access and easy to maneuver a RV once you are inside the park. Not much shade, but the water makes up for that. Staff was helpful and the restrooms were clean. We enjoyed our visit and can't wait to return next year. If you don't like crowds, then you may want to visit in the off season. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

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RvTravelerNTechie

Review Count: 89
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $51.00
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This is a destination park, so a visit is all about the things to do. We stayed during a shoulder season so had it a little quieter. When we stayed, it seemed like various areas in the park were being upgraded. Many sites had poured concrete patios added, and some sections were being reapportioned into larger sites. There are still a lot of smaller sites around the edges. They were adding park models for rent when we were there. Very few perma-rigs were seen. South Texas is known for its winds, and our stay proved this to be true. It was difficult to do much outside if the wind was an issue. I found the interior roads and site access a bit on the tight side for a 45' motorhome. WiFi is apparently the last thing to be upgraded; the signal was weak and intermittent even though we were in close proximity to a repeater. Probably the best campground on South Padre Island, but not the best value when compared to other places we've stayed. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

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Laur

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

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $52.00
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Location is beautiful they continue to improve sites but still aways to go. They have rental cabins too. The biggest draw back is the big rocks you have to walk on but prefer it to the grass burrs. The sunset deck is lovely and there is a restaurant within walking distance Pier 19 with great food. The site we were on was nice size. We were there during a quiet period and left before the motorcycle event the following week end. Have camped there often since 2004 and can see the improvements. The main building shower however looses hot water fast, use the other building and it has no place to hang anything in the shower. Pool water was too cold to use. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Island is full of things to do, shops, bookstore, Sea Turtle viewing, beaches, bird watching and more.

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rivercity

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $65.00
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Superior park compared to other parks on the island. Be aware of many small close-to-neighbor sites and tight maneuvering to park at most sites. The motor home pull thru sites require unhitching the toad. Oversize gravel on many sites and prefab patio surfaces provided on premium sites. Extended grass area for pets, yet many grass burrs. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

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RebaW

Review Count: 63
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $55.00
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Over-priced for a run-down facility. Patio chairs very worn. Kitchen in commons area roped off; stacked with miscellaneous equipment. Rules not enforced, especially quiet time. An entirely different park in May and June. My review in February a year ago sang its praises! Staff good at cleaning bathrooms, but will drive by trash or a can left in a site. Sites are NOT cleaned up after someone leaves. Only one toilet for all the men in the park due to bathrooms being remodeled. We were not told this. We might have gone to Corpus Christi or Galveston if we knew this. They should have at least had porta potties by the pool. Wireless good after we finally connected; t took a day and a half to get on. Lots of channels for CATV. Sites waaay too close together; ridiculous! Can't keep windows open for ocean breeze because you hear all your neighbors. More pull-throughs should have the patios. If going, get the best sites looking out on the bay with chairs and decks and be self contained and closed up running your air conditioner to drown out the noise at night. Management responsive to my concerns, but they have a long way to go to merit what they charge. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

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Summer Traveler

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $58.00
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A bit KOA pricey, but your are paying and staying for the surroundings. The beautiful beach is close by within a nice walk. Staff is friendly and helpful. Spaces are tight but fit our needs for the few nights we stayed. Would recommend. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Euri

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $46.00
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Nice KOA. Bathroom and laundry facilities were clean. Good location and staff helpful and friendly. Was a bit expensive for us at $46 per nigh: however, we can recommend it. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

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1ST Mountain Air

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $79.00
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Upon arriving at the campground we were told that the wifi and pool were broken. We reserved one of the so called premium sites with a bay view and were escorted to the site by a nice man only to find a very narrow site with a hole dug by the road. We barely fit in the site. We were told to park our jeep behind the rig because there was a large hole dug to the right of site where they were making some kind of a repair and no room for the jeep on side of unit. As it was the only game in town we didn't complain . The view was blocked by a very large boat storage building . Also the whole place smelled like sewage, not just low tide and when we were walking our dog we figured out why . The sewage pumping pit was broken also and the hatch was open the whole length of our stay . This Is an over priced campground that can get away with it because they are the only game in town . The south padre island beach is beautiful and you can drive your 4x4 toad over 28 miles one way on the beach for some awesome surf casting and shelling. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

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Jake21

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $65.00
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Rate reflects a premier site that looks out over the bay and the cause way. We decided to pay a little extra so that we could have a view of the water from our front window. We also have a view of the cars driving on the road to pier 19. It is off season here, so there aren't many cars. I could see how if it was a busy time of year, it could be annoying. Your front window at these sites stays in the shade all day, so sun blasting in and heating up the coach is not an issue. The "regal row" sites look very nice and look out over the bay also with patio with tables and chairs. Those sites are pull in and there is nothing to disrupt your view of the water. They might be a better choice if it is a busy time of year, but you will get the afternoon sun hitting the front window. The park is paved with white rock pads. Fairly level sites and decent cable channels, power and water pressure. The pool is nice and the hot tub is big and hot. The exercise room has two bikes, four treadmills and some weights and machines. It is adequate. Location of the park is good. Short 5 minute walk to the beach. The pet run is grass and kept clean and cut. I would give this park a higher rating, but the price is just way to high for what you get. There are about 20 campers here now on a nice weekend. I bet if they lowered the rate to 40-50, they would fill this place up. Forty to fifty is more inline to what they should be getting. I can understand getting a premium for spring break and other holidays, but this is September 21st. All in all, a nice place to stay, but you pay a high price for it. I guess life is a beach. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

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Makattak

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $60.00
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I recommend making your reservation directly through the campground instead of the KOA 800 number. They will be able to better put you in a sight based on your wants. We were placed in a site along the main road. We were told that this was a quiet, ocean view site. We could see the bay, but had to sit outside in the back of the truck. There was constant cars, trucks, motorcycles, and delivery trucks going in and out. It was very difficult trying to cross this road to walk my dogs in their dog area. I called it "crossing the freeway". It was very noisy all the time. The dog area and surrounding area had lots of poo in it and there were no warnings about the sticker burrs that lurked in the grass. This campground needs a lot of TLC! It is worn down and dirty. Staff doesn't even check the sites or pick it up in between guests. The large rocks make it difficult to walk on. They also hurt our dogs' feet. The staff makes no effort to enforce any rules. There were campers that had trash and junk stored under their trailers which made the place look trashy. The water was shut off twice during our stay. The restrooms were dirty and the pool had lots of hair floating in it. The only few good things about this KOA is the friendliness of the office staff and the smores they made for the guests on Friday nights. I would recommend staying on the far interior. You will be sandwiched in, but at least its a little quieter. I will never return. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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rivercity

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $65.00
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Staff not so friendly (demeanor as if they have been insulted by others all day) Our 44' RV was difficult to maneuver into space (toad had to be unhitched before driving on internal roads) and had to back out of a drive thru space. Non-premium spaces lacked paved patios. They should have started improvements on expensive spaces first. Internal roads paved and parking spots all oversize gravel - hard walking. Pet yard undersized and lots of sticker burrs. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

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bobojay

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $41.00
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Excellent facility but very expensive. We had a group rate for a week. Free bus service to the city.available at entrance. Would have rated a 10, but had several days with hot water issues in the showers - as in none most of the time. On site management was lacking in response until a KOA corporate inspector showed up unannounced. Fixed next morning We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

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