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.
Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $52.00
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.
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Island is full of things to do, shops, bookstore, Sea Turtle viewing, beaches, bird watching and more.
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.
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.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $58.00
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.
Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $46.00
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.
Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $79.00
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.
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $65.00
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.
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.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $65.00
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.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $41.00
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.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $63.00
South Padre Island KOA is an ok RV park. The roads are paved, but spots are very large rock gravel. The sites were fairly level and were a little close together. In typical KOA fashion, rules are handed out at check in, but not enforced. Many kids running here and there and through our spot even with our big dogs outside with us. Kids out of control in the pool / spa area without any parental supervision. Animals tied out and left unattended. Several piles of dog poo not picked up by other campers. The campground has no means of security so people other than campers come and go as they please. There is a Pier 19 restaurant that shares the drive with the KOA. The dog park is on the other side of the sometimes busy road. I don't believe we'd stay here again. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $47.00
This is a pretty nice park but pricey. There is a nice commons lodge next to the registration area. The staff was very nice and helpful. They have some "events" listed on their calendar. The WiFi is really good in the commons, and the park is serviced by Tengointernet. It worked pretty well but they ask for big projects for you to go to the clubhouse. The park is clean and spotted with lots of palm trees and the adjoining property is a casual restaurant called Pier 19, which is decent food and you get a 10% off coupon for your stay which is nice. You are within a 15 minute walk to two of the top trip advisor restaurants. Nice bike riding and walking around the area. The only drawback is that the sites are pretty tight. There is room for your slide outs but you do hear your neighbors with windows open. We would stay here again, or we might check out the neighboring county park. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $44.00
Gets a 9 because of no good WIFI. They suggest you do your computing in the commons area. They are on TengoNet. If we had a Verizon or AT&T data plan, then we would probably stay there forever. My husband thought he didn't like KOAs, but this changed his attitude. Every staff person was friendly and helpful and attentive. They immediately came and checked our TV reception. Also, came and repaired the picnic table right as soon as we reported it. We enjoyed the Friday night music on the deck, and my husband loved the $3 breakfast. Best pancakes ever! Loved being able to walk to Pier 19. Great food and cheap drinks and loved Cactus Willie live music. Lots of clean, modern shower stalls and toilets. The guests were also nice. Easy to bike to the county park and to town. Yikes,Texans don't seem to like bicyclists! We called to get our site, and so we had a great bargain I think for South Padre Island--only $44. She seemed to try and discourage us because they were small, but we were fine for 5 days. Husband says he would upgrade if we were there longer. Great park. Pool warm also. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $45.00
Great place to stay. Clean, well organized, friendly staff, and close to everything we came to South Padre to see. Bicycle friendly or use the shuttle. Restaurants and beach just around the corner. Plenty of guest activities. Sunset deck is a big plus. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Travel Trailer.