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South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island KOA

South Padre Island, Texas



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

Sites: 211
Recent Rate: $58 7/2016

Latitude: 26.079324812975
Longitude: -97.165993452072

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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

Review Details

Ratings overview

96 Reviews

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $58.00
Overall Rating:      

We only stayed a few nights, but it was fantastic. The sites are super tiny but they have charming little patios to go with them. The staff were all nice and they have a trash pick up if you leave your trash bag by the road. The facilities were clean. The beach is a very short drive away. The closest beach charges $10 per car but it is $5 for veterans with ID. There is a tiny fenced off area for dogs to run off leash and that is always welcome!
The sites were gravel but our RV leveled just fine. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Parking was tight and navigating the roads to our spot required one of us to get out and walk to make sure the cars on the side of the road didn't block us. I consider this to be the thoughtlessness of other campers more than the fault of the park but I wanted to mention it.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

SPI is a great tourist destination. Right outside KOA is a free bus that goes up and down the island and on a crowded day, it can be difficult to find parking spots at the more popular places like Blackbeards and Backyard Louie's. The KOA is probably close to a mile hike to the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico so having a cart or something to tow your toys/coolers to the beach is a good idea. Pier 19 is wonderful place to eat and have a drink to watch the sunset over the Laguna Madre.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $72.00
Overall Rating:      

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! We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
112
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

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

Visit Pier 19....bring a small barking dog, you'll fit right in....if you are over 65 or so anyway! Seriously...it is a pretty good campground, just pricey. Has a good pool, other facilities are average to above average, no real concerns.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

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

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
167
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

You can walk or bike over to the county park beach, bird at the convention center or pay $ at the Birding center, hang out at one of the numerous beach bars, and shop at a very nice women's and men's beachwear store, "Ship Shape." The island is easy to get around and they have a free shuttle. Drive to the end of the island and enjoy the very quiet beaches there.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $58.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
136
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

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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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 20B
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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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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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
41
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

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

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived in mid-January with no reservation. Not a good idea. They were able to get us into a pull-through site for the the days we had planned to be there. We enjoyed the sun and the gulf enough to stay for another week. There is a great seafood restaurant inside of the grounds. The pool and got tub are nice and rarely crowded.

We are going back next January for a month. They give monthly rates that are not terrible. We camped at South Padre Island KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
37
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $53.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $51.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
165
Site Surface
Sand

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $52.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
bayview
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

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

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $58.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

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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