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Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore at Texas
20420 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78418
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Beautiful Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island encompasses a 113- mile stretch of white sand-and-shell beaches, picturesque windswept dunes, and wild landscapes of grasslands near warm Gulf waters. The longest undeveloped barrier island in the world, Padre Island National Seashore offers miles of sandy solitude and recreation. Padre Island is a hidden treasure with pristine beaches and nature trails for fishing, hiking, extreme biking, beachcombing, surfing, swimming, windsurfing, picnicking, camping, bird watching, waterskiing and four-wheeling.


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$10 for a week-long pass

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Outdoor recreation and water sports


  • Bird watching
  • Wind surfing
  • Water sports
  • Shelling


Because of extensive preservation initiatives, Padre Island National Seashore is unlike commercially built-up beaches. Instead, waves crash against the dunes in a wilderness setting where natural beauty is the focal point. In fact, the Island is still reminiscent of how this spot would have looked to Native Americans and European settlers hundreds of years ago. Untarnished by time the monetary gain of tourism, this Texas beach is the perfect place to convene with nature and enjoy an afternoon of serene fun in the sun.

History & Culture

Padre Island has a rich history spanning several centuries. As land settled in the New World, the Island was owned by the Spanish up until the Mexican Revolution in 1820. Mexico owned Padre Island until 1836, when the newly formed Republic of Texas claimed this shorefront land. After the War with Mexico of 1845-1848, the United States officially acquired the territory, with name changes evolving over each transition period. Spanish priest Padre Nicolas Balli was believed to be the first settler in 1804, hence the contemporary name Padre Island. Read the full history here: http://www.nps.gov/pais/historyculture/index.htm


  • How far can I drive down the Island?

    Beach-goers can drive down the Island based on current conditions and vehicle capabilities. With a four-wheel drive, expect to encounter some soft sand as you reach mile markers 25 to 30. You cannot reach South Padre Island by driving across the shoreline; however, you can experience the thrill of accelerating along the majestic waterfront for nearly 40 miles with the right ride.
  • Where are the best birding spots on the Island?

    Wildlife abounds at Padre Island National Seashore, and there are several spots to catch sight of the beautiful birds. Avid aquarists should head to Bird Island Basin, where visitors can typically eye marsh and shorebirds as well as raptors. All along the seashore, you can see a variety of birds like the endangered Snowy Plover and Piping Plover.

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