The largest undeveloped barrier island in the United States, this 70 mile long park is open year round for swimming, hiking, ... More
Padre Island National Seashore
The largest undeveloped barrier island in the United States, this 70 mile long park is open year round for swimming, hiking, fishing, surfing, camping, and beachcombing. A convenience store, an exhibit and information center, and a boat launch are also on site. $10 per vehicle, good for a week, or $20 for an annual pass. Discounts are available for senior citizens.
After being talked into going topless in Miami, I was talked into going totally nude in Texas! It was OK, though, because (despite the laws) there were quite a few nude bathers of all shapes, sizes and ages. If this is your first time, which it was for me, then PINS is the place to go.
My daughter, grandaughters and I went on vacation last summer and drove on down to the Padre Island National Seashore. It was the most beautiful, serene place on earth. The beach sand, ocean waves and seagulls were so beautiful. The sound of the waves and atmosphere was so relaxing. I was in heaven. I lived in Florida when I was a little girl and the beach was an every day outing. There were very few people on the beach at that time. This reminded me so much of those times. We would have gone there long before we did if we had known ithe National Seashore existed. It was definitely a vacation full of the greatest memories. It would be so romantic to camp there and walk along the beach with the love of your life. I don't have to go out of the U.S. and spend lots of money on an expensive restaurant and motel to have a wonerful time. It can't be beat!!!!
It is not like your normal beach with tons of people shoulder to shoulder. The beach though it does have seeweed is so quiet with the sound of nothing but the waves and sea gulls...so peaceful. It is wonderful place to leave the rush of the normal world behind.I always camp when here and falling alseep with the noise of the waves, there is nothing like it.This last trip I was there on a Holiday weekend quite a few people,but everyone still had a little slice of the beach all to themselves. I would recommend a stop at the National Seashore to anyone who wants a little swim,sand between the toes and lungs full of the sea air.I will be back as soon and as often as I can.
First let me say we are not beach people, but the national park service has done a great job of preservation of this beautiful area. The Junior Ranger Program is free and kids LOVE it ! Take the time to complete the JRP as a family, it is great family time and educational.
Admission price was $10 per car, there is a discount for seniors. They have a very nice gift shop and a small museum/educaton center there as well. Very nice viewing deck from the gift shop area. Beautiful white sands, lot of butterflies were there on our visit. Camp sites are available and the facilities are nice for a state park. Wildlife is abundant, we saw several deer and a fox as well as numerous seabirds in our visit. The brown pelicans are a sight to behold, and we wee them every trip we take to the beach. Very nice area, not as crowded as the local (free) beaches.
This place was wonderful! I would definatley recomend the "South Padre Island National Seashore".The mile of sandy shoreline sparkled with sea shells of different shapes , sizes , and colors! Watch for tiny bubbles comming up below the surface of the sand to find lots of hidden sea shells and "sand dwelling" critters below.
Sea gulls and long-legged wading birds could be heard as they soared above us and skimmed across the waters edge. A few Blue Herons were hanging out in the sand dunes along the opposite side of the sea shore, and I was really amazed at how close we could get to them... it made for some awesome photos!
It was easy to find great fishing , swimming, and bird sightings all in one area, which saved us alot of time and money as well as provided a fun experience for the whole family.
A great beach, go north for crowds, or south for a little more privacy. Great for kayaking.The sea weed ways bad, but so what. Say lots of fish in 2nd sand bar and 1 black tip, shark, while I was way out there on a still day, waves like 1 & 1/2". waiting for bigger surf he he...
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