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Padre Island Seashore Camping

Listed under Camps & Campsites in Texas, United States.

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Padre Island National Seashore has 70 miles of beach available for camping right next to the Gulf so you never have to worry about not being able to find a place to camp. Just drive your car or RV onto the beach and set up camp at the base of the sand dunes. If you want to drive the entire 70 miles of beach you’ll need a 4 wheel drive. But a 2 wheel drive vehicle will get you about 5 miles down the beach leaving plenty of space between you and your nearest neighbors.

Pros

* Camping on the beach right next to the water.

* Sunrise over the Gulf and sunset over the Laguna Madre.

* Fresh fish – cast your net out near the southern barrier of North Beach for an easy net full of a variety of fish.

* Windsurfing on the Laguna Madre.

Cons

* Extreme winds at times – good for wind surfing and keeping the fog away but you’ll have fine powdery sand in your food and belongings. Bring long sand stakes and a sturdy tent if you plan on tenting.

* Garbage – due to the convergence of currents a lot of garbage washes ashore. Also be on the lookout for the stinging Portuguese Man o’ War.

* Salt – if you stay for an extended time your vehicle and gear need to be washed regularly to prevent rust.

* The beach is a Texas public highway – watch out for traffic. On the upside, there is a 5 mile closed beach near the visitor’s center with no traffic except for the occasional ranger on patrol.

Written by  Sue Andryk.

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