Padre Island Travel Guide

  • Padre  Island National Seashore
    Padre Island National Seashore
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    Snoopy's
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  • Comfort Suites
    Comfort Suites
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Padre Island Things to Do

  • World Class Bird Watching

    Birdwatching is a serious pursuit in South Texas, and birders come from all over the world to participate. There are 350 species of birds which have been recorded on Padre Island. Some of these can be seen nowhere else in the United States except South Texas. Many others are common here but rare elsewhere. This is a Roseate Spoonbill which can be...

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  • Padre island national Seashore Sea...

    The Padre island national sea shore Has a Sea Turtle Team that runs from the 1st of April to Mid July. Volunteers team up with the National Park Service here on Padre island Patrolling the beach every day looking for sea turtles. Once a Turtle is found by a Foot patroller or a UTV patroller it will be called in. if your interested in volunteering...

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  • Full moon and beach Music

    We were on Padre Island during a full moon. The Holiday Inn has a live outside band every evening so we enjoyed a walk on the beach to see the full moon reflecting on the water. It was a little windy that evening, but it was a safe pleasant walk. This is a nice place for a relaxing visit - if you have kids, a couple days might be enough. A couple...

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  • Visit Padre Island National Seashore

    We packed up some snacks and water and left the Comfort Suites about 9 AM to head out for Padre Island National Seashore. We were able to use our Golden Pass here. They have a very informative and relatively new Visitor's Center to see. We took a Park Ranger talk and tour of the beach and the dunes area about eleven AM. During the tour I learned a...

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  • Drive around the bay in Corpus Christi

    There are several nice parks to pull off and visit when driving up Shoreline Drive. Beautiful homes are in this area. Corpus is a nice size town - it was easy to navigate and we enjoyed another area of the bay.

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  • Take a drive around "the island"

    We had plenty of time to explore while we were on Padre Island. It is starting to be developed with some rather large private homes and condos. The picture of the condos was taken at The Turnaround area on the bay bridge. We also drove on Mustang Island to their condo development area.

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  • Drive on the Beach at Padre Island

    There are several service roads that lead to places on the beach where you can drive your vehicle on the hard sand. You can also park here and leave your car while you walk on the beach. We were there when there was a full moon - you can see it in the picture of the water.

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  • SELENA

    THIS IS A TYPICAL PLACE TO VISIT AND SEE THE MONUMENT TO THE FAMOUS TEXANO SINGER SELENA....AND HER FAVORITY FLOWER ..THE ROSE...LA ROSA

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  • Former Ranchland

    Perhaps one thing that kept Padre Island from development is that this was ranchland for more than 100 years, and once part of the famous King Ranch, the largest in America. The buildings pictured are from an old line camp. Irish imigrant Patrick Dunn was the most prosperous of the ranchers who raised cattle here, and once owned most of the island....

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  • Grasslands Nature Trail

    One of the best ways to explore Padre Island is on foot. This 3/4 mile nature trail offers an easy opportunity, winding through grasslands and dunes. A guide pamphlet is available at the trailhead which describes the flora, fauna and landscape features from several points along the trail. Hiking across the dunes is discouraged. Walking on the beach...

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  • American White Pelicans

    We couldn't help but take a picture of these White Pelicans because it is so unusual for us to see them, especially close enough to take a picture. Their cousins, the Brown Pelicans are fairly common along much of the southeastern Atlantic Coast, but these Whites are normally birds of the West, many spending their summers in the Great Plains and...

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  • At North Padre Island you can...

    At North Padre Island you can go to the beach. You can park there, but you need a permit for the car. You can buy them at wal-mart, HEB...you can also buy the fishing permits there.

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Padre Island Restaurants

  • Best Burger Restaurant in Corpus...

    Padre island Burger company is open 7 days a Week from 11am to 2am. We serve things from Appetizers,Salads,Burger Plates,Not Burger Plates, for Kids (Of All Ages), to Desert, We also have a Live band weekly check the website for details. The Special Thing about coming to Padre island Burger company is to enjoy the live band that plays weekly, also...

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  • Pick up a Chicken Dinner to go

    We stopped in here for an evening meal to take back to our room at the Comfort Suites. I got the chicken salad and my husband got a chicken dinner. We were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. The chicken in my salad was hot AND crispy - the dinner came with green beans, mashed potatoes and a roll. We paid 11.51 total for these meals....

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  • Eat outside on the water at Snoopy's

    This is a great place to experience an evening by the water and enjoy great seafood or burgers.They have a large inside eating area also with a large wood-burning fireplace. Snoopy's is very casual but has great service. We ordered as soon as we walked in at the cash register and walked around while we waited for our food. I got the 6 breaded...

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Padre Island Nightlife

  • The Net Young Adult fellowship

    The Net Young Adult is open to ages 17-30 single and or married we meet every friday night starting @ 8pm we are only two miles from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. I would recommend this group to everyone in the Corpus Christi, South Texas that are between the ages 17-30. For more information about the Net please visit http://www.thenetyoungadults.com...

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  • Bring your own Grill

    Just pull up a lawnchair and enjoy the stars.Beach Dining at its finest! Some fresh fish, fried potatoes & onions and grilled veggies.Oh yea, and a nice beach cocktail. Enjoy!!!! Shirts (optional), Sandles (optional), Shorts (required by the guys anyway).

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Padre Island Transportation

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you come to Padre Island from Corpus Christi, as most folks do, you will drive across Lagune Madre on a modern causeway. But if you come, or return, via Hwy. 361 from the north, as we did, you will get a free ferry ride. This is the only way to cross Aransas Pass, a narrow channel of water between Port Aransas, Mustang Island, and the mainland. Actually there are half a dozen identical ferries running 24/7, each making a trip every 12 minutes, carrying around 20 vehicles per trip, when needed. Ferries make Karen a little nervous. I think they're fun - and especially when they're free, Of course the ferries aren't really free. You pay for them whether you use them or not with your taxes.

    Port Aransas Ferry
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Padre Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't Tent Camp on the Beach!

    While visiting Padre Island National Seashore, I tent camped right on the beach. Being so close to the water and camping on the sand was terrific. Unfortunately, the wind that we encountered was not. After returning from a day excursion to Corpus Christi, we found that the wind had completely decimated out tents, snapping poles and burying our...

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  • This is True Wilderness

    Signs along the Grasslands Nature Trail advise hikers that Diamondback Rattlesnakes can be encountered in the grassy dunes. We would have loved to have seen one, but didn't. Mosquitos can also be a problem, as well as the brilliant South Texas sun. It may be a good idea to bring sunscreen and bug dope. Also, Seashore literature warns of Portuguese...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Padre Island Off The Beaten Path

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated May 5, 2004

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    The paved road on Padre Island National Seashore runs out about 60 miles before the beach does. But no problem; the sand is firm enough that you can drive on the beach. Normal two-wheel-drive vehicles, and even huge motor homes, can usually negotiate the first five miles. After that a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended.

    It's a good idea to be prepared to get yourself out if you get stuck in the sand. We asked a ranger at the visitors center and were told that local garages charge a very high fee to come and get you. He recommended that if we did get stuck (which we didn't) to wait for a local "redneck" with a big-wheeled pick-up to come along and for a few dollars he would, "pull you out faster than you want to go."

    Speed limit on the beach is 15 mph.

    Stephen Beside our Car on the Beach
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Padre Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated May 5, 2004

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    This large but shallow body of water, a part of Laguna Madre, is ideal for wind surfing. Only small watercraft can navigate here. We saw wind surfers stopping and standing to adjust their sails in water just over their knees, hundreds of yards from shore. Winds are usually steady, drawing windsurfing enthusiasts from far and near. Camping is also available on the shore of the basin, so many windsurfers enjoy their sport directly from their campsite.

    Wind Surfer on Bird Island Basin

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Padre Island Favorites

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated May 6, 2004

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    Favorite thing: One of the best things about Padre Island National Seashore is that it is largely undeveloped. Most of the island's 130,454 acres are wilderness. This visitor center is one of the few ammenities available.

    The Malaquite Paqvilion serves as the center of visitor services. There is an information desk, book store and exhibits, picnic tables, an auditorium, two observation decks, restrooms, rinse-off showers, etc. A camp store sells supplies, fishing needs, and a few grocery items. The center is open daily except Jan. 1 and Dec. 25.

    Malaquite Visitor Center
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