"Padre Island National Seashore" Padre Island by Stephen-KarenConn

Padre Island Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 78 photos

Running 110 miles along the South Texas Gulf Coast, Padre Island National Seashore contains the largest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. The National Seashore can be easily reached by causeway from Corpus Christi, Texas, 31 miles away.

This is North Padre Island, seperated by the more highly developed South Padre Island by only a few narrow channels. However to reach one from the other (over land) requires a 208 mile, five hour drive.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful wild, open, undeveloped subtropical beach, marsh, and dunes.
  • Cons:Not much shade.
  • In a nutshell:A paradise for nature and wilderness lovers.
  • Last visit to Padre Island: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2005
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  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2005 at 9:29 AM

    This looks like a lovely island for some birdwatching

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2005 at 10:55 AM

    Another excellent page! I am happy such a big strecht of land along the Gulf is preserved in Texas! It is still allowed to drive on the beach though, these Texans just can't imagine life without a car....

  • Jun 23, 2005 at 11:08 AM

    Very helpful page!

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2005 at 6:40 AM

    Very good info about Padre Island! What time of year did you visit? Marcia

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2005 at 9:11 AM

    Another great page, Stephen! Padre Island looks like a great place for a bit of relaxation! Nice pic of the Spoonbill and now I know where those Pelicans came from last September when I was driving around Alberta!! I was shocked to see them so far inland!

  • travelgirl3's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2005 at 11:25 AM

    Hi folks, wonderful Padre Island page. I can't believe you're allowed to camp on the beach, that must be wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Penny

  • mafootje's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2005 at 11:12 AM

    Strange, we have been to a lot of places where snakes live...but i only saw a real live one in Port Monmouth NJ....guess they are more scared by us then we are from them...

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2005 at 6:51 PM

    Love seeing the Pelicans! Great pages you two. Thanks for sharing your adventures!!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2004 at 9:02 PM

    Padre Island, a ranch? Well, I learn something new each day. Wind surfing looks great. Beautiful photographs and a great start. I'll have to return later for more wonderful information.

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