Planning Your RV Trip to Padre Island National Seashore

If a walk on the beach sounds like heaven right now, an RV trip to Padre Island National Seashore is in order. Located on the Gulf of Mexico at Corpus Christi, Texas, Padre Island is, according to the National Park Service website, “the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world.” Sounds like a great place to get away, doesn’t it?

Before we continue, we should clarify that the National Seashore is on North Padre Island, not to be confused with the famous attractions of South Padre Island (think “Spring Break”), three hours to the south. The National Seashore attracts visitors year-round for very different reasons.

Some come for pristine Gulf of Mexico beaches, others come for the sea kayaking or windsurfing for which the island is famous. Another big reason RVers come to the National Seashore is that it’s home to five campgrounds offering a variety of outdoor experiences.

You can choose, for example, to camp right on the Gulf at Bird Island Basin and enjoy some of the best windsurfing waters in the US. Or camp at Malaquite Campground for easy access to Gulf fishing. We’ve heard great fish stories from RV campers who’ve come back from the Gulf!

Other campers come to the National Seashore hoping to observe and photograph the almost four hundred species of birds that migrate through the area. And speaking of wildlife, Padre Island is one of the few places you can go to watch the release of rare Kemps ridley sea turtle hatchlings by Park personnel.

Mix in the chance to simply wander the dunes and relax, and North Padre Island can be paradise to RV travelers hoping for peaceful surroundings.

So why not plan an RV trip to the Gulf and the treasures of Padre Island National Seashore? The camping is “no hookups” but many campgrounds are right among the dunes, an experience you can’t find just anywhere. To make the trip, head south on I-37 from San Antonio to Corpus Christi. Continue to North Padre Island, where the National Seashore is located, via the JFK Causeway. We’re confident this unique RV camping experience will be the first of many trips to the Texas coast.

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