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Old 11-21-2006, 10:35 AM   #1
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Update - boondocking on Padre Island National Seashore

A couple of months ago, I posted the attached question about boondocking on South Padre National Seashore (SPNS): http://www.airforums.com/forums/f386/boondocking-padre-island-anyone-26158.html

The responses gave us lots of very helpful information, which we appreciate (as always). It deserves an update.

We went this past weekend (Saturday-Monday Nov 18-20). Its about 5 hours from our home in Houston.

The executive summary is that SPNS provides 5 miles of uncrowded beach boondocking accessible by almost any vehicle, provided the driver is moderately careful.

Admittedly, I'm only speaking about when we were there. I understand that the driving conditions vary. However, you can get a report by calling the ranger station. We did not need 4WD, but I personally wouldn't go there without it, as trouble lurks! But hey, this is Texas! There's nothing a good-ol-boy likes more than justifying his monster 4WD truck by pulling somebody out of a tight spot! And they drive by every 15 minutes!

There is a paved RV parking site at the entrance. No electric, but there is fresh water and a dump station at the entrance. Kind of cramped, however, for those of us who dislike those 'line-'em-up-close' campsites.

After you get onto the beach, there are five miles of good driving beach where you can boondock. After that they recommend ONLY 4WD vehicles, and even those can get in trouble. We didn't go that far... only about 1 mile down. I think the fishermen go into the 4WD area.

At this time of year, the weather was fabulous (70 degrees, but windy) and the beach was pretty deserted - especially Sunday afternoon and Monday (see pics). The water was cool, but you could wade comfortably. We know from experience how hot it can get in the summer, and I suspect during more crowded periods you won't get 1/4 mile (yes, quarter-mile) spacing between campers.

I would offer the following positive comments.

1. Beautiful blue/green water with small waves most of the time.
2. Lots of surf fishing (based on the number of vehicles we saw with huge surf casting poles)
3. Attractive sand dunes (if you're into that)
4. LOTS OF SOLITUDE!
5. Interesting birdlife - lots of giant blue herons, hawks, and numerous seabirds
6. Relatively clean beaches (according to the brochure, 98% of the 'trash' washes up from the gulf.)
7. Bonfires are allowed.

Some negatives:
1. Driving is allowed on the beach - good thing, or we couldn't get there. However, you can see from the pics that the 'roadway' comes pretty close to the edge where you camp.
2. Not all drivers observe the 15 MPH speed limit.
3. There's no "quiet time". Vehicles can (and do) come by at all hours. Early morning fishermen start rolling through at 6am.
4. There's still a lot of trash, even if campers didn't bring it.

Recommendation: if you have a generator and are in the vicinity, DON'T MISS IT!

P.S.: there's a small town before you turn off to head to the beach. They have a drive-thru manual carwash. We sprayed everything down with fresh water as soon as we got off the beach.
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Old 11-21-2006, 11:31 AM   #2
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Now that has to go on the list of great places....
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Old 11-21-2006, 12:28 PM   #3
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It looks to me like a very tough place to go camping what with the beautiful scenery, decent weather, great water access, solitude when you want it - that may be just too much and I'd have trouble leaving. Thanks for sharing your thoughts - this would be a great place to try out next year this time. And given we've had record rain on the west coast for what seems like forever (a month can seem that long when it's raining hard most days and high winds) the urge to hook up right now and head that way is even stronger.

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I was there two years ago. I stayed a few weeks and loved it.

The water came up pretty close to the trailer a few times though.

How about the coyotes? They chewed the top of my big cooler and even stole a flip flop I had left by the door!

There are some photos in my sig.
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Coyote tracks

We did see some tracks one morning, but we knew about them and were careful not to leave anything where they might get to it.
Definitely a consideration.
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I was born and raised in Corpus Christi so I spent much of my first 16 years at Padre Island swimming, surf and pier fishing, collecting sea shells, eating sand-laced hotdogs and just soaking up the rays. Those pictures bring back fond memories of the entire Padre Island National Seashore area. I go back home to see my sister and mother every Thanksgiving. I even drove along the beach 3 years ago when I visited. It sure is something everyone should do. In some areas developers want to stop driving on the beaches and in turn they will widen development. This has been fought successfully so far because Padre is one of the very few beaches in the US allowing you to still drive on it.
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Wow, that looks great.....any problems in the sand?
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:35 AM   #8
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Great pix and info. Page and I are planning a trip to Big Bend this spring, and this would be a great waystation. Karma coming your way.

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Parking in the sand

Hi Silvertwinkie,
just noticed your question on this thread about parking in the sand at Padre Island.

I noticed that a lot of people who didn't have 4x4 parked perpendicular to the dunes (backed in). The sand was harder the closer you got to the water (softer toward the dunes). That way their TV was on solid-packed sand (and also tended to force drivers further away from the trailer) even if the trailer wheels were on softer sand.

We had 4x4, and wanted to be as far away from the 'road' as we could be, so we parked as shown in the pics (parallel to the beach).

One last comment - 2 months later, and I'm still finding sand in some of our equipment. It was windy when we were there, and that stuff gets into EVERYTHING!

Not sure if that answers your question. Bottom line for Padre Island is that we're trying to schedule time to go back ASAP.
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The wife and I want to go to the Corpus Christi area for a getaway an would like some suggestions. appreciete the help.
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Old 04-14-2007, 09:59 PM   #11
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Mr. R is bugging me-

Gee, I want to go to the beach! Is there any current info about san padre island in corpus cristi. Yea,Yea, I know Texas is a whole other country, but don't wanna go to mexico, secret agent man would have to ask to go and we would all need a passport-So Texas it is-Tamara
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Gee, I want to go to the beach! Is there any current info about san padre island in corpus cristi. Yea,Yea, I know Texas is a whole other country, but don't wanna go to mexico, secret agent man would have to ask to go and we would all need a passport-So Texas it is-Tamara
This thread might help some, particularly the TX. Park link:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f386...xas-21700.html
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We spent two months at Corpus this past Winter and several times we ventured over to North Padre and it was the same scene. Drove some 5/6 miles (sans a trailer)along the beach There was spots to camp anywhere along the beach. I'm glad we had 4 wheel, as you say away from the beach it gets REAL soft. If you can't make it to S.Padre, I'd suggest you stop by N. Padre. Lots to see in Corpus.
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The wife and I want to go to the Corpus Christi area for a getaway an would like some suggestions. appreciete the help.
While in Corpus Christi you might want to visit the aquarium as well as the aircraft carrier USS Lexington. They provide tours of the carrier and it is pretty neat.
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Corpus and area is a nice visit. In addition to the beach, there is the aquarium, Lady Lex, and a good museum in Corpus. Water Street Bar and Grill is a good seafood place. A day trip to Kingsville, to visit the famous King Ranch, and the King Ranch museum is a good trip. For oustanding fried shrimp go to Kings Inn, tt is on Baffin bay in Riviera, TX. It has been in business for 64 years. Order the Bombay salad, very unique.
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Corpus and area is a nice visit. In addition to the beach, there is the aquarium, Lady Lex, and a good museum in Corpus. Water Street Bar and Grill is a good seafood place. A day trip to Kingsville, to visit the famous King Ranch, and the King Ranch museum is a good trip. For oustanding fried shrimp go to Kings Inn, tt is on Baffin bay in Riviera, TX. It has been in business for 64 years. Order the Bombay salad, very unique.
I forgot about the Water St. Bar and Grill. How could I forget that! I just got off the phone with my sister who has worked for the CCPD for 27 years. We talked about Padre and she reminded me that when you go past Bob Hall Pier (destroyed several times by hurricanes) you are headed South toward Little Shell and Big Shell. As mentioned earlier, you can only go so far without a 4X4. Going North toward Port Aransas there are 3 RV parks that direction if you choose to stay in one of them. I don't know the names but they should be in some of the RV directories like Woodalls or Trailer Life.
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good food in South Padre

We were there over Christmas with the kids. Don't miss the food at Dirty Al's in South Padre. It's a cafeteria style place and almost everything is about $6.99 and really really good. Fish tacos, stuffed crab, shrimp kabobs...yummmmmm
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We just moved to CC from Dallas. Yes, the wind here is impressive. Dallas is windier than Chicago . . but CC is a whole nother category of wind. 30 mph constant with gusts some days to 50 mph and better. Sand gets into everything at the beach, take that for granted. The climate is great for spring and fall camping (the past few weeks has been 68-72F at night, and 75-85F during the day.

There are a few nice RV parks in CC, more on Mustang Island, and the Rockport/Fulton Beach area is overrun with them. The winter Texans, we are told, wander down here in dribs and drabs all fall and early winter. Then they all leave within three days of each other at April 1st.

The aforementioned Kings Inn at Loyola Beach is truly great (but an hours drive from CC to just barely south of Kingsville. Fun (and good) places to eat near the Island include Snoopy's (sit on the deck overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway); Del Playa (several locations); the restaurants mentioned above; and the best restaurant in town -- the Yardarm -- on Ocean Drive, easily the prettiest urban drive in Texas (all along the bayfront).

In Rockport, Charlotte Plummers for dinner.

There are a couple of RV dealers and supply houses (note Padre Island Supply for general purposes of hardware, close to CC RV), and a few more in Rockport. Diesel is readily available (we have several refineries here) and fuel prices are sometimes the nations lowest.

The beach is beautiful on the barrier island, it changes constantly. Yes, trash may wash in from all over the Gulf and sometimes sargassum weed is thick, but you won't ever forget the trip . . you'll just want to kick your parents for not having moved you here to enjoy your teenage years in such a place.

Incredible numbers of different shore birds.

Many types of fishing (beach surf, pier, wading (bays, inlets), kayak, big party general charter, guided, etc.

Many places for birding (over 400 species annually on the migration flyway; just saw first hummingbird today), and the road to the tropical Rio Grande Valley and border (we are sub-humid/sub-tropical here) is 140 miles; San Antonio is 150 miles; Houston and Austin about 200.

As you run Texas 358 (South Padre Island Drive) from Interstate 37, exit in Flour Bluff onto Waldron Road just before the JFK Causeway (takes you over the ICW to the island) and turn right for an enormous locally-owned grocery store -- H.E.B -- the size of a Walmart. I have manuevered my 63' rig in and out of here plenty of times. Excellent selection of foods (no groceries on Island beyond convenience stores); GREAT selection of Texas made sausage and favorite Texas cuts of meat.
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Rednax- Is there any place you can camp and ride our atvs?
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Rednax - That is a fine write-up. We've stayed at a couple of nice RV parks on Mustang Island, and never miss eating at Shells restaurant in Port Aransas - a little modest place, but the most incredible seafood we've had since we lived on the Virginia coast.

Yep, Greater Corpus' driving-on-the-beach situation can be pretty dodgy. That and wading around the great clumps of Sargasso weed you noted - we though a cargo ship carrying yellow electrical cable had beached somewhere!
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