Padre Island National Seashore

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Padre Island National Seashore information

Location
Padre Island National Seashore , USA
Address
Park Rd 22
More information
www.nps.gov/pais
Prices
7-day pass per car $10
Opening hours
visitor center 9am-5pm
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The 60 southern miles of 'North' Padre Island that lie outside Corpus Christi city limits are all a protected part of the Padre Island National Seashore . Endangered Kemp Ridley sea turtles nest in the park and are closely protected. If you're visiting in late summer, you might be able to take part in a turtle release.

The constant wind not only creates and moves dunes, it also attracts kite- and windsurfers to the inland-side Bird Island Basin area. Four-wheel drive is necessary to see the extent of the park, but if you hike even a short distance from the visitor center you'll be free of the crowds. Camping is available at the semi-developed Malaquite campground ($8), or go primitive – beach camping is free with a permit.