Padre Island National Seashore
Padre Island National Seashore information
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.