Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore protects the world’s longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island, it is 70 miles of sandy beaches and tidal flats.


There are over 380 species of birds that have been recorded here and it is one of the nesting locations for the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.

We camped at Malaquite campground in the Padre Island National Seashore.  The campground is beach front and absolutely wonderful, but it is 1st come, 1st serve and you are competing with a lot of the “regulars”  who camp for 14 days then leave for 48 hrs then return.  There are no hook ups but the water fill and dump station are at the entrance to the park.

Padre Island Malaquite campsite
View from Malaquite campsite # 19
Padre Island Malaquite campground
View of Malaquite campground from the beach

Ryan, Kimi and the boys flew out and stayed with us!  The boys were even sworn in as Padre Island Junior Rangers 🙂DSCN4336

We walked on the beach everyday and really enjoyed seeing all the birds and sea life.


We saw so many pelicans migrating!

It was amazing seeing these huge birds in formation!

One day we walked for 2 hours one way and realized we had to walk back😜


We met some really nice people,  we will always remember Bob the fisherman, he had so many interesting stories to share.  He even shared some of his fishing secrets!


We drove to Port Aransas and watched the ferries shuttle people to Mustang Island, the ferry is free and runs 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  (I wish we had that service in Washington State😊)


We also visited the Corpus Christi waterfront.

Corpus Christi waterfront
Corpus Christi waterfront
USS Lexington
USS Lexington, Corpus Christi

We were on Padre Island in February and the weather was fantastic!  Padre Island is a national treasure, a beautiful coastal wilderness!  Seeing the sunrise over the Gulf was renewing.


San Antonio to Padre Island – 170 miles

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