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Free Camping on Padre Island National Seashore, Texas

Free Camping on Padre Island National Seashore, Texas

Camping directly on the beach has been one of our bucket list items since we began full time RV living. We quickly learned (thanks to Campendium & Free Campsites) that the Texas coast is the place to do it!

Earlier this week we set up camp on Padre Island and the experience has been amazing. Just be sure to have an outdoor mat, broom, or handheld vacuum to keep the sand out of your rig!

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Here’s the breakdown:

Location: Padre Island National Seashore, Texas

GPS27.4774, -97.2742

Date/Temp: We pulled into Padre Island during late February – highs were in the mid 80s and lows were in the 50s. It’s important to know when high tide is everyday; this information is located at the park entrance less than a mile away. Camping on the beach demands flexibility and awareness, being prepared to relocate is necessary. There is a 14 day stay limit at this location.

Amenities: The site we camped at is considered North Beach. At the access road there is a large dumpster. If you drive into the park a few miles, you can dump & fill up water at the entrance of Malequite Campground. There are also free showers at the park headquarters (about 4 miles away).


Wifi/Cell: Cellular Internet connection was fickle during our stay. With our booster we received T-Mobile & AT&T 80% of the time. There was one day when we couldn’t connect at all. However, when connected, we had 4G speeds fast enough to stream.

Noise: It is noisy here, but not because of people. The wind & waves are an ever-present background noise. This was mostly pleasant, but sometimes unnerving. 

Grocery/Errands: Corpus Christi is located about 16 miles away. It’s not a drive we wanted to do each day, but the town does have every type of shopping needed. In fact, it’s the 8th largest city in Texas. This made running errands slightly time consuming, but easy.


Dog Friendly: The beach is very dog friendly if your pup loves the water. The information kiosk has a sign the states “dogs must be kept on a leash”. This wasn’t followed by all, but it was never an issue for us.

Entertainment: The main source of entertainment here is the beach. We enjoyed soaking up the rays and listening to music, but we saw people fishing & riding ATVs as well. There are plenty of dinning options in town if you want a break from the sun.

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Wednesday 15th of March 2017

That's pit not pot

Darren G Brown

Monday 13th of March 2017

We are considering bringing the trailer down and camping on the beach. How much rust are we talking about with a week long stay?

Also can you have camp fires on the beach?

We would be coming from Colorado so rust is not really a problem here.

Thanks Darren


Wednesday 15th of March 2017

Yes, most places. Due to the wind most people dig a pot for the fire.

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