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Free Camping on Magnolia Beach, Texas

Free Camping on Magnolia Beach, Texas

We had an amazing time boondocking on Padre Island, but it was the most intense camping we’ve ever done. The wind, sand, sun and salt did a number on us and the rig. As we ventured further north on the Texas coast, we were hoping to find a more peaceful version of beach boondocking.

Magnolia Beach was just what we were looking for. The ground was more solid, the tides were less extreme, and the amenities rocked, too!

While changing tides should always be observed, the tides at Magnolia Beach were much less threatening than the tides at Padre Island.

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Here’s the breakdown:

Location: Magnolia Beach, Texas

GPS28.5599, -96.537

Date/Temp: We pulled into Magnolia Beach during early March, just as a cold-front was moving through. The days were in the mid 70s with heavy wind and the evenings were a mild 50.


Amenities: While this site offers no hook-ups, they do have a great bathroom & shower facility. They are cleaned daily and well respected by fellow campers. We’ve yet to see a water spigot, but haven’t looked too hard. If you need to dump or fill your tanks, there are a few RV parks in a one mile radius. The site also offers many trash cans for easy disposal.

Wifi/Cell: Cellular Internet connection was pretty good here. Our AT&T had fast 4G connection throughout our stay; T-Mobile had fast 4G as well, but only a 70% uptime. During the evenings the service would drop out.

Noise: This is definitely peaceful beach camping with enough space to spread out and have some privacy. The sound of the waves is much more calming here than on Padre Island. However, the wind has been intense throughout our stay.


Grocery/Errands: Port Lavaca is the nearest town with shopping. There is a nice HEB and a Walmart. The town also has a few parts-shops and gas stations. We’d recommend coming stocked up with supplies, or shopping at the HEB. 

Dog Friendly: The beach is very dog friendly if your pup loves the water. We didn’t see any signage regarding leash rules and saw a 50/50 split of leashed & unleashed dogs. 

Entertainment: The main source of entertainment here is the beach. Many of the campers enjoyed the days fishing. We also saw kayakers and bird-watchers. If you like to chill, this is a great stop.

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Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Is it only for RVs? I would love to pitch a tent there would that be ok?

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Thursday 3rd of August 2017

Do you happen to know what time they lock the showers? We went around 8:30pm and they were locked.


Monday 15th of May 2017

Spent a week at Magnolia Beach and only one day was bad due to a storm system (hit at 12:30 am) that passed causing the waves to cause concern being so close to the water. Our RV was about 25 feet from the shore and the waves crashing from the storm caused water to run under our RV (no damage done). We couldn't move because a family had parked their popup close to our trailer and I wouldn't have been able to hookup to move if I wanted to. Other than that, it was a great time. Went to see Indianola, the De La Salle monument and the Camel Experiment display and in Port Lavaca there is plaque commemorating the shelling of the Port by Union gunboats.. Another side trip was to Port O'Connor where you could see some magnificent homes. While on the other side of the Bay, we visited Olivia, another quiet location. We saw tanker ships coming and going, small sailboats as well as plenty of bird life.

Port Lavaca provided all the necessary supplies we needed including fresh seafood at a couple of places. Propane was cheap at the Ace hardware store. A small convenience store is available at Magnolia Beach. If you want to dump your tanks, Lighthouse Beach RV Park has a dump station ($10).

I will be back, but not on the weekends. It gets crowded.

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