The Longest Stretch of Undeveloped Barrier Island in The World

Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world.  The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life.  It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for 380 bird species.  It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.


Malaquite Beach webcam

See current conditions at Malaquite Beach

Check out current conditions or just "escape" to Malaquite Beach with our webcam. Refresh the page each minute for an updated image.

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Birds of Padre Island National Seashore

Over 380 species of birds inhabit Padre Island National Seashore at different times during the year.

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Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Program

Protecting Sea Turtles

The Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Program is part of a global effort to help recover populations of threatened and endangered sea turtles.

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History & Culture

Padre Island National Seashore has remained an undeveloped wilderness. Visiting the park is very much like traveling back into the past.

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Nature & Science

Nature & Science

The National Seashore provides important habitat for marine and terrestrial plants and animals, including rare, threatened, and endangered species.

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For Teachers

The National Seashore's Environmental Education program is designed to introduce students to Padre Island's natural environment.

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Social Media

Many people stay connected to Padre Island National Seashore through social media like Facebook. Are you one of them? We want to connect with you.

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