Plan Your Visit
Thank you for choosing to visit Padre Island National Seashore. Here you can get away from every day life, relax, and get back to nature.
To help improve your stay by planning your visit, follow the links in the menu on the left. You can find out what you need to consider when traveling to the National Seashore and what you might like to do or experience during your visit.
If you would like to have a wedding at the park, scatter the remains of your love one, have a reunion, or hold a special event, you must obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP). Follow this link to learn more and apply.
All camping areas are open year-round. No reservations are accepted. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers must have a camping permit, which is available from the self-registration kiosks at the entrance of each camping area. Ask the campground hosts at Malaquite Campground and Bird Island Basin camping area for assistance if needed.
There are no public RV hook-ups anywhere in the park, but an RV dump station and a water filling station are available for all campers staying in the park.
Check out time for Malaquite and Bird Island Basin is 12:00 noon.
Camping is permitted only in the five camping areas listed below. Please click the link for the individual camping area for more details.
Did You Know?
Kemp's ridley sea turtles are both the smallest and the most endangered sea turtles in the world. Padre Island National Seashore is one of only a few places in the world where Kemp's ridley sea turtles come to nest. More...