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 over 380 bird species.  It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.

Beach evening primrose is illuminated by the setting sun with the waves of the Gulf behind.

Plan Your Visit

Information about weather, road status, operating hours, directions, and more.

Things to See and Do

Things to See and Do

Kayak the Laguna Madre. Attend a ranger program. Watch a sea turtle hatchling release. Do this and more at the seashore!

Malaquite Beach Webcam

Beach Conditions

View current surf and beach conditions at the seashore with the Malaquite Beach webcam. Refresh rate is every 30 seconds.

a green tent rests on the beach with the Gulf in the background


Solitude, warm nights, sea breezes, and dark skies are some of the features which make camping at the seashore unforgettable.

Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Program

Sea Turtle Releases

Would you like to watch newly hatched sea turtles get released into the wild? Find information and tips to improve your chances here.

Last updated: July 25, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480


(361) 949-8068
This is the primary phone number for the Malaquite Visitor Center at Padre Island National Seashore.

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