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.

A rainbow umbrella lies open on the beach next to a chair with the waves and blue sky in front.

Visiting the Park During COVID-19

Find out what's open, how to have a safe visit during the pandemic, and what to expect.

A turtle hatchling crawls across the wet sand.

Sea Turtle Program Review

Read the June 2020 Sea Turtle Program review and National Park Service statement.

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!

Photo from the webcam of the beach and waves with vegetated dunes in the foreground on a sunny day.

Beach Conditions

Get information about weather at the park and view current surf and beach conditions at the seashore with the Malaquite Beach webcam.

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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

We are currently suspending public hatchling releases for the 2020 season. Check our social media pages to see a virtual release.

Last updated: July 23, 2020

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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