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 66 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.

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Visiting the Park During COVID-19

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

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Beach and Weather Conditions

Planning on visiting the island? Find information on beach and weather conditions.

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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!

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Fees and Passes

Information about park entrance fee, passes, and other fees within the park.

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

Newly hatched Kemp's ridley sea turtles head into the Gulf of Mexico.

Sea Turtle Releases

Learn about hatchling releases!

Last updated: April 15, 2022

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Contact Info

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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