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.

Who was here before us?

History and Culture

Visiting the vast beaches, dunes and coastal prairies of Padre Island National Seashore can be like traveling back in time.

Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Program

Protecting Sea Turtles

Padre Island National Seashore is a part of the global effort to help recover populations of threatened and endangered sea turtles.

A smiling Junior Ranger at Padre Island National Seashore

Become a Junior Ranger!

Explore, learn, protect! Discover how you can be a Junior Ranger at Padre Island National Seashore!

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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