On the Beach

  • Two shells and a sea bean laying in the sand.


    The collection of shells and sea beans is allowed within the park as long as the animal is no longer living.

  • A blue jeep pulling small, red trailer is parked on the beach with the dunes behind.

    Beach Driving

    Explore some of the more remote areas of the park by driving down the beach. 4WD is recommended if travelling further than 5 miles.

  • Looking down beach with the ocean on the left and the dunes on the right.

    Bicycle Riding

    Take your bike onto the beach for a nice ride beside the waves.

  • Dozens of sea turtle hatchlings make their way across the beach to the waves.

    Hatchling Releases

    Several public hatchling releases happen each summer.

  • A man stands at one of several fishing poles stuck in the sand near the water on an overcast day.


    Fishing is a great way to enjoy the park whether you're doing it from the beach or laguna or out on a boat.

  • Looking out into the clear waves of the ocean with a blue sky above.


    The Gulf of Mexico is a great place to go for a swim. Remember, there are no lifeguards on duty.

  • A crested caracara stands on sandy ground with tall grass and looks off camera to the right


    Padre Island National Seashore is an important area for migratory birds. Over 380 different species of birds have been seen within the park.

  • White tent on the beach with vegetated dunes behind and a cloudy-blue sky above.


    Learn more about the park's two campgrounds as well as primitive camping on the beach.

  • A shaded area with multiple picnic tables.

    Picnic in the Park

    There are picnic tables available just outside the visitor center as well as a picnic shelter pavilion at the north end of the parking lot.

Last updated: May 16, 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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