Camping

Orange tent at site adjacent to the beach and blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Padre Island National Seashore boasts two established campgrounds and more than 64 miles open to primitive beach camping.

NPS Photo

All campgrounds are open year-round. No reservations are accepted, as camping is first-come, first-served. Campers, including beach campers, must have a camping permit, which is available from the kiosks at the entrances of each campground.

There are no RV hook-ups anywhere in the park, but an RV dump station and a water filling station are available for all campers staying in the park.

Check out time for Malaquite Campground and Bird Island Basin is 12:00 noon.

No ice, food, firewood, or fishing licenses are sold in the park, and the park does not have a gas station. The nearest amenities from the park entrance station are about 12 miles away, so please come prepared. The park also does not have a post office or sell stamps, and cannot mail items for visitors.

Camping is permitted only in the five camping areas available for public use. Please see the individual campground descriptions below for more details.

Malaquite Campground

Bird Island Basin Campground

North Beach

South Beach

Yarborough Pass

Last updated: August 28, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480

Phone:

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

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