Fee: Park entrance fee required as well as a free camping permit available at the park entrance station or the self-registration kiosk at the entrance to South Beach.
Description: South Beach is the shoreline that runs along the Gulf of Mexico from the south end of Closed Beach to the Mansfield Channel, about 60 miles in total length. Mile markers are placed every five miles on the beach. All camping in this area is primitive and open to RV and tent camping.
There are no paved roads or amenities and all driving is on the beach. Cell reception is often non-existent or very spotty. Check the weather or call the Visitor Center at 361-949-8068 before driving down island to check on beach conditions. A high-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle is needed to reach most of South Beach. All beach driving is at your own risk so please be prepared! Click on the following link to learn some good tips for driving driving down island.
Amenities: At the entrance of South Beach, there is a chemical toilet and a large dumpster. Flush toilets and cold-water rinse showers are available at the Malaquite Visitor Center, which are open every day and are only closed from 7:00-9:00 a.m. for cleaning. No 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.
Last updated: February 26, 2023