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Camping in Corpus Christi: 3 Hot Spots

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

Who doesn’t love camping at the beach? Corpus Christi offers three pristine locales for camping. Each will keep you and your family close to the beach—Corpus Christi’s best natural feature—as you get away from the hassle of your day-to-day routine. Let’s take a look at the best places for your family camp right next to the beach:

1. Padre Island National Seashore

Malaquite park

This Corpus Christi staple features multiple locations for camping, including the Malaquite Campsite, Bird Island Basin, North Beach, South Beach and Yarborough Pass.

If you head out to Padre Island National Seashore, keep your fingers crossed; it’s first-come, first-served, so no reservations are accepted along this beautiful coastline. To be safe, call (361) 949-8068 before you leave to ensure there’s space available. You’ll also need to come prepared with your own ice, firewood, fishing licenses, and gas. These aren’t sold on Padre Island!

Padre Island National Seashore holds 54 paved sites with water and electricity, allowing your family the comforts of home while still keeping the ocean’s blue waves in plain sight. If you prefer to “rough it,” that’s fine, too! The park also offers spaces without RV hookups, and there are common water filling stations where you can take what you need.

2. Mustang Island State Park

Mustang Island Bon Fire

This gorgeous coastal park offers 48 sites about ⅓ mile from the ocean with water and electricity, as well as 50 “primitive” sites right on the sandy beach, making it the perfect place for all-day sandcastles and surfing. If you plan on being one with nature, make sure you’re driving a 4x4, as the sand can make it difficult to reach the primitive sites.

Your amenities will change depending on where you’re camping. Farther inland, at the water-electric campsites, you’ll enjoy picnic tables, outdoor grills, shade shelters and nearby restrooms and showers. Along the beach, you’ll have water, cold-rinse showers, and portable toilets. If you decide to stay on the beach, make sure you have plenty of shade and sunscreen.

If you decide Mustang Island State Park is the right fit for you, call the park at  1-800-792-1112 for the most up-to-date pricing information. If you want to stay on the beach, you’ll definitely want to call. The primitive sites are occasionally closed due to weather conditions.

3. Padre Balli County Park

This park has everything your family needs for fun and comfort! Open year-round, Padre Balli boasts a 1,240-foot fishing pier with bait and tackle for purchase or rent as well as a restaurant in case you want to take a break from the outdoors.

The park features 54 paved sites with water and electric hookups for RVs and trailers. Rather sleep in a tent? There’s a large area available for tents with centrally-located water and electric hookups to keep you and your gear running throughout the day. 3 ADA-accessible sites are open for families who need them.

Public restrooms are available to all guests, as are pay-per-use hot showers for a relaxing cleanse when you’re done at the beach.

Camping in Corpus Christi is a fun, relaxing way to spend time with the people you love the most. So come down and enjoy a few days soaking up the sun as you revitalize in the best places nature has to offer.


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