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- 0 0Published on Nov 15, 2016
Hit the Beach this winter: RVing on Padre Island
There’s something to be said about the beauty of Padre Island. It’s the longest barrier island in Texas and the second longest island in the United States. With white sandy beaches and lots of warm sunshine, thousands of tourists flock to the island every year. Padre Island is divided into two separate areas by the Port Mansfield Channel; North Padre Island and South Padre Island, and has two wildlife refuges made to protect the best parts of nature that inhabit it; South Padre Island National Seashore and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. At over 113 miles long, there is much to see and do on Padre Island, including camping and RVing.
RVing on the Island is only permitted in the designated campground areas because of the protective barriers of the wildlife refuges throughout. Both Malaquite Campground and Bird Island Basin Campground on the Padre Island National Seashore have RV hookups and dump stations but the Malaquite campground is more for those looking to spend their time becoming one with nature. There are 48 semi-primitive sites with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. Each site on the gulf provides shade structures so campers can have a slight reprieve from the hot sun during the summer months. There are also grills at each campsite for your cooking convenience. You can reserve a site at the Malaquite Campground for $8 per night.
Bird Island Basin Campground is located on the Laguna Madre side of South Padre Island National Seashore. This campsite offers visitors more recreational opportunities. Watersport companies offer windsurfing, kayaking, boating, fishing and birding. There is also a boat ramp for visitors to launch their own vessels into the bay and enjoy the beautiful waters of the gulf. Camping is available by tent or RV for $5 per day. Dogs and horses are allowed at Bird Island so bring your four legged companions along and enjoy all the island has to offer.
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