Padre Island National Seashore

shore on Padre Island

Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world. The park protects 66 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for over 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554. Time your trips over the summer to watch a turtle hatchling release, keep up to date when they are happening on the park’s website and Facebook. Beach Amenities: Entry Fee Camping/RV Parking Showers/Restrooms.