The Longest Stretch of Undeveloped Barrier Island in the World
Padre Island National Seashore is a barrier island separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre. 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.
There's so many ways to enjoy the beach and you can do them all on a visit to Padre Island National Seashore. Recreational activities include beachcombing, fishing, camping, boating, windsurfing, canoeing or kayaking, and more. You can even explore the area with a 4-wheel drive vehicle! One of the more popular and unique activities is watching a hatchling release of Kemp's ridley sea turtle from their nests. Releases typically happen in the summer months from mid-June through August. Padre Island National Seashore is also an important area for migratory birds. Over 380 different species of birds have been seen within the park.