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Well-run RV Park. Excellent support team/staff, excellent utility hookups, located literally near/on the sound side, our site has plenty of room for our 43’ ClassA and tow/suv, site trash pickup, community center/bldg with a social calendar of things to do, great pool, satellite friendly, good WiFi, good cellular reception, pet walk with waste bags and trash container, small dog fenced pet park, overall clean and friendly place to park the rig for awhile. You're on South Padre Island here and it feels good!

4 star stay on a 5 star budget

The park was nice, close to the beach, and had pretty low traffic compared to the rest of the island. The roads weren’t great and needed to be resurfaced. I picked a premium site that didn’t happen to be very premium. While the location of the site was perfect, all of the sites around me had concrete pads but mine… (I guess they hadn’t upgraded my site pad yet) the online map was showing a finished park with a boardwalk, showers and restrooms right behind my site (hints: the reason I chose this site) but it was all still under construction and not available for access. Other than those minor issues, it was an okay experience and for the size of the park, it was pretty quiet.

Very laid back atmosphere

Every Friday afternoon they have a jam session.  Coffee and doughnuts every Saturday.  Breakfast every other Monday. Water way with canoes. Game room with pool table. Laundry facilities on site. Large recreational hall. Owners are a joy to work with.

Large County RV and Day Use Park

The park is located on the southern end of South Padre Island. It’s a very popular RV campground with hundreds of sites and multiple loops. This very large site is a little overwhelming in size but offers a number amenities for the RV and camper community. The park has a new outdoor picnic pavilion with the bathrooms, outdoor showers, grills, and a huge picnic table area under a large canopy. They offer parking areas for boats and the camp has ample restroom and shower facilities. The sites have picnic tables, water, and electric. The sandy beach is huge and great for families. They provide lifeguards during the summer months. This park is very crowded on weekends and holidays and reservations for RV sites are highly recommended. Just outside the cafe they have pub but most of the restaurants and other sites are a few miles to the north by car or bike. This is also the dock for ocean site seeing boats. This may be a good choice for RVs looking for long term stays or locals enjoying a day at the beach.

Awesome Beach Camping

This is one of my favorite places to camp in South Texas. Cameron County recently made this into Edwin King Atwood Cameron County Park. The site is just a few miles north of the convention center on the northern end of South Padre Island. They have a controlled gate at the access #5 gate and charge a $10 fee. Before you drive onto the beach they have bathrooms and a picnic facilities at this entrance. You can camp anywhere north of this entrance. We like to camp here in the off-season during the week to avoid the busy periods. We have a 4x4 which can come in handy for the soft sand areas. You can access with a truck or higher clearance passenger vehicle. This is dispersed camping without designated sites. They provide trash barrels but no other amenities. We like this setup and appreciate the freedom of camping at this type of site. You will need to pack everything in to this site and bring your water, food, and toilet. You camp along the beautiful seashore next to tall sand dunes with incredible views up and down the beach. They have been making efforts to pickup trash on the beach which has been an issue in the past. You can drive for miles down the beach which eventually ends at a jetty. Beach drivers should monitor tide levels and check the NOAA tide tables. We have been trapped after dark once with rising tides. The sun and wind can be unforgiving along this beach. So you need to time your visit and have the right equipment to protect against the elements. The Laguna Madre is just to the west. This is great for kayaking, kite surfing, fishing, and bird watching.

Nice Place for Big RVs

KOA do a nice job catering to the RV and family camper community. This location is no exception and is loaded with amenities and a great location as a full service RV resort. This place is nearly full most of the year. So, reservations are a must here. The campground is located on the Laguna Madre side of the island near the bridge leading to South Padre Island. They have a variety of camping option for RVs, campers, tents, and cabins. The site has a great boat dock for those wanting to try their luck at fishing. The ocean is about 1/2 mile walk across a couple of busy roads. The sites have sewer, water, and power for even the largest RVs. They even have spaces to walk your dog and a pet playground. Like many RV resorts, you do not have any privacy and most of the sites are in the direct sun. Tenters and campers without AC will need to time their visit around the hot spring and summer temperatures. The night time temps average around 85 degrees and over 90 in the daytime in the summer. The Pier 19 restaurant is next door. Otherwise, you will need to bike or drive to restaurants.

Seashore Camping

Andy Bowie County Park is one few public camping facilities on South Padre Island. If you love the beach and want some sunshine this may be a good option. The camp has good facilities and caters to camper trailers and RVs. They have bathrooms, showers, and picnic facilities. The park is across the street from a popular bird watching center and sea turtle rescue facility. The park has some beautifully restored sand dunes and the beach is mostly unoccupied during the weekdays. Of note, the camping sites are adjacent to each other with no privacy or shade. The sun on Padre Island can be brutal. So you will need to time you visit or have good AC and cover. The bay across the street is great for fishing and kayaking. On windy days the Laguna Madrid is a popular spot for kite and wild surfing. The campground is next to their large day use area which can get crowded on weekends. I would strongly recommend making a reservation at this site. The park rangers are based at the camp which can be good for safety. Holiday weekends tend to draw large crowds to the island from the Rio Grande Valley. The beach is the highlight here. You can drive your off-road vehicle on the shoreline north of the park. We have been cutoff by tides in the past. So, you should check the NOAA tide tables before going to the end of the shore drive. If you are into bird watching, Padre Island is a great place as well. You see birders visiting from all over the country to catch the seasonal migrations. Great site for the traveling camper or folks who love the beach. The price is high due to demand and location. So this could be an issue for those on a budget.

Beautiful

We have stayed at this park twice and it's been fantastic each time!  The bathrooms and showers are always very clean.  The outdoor pool is a nice size and clean. 

Some of the sites have water views.  

My kiddo loved the playground and the ice cream socials on the weekends.

Beach camping

600 sites but you better book early. This park is being renovated so expect construction. Lots of beach to walk, pavilions, showers and a jetty to fish off of.  Besides the campground, you can also go to the north end of town, access the beach and camp right in the Gulf.

Nice amenities, quiet for off-season

We stayed here a month in April 2019. We originally were going to stay two weeks, but we extended due to the great birding in the area. It was off-season and the park was very quiet. Many times, it felt like we had to place to ourselves. We are not 55+, but according to the office staff they are an 80/20 park so up to 20% of occupants can be less than 55. They do, however, restrict people with kids. Doesn’t hurt to call and ask if you are interested in staying. The park has many amenities, including, mail room, pool, spa, showers, laundry, pickle ball courts, horseshoe courts, and shuffleboard courts.  Many of the occupants are full-time residents or winter-only with permanent structures, but they had numerous sites available for short-time stays. Our site was nice and level and we had full hook-up. The staff was very nice and accommodated our last-minute stay and our change to a monthly visit. This was a great spot for us because we were close to many good birding spots. Estero Llano, South Padre Island, Santa Ana, Hugh Ramsey Park, and Laguna Atascosa NWR are within an hour drive. The park is also close to grocery and other stores. Nearby is everything you need. As I said, the park was quiet, but there is a train nearby that would come through in the early morning sometimes which was annoying. The park was well maintained, but there were some potholes that need to be fixed. They were doing some sewer pipe construction when we were there, so hopefully some of those roads will be patched. The price for a month stay plus electricity was reasonable. It was starting to get a bit warm while we were there, but they do have a nice breeze most of the time, so mosquitoes were not an issue. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and will stay here again.