One side is the bay and the other is the ocean, lovely water views everywhere. Some of the beach shelters are pretty cool but everything is still exposed to the weather (heat, sun, wind) and your neighbors. There are a ton of sites at this campground and some are right along the water. Overall it’s nature focused, so plan to spend time here just chilling and relaxing with wildlife.
This spot gets 4 stars based on location, though it does have limited sites. If you prefer your space, book in advance and secure one of the few beach primitive spots where you can pick your tent pitch locale. Great location for sunset/sunrise with fun adventures close by: walk the jetty, ride a horse along the beach, or visit the Sea Turtle Rescue site further down the coast.
My wife and I stayed at Mustang Island back in March. The camp area is off the beach behind a dune, and is just a long strip of sites with a bath house towards the entrance. It was surprisingly windy to be behind a dune, but since it's still the beach, that's somewhat expected.
Spent a week in the developed campsite area of the park in December of 2015. Wonderfully maintained table, grill, and tent area. The showers left something to be desired, but I had never been beach camping - so that might be normal.
Loved that the beach was walking distance from camp, but the sites were guarded by the dunes. Really helped fend off the wind.
One of my favorite places in the park was the recreational area further inland. Beautiful sunset (see picture) and lots of crabs to catch!
I'm not from a coastal area so I don't know if the wind is constant, changing w/season, weather or what BUT, very strong wind while I was there! Very clean and well maintained, staff was informative and helpful. 5$ to get in, plus your site fee. Bring your own shade. There were little gazebo sleds but no guarantee you'll get one. Tent camping was right on the beach, RV camping basically a parking lot….showers under the visitor center.
Nice picnic tables on the beach and well maintained showers, in addition to the cleanliness of the whole beach really made this place stand out. Nothing like the beaches that you'll find elsewhere in Corpus Christi.
What a lovely beach! I had a great time visiting last summer. There's a $5 entrance fee per person for day use. They also offer camping for both RV's ($20/night) and tents ($10/night).
We got there pretty early in the day, and were able to secure one of the little hut/gazebo things for our belongings. If you see one of them available, grab it! It's nice to have a shady spot to retreat to. The beach was very clean, and much less crowded than I was expecting.
There are porta potties and outdoor showers by the beach, and indoor facilities closer to the road.
Being that this is Texas, it's super hot all day and all night long. It's worse when there is no shade to shield you. Although the breeze is great off of the water, shade would be nice. The area is clean, the beach is clean, and it is about what you can expect from a Corpus Christi beach area camp site. Nothing special, just enough.
site: decent space. no shade. little privacy. (recommend primitive/beach area) amenities: clean. not busy. needed maintance. attractions: close to beach. Wildlife. Day trip, but checked out camping.