North Padre Island Beaches

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5/5 (3 reviews)
Corpus Christi, Texas (Nueces / Kleberg County)
Last Updated: 07/12/2021
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North Padre Island is uniquely positioned to provide travelers a beach experience ranging from the most civilized to the most remote beach experience in Texas. Whitecap Beach along the northern end of North Padre Island is easily accessible and provides all the amenities worthy of a beach near a metro area. Transitioning quickly, however, the beaches along North Padre Island transition quickly to the primitive and remote beaches associated with Padre Island National Seashore. Of particular note in this transition is North Beach – that section between Whitecap Beach and the national park that offers a unique blend or remote access near a metro area. Soft roaders looking to dip their feet into the more remote aspects of off-roading may well wish to experience these sections of Texas beaches to determine if they wish to dig deeper into the wonderful world of off-roading.

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5/5 (3)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/20/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail. I combined it with Padre Island National Seashore on my way to and from Corpus Cristi. This is a great way to test your comfort driving on sand before headed to North Padre.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/01/2022

New years day 2022. 87 degrees.
Trail Review: North Padre Island Beaches - Lon
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/03/2021

The third of 3 beaches we visited over the 4th of July weekend, we had to again laugh when we cam across those on horseback along the beach. (Only in Texas!) Being more of the off-road/overland type, we appreciated the transition to the more remote sections of the beach. (We had visited Padre Island National Seashore prior, but wanted to explore this area for the first time.) I have to admit... I've a new appreciation for North Beach... something tells me I'll be back when I just want to get away, but don't want to bother with the 60 miles one-way associated with the national park.l
Trail Review: North Padre Island Beaches - John-Paul Clark

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