Your Guide to Camping on South Padre Island
Camping on the beach is a breeze on South Padre Island. There’s nothing better than falling asleep with the calming sound of waves lapping against the shore. There are plenty of camping sites to choose from all near soft white beaches, perfect for pitching a tent and enjoying an evening under the stars.
But where can you camp? Here is a list of the best camping grounds and everything you need to know about them for your next island adventure.
South Padre Island KOA
KOA is open year-round and has accommodations for the biggest of RV’s all the way down to spots on the bay to pitch a tent. You don’t have to feel like you’re roughing it, the camping grounds have plenty of amenities including power outlets, Wi-Fi, cable TV, a pool open year-round, a hot-tub and sauna, propane and a fishing area. Even your furry friends are welcome, there is a dog park on the camp grounds.
Along with spots for RVs, trailers and tents, there are small cabins available for rental. What truly makes KOA stand out however is the activities that the camp grounds facilitate. Winter months are particularly popular at the grounds, you can enjoy sunset socials, live music, and themed parties. As a special treat on Thanksgiving and Christmas, the camp grounds throw a free feast with turkey, ham, potatoes and gravy and guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share.
Isla Blanca Park
Isla Blanca offers beachfront facilities that provide easy access to the beach. There are tent sites and full and partial RV hookups. The grounds have 2 large beach front pavilions complete with food and beach rental concessions.
The views from here are absolutely beautiful however the beach can get crowded in the summer months. Visit in the fall or during the week for less crowds. The grounds have walking trails and a boat ramp. It’s also not uncommon to see dolphins playing in the surf and sea turtles swimming close to the beach.
Andy Bowie Park
This park is further north than the other 2 parks and has access to shallow waters off the beach. There are full RV hook up sites and tent sites as well as amenities. The crowds tend to be a little thinner at this beach, especially in the fall but this site also has fewer amenities than the other 2 options.
Andy Bowie Park has everything you need for an enjoyable trip including: access to the beach, picnic and BBQ pavilions, beach rental concessions and a fishing area. This park is great for travelers looking for peace and tranquility.
Whether you like to be close to nature in a tent or in a fully stocked cabin, South Padre Island has everything you need for a fun-filled camping experience.