PARKS & BEACHES SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
ISLA BLANCA PARK
Isla Blanca Park is on the southernmost tip of South Padre Island, is the crown jewel of the system. Over one mile of clean, white beach along the Gulf of Mexico offers abundant waterfront recreational facilities, and our beachfront facilities make the clear gulf waters accessible to all. Enjoy our picnic and playground areas, the south fishing jetty, restaurants and clubs, Sea Ranch Marina, U.T. Pan American Coastal Studies Laboratory exhibits, and the Chapel By The Sea non-denominational church. There is also a full service marina with daily charters, the world renowned Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark South Padre Island, and a boat ramp. Support facilities include a laundry and retail shops. New webcams with live views of the beach. With nearly 600 R.V. spaces, we are not only one of the biggest parks in Texas, but also the best! Popular jetty fishing and surfing area. Entry $4 per vehicle before 5pm, $2 after 5pm.
ANDY BOWIE PARK
Andy Bowie Park is at the northern end of the South Padre Island town limits. Travel north on Park Road 100 to the South Padre Island Convention Center. Next to the convention center is the popular Laguna Madre Nature Trail, a must for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. Across the road from the convention center are the parks day use facilities. Completed in early 1994, these include two beachfront picnic pavilions, umbrella and boogie-board rentals, concessions, a unique childrens playground, shower facilities and a ranger station. Ask the Andy Bowie manager about group rental facilities for private beach parties. Further north in the park you will find horseback riding and a beachfront access road which opens up twenty miles of drive on the beach for the more adventurous. On the bay side of the park, youll find popular spots for windsurfing and wade fishing. Entry $4 per vehicle.
EDWIN K. ATWOOD PARK
Edwin K. Atwood Park is located 1.4 miles north of Andy Bowie Park, on Park Road 100. The park offers day use facilities such as a beachfront picnic pavilion, a concession, and a beach access road, which opens up twenty miles of beach driving for the more adventurous. Entry $4 per vehicle.
ADOLPH THOMAE JR. COUNTY PARK
Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park is a gated and secure located within and surrounded by huge Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Lighted fishing piers, picnic areas and a playground, boat ramp with fish cleaning stations, and nature trail, not to mention 35 full-hookup RV sites (most are water-front) are just some of the features of this unique park.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BEACH ACCESSES