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Best parks in South Padre Island

Nature Preserve
“Beachfront nature area providing a birding boardwalk, interactive exhibit room & Observation tower. ”
31 locals recommend
“This is area is loved by the locals. If you head north on Padre Blvd, you will enter a remote area. This area is considered a National Park, so construction is not allowed. This paved road cuts through the sand dunes for a few miles, and is a fun experience. Please be careful for sand drifts over the road and without warning…the road just ends into a huge sand dune (but don’t worry, they provided a stop sign)! If you are adventurous, there are three beach accesses along this road. This is the area you can drive on the beach, all the way to the Mansfield Cut (60 miles of beach driving). There is a required day pass which is $10 per car. This is a popular stretch for sunbathing, swimming, surf fishing, and all around beach fun! If you decide to do this… pay attention to the tide charts & have supplies in case you get stuck. The further North you drive on the beach, the less people you will encounter. If you do get stuck, there are plenty of people that will pull you out for a large amount of money and possible damage to your vehicle. We also have a group of locals that have a FB page called ‘rgv mud and sand recovery’ that just enjoy the challenge…provided you have cell service.”
4 locals recommend