All campgrounds in Padre Island are open year-round, but do note that they are only available on a first come, first serve basis.
Malaquite Campground: Tucked into the dunes with a view of the Gulf of Mexico, this campground is only a half mile north of the park’s visitor center. Each campsite comes with a picnic table and grills. If you are tent camping, you can fit two tents and the site has the capacity for two vehicles, as well.
Bird Island Basin Campground: Located a short distance away from the boat ramp on the waters of the Laguna Madre, these campsites offer fantastic opportunities for windsurfing, kayaking, boating, birding and fishing. RV and tent camping are both options at this campsite.
North Beach: As the name implies, North Beach is the shoreline that runs along the northernmost section of the National Seashore, along the Gulf of Mexico. All camping in this area is open to RV and tent camping.
South Beach: Opposite of North Beach, South Beach is the shoreline that runs along the Gulf of Mexico from the south end of Closed Beach to the Mansfield Channel, about 60 miles in total length. This campsite can sometimes be hard to get to because there are no paved roads, but that just means you get to drive along the beach and take in the view on the way to your campsite!
Yarborough Pass: Located in the Laguna Madre, 15.5 miles south of the visitor center, Yarborough Pass is Padre Island’s hidden treasure. To find the campground, drive to the 15-mile marker and backtrack approximately 100 yards. Look for a notch in the foredune ridge and turn right. There are no camping facilities, which means you might want to bring along a Privacy Shelter if you need to shower. The biggest plus of site? It’s located directly on the beach.