Padre Island National Seashore
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Beach Camping on the World’s Longest Barrier Island
Beloved by Texans for its white sandy beaches on the south end, Padre Island is the longest barrier island not only in Texas, but in the world. Separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, this unique ecosystem is teeming with life. While parts of the island are more developed (and touristy), drive a bit further down the barrier island to truly get away and find some respite in nature—and the stars. All campgrounds are open year round, and because Texas winters are often pretty mild, you can come out to enjoy a beach campfire, toast some s’mores, and gaze at the starry night sky all throughout the year.
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