Best RV Parks Near South Padre Island To Visit

If you’re headed to South Padre Island in Texas for some fun in the sun and wondering which campground is the best for you, then this guide will help! This list of RV Parks includes options both ON and OFF South Padre Island. So take a look and determine the best one for you!

South Padre Island offers miles and miles of beautiful beaches however there are only 4 RV parks located on the island. And of the parks, 3 are county parks and only one private park.

We always stay at Isla Blanca County Park, however, I have visited all of them. And there are pros and cons to each. There are also a handful of RV Park near South Padre Island located on the mainland. So if being a little farther away from the action is more your style, those may be a better choice. 

Best time to visit South Padre

South Padre Island is a year round destination with a few months that are considered low/shoulder season.

South Padre Island is the only tropical island in Texas. And a very popular place for spring break holiday and a winter Texan destination.

In the summer months it is very hot and humid. So, for a cooler temperature it is best to visit during the winter months and shoulder season from September to February when the crowds are also minimal.

We have been twice, once in October and April. Both times the weather was mild and pleasant. October definitely had no crowds, so it was pretty quiet, however still enjoyable.

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RV Parks near South Padre Island

With pros and cons for each location, this list includes all the camping options on the island. It will give you a better understanding of each location and help you make the best choice!

1. South Padre Island KOA Holiday


PROS: Laguna Madre and waterway view, nicely maintained grounds and many amenities

CONS: No beach access, highest price

The KOA is the only private campground on the island. It is a great place. Being very well maintained with white gravel sites and pretty palm trees through out. Also offering many amenities such as 50 amp power, cable, wifi, swimming pool, hot tub, playground, propane and use of the boat ramp.

And the METRO shuttle stop is right on front of the campground, making it very easy to get around.

Prices start at $64 per night and they offer a 10% KOA Holidays rewards discount. It is also big rig friendly with a 98′ max length. The park is located on the lagoon side of the island with some water view sites.

So, really the only thing not making this the best choice, is that it is not located on the beach. You will need to go to either Isla Blanca Park and pay a day fee or drive down to another beach access.

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2. Isla Blanca Park


PROS: Direct beach access, some sites have water views and day use of Isla Blanca Beach Park

CONS: Not all sites created equal, no laundry facilities, many stickers burrs in the grass and the RV park could use some landscape and road maintenance

Isla Blanca RV Park is located within the Isla Blanca County Park at the south end of the island near the jetty. The pars day use area includes two large beach pavilions with a concession stand, picnic tables, beach chair and umbrella rentals, outdoor showers, foot wash, walking and biking trails, and is all open to the public. Therefore this area does get busy during season and especially on weekends.

Isla Blanca’s day use area was recently renovated but unfortunately the RV portion of the park is in need of some updates too. The RV area is a very large park and therefore not all sites are created equal. As you will find that some are better than others.

However, the reason you choose to stay at this park is because of the location to the beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico. With direct beach access and nice boardwalks surrounding the beach and dunes, it’s the next best thing to staying on the beach.

The price ranges from $20 to $70 depending on the season and site. And site selections range from tent sites to dry camping to 50 amp full hook up with cable RV sites. Basic amenities like showers and restrooms are available and a pickle ball court if you like to play.

TRAVEL TIP: The park office and check in for the RV Park is located before the park entrance. So make sure to stop and check in BEFORE you head to the entrance gate. The park office is located just after the turn for the KOA on the right. After you check in, its just a short drive to the park entrance.

3. Andy Bowie County Park


PROS: Beach access, small park

CONS: No beach view, some sites not level and no laundry facilities

Andy Bowie park is a much smaller version of the Isla Blanca RV Park and both are run by the county. Like Isla Blanca, the park offers restrooms and shower amenities to campers. And with day use pavilion picnic areas that are open to the public.

The RV camping area is a mixture of gravel and asphalt with grass surrounding the paved area. All the sites are about equal in size and distance from your neighbor. The beach is just a short walk beyond the sand dunes, accessible by the boardwalk located at the rear of the RV park.

The price ranges from $20 to $60 depending on the season and site, offering dry camping to full hook up 50 amp without cable.

4. Edwin King Atwood Park


PROS: On the beach view and low cost

CONS: Lots of sand, sand can be soft and high tides

If you want to camp directly on the beach, then this is for you. Once you are on the island, just drive north and head towards beach access number 5 where you will find the beach entrance at Edwin King Atwood. As you drive in, stay to the right where RV and large vehicles enter. The fee is only $14 per day for beach camping.

As you enter the beach turn left and then drive until you find a spot that is right for you. Also, 4 wheel drive is recommend as the sand can be soft and tides can come up fast. But other than that, it’s beach camping at its best!

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Other RV Parks near South Padre Island

These are other options when visiting South Padre Island, that are not located on the Texas coast, they are on the mainland:

1. Tarpon RV Park and Marina

2. Port Isabel Marina and RV Park

3. Port Isabel Park Center

4. Tropical Trails RV Resorts

5. Palmdale RV Resort

They are a bette choice if you prefer a less crowded environment and do want to be on the island.

So what are the Best South Padre Island RV Parks?

The answer is all of them, or at least some parts. Like I said before, they all have pros and cons. It just depends on what is most important for you and your desires.

For us, we selected Isla Blanca County Park because of its location to the beach and we were able to get a spot were we could see the ocean from afar. But regardless of which one you choose, I think you will be surprised by South Padre Island Texas and all it has to offer!

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