Beautiful Texas Beach Camping Spots on the Gulf Coast

There are many places on the coast where you can even camp for free! Best part? Beach camping in Texas is popular year round. Discover the best beach camping in Texas, from Sea Rim State Park to South Padre Island in this ultimate guide!

Padre Island National Seashore Camping

Padre Island National Seashore Camping is one of our favorite summer activities. The national park has 4 campgrounds and you can camp on the beach at 2 of them. You can choose a campsite tucked besides the sand dunes and have fun sleeping under the stars at night.

North Beach

North Beach is our recommended camping area if you don’t have a 4WD vehicle. The beach area is just 5 miles long but less popular so it is easy to find a spot on here. While having a 4WD vehicle to drive on the beach is highly recommended, if you are going to try with a 2WD then North Beach is your best bet.

South Beach

South Beach is our personal favorite camping area. For the first 5 miles of South Beach, there is a well-defined road and 2WD vehicles can easily drive on the beach in this area. Considering the length, you are sure to find a secluded spot the farther you drive.

Bird Island Basin Campground

Bird Island Basin area is located on the Laguna Madre side of the park. While the camp sites here not located on the beach itself, they have excellent water views – plus you can easily drive to the sites.

South Padre Island Beach Camping

South Padre Island camping on the beach is as good as it gets! From here you can experience stunning sunrises and sunsets and have a relaxing time on the beach. Tent camping on South Padre Island is our favorite activity but there are also many RV parks which are perfect for all types of equipment.

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