By Lone_Star on 2/28/2008
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 45 minutes
Padre Island National Seashore offers access to the beach (Malaquite Beach) and more. It covers the expanse of North Padre Island so you could hike a very long distance down the island if you chose to. Cars are allowed on the beach, but you should have four-wheel drive before you attempt it because it could be a very bad place to get stranded if your car gets stuck.
I only walked down a small portion of the beach. It was very windy and there were a lot of dead jellyfish washed ashore.
This park is fairly expensive (unless you have a National Park Pass, which I did), so if you had to choose between this one and nearby Mustang Island State Park, I would choose the latter. It's less expensive and a little nicer, albeit much, much smaller.