Just a half-mile north of the visitor’s center, Malaquite Campground features 48 semi-primitive sites. Camp at your site, or pick out a sweet spot on the beach! The campground provides flush toilets, cold-water showers (who needs coffee in the morning when you have a cold shower?), and picnic tables for each site. Take note: the twenty cash transfer apps on your phone won’t work here. There is an $8/night fee in addition to the park entrance fee, which can only be paid in the correct amount of cash or with a check! If you just thought, “what’s a check” then you may be too hip to camp. JK, just bring cash.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
48 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Hipcamper Kate
Kate M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 19th, 2017

We visited here on 4/27/17 (before the hurricane)

There is free beach camping south of the established campground (After you pay the park fee, that is). Much less crowded and you have access to the whole beach. Stop in the visitor center to get the park pass and instructions on how to get there. The established campgrounds were quite packed when we visited.

We very much enjoyed the beach here an the sunrise from this side of the island can't be missed. Salt and sand everywhere.

Sunrise coffeeSunset colors on padre islandBeach life right next to the water!
Hipcamper Joanna
Joanna M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 15th, 2018

We camped here March and June of 2017. We enjoyed our stay both times. The facilities are clean, the shower and restroom were very convenient.

The best thing about this site is the sunrise and moonrise views. Watching a fullmoon rise here is spectacular.

We came here primarily for the sea turtle release, although there weren’t many people at the campsite/beach since it’s not a huge campsite. A lot of people come for the baby sea turtle release when it happens at 6:45 AM. The release is worth it for sure.

We’d definitely come back.

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Hipcamper Jon
Jon S.
recommends this listing.
December 5th, 2018

Be prepared for windy conditions.

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September 15th, 2017
Padre Island National Seashore
United States
Phone Number
(361) 949-8068
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27.432° N, 97.299° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 48 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)

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