Looking for fun and laid-back winter snowbird destinations? Consider a trip through the Texas Gulf Coast. Although weather can be unpredictable and not as warm as other inland Texas locations, if you enjoy wildlife and outdoor activities you need to point your rig to these three great places to go RVing on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Goose Island State Park
Go camping, fishing and birding along St. Charles and Aransas bays, north of Corpus Christi. Goose Island State Park is a favorite destination for winter Texans and nature lovers. As a stopover for the endangered whooping cranes, home to one of the nation’s oldest and biggest trees and over 300 varieties of birds you’ll love the variety of flora and fauna at this popular beachfront playground. The park has 44 beachfront RV sites with water and electricity and 57 sites nestled among oak trees.
Isla Blanca County Park
You can’t get any closer to the Gulf than Isla Blanca County Park. Located on the southern most tip of South Padre Island, this public park is situated on one mile of clean, white dog-friendly beach along the Gulf of Mexico. You won’t even need to drive to town, this park is close enough to walk, bike or take a free shuttle to shopping and dining. Along with jetty fishing, surfing and over 600 RV, it’s one of the most popular in Texas so make your reservations early.
South Padre Island National Seashore
If you don’t mind the salty mist, wind and fog of the ocean, consider boondocking for a few nights at South Padre Island National Seashore. This national park treasure is one of the few great free and low-cost boondocking places in Texas. As a bonus you’ll get to enjoy five different sea turtle species, nearly half of all bird species documented in North America and 70 miles of protected coastline. Whether you choose to camp right on the beach or in designated campgrounds, RV camping at South Padre is primitive and without hookups but a park dump station and potable water is available for guests. Don’t worry about reservations, the park is rarely full due to it’s unpredictable winter and spring weather.
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Often called “The O.G. of full-time RVing,” Rene Agredano and her husband Jim Nelson hit the road in a fifth wheel trailer in 2007, after their dog Jerry lost a leg to terminal cancer. Sixteen years later they are still traveling and sharing their nomadic adventures at LiveWorkDream. As a self-employed wordsmith, Rene shares her expertise for many RV industry videos, publications such as the Escapees RV Club Magazine, and has authored numerous books, including the Essential RVing Guide to National Parks, and Income Anywhere, a guide to earning money on the road. She has been featured in global media outlets including the PBS documentary “NATURE: Why We Love Cats and Dogs,” The Guardian Sunday Edition, and the Dan Pink book Free Agent Nation.
Don’t have an r.v…..are there rooms/apts/houses or even vacant r.v’s for rent in Corpus Christi/,Brownsville or Harlingen,Texas area?
Yes. Plenty all along the RGV.