Padre Balli Park
of North Padre Island's most preferred beaches by locals and visitors a
like. Padre Balli Park is maintained by Nueces County. In the summer months
lifeguards are on duty at this beach. The park is probably best
known for it's legendary fishing pier
"Bob Hall Pier."
Located right on the Gulf of Mexico the park provides access for fishing,
surfing, beachcombing, metal detecting, bar-b-que and more. On the gulf side
of the dunes paved parking is provided for vehicles at no cost. A pedestrian
only beach is runs the length of the park providing a family friendly
environment. The park has fresh water shower rinses on the beach, restroom
facilities and park office. Additionally a grill is located on Bob Hall Pier
serving up seafood, burgers, beer and beverages daily with a view of the
Gulf of Mexico while you enjoy your food.
Just on the other side of the dunes protected from the sea breezes
camping is available. Both tent camping
and paved R.V. sites are located right at the park.
The R.V. site is separate from the tent sites and is accessible only by
those staying there. Facilities include a dumping station, restrooms,
pavilion and bar-b-que area and hook-ups. Check in for both tent and R.V.
sites is at the park office adjacent to the campsites. Camping by tent is
also available right on the beach either north or south of Padre Balli park.
When tides are high this can be a difficult process and might be best to
take advantage of the parks amenities.
Birds, fauna, and wildlife are regularly seen in the park. A paved park road
runs behind the dunes making bicycling, walking and jogging readily
available. A short exercise trail is also available.
Padre Balli Park ends just south of Bob Hall Pier. Beach Access Rd 5
provides and exit to the highway (Park Rd 22). If you continue to drive on
the beach it is about 7 miles before another access to highway is available
at North Beach just inside the Padre Island National