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Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore is pet friendly! Pets are welcome almost everywhere in the park as long as they are on a leash at all times. Leashed pets are permitted in all camping areas and on over 60 miles of beach in the park, including all areas where you can drive on the beach. The only areas where pets are NOT allowed includes: the deck of Malaquite Pavilion and its facilities, the boardwalk that goes from the deck down to the beach, and the short stretch of beach directly in front of the Pavilion (where the shade structures are located). But even there, pets and their owners can still access the beach using a pet access trail (photo above) that goes from the parking area down to the beach. This trail is located on the north (left) side of the Pavilion. Once you reach the beach, the area to the left is open to pets and their owners (the beach to the right is not). Pet owners also have access to restrooms and rinse-off showers that are located close to the pet access trail, at the northern end of the Malaquite Pavilion parking area. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Padre Island National Seashore has received a rating of 4.2 out of 5 bones by 8 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Allison
    May. 28, 2019
    A Wonderful Place!

    A great place to take walks around sunrise or sunset! Be careful if you use the car driving entrance to the beach because we got stuck several times. But great beach and shells!

  • Barbara
    Feb. 10, 2019
    Beautiful Dog-friendly Beach!

    The beach is very clean and a beautiful place to walk with your dog. Our little Maggie enjoyed playing tag with the waves, chasing seagulls, and meeting other dogs and their owners. Our beach walks were the highlight of our vacation!

  • Katie
    Dec. 26, 2018
    Great Beach Camping

    We camped on North Beach with our dogs (who love the beach) and it was amazing!!! Beautiful beach, lots of space for running and digging! Kept them on a long leash they had a great time!! Highly recommend for anyone who wants to camp on the beach with dogs or just have a great beach day with them!!!

  • Allison Auvenshine
    More than a year ago
    Beautiful beach!

    This beach was great! I kept my dog on his 16 foot leash so he could run around and play in the waves! Safety and beauty!

  • William Perez
    More than a year ago
    be responsible

    to have A good time simply be responsible do not be the stupid person who lets their dog off the leash and always pick up after your dog. other than almost walking in dog poo it was fantastic

  • Katie
    More than a year ago
    great beach, but keep dogs on leash

    Tourists lose their dogs by letting them run loose on the beach. Obey the leash laws please.

  • Sarah
    More than a year ago

    Dogs are allowed on the beaches, but this beach is an on leash beach only, they have patrols combing the beach to remind anyone without a leash on their pet to put one on.

  • Ash
    More than a year ago

    Fantastic! The dogs can run around and play in the water if they like!

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