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This Park spans over 70 miles separating the Gulf of Mexico from Laguna Madre. Here you can watch the sea turtles hatch, go kayaking, bird-watching, camping, and fishing. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.

– Entrance fee is $10 per noncommercial vehicle for 1-7 days.

– Malaquite Campground is $8/night plus entrance fee. This is a semi-primitive site (48 sites) with a max capacity for 2 tents, 2 vehicles and 8 people per site. Toilets and showers nearby, potable water, shaded structures, and outdoor grills. Campers may set up tents on the beach.

– Bird Island Basin Campground is $5/night plus entrance fee. Chemical toilets and covered picnic tables on-site.

– North Beach Campgrounds only requires a free camping permit. This is a primitive campground with no amenities or facilities.

– South Beach Campgrounds only requires a free camping permit. This is a primitive campground with a chemical toilet and a trash dumpster.

– Yarborough Pass Campgrounds only requires a free camping permit. This is a primitive campground with no amenities or facilities.