Mustang Island State Park

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Mustang Island State Park is located near Corpus Christi, Texas.  Corpus Christi is in Nueces County Texas which is in the Coastal Bend region.   The Texas State Parks web site has information about the park.

Mustang Island State Park is on the Gulf of Mexico. It lacks the outer barrier islands that protect other coastal parks. That is, the park is on the ocean. There are tell-tale signs of the past hurricane in the park and the surrounding area. The beach in the park is wonderful. It has lots of extra sand that must have been dumped by the last hurricane. There are sun shelters on the beach that survived the hurricane. The funny part about it is, these shelters are buried in sand. There is a picture of LInda and the dogs in front of one of these shelters.

There are two camping areas. You can camp on the beach without benefit of electricity or water. We chose the camping area with electrical and water hookups. The camping area is set up as a large parking lot with back-in spots down either side. The campsites come in pairs. Two sites share a common parking pad. One of the sites will have the hookups on the wrong side. This is our situation. Every other campsite has the hookups on the wrong side. See the pictures. I'm always intrigued about why and how campsites are built incorrectly. Given the money it costs the state to build the sites, why not do it right?

The beach here is reason enough to come. In fact, I would have been perfectly happy spending my time playing in the sand. However, the area offers more than just sun and sand. There are plenty of attractions within an hour drive of the park. We saw a few of them.

Before we made it to Mustang Island State Park, we visited Goose Island State Park where we enjoyed a genuine White Christmas. While staying at Mustang Island State Park, we rode the Port Aransas Ferry, visited the USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier, visited the Texas State Aquarium, and drove around the Padre Island National Seashore park. Then we moved inland to Goliad State Park.

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Above left - Park headquarters. Like many of the park buildings, it is built on stilts.

Above right - The beach is constantly renewing and redefining itself. Here, some hardy plants have found a foothold.

Left - Everyday the giant tractor comes to move sand around.

Below left - This road used to be paved. Now it is buried in sand.

Below right - Beach sun shelters are buried in sand. Just the tops are sticking out.

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Above left - the water/electricity campsite area. Note the two rows of trailers separated by a parking lot.

Above right - Two empty campsites. See the power poles between the two picnic table shelters? That is where two trailers go.

Right - Our trailer next to a neighbor. Hookups are in the back. One trailer's curbside opens into the roadside of the other trailer. Other than the problems with the length of the hoses and power cords, there is no privacy either.

Below right and left - We got all of our stuff out.

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Above left - The bath house on the beach.

Above right - The sun rises over the ocean directly in front of the beach.

Right - Beach bath house.

Below left - the beach camping area.

Below right - many of the beaches are accessible by car. This is the beach north of the park.

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