North Padre Island Sailing

"It's good to be On Padre Island"

North Padre Island is a unique coastal landscape. A barrier island located within the city limits of Corpus Christi, Texas the island has a distinct, relaxing, coastal style which comes from miles of open beaches, white sand dunes and protected wetlands. Bordered on the east by the Gulf of Mexico and on the west by the Laguna Madre, North Padre Island has one of the longest undeveloped beaches in the world! The island offers abundant nature, seashore breezes, scenic views and friendly people. All this complimented by a relaxing, laid back community of coastal homes and vacation spots nestled in the dunes and along the waters edge.

One of the greatest benefits of North Padre Island is location, location, location! The Island is situated just a short 20 minute drive from downtown Corpus Christi (the 8th largest Texas city) yet provides immediate boat access to the Gulf of Mexico through the Packery Channel.  Modern convenience meets world class fishing, family fun and many outdoor activities to view and do.

North Padre Island is separated from the southern portion of the island by the Port Mansfield Channel. The man made channel was dredged many years ago. The Port Mansfield Jetty is the southern most tip of North Padre island and is accessed only by four wheel drive vehicle or boat. No matter what method of travel the journey through Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) to the jetty is long and remote but well worth the trip.

The northern portion of the north padre is divided by Packery Channel. This channel is easily accessed and provides Gulf of Mexico access by boat. Cross the bridge over Packery Channel from Upper or North Padre Island and Mustang Island is reached. Mustang Island ends in Port Aransas with the Corpus Christi Ship Channel slicing the largest cut in the island chain.

North Padre Island (or Upper Padre Island) benefits from an average annual temperature of 71.2 degrees offering year round outdoor activities such as fishing, birding, surfing, kayaking, kite boarding, hiking, beachcombing, golfing, swimming, tennis, horseback riding, sailing, swimming, windsurfing, camping, snorkeling, bicycling, beachcombing, relaxing on the beaches and more.


Being “On Upper Padre Island” is a unique experience that offers both the young and young at heart a wonderful lifestyle and many memories. Whether just visiting or have made the choice to become an Islander it doesn't take long to know why "It's Good to be On Padre Island."   OnPadreIsland.com hopes to bring visitors to the Corpus Christi ,North Padre Island (Upper Padre Island), Mustang Island and Port Aransas area a taste of what our local North Padre Island beaches, and communities have to offer. Look for videos, photos of North Padre or Upper Padre, Corpus Christi, Padre Island National Seashore, Port Aransas Birding locations (as well as birding maps of Corpus Christi and North Padre Island) as you browse the site. On Padre Island is continuously adding and updating our site with more information on fishing locations and maps, North Padre Island surf report and forecasts, hotels, vacation rentals for Corpus Christi and North Padre Island.