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“Beach Camping for Softies!”

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IB Magee Beach Park
Springtown, Texas
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49 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Beach Camping for Softies!”
Reviewed 14 April 2013 via mobile

This place is great for those who like to camp on the beach but still need a few comforts like electricity, fresh water and clean hot showers. Good for tent camping all the way to large RV's. Warning: If you camp next to the dunes and the wind is from the east you may be covered in sand!!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2012

If you live in a land-locked town and don't get to the beach very often, then perhaps you will find something to like about this park. Otherwise, keep looking. We booked three nights nearly two months in advance for Labor Day weekend (non-refundable - you will pay an additional $3.95 for a credit card transaction!). Arrived well ahead of the crowds with a 26 foot travel trailer and two dogs. We were assigned a "campsite" on crumbling concrete. We requested a "campsite" on the grassy areas in the park so that we could stake off our dogs with us when we were outside. Nope - those grassy "campsites" are only for tent campers - we could stake the dogs "in the dunes" adjacent to the parking lot of "campsites." The dunes during this time of year are a veritable medievil torture chamber of sticker burrs. "Covered picnic tables" are nasty and decrepit and our "campsite" was littered with cigarette butts. The wind was howling and we finally gave up and left on the first night. Steer clear!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Waterloo, Canada
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63 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2012

We had reservations here for a week in early April 2012, just after Easter. The day we got here it was beautiful, sunny and just a light breeze. The park itself is in a perfect location, quick walk to the beach which was clean and the ocean water was a beautiful clear blue.. exactly what we came here for. Sites are nice and spacious for a big rig like our 38ft 5th wheel, the ones closest to the park office get good WIFI speed, not so sure about the others. Very impressed with the bath houses, modern, clean and lots of toilets and showers. They aren't open to the general public, campers get a key card to access them. You even have your choice of stair or elevator access to them if you have physical limitations.

Next day, things went downhill. A bad weather system moved in and stayed for the entire week we were there. Extremely high winds whipped the sand around so much that it wasn't even pleasant to be outside...you got sand blasted. Cooking outside was impossible without a tarp to block the wind but it didn't help much with the sand. All of our equipment, bikes, chairs, trailer got coated in sticky, gritty, sand. What a mess! The same system also threw tons of seaweed in the water and on the beach.... made swimming or fishing next to impossible.

Our timing really sucked because the day we left, the weather was gorgeous. The county workers were already working hard removing the seaweed from the beach that morning. So if you stay here when mother nature is having a good day, you'll love it. If she's have a bad day or week like we got, you won't have much fun.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank trailernomad
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San Antonio
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

This is a great park with the beach just over the knoll. Great people to work with. Clean level spaces and management isn't hung up on what "kind" of dog you have, just that they are well mannered. We have a goofy Rott n lab and some places ban Rotties. We pull a fifth wheel and the sites are very user friendly. I have stayed at several spots up and down the coast, this is by far my favorite.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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4 Thank Mike G
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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2011

Just stayed this weekend 10/07/11 - 10/09/11. Park very nice. Showers and toilets very clean. Staff very friendly. Very close to everything, fishing, beach, restuarants. Will definitely be back.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Arlington, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2011

The beach was clean, they grate it nightly. The free showers and restroom were cleaner than any campground I've ever stayed at. I B Magee park gives you key cards for showers and restrooms. Quiet time is 10 p.m. you can get the security phone number to rat on any troublemakers. They respond QUICKLY! The infield grounds are for RV and tent campers w/electric and water, picnic tables, no pit fires allowed. Primitive beach camping allow pit fires, no electric no water. The main RV grounds are a parking lot, picnic tables are available. Pets allowed, don't bring barkers, people like us WILL call security. It's very windy! We were there July 2011, temps in the high 80's.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2011

Its nice for families and the camping area is always clean.The extras that come with the camping sites are also neat..electric and water connections...and of course the bathrooms and showers make it even more convienent. An all together good place to camp out with an RV or without....

Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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11 Thank angelsaint
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Property: IB Magee Beach Park
Address: 321 North on the Beach, Port Aransas, TX 78373
Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
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Ranked #22 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Port Aransas
Number of rooms: 100
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IB Magee Beach Park Port Aransas, Texas

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