Mustang Island State Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 7.2

Port Aransas
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Mustang Island State Park Overview:

Texas Outside's Review & Rating of Mustang Island State Park

Mustang Island State Park is a small 48 site park that has easy access to 5 miles coastline, some of which is also available for camping. The terrain is flat and treeless and the sites are in two rows. The beach is just beyond the berm and about 100 yards from the sites. One end of Mustang Island State Park is for day use only and includes ample parking, portable toilets, and rinsing showers.

The Park is located about 13 miles south of downtown Port Aransas and 26 miles from lots of fun things to see and do in Corpus Christi.

In 2017 Mustang Island State Park was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey and was closed for over two years. 

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

Mustang Island State Park has 48 sites with water and electricity. The sites are side by side (very close together - you will get to know your neighbor!) in two single rows across from each other. Each site is level, relatively short and has a fire-pit, grill,  covered picnic table, and 30/50 AMP service The Park has showers and a dump station.

Mustang Island allows first-come, first-served camping on the beach in 50 roughly designated sites along 1.5 miles of coastline.  which have no facilities, but you are right on the beach.  You should check with the Rangers and the tide schedule before camping on the beach. On one visit, our friend's van camper had to be towed out after an unusually high tide - water just about entered the van. On the beach, there are convenience stations with portable toilets, rinsing showers, and bulk water supply.

The 5-mile open beach is great for hiking, mountain biking, and there's plenty of room for your beach chairs and toys.

Across the road from the campsites is the Mustang Island State Park Paddling Trail. The three segments of the trail follow the western shoreline of the island in Corpus Christi Bay. The 20 miles of trails pass through some of the best shallow-water fishing areas in Texas. Enjoy close-up views of coastal birds.

Mustang Island State Park is a perfect place to camp if you want to explore Corpus Christi and Port Aransas.

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

We stay at Mustang Island to enjoy the beach and explore the area. We enjoy biking on the beach, swimming, and flying kites - dueling kite wars is fun. If we don't need water or electricity, we enjoy camping on the beach. We have also moved the motorhome from the campground and parked it on the beach just for the day which makes barbecuing much easier and you don't have to lug all your gear and toys to the beach. And it makes it easier to unload the games like Frisbee golf, darts, ball, bocce ball, or ladder golf.

Staying at Mustang Island State Park makes it easy for day trips to explore Corpus Christi and Port Aransas - both of which have lots to see and do. See below.

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Cool Nearby Activities:

Port Aransas is a few miles north and has the typical beach shops, some good restaurants, very fun and lively bars, excellent fishing and bird watching, and lots more. Visit Texas Outside's Guide To Port Aransas to learn more about what to do. Corpus is about 20 minutes away and you can find plenty to see and do by clicking here.

Just up the road from Mustang Island State Park is Palmilla Beach Golf Course - a very good nine hole course and must play if your a golfer. Read our review of Palmilla Beach Golf Course to learn more.   Corpus and the surrounding area are home to several other fun courses to play - you'll find them on this Corpus Christi golf map.. 

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Campground Information

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: All the sites are the same, for more room ask for 48 or 24

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”.  Each park is rated on:

  • Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
  • Park Condition:  the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
  • Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
  • Campsites:  low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
  • Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more