Places to Go,”Sea”, and Do around North Padre Island:Bob Hall Pier at Padre Balli Park

This will be part of a series of places to Go, “Sea”, and Do around the Coastal Bend. I will add posts to this series each week. The first main part of the series will be about North Padre Island. My state of Texas is growing.  I am continually meeting new people in various places who are new to here or visiting here. I often run into people who have questions about where to go when visiting Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend. I am originally from Houston, but have lived South Texas since 1991.I have lived here as a resident but have been here as a tourist before I moved here.  This series will highlight a few of my favorite places in and around our little bend in the coast.

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Sunrise on the Gulf of Mexico Photo courtesy of Extremecoast.com
Sunrise on the Gulf of Mexico
Photo courtesy of Extremecoast.com

North Padre Island Here is another one of my favorite places on my ongoing list about North Padre Island:

1. Padre Island National Seashore

2. Bob Hall Pier at Padre Balli Park

Bob Hall

This beach is closer to the mainland than the National Seashore.

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Also, here, there is a paved parking area if you don’t want to completely subject your car to the sand. Also, you can enjoy the regular beach activities such as sunning, swimming, birding, and surfing.  The surf tends to be better here for the surfers because of the pier.

A guy surfs at Bob Hall. Photo courtesy of http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=bob+hall+pier&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detail&id=A989BC9D600F53CF88EFD7DBB155FAE57B2C5E2A&selectedIndex=185
A guy surfing at Bob Hall. Photo courtesy of http://media.caller.com

However, the pier is where the fishermen go get their catch of the day, and that sometimes can be a problem for the surfers and the fishers.

Lazy fishing days. Photo courtesy of finsonpins.com
Lazy fishing days.
Photo courtesy of finsonpins.com

The pier charges around $2 each person, but you can go for the ocean fishing, a view, or some sun. Just be sure to wear shoes while on the pier since there might be some fishing hooks lying around. 

There is also a new restaurant called Mikel May’s Beachside Bar & Grill where you can grab some good grub with a great view. What better way to wrap up a great day of catching a few rays?

Mikel Mays on Bob Hall Pier
Mikel Mays on Bob Hall Pier
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