From Corpus Christi take Highway 358 South to Park Road 22. Follow Park Road 22 to the entrance.
The Bird Island Recreation Area is a great place to relax and catch a sunset over the Laguna Madre. While driving the park entrance road one day I noticed a large dune field in the distance. I wondered how difficult it might be to reach the dunes and found out a few days later that a 20 minute slog through the bayside marsh from Bird Island did the trick. I made several trips across the marsh and found some great photo opportunities with the dunes in the foreground and the Laguna Madre in the background.
Padre Island National Seashore is a gem along the Texas Gulf Coast. 63 miles of protected barrier island and the Laguna Madre are highlights of this park.