We spent ten days at Padre Balli Park and although the showers were not always up to par, we could overlook it since the setting was so wonderful. Being right on the Gulf of Mexico was what we wanted and you sure do get that! They are redoing the administration building and fishing pier at present, so we're hoping the next time we stop we will have even more to like. You are close to everything and the traffic is not bad. The National Sea Shore is a short drive away, as well as Port Aransas and Mustang Island. Lots of great casual restaurants with good food. Snoopy's was one of our favorites. If you like being near or right on the beach, this spot is great.
This was one of our favorite stops on this trip. The owners are very helpful, hard-working, interesting people with a wealth of knowledge about this area that was gladly shared. There are so many things to see and do that are close by. It has easy access to New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The free tour of the plantation house was extremely interesting and the grounds are beautiful. Oak Alley, Houmas House, and dinner at Hymel's on Music Night (Thursdays) should not be missed. Another one not to miss is St. Micheals RC Church and the cemetary behind it. These are within walking distance. There is a grotto based on the Lourdes, France one behind the altar that was constructed out of sugar cane! A great place to stay. The hospitality is wonderful.