I’ve decided to head down to Padre Island National Seashore for some warm time. Never been there. The info I’ve dug up so far looks promising: lots of places to camp (and this is their quiet season), mild night temps, good wildlife viewing, groceries and other supplies not too far a drive away.
Best of all, it appears that there’s quite a choice of paddling, with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Laguna Madre on the other. The guy who answered at the NPS office told me 2- to 3-ft waves are typical on the Gulf side, though he raved about the afternoons when it goes dead calm and he takes his canoe out there. Water temps are now in the high 50s, and should be a tad higher when I go. I’m bringing a full wetsuit, neoprene cap, etc.
Reading the info garnered so far, I have a couple of questions:
- I’m slightly concerned about stingrays and jellyfish, incl. Man-of-War. Can they penetrate neoprene? I already know about the “foot shuffle” and “paddle blade stir” ritual and will do those, but if I capsize those actions won’t prevent getting stung.
- How hard is it to find a sea kayak rental near Corpus Christi at this time of year? I may bring my 10’ Prijon Twister (to paddle in the small surf) but would like to do some regular paddling as well. Not decided yet. (BTW, I did go to the link provided in another thread, and I’ve left Ken a msg asking about SK rentals. So that may be all I need.)
- Has anybody here paddled much from Padre or Mustang Island? Any standouts that are either “must do” or “must avoid”? Any good restaurants in the area (not fancy)?
Any advice is appreciated.