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Worldwinds is great year round destination only closing mid December through mid January.
Worldwinds is open just about year round. Closing from December 15th - January 15th. Hours of operation listed below.
The Laguna Madre offers predominately flat-water conditions.Our spring winds (March-June) are typically a thermal southeast breeze(side-off shore) from 20-30 mph. During our northerly frontal winds, larger chop offers bump and jump opportunities. As an added bonus the water is warm and shallow, only chest deep in most areas.
Depending on the time of year you visit you might. October through March expect to need anything from a 5/4 Full suit to a shortie. April through September only requires a shortie at the most, but more often then not board shorts and a rash guard will do the trick.
If you have room, be sure to bring your harness, wetsuit,and booties, however we do have rentals available from $6-$10 per day. Also bring your normal beach stuff; a towel, sunscreen, water and snacks. We have a limited selection of drinks, snacks, and sunscreen for sale.
Our front door opens up only a few yards from the water’s edge.
The hotels and condo’s listed by Worldwinds are all a short 12-mile drive from the sailing center.
Bird Island offers a unique camping experience for those wishing to “rough-it”. Camping is $5/night and you must have a camping permit displayed in the window of your vehicle. Camping permits are located at the Bird Island Basin kiosk across from the bathrooms. Tent and RV sites are available on a first come first serve basis. All sites are primitive with no hook-ups. Chemical toilettes are located at either end of the campground. Dump station and water are located in the park, just 3 miles south. All sites sit directly on the shore.
Yes, for access into the National Park you will need to purchase the Park Entrance Pass ($10/week, $20/year). Passes can be purchased at the front gate upon entrance to the Padre Island National Seashore. After your first day, please show your Park entrance pass to the front gate attendant..
For our fly-in guests, a rental car is a must. The hotels and condos on the island are a short 12-mile drive from Worldwinds.
No, see above question.
All Worldwinds gear rentals are for onsite use only during business hours.
Yes, Worldwinds offers a great selection of the latest gear.
Kiteboarding is not permitted in the Padre Island National Seashore. “Kite surfing, hang gliding, parasailing,paragliding, ultra lights, and car sailing are prohibited within the park.”- Padre Island National Seashore. There are several other great kiteboard launch sites around Corpus Christi and Padre Island. More info here: