Shields Park NAS Recreation Area

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Shields Park NAS Recreation Area
Shields Park
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4 July weekend (2013)

Location

Installation
Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, TX
GPS Coordinates
27.6939, -97.2557
Location Information
Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, TX
RV Gate Coordinates
27.6813, -97.27428

Directions

Directions
From I-37 take exit 4-A south onto TX-358 east. While on 358 you will see signs for the NAS-CCAD Base. Stay on TX-358 / South Padre Island Drive and watch for the exit for NAS-CCAD , which is just prior to the causeway crossing over to Padre Island. That exit is a flyover across the highway that puts you directly onto NAS Drive and straight on to the Main Gate. In the event you do miss that exit, in 1/4 mile you can take the Walton Drive exit, turn left at the end of it and follow that road a short way until it merges onto NAS Drive and on to the Main Gate. When entering the NAS through the Main Gate, NAS Drive becomes Lexington Blvd. Continue straight on Lexington. At the 2nd stop sign, which is at the ocean, turn right onto Ocean Drive. Follow it almost to the end and you will see a sign for a right turn to take you to the Marina where you check in with Outdoor Rec.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(361) 961-1293/1294/1295 - Reservations: 1-877-NAVYBED
Fax Number
(361) 961-0030
Mailing Address
Outdoor Recreation, Bldg 39, Code 22, Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, TX 78419-5000

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians, Public (with MWR Guest Card). Call (361) 961-2267 for information on the MWR Guest Card.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Accepted up to 6 months in advance. Check-in is after 2:00pm.
Internet Access
WiFi available in the RV Park. Free computer use and wi-fi are available at Books and More (base library). Wi-fi is available at the Breeze Way Inn. The Gonzales Liberty Center has free computer use and wi-fi for active duty personnel only.
Mail Forwarding
Must use local Post Office General Delivery.
Pet Information
Pets are allowed, with usual leash and clean-up rules. Vaccination records required to be shown for all pets.
Campground Information
Higher rates are for civilians. Campground is open to the public with a MWR Guest Card. Call (361) 961-2267 for information on the MWR Guest Card. Check-in is after 2:00pm.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Diesel
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Shoppete
  • Snack Bar
  • Class VI
  • Post Office

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites (Asphalt)
12
W/30A/S
$15 - $18
N/A
N/A
RV Sites (Concrete)
52
W/30,50A/S
$18 - $20
N/A
N/A
RV Sites (Grass)
28
W/30,50A/S
$18 - $20
N/A
N/A

Other Information

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Weather Information

Great park, great location. Campground is open to the public with a MWR Guest Card. Call (361) 961-2267 for information on the MWR Guest Card.

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5 July - 11 July 2016

We almost decided not to camp at NAS-CCAD due to the negative comments posted but glad we decided to check it out for ourselves. The Office Personnel are very sharp and are very willing to make sure your stay is pleasant. I have tremors and experienced a problem with our water heater plug, I was able to remove the plug with no problem but putting a new one back in became very hard to do with the tremors. Jesse (one of the Office personnel) volunteered to put it in for me! THANK YOU VERY MUCH SIR! The negative comments about how the campground looked and how people camping there must have been someone's bad dream. The campground is very well kept and people with pets did clean up after their pets (well 99% of them anyway). A retiree there by the name of Clinton does a fantastic job of mowing/trimming the campground. He also keeps a very close eye on the dumpsters and trash cans in the campground area. Keep up the good work! Only negative thing I could see was the fishing pier is still closed....and has been closed for quite some time. I heard the funds have been approved for the repairs, and now they are waiting for a contract to be signed. All in all, this campground, the people running it and taking care of it, makes it a perfect place to camp. We WILL return! :-)

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July 6, 2016

We use a GPS but always rely on this website's directions for our final approach... we've found them a huge help. In this case, while the existing directions are good, I believe a bit of clarification is needed. There is a "flyover" off of 358 direct to the base, but also a "backup" exit if it's missed - Walton Drive. And our GPS missed the fact that the exit existed. So I'd re-write them as follows: From I-37 take exit 4-A south onto TX-358 east. While on 358 you will see signs for the NAS-CCAD Base. Stay on TX-358 / South Padre Island Drive and watch for the exit for NAS-CCAD , which is just prior to the causeway crossing over to Padre Island. That exit is a flyover across the highway that puts you directly onto NAS Drive and straight on to the Main Gate. In the event you do miss that exit, in 1/4 mile you can take the Walton Drive exit, turn left at the end of it and follow that road a short way until it merges onto NAS Drive and on to the Main Gate. When entering the NAS through the Main Gate, NAS Drive becomes Lexington Blvd. Continue straight on Lexington. At the 2nd stop sign, which is at the ocean, turn right onto Ocean Drive. Follow it almost to the end and you will see a sign for a right turn to take you to the Marina where you check in with Outdoor Rec. As for the campground itself... it's a fine, clean, well maintained campground. We'd definitely stay here again. The negative reviews baffle me - we experienced none of the issues we read in these reviews. There are actually two RV areas here, in close proximity. We were routed to Area B on check in. Area A seems to be used more for longer term stays, personnel on TDY etc. Some additional items there on the sites, but nothing whatsoever out of line, ugly, or disturbing. Area B was great. All sites are Back In, with level concrete pads, with room for longer MH's or Trailers and space to park your vehicle on the pad beside your rig. And LOTS of well kept green space between you and your neighbors. Others have covered things so I'll only say we found the staff pleasant and helpful, the bathrooms clean, the free laundry wonderful, and the free Wifi solid without issues. You will need pet vaccination documentation. The water area is very nice and they are currently re-creating the natural environment on the waterfront. Negatives - we didn't feel they really were, you adapt - were no shade trees and constant, sometime STRONG winds. You are right on the water, you expect that. On occasion noted dog walkers not picking up after their pets. Have you ever been in a campground where there was not at least one jerk? We haven't. But we did not encounter a lot of droppings. As indicated, we'd certainly stay here again.

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Jun 9, 2016

I've stayed here before and each time I return the famcamp gets progressively worse. This last visit was no exception. Tons of homesteaders. The park is being over taken with extreme long termers. Which is against the rules. Dog rules are not enforced. Dog crap all along the beach, on the road, on the walkways. It's disgusting. Mosquitos so thick there are times you can't even go outside. Heavy drinkers who break out into fist fights. Long termers calling the police on others. Theft is a huge problem. I had my fishing poles and coolers stolen while I was out running. My Netflix account was hacked and my password stolen. Diesel was stolen out of my truck. Someone is feeding the wildlife so the coyotes are hanging around. I was very disappointed that the pier has not been repaired in well over a year. Only upside is the management has been replaced. I'm hoping Chris can fix this place up, evict the long termers and enforce the rules. Wifi is terrible. Sites are large but you can't go outside and enjoy it. Pass this one by. Plenty of better places to spend your money. 

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Jun 24 - Jul 1, 2016

Spent a week with some of the grandkids and we all had so much fun. From the pool to the beach, bowling on base, paddle boarding, and an awesome early Independence Day celebration at sunfish beach with all kinds of food and entertainment. Want to get away and have a peaceful yet entertaining time, this is it. 

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June 15, 2016

We just spent three days at Shields Park NAS Recreation Area and enjoyed it very much.  Nice and quiet, great location with access to all the base facilities as well as the City of Corpus Christi and the beach.  Had no problems and the staff was excellent.  Lots of space between sites and the grass was well maintained with no (well, very few) stickers.  Everything was well maintained and very clean. Only very minor criticism is that the 30A sites are small, some are head-in and drive out across the grass.  A few of them have the hookups in awkward places.  Not really a problem, just awkward.  Next time I'll ask for a 50A site and pay the extra $3.  A few sites did appear to be long-term tenants, but were very well kept.  Also, while the big fishing pier is still closed, there is a smaller pier across from the MWR office that is open.  Not unusual for the wind to blow every day - this is the coast - hang on to the door when you open it.

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2014 - 2015

We stayed in this campground from October 2014 to October 2015 and it was the worst camping experience of our lives. First of all there is more than just "some" homesteading, there is a lot of homesteading. Some of them have been there for 3+ years, and won't be leaving anytime soon.  Even though homesteading is against MWR rules, here it's overlooked because cash is king. Another problem is that if some of these homesteaders don't want you staying here, they will go to unimaginable lengths to drive you out, which is what happened to us. One couple days of women filed false police reports against us, to either embarrass us or cause us to want to leave. Either way the phony allegations were a complete waste of time and resources, which didn't appear to bother them. Another thing they did to us was they placed screws under our tires in hopes of causing damage to our property.  That also didn't work. They walked there dog over to my vehicle and allowed it to urinate on my tires.  Enough became enough and we left. Other problems are most definitely the dog feces, anyone who says otherwise either is blind or is part of the problem of not cleaning up after their pet. Drunk drivers speeding thru the park, crashing into things. People racing around on golf carts and almost hitting a little boy in a wheelchair. The beach is gorgeous if you don't mind kicking the trash out of your way. My husband and I spent hours picking up the trash that littered the beach, which was a daily endeavor.  The pier is a complete mess. Laundry facilities are free, if you dare use them. Some homesteaders appear to think it's their personal laundromat and you take the risk of their wrath if you dare use it.  Garbage cans so full they overflow onto the ground. Mold dripping from the air vents in the bathrooms.  Dumpsters that smell so bad they leave you gagging. People like to throw dead fish in them. Complaints definitely fall on deaf ears. There is a very poor manager and he should be replaced by someone who can handle the job. Others only care about the profits, your safety is of no concern. If you're looking for a drama free stay, I suggest another place. We will never ever stay here again.

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(Updated: December 11, 2015)
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Dec 2015

We did not stay here do to the previous comments and didn't want to get drive all the way there in the RV to find that it would not be an enjoyable stay.  However, we drove to the RV park in the car and checked it out.  I also went into the office and had a nice talk with the Manager, Dave.  We didn't go into the bathrooms, but the rest of the park was mowed and clean, can't comment on dog poo. But, having 4 dogs and picking up after each one, I don't like seeing others ignore their duties.  Most sites are double concrete pads and there were a few empty sites.  There does appear to be some homesteading going on, especially in the older Mobile Home park, but most sites looked clean, a few sites were cluttered, but I have seen worse.  The overall appearance looks real good, a lot better than some of the others I have been in.  I really am sorry we didn't come here in the first place.  I believe the previous comments are from a few sour apples and should not be given a whole lot of credit.  The pier is unusable.  Dave was very straight forward with me and seems to care about the park. His staff answered my initial questions with no problems.  I am under the impression that some if not all of the previous problems were taken care of.  I will definitely stay here on our next trip through this area.  It is right on the water and would be well worth the visit.  I also just noticed that the previous 3 reviews were there first time posts. Hmmmm!!! I should have noticed that before now.

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Oct 2015

We were traveling back home to Houston from Port Aransas and staying at this famcamp was a last minute decision. After reading some of the previous reviews I decided to add my own. Biggest complaint is the dog poo. My kids were always stepping in it. That really annoys us because we clean up after our dogs. Another issue is the lack of a playground for children. There is absolutely no designated place for kids to play. The cars (and golf carts) that drive through here do not obey the posted speed limits and you take your life in your hands as you walk around. Not a very safe place to walk your pets, or your children. Huge potholes make it difficult to drive through the road. The base itself has the worst streets of any base we've ever been to. WiFi wasn't working. Two dryers in the laundry area were broken and we were told it's been that way for over a year. No air conditioning makes doing laundry a very unhealthy, unpleasant chore. Upside is the base is very close to town, the beach was clean of trash and debris. Pier is destroyed. Facilities are clean and well cared for. Management really doesn't seem to care whether or not you've enjoyed your stay. It's really more of a give-us-your-money-and-go-away type of attitude they seem to have. We found the campground in Kingsville to be so much more family friendly. There is a very bad element here at the NAS famcamp that caused us to leave early. Chances are we won't stay here again.

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October 2015

The two words I'd use to describe this camp is "never again"!!! We had a horrible time. People not cleaning up after their pets, dogs roaming around with no leash. One woman screaming and swearing at others using the laundry. I could hear her screaming from several yards away. Then she got in a golf cart and went racing past me and almost hit a little boy in a wheel chair. I did report that to the main office because it was very dangerous. I could not believe what I was witnessing. After speaking to a few of the long termers I found this has been an on going problem for the last few months. WiFi is terrible with thieves ready to steal your info. The pier has been destroyed by storms. Mosquitoes are really bad. I think we'll stay somewhere else next time. This camp is having too many problems. Camp here at your own risk.

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October 2015

We've been coming here for the last 10 years. The famcamp is bad, then gets better, then gets bad again. No consistency. While the sites are very large and roomy. Concrete pads with plenty of room to accommodate large units. Laundry area is free and very clean. Didn't use the bathrooms, but I hear they too are clean. Lawns are mowed on a near daily basis and the guys who do the mowing are very friendly and helpful, and greeted me each morning with a wave and good morning. One of them helped me move my picnic table off the lawn and back on the cement pad. The camp hosts are also very friendly and work hard to keep the areas clean. We camp here specifically for the fishing and were quite disappointed to learn the pier was unusable. No one seems to know when it will be up and running again. The homesteading is a real issue with this particular famcamp. There are a lot of contractors who are taking sites away from veterans and their families. That should be addressed by the management. There is a problem person here but I had no run ins with her. We tend to keep to ourselves, but we heard from others that the troublemakers are here and they like to ruin it for others. There's always one no matter where you go. Just ignore her and you'll be fine. Never saw any coyotes but we did hear they are around so keep an eye on your children and smaller pets. WiFi is free but you have to share it with the entire base. Be careful with your passwords. Thieves will take them, we had our Netflix account stolen while we were here. They also need to enforce the picking up after your dog rule. Dog feces is a health hazard to other dogs, not to mention no one wants to step in it. Overall it's an okay place to stay. We would come back, but we hope the pier is fixed by then.

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Sept 3, 2015

The worst part about this park is the homesteading. Even though it's against the rules, the same people are here, in the same spots, some of them for the last two years. The best spots are always filled with the same people. No one else can use the sites by the pier because the same people are always there. How about allowing others a chance to use these sites? Homesteading is against military rules! Another problem is one person rides around on her hopped up golf cart, yelling obscenities at others, and attempting to hit kids on their bicycles. When you complain at the main office, no one's gives a hoot. Trash on the beach is disgusting. If the trash cans need emptying, you have to call and complain. Otherwise no one will change it. The facilities are nice except for the golf cart woman who fights with others using the laundry facilities. The grounds are well maintained, but it's hard to enjoy when you're dodging piles of dog feces. Worst camping experience of my life. Will never stay again.

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July 31 - August 1, 2015

On our trip from Wisconsin to Corpus Christy, TX and back, this was one of three military campgrounds we stayed at. It was also the best with Tinker AFB and Lackland AFB being the other two. The facilities were awesome. Free laundry and the cleanest public facilities I have ever seen. The campground is less than 100 yards from the water/beach. The beach makes for some good walking and shell searching but probably not the best for swimming. The nice beaches such as S. Padre Island and Mustang Island are a very short drive away though. North Beach and the USS Lexington are a short drive away as well. There is a fishing pier but they said it was closed due to storm damage earlier in the year. I was expecting this since it was reported in other reviews. I was just hoping they had it fixed by the time we got there. We had no trouble getting a spot without reservations even though we arrived on a Friday afternoon. But our site was not on a clean concrete slab like most of the other sites. But, with a 19' travel trailer, it wasn't a problem. I am used to grass/gravel pads anyway. Full hookups and only $15 dollars a day for 30 amp service. You just cant beat that for what you get. There are virtually no trees or shade so make sure your A/C is in good working order if visiting in the summer. The sites are quite spacious and the grounds are kept immaculate. Just be careful of the gopher holes. Lots of them running around digging holes. Lots of Jack Rabbits as well. Never saw or heard any coyotes as others reported in previous reviews. There were some nasty burs in the grass. You wont want to walk from the campsite to the bathrooms barefoot across the grass.

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March/April 2015

We stayed late mid-March to mid-April 2015. It's location close to the water is a big plus. The fishing pier is nice, although I did not catch anything significant. There are a few things to be aware of. First, the girl at the marina who checked us in was not very helpful at all. She could not provide us a map of the post, did not know anything about the post or the area. She didn't know anything about the fishing requirements. However, a couple days later we talked to the girl who handles tickets and travel and she was very helpful. The wind always blew, and it blew pretty hard. Be prepared to tie-down your slide-out covers and they will flap around pretty good. We ended up bringing our slides in a couple nights. Mosquitos are bad at certain times of the day. They like to gang up on you. The wind is pretty salty. They do not allow washing the RV, but they do allow you to rinse it off. Things to do include driving along Mustang Island. You can drive right on the beach. Visit Padre Island Natural Park. Fishing off the pier or at any public areas. Aside from the wind and mosquitoes, it really a nice place.

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Feb 18 - March 6, 2015

After reading some of the reviews I wasn't sure what to expect. The staff was extremely helpful and managed to extend our stay in the site we were first assigned to. The bathrooms are clean and plenty of hot water. Laundry facilities are spotless and FREE, with an ironing board and iron available. The fishing pier is undergoing renovations and lights have been added recently. Great walking areas and easy walk to commissary and exchange.

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Jan. 8, 2015 - Feb. 4, 2015

We were located in the park close to the fishing pier with concrete pads, picnic tables and quite a bit of space in between sites. Laundry room was clean and is free. Bathrooms are cold but clean. We asked about extending our stay with the girls at the desk and they couldn't find space. Deal with the director Dale Martinets and he will find or extend your stay if at all possible or we went through Navy Lodge 800 phone number and that helped, also. Plan to rinse the salt spray off your RV. Always windy. Cold in January.

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December 28, 2014-January 2, 2015

Easy to get to base and to park. Check-in was quick, but we too were caught off guard about pet vaccination documentation. We had it so no problem, but had to dig it out and take it back. All sights are back-in, which we knew. Hated that we had to back-in what we consider the 'wrong' way; when your backing in and have the site at your right. Laundry was free. Stayed in 40' fifth-wheel with Jeep towing 8' trailer hauling motorcycle. Everything fit at our site....thank goodness, because when we asked if we could park trailer/motorcycle at parking lot next to park, they said no. The parking lot was empty the entire time. So, it's a great park right on the water. Too bad we there and the weather was horrible; extremely windy, wet and cold. But we'll be back. I'm sure.

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26 Dec 2014

Checking in now with pets requires you to show vets vaccination records. This wasn't a problem with us since we always have them with us but not son who is also retired military had to have records faxed to the RV park before he could check in. Understand this is a new policy but needs to be published. The reservation clerk never mentioned this and I talked to her three or four times.

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Apr-May 2014

Need new upper mgt. does nothing for the campers. last time there the grass was not cut for more the three weeks we where there. the lights have been out on the fishing pier more then two years, that we know of. hospitality at check in was very good. new personnel each time we go there, but still good.

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May 2014

This was our first trip to Corpus Christi and we enjoyed it very much. I'd called the Navy central reservation service and was told they had no availability but Outdoor Rec @ Corpus Christi said they did. We arrived with a reservation for a full service site for a few days and dry camping a few days. As it turned out there were cancellations and we were able to spend the entire week on the same site. The woman who manages the office was very helpful providing local information and tickets to local events. The staff in the Outdoor Rec office were friendly and helpful and ensured we were able to have our site for a week. Lots to see and do in Corpus Christi. The winds do blow - warm temperatures but with the wind it stayed cool enough we didn't need the A/C. The dock needs some repairs - quite shabby condition and some rusted, broken tables should be removed but overall the campground was in good condition. Lots of seaweed on the beach - part of Gulf life. We'd return if we were in the area.

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(Updated: July 27, 2014)
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5.0

June 9-13, 2014

As I’m sitting inside the RV at the RV Park I thought I would right the review. This is my first attempt at RVing. I rented a 30’ class C and thought I would see if this is something my wife and I could do. The answer to that question is yes, but on to the review. 6 months ago I called and reserved a spot through the MWR at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. The lady was very friendly and helpful. The process was very quick. As the time quickly approached I called a few days before just to confirm my reservation. Again, the lady was helpful. I mentioned that I might arrive after 1700 and she said that wouldn’t be an issue. They would just leave my information, site number, and pass codes to the laundry, men, and women’s bathrooms. A few days before we left I got a confirmation email stating everything was go to go. True to form, we were going to be late I tried to call them the very day I was to arrive. It was on a Monday around 1000 hrs but I kept getting their after hour’s message machine. So I called another number and the person there said they would ensure they knew we were going to be arriving late. I use the GPS coordinates from this site and my TOM TOM took us right to the front gate from San Antonio. Gate guard checked only my ID and let us through which was great. We drove to the park and I left the RV near an empty spot to go find the “host” to get my stuff. I first went to the MWR office which is located in the smaller RV Park about three blocks away. It was locked up tight and there was a clip board hanging by the door but no info on it. So I drove back down to where my RV was. When I got there, there were two there ladies talking with my wife. They said there wasn’t any host because of cut backs and told us to find an empty spot and hook up. So I took the one right next to the RV. Most if not all of the sites are concrete, wide, clean, and with a picnic table. The sites have 30 / 50 amp, water, and sewer. I got us setup and we were set. The park is amazing. The sites are very far apart from each other. You can see the Corpus Christi Bay from just about any on them. They have a 400+ yard fishing pier within yards of where we setup. Around 0800 the next morning I went to the MWR office. They were just opening up so that was good timing. I told them who I was and if they had left my pass codes and site anywhere. I was a little shocked when they said no. So I told them which site I was on and finished checking in. The rec room, laundry (free of charge) and the bathrooms were very clean. Get ready to be in the sun. Very few trees and the ones that are here are small. We were lucky enough to position the RV to when the sun is in the west we had plenty of shade. Be prepared for the wind! Make sure you watch opening and closing the doors. If you use a tablecloth, secure it with something. Wi-Fi is free of charge, you don’t need any pass codes, and fairly reliable. I haven’t had any issues from the site I’m on. Out site is #36 if anyone wanted to know. There are lots of seagulls who love to eat anything you give them. Feed one and they’ll be 50 more in a second. There are jackrabbits and ground squirrels that run around the site. In the evenings coyotes will come through so don’t leave anything out they could get into too. The base is very clean, very open, and flat. So anyone who rides a bicycle will love this place. NEX is right next to the commissary. NEX closes at 1900 hrs. The commissary is closed on Mondays and they open up at 1000 on the other days. They do do an early bird starting a 0900 for 15 items or less. We never went until after 1000. The NEX is nice. Just about anything you could want. They aren’t huge but a good place to get ice, beer, some snacks, and your normal items. Everyone we ran into while working was friendly. They have a wide open golf course, a bowling center (with Subway inside). There is a gym and two racquetball courts. Get up early in the morning a go to the water near the pier. You can pick up crab shells (sea shells)! My wife filled a whole bag full of them. Overall this had been a great vacation. I would recommend this place to any retiree. The ocean (other than the bay) is just a few minutes away. The roads are a little confusing or it just might be me! You can get to any of the tourist sites in a few minutes. I will say don’t try an LEAVE the base around 1430 or so. That is when the Army Depot has their shift change and the traffic getting off base is terrible!

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