Coastal park visitors who are eager to claim summer spots at Isla Blanca, Andy Bowie and Adolph Thomae Jr. parks will get their chance starting Tuesday.

That’s when the Cameron County Parks and Recreation Department will begin accepting reservations online, in person and over the phone for dates in April through September. Visitors who use the online system can start making reservations at midnight, and park offices will take reservations during regular business hours.

This will be the first time visitors can claim their summer RV and camping sites through the park website. Hundreds of people in January 2018 camped overnight outside the park department’s South Padre Island office to make their summer reservations.

“We hope that our guests will use the online reservation system because it’s going to be a lot more convenient for them to make reservations,” Parks Director Joe Vega said.

He encouraged those who plan to pay for their spots online to familiarize themselves before summer reservations open Tuesday. Winter reservations will open April 20, according to a parks department news release.

Vega said some Isla Blanca Park construction will be wrapping up when guests arrive in early summer – weather permitting. The reconstruction of Sandpiper Pavilion will be completed late March or early April, he said, and the new DJ Lerma Pavilion will be finished in late April or early May.

The parks department also is making upgrades to the Isla Blanca RV restrooms and showers, Vega added.

“During our peak summer months in June and July, we should not have any construction at that time,” he said.

Office hours for coastal parks are:

>> 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Isla Blanca Park, (956) 761-5493, (956) 761-5494 or (956) 761-3475

>> 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Andy Bowie Park, (956) 761-3704

>> 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park, (956) 748-2044

The online reservation system can be accessed via

By Nadia Tamez-Robledo Staff writer