More about South Padre Island
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286 miles S of San
Antonio; 366 miles SW of Houston; 531 miles S of Dallas; 815 miles SE of El Paso
South Padre Island is a true resort town,
with about 3,000 year-round residents, and an influx of several thousand more
when the winter chill sends northerners south in search of sunshine and warmth. Watersports are a major draw, from powerboating, sailing, and windsurfing to
bay, surf, and deep-sea fishing. And some of us simply want to relax on the
beach, allowing the gentle murmur of the water to soothe our senses and wash
away the stress of this hectic modern world. More energetic visitors can also
bicycle, play tennis and golf, and go horseback riding. Birding is as popular
here as in other areas of South Texas, with more than 300 species.
The sunsets are grand, reflecting in the
water of the Laguna Madre, and many restaurants capitalize on their location
with outdoor seating. Set your taste buds to enjoy fresh seafood of all kinds
prepared in a variety of seasonings -- Italian to Mexican, broiled to
deep-fried. And if you catch your own, some restaurants will be happy to cook it
for you (the ones that do advertise it).
The town of South Padre Island stretches
along 25 miles of sand on the southern tip of Padre Island just across the
Laguna Madre from the mainland, and the small town of Port Isabel. Easily
accessible by plane into nearby cities, it has become a favored place for
conventions. Conventions here are usually small affairs and don't really cause
the traveler any inconvenience, but beware spring break when hordes of college
students invade the town and raise a ruckus.
From Wikipedia, the
Padre Island is the world's
longest barrier island along the coast of South Texas. The island is some 130
miles (210 kilometers) long, stretching from the city of
Corpus Christi in the
north to the town of Port Isabel in the south. The island is oriented generally
north-south, with the Gulf of Mexico on the east, and Laguna Madre on the west.
The island's northern end connects to
Mustang Island by
roadway. The southern end of the island is separated from Brazos Island by the
Brazos Santiago Pass.
The island as a whole is sparsely
populated; that said, the towns of South Padre Island and Port Isabel are
located at its southern end. The central part of the island is preserved in a
natural wild state as
Padre Island National Seashore.
Since 1964, the island has been divided by the artificial Port Mansfield
Channel, and as a result, "North Padre Island" and "South Padre Island" are
often used to refer to the separate portions of the island. Padre Island is
located in Cameron, Kennedy,
Kleberg, Nueces, and
Padre Island is young in geological terms,
having formed only in the last several thousand years.