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The beaches of South Padre Island are the number one attraction for many Island visitors. There are no privately owned beaches in Texas, so everyone is welcome to enjoy every inch of the entire coast line. There are beach access points every few blocks along Gulf Blvd, or you can go to one of the county park beaches where you'll find pavilions with picnic tables, playgrounds, restrooms, and showers. Travel Channel names South Padre Island as one of America's best beaches for family beach travel. South Padre Island is the finest coastal resort in Texas, with beautiful beaches, tall sand dunes, and warm clear clean Gulf waters.

 

 
 


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South Padre Island - the best beach in Texas! South Padre Island, the gem of the Texas coast boasts miles of tropical beach front resort shoreline and a warm family friendly atmosphere that is perfect for your beach vacation. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico make your action packed vacation a dream come true. At the southern tip of the 600 mile stretch of Texas beaches, the warmest waters of the entire Gulf of Mexico meet the tropical climate of the South Texas coast, making South Padre beaches a great destination year round. And with planned activities and events such as surfing competitions where you can watch the states best surfers effortlessly ride the waves, sand castle days where the worlds top sand castle builders meet to battle it out with amazing artistic creations you can not only watch but join in on the fun with amateur sand castle competitions and free sand castle lessons. The ever popular Bike Fest also known as Roar by the Shore where you'll see thousands of Harleys and other decked out motorcylces parade down the boulevard, some of the nations biggest fishing tournaments including TIFT and LKT, pirate days, kite fest, sporting events, market days, and other seasonal events - there's always something going on in South Padre Island. Seaside you can enjoy a dolphin watch or a narrated cruise and eco tour of the surrounding Gulf waters of South Padre Island and the Laguna Madre bay. And when you come ashore, visit Sea Turtle Inc, the sealife and dolphin research center, or the coastal studies lab and marvel at the aquatic life of the South Texas Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Ocean. While enjoying the ocean waters, waves, and sand dive into some popular water sports in South Padre include surfing lessons, windsurfing, kayaking, kite boarding, and jet skiing, parasailing, banana boats, and fishing. Beach side activities feature sand castle lessons, horseback riding, atvs and more. While off of the beach you can indulge in some of the freshest seafood (if you've never had the lobster sized Gulf Coast Shrimp you really ought to try!) or Island shopping. Nightlife is plentiful featuring beach front cabanas or bayside tropical bars where you can have a cocktail and watch the sunset, dance, join in for some karaoke, or watch your favorite sports at the local sports bar. Each year during the month of March, the small quiet seaside town of 2,400-population fills in with ten times that many college girls and boys as the beaches of South Padre Island has become one of the most popular Spring Break destinations in the nation. Isla Blanca Beach Park, a great family beach features 2 large pavilions, complete with a playground, snack bar, bait stands, umbrella and chair rentals, and surfing lessons. The park has a new boat ramp, rv park, tent camping area, and a long rock jetty offering great fishing. Local catches include snapper, flounder, red fish, trout, grouper, snook, tarpon, and kingfish. The dolphin and sea turtles are plentiful and make daily appearances around the jetty in the ship channel. Watching the shrimp boats cruise in and out of the safety of the calm bay waters as they venture offshore is magical. Watching the boats and fisherman come back in safely can be even more beautiful. The Christo de los Pescadores statue is a shrine built to memorialize those brave fishermen that were lost at sea and proudly stands with arms outreached at 30 ft tall. Traveling to the north side of the Island, there are miles of even more beautiful beaches stretching for 28 miles of unspoiled sandy coastline. The national seashore feature the barrier Island beaches that offer incredible shelling, camping, and is the perfect setting for a romantic evening, spectacular sunset and private strolls up the beach. At the end of the stretch of empty coastline lies another jetty and small boat pass where it is said that a couple of Spanish Galleons where known to have sunk close to shore and treasure hunters have lucked into some incredible finds. Stop by the local Beachcombers Museum and you can see various treasures found along the beaches of South Padre Island. Along with some of the most popular beaches in the country, you can explore some of the nation's best bird watching sites at the new world birding center, learn about endangered sea turtles at Sea Turtle, Inc. the local sea turtle hospital and research facility. Across the Bay and just a few mile drive from the shores of South Padre lies the old port town of Port Isabel where you can still visit and climb the historical Port Isabel lighthouse. Driving across the Queen Isabella Causeway you'll catch a breathtaking view of the city and bay. Or for golf enthusiasts if a golf course is what you are searching for then don't worry as the South Padre Island Golf Club is the finest in the Rio Grande Valley. There really is something for everyone in South Padre Island!