South Padre Island
Although widely known as a Spring Break destination, South Padre Island is a great little beach resort any time. We go as often as possible.
The island forms a barrier between the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre, a wide flat bay. The island is amazingly long, and protects much of southern Texas from the direct effects of the ocean waves.
The beach itself, of course, is amazing. I never get tired of walking on it. The sand is very fine, soft, and a light beige/tan color. In the past, there has been trouble with tarballs on the beach from the many oilrigs in the Gulf, but this has not happened in quite a few years.
There is a turtle shelter on the island, as the island beaches attract many sea turtles. Or, they DID, before the animal population was depleted. Now, there are still a few that come, and those are cherished and protected.
Spring Breakers come each year (kinda like the migrating birds!) to play in the sun. There is about 3 weeks when the southern end of the island is filled with energy and youth, all intent on having a good time. While there is plenty of noise and crowds, for the most part people behave. The town spends a great deal of time and money keeping the peace, and it seems to work.
The colors, sights, and sounds of the island bring me a great deal of joy every time I visit. I hope that these photos give you a little taste of the natural beauties to be found, and that you will have a chance to visit South Padre Island soon!
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Photo credits: Amy Nicolai.