If you go to the northern most point where the road ends, you will find mountains of sand. They are not easy to climb over and they are deep and powderish. There are also accassional broken glass bottles, metal bottle caps, and sharp broken seashells among other things that can leave you with a vacation war wound. Those cuts are not fun in salt water.
Buy those mesh water shoes. They have them in most of the gift shops and they are less than $15. It's a lot safer walking around and you are not slinging sand all up your legs like when you have on flip flops.
I love picking up seashells and looking for treasure. This part of the island is a great place to do that. Plus, if you're looking for something a little less hussle and bussle and more private and romantic, definately don't miss out on this area.
It's a must when you visit South Padre, if nothing else, just to take a picture of the "road ends" sign and see the enormous sand hills.
Fondest memory: The beach at night and sunrise in the mornings
Favorite thing: South Padre Island is in the extrem south east of Texas right on the Mexican border. It is joined to the mainland by an impressive suspension bridge. It's a popular retreat fro Texans, although it's a little pricey.
Favorite thing: You probably won't find a better-quality beach with the number of amenities here anywhere else in Texas. Sometimes there is seaweed washed up on the shore; they do a good job of cleaning it up as quickly as possible with tractors. This means that if you want to find shells, you must go very early in the morning! It's easy to spend a whole day just walking the beach, seeing the hotels as you go by them, observing the mix of people who gather here.
South Padre Island offers so many opportunities that our week long vacation was not nearly enough time to do them all. Some of the things we have saved for our next visit are:
Play minature golf
Race the go-carts
Go deep sea fishing
Ride a waverunner
Do Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark
Ride horses on the beach
And a whole lot more....
Many of the things we enjoyed most on our visit to the area were actually just over the causeway on the mainland. See our Port Isabel, Texas, pages to learn of the fascinating opportunites you will find there.
A great first stop for those coming to South Padre Island, especially for the first time, is the South Padre Island Visitor's Center. Here you will find free brochures, magazines, and a friendly staff who will inform you of all the many things to see and do on the island. Our one week here was not nearly enough time to see and do it all.
Turn left immediately after crossing the Queen Isabella Causeway from the mainland. Then turn right at the first traffic light and you will see the Visitor's Center on your right.
Favorite thing: This is the beach from south end, as you see, Tropical storm Erika was very close (300 km) to strike Isla del Padre past august 15th, you can enjoy all facilities to stay here and to hace a nice stay. Do you hate sand in your body, go to the hotel pool and sleep early, drink some beers and walk or go shopping.
Favorite thing: There are like 7 different compaines that have Dolphin watches. We went it cost about 10$ a person and you get on a boat and they take you out in the ocean and you can see lots of dolphins up close, swimming around and jumping. It was pretty cool, its about a 2 hr boat ride.
Favorite thing: Bungee jumping and other activities involving heights are available on the island. One is located right across from Louie's Backyard. It opens at 7pm. Or if you are into watching you can just go to Louie's and watch from the deck while your sippin on a beverage of choice.
During Spring Break it's balls to the wall nuts, and all other times it's pretty fun as well. Be careful when you decide to cross the bridge to the island though. There are times when it's packed and you'll be stuck on it for hours (at least you have a pretty view).
Fondest memory: They say South Padre is like the 60's...if you remember it, you weren't there. Where to begin?? Beer bongs, keg stands, dance contests, partying on the beach, going to Mexico (30 minutes from SPI), dancing all night, leaving Mexico at 5AM, not being able to find our room, passing out in the elevator and riding it for about 2 hours whilst asleep (hey---it happens!), meeting people from all over the world, the mechanical bull, the barber chair and of course, getting to take a week off school and spend the time w/ my friends at the beach!!!
Favorite thing: Practically as soon as you come off the Causeway you'll see the SPI Visitors Center, where you can stop to get maps, brochures, and info on current happenings.