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South Padre Island Travel Guide: 164 reviews and 209 photos
South Padre Island is a barrier island. a long, narrow island running parallel to the coast but about 2 miles out in the Gulf. This makes posible two different salt-water experiences- a nice surf on the East side, and a calm lake between the West side and the mainland, called the Laguna Madre. People even do salt-water fly fishing in the laguna!
The water is crystal clear. On the Gulf side there are several sand bars so as you walk into the Gulf you hit water that is chest-deep and as you keep going all of a sudden it's only up to your ankles. That is repeated several times depending on the tide level.
P.S. Don't overlook pages about Port Isabel which is the town on the mainland that SPI is connected to by the Causeway.
- Pros:Nice water, good variety of lodging and eats
- Cons:It's a long drive thru barren South Texas to get there.
- In a nutshell:A nice place to unwind and spend a week or so.
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