South Padre

Surf Texas Waves for Days on South Padre Island

May 28, 2020 | By

An Epic 367-Mile Road Trip Reveals the Best of the Texas Coast

May 31, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

From Port Arthur to Port Isabel, navigating the best of Texas’ bays, beaches, and bards

5 Texas Cities Where You Can Discover Your Inner Science Geek

May 24, 2018 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas Gulf Coast, where the North American continent descends into the Gulf of Mexico’s salty waters, harbors a steamy mix of marshes, bays, beaches, and ocean. Over the years, scientific institutions and conservation groups gravitated to this rich environment to establish laboratories, preserves, rescues, and aquariums dedicated to studying and protecting its diversity of life. We know most travelers escape to the coast to while away time on the beach, but we also know that such experiences take on greater meaning with a little educational insight. Here we’ve put together a science-by-the-sea road trip—a syllabus for discovering the most scintillating of salty facts.

Explore South Padre Island with a Drive up State Park Road 100

May 23, 2018 | By W. F. Strong.

I get my first clear view of South Padre Island from the summit of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. At 85 feet above Laguna Madre, the bridge reveals the island stretching majestically on a north-south line, like a thin ribbon of sand floating in a cobalt sea.

18 Places to Go in Texas in 2018

December 28, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

From El Paso to Galveston, uncover our top 18 travel must-dos for 2018.

Get Captivated

May 13, 2015 | By Melissa Gaskill

While nothing matches meeting a wild sea turtle on a beach or in the ocean, coming face-to-face with one in a rehabilitation or educational facility is also a thrill.

Grains of Inspiration

May 13, 2015 | By Helen Anders

On a spring day, Lucinda Wierenga—better known on South Padre Island as “Sandy Feet”—puts the finishing touches on a multi-turreted sand castle in front of the Taco Factory restaurant, only to watch a storm immediately blow the top off.

A Day at the Beach

April 12, 2015 | By Helen Anders

In a family-vacation photo taken in the early 1900s, a family of seven poses at the edge of the surf at South Padre Island.

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