South Padre Island Journals

South Padre Island

A travel journal to South Padre Island by txtraveler

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Quote: South Padre Island offers as much entertainment, or relaxation as you'd want...is a great destination for families, couples, young and old. Dining choices are plentiful enough, and if you like beaches, this is the best beach in Texas!

South Padre Island

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Overview

South Padre Island Photo, South Padre Island, Texas
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Body surfing, fishing, making sand castles, sitting under an umbrella on the beach, reading a book, beverage in a koozie beside me, beach chairs, sandy towels, flip flops, walking along the waters edge early in the morning, and later in the evening (when the sand cools down.) Jumping and hopping on the beach when sand is hot and you've not worn your shoes; the great feel when you splash your way into the water, and slam down into the waves; wading FAR out and still being up to your waist on a sandbar. Shells, starfish, seagulls! Going out on the boat to see dolphins...splashing and snorting their way along right by the side of the boat! Fishing at Jim's Pier, snow cones in Port Isabel, shopping for g...Read More
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Best Things Nearby:The property is right on the beach! A short drive to the Bay side, and if you position yourself just right, you can have a view of the gulf & the bay! Fishing, beaching, eating, dolphin watching, swimming, enjoying the beautiful water, beach & weather!Best Things About the Resort:Location. Timeshare properties are limited on S. Padre Island. We've stayed here 2 times, and have been pleased. The units are "beach friendly"...not luxurious, but withstand the water and sand. Kitchen was well-appointed, and location is truly good. The pool looks nice, though honestly never went in. When on the beach, why would I go in the pool?Resort Experienc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2002

Inverness at South Padre
5600 Gulf Blvd.
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
(956) 761-7919

Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

Restaurant | "The Sea Ranch"

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Some of the best shrimp cocktail we've ever had. Great shrimp fettucini! Service was attentive, but not rushing. This had burned down years ago, and was rebuilt. Along with the new building, there seems to be a new attitude, and attention to quality. A fine meal. Don't plan to rush through this one. Enjoy, lay back, and plan on some great seafood. One of the more dressy places you'll find on the Island, but nice sundress, or shorts & top are all right. Nothing sloppy will fit in, though. You see a lot of business account folks there (from the convention center business)...A good choice.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2002

Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar
1 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
(956) 761-1314

Tcby Yogurt

Restaurant | "TCBY"

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This has to be mentioned, because who doesn't crave an ice cream like product while at the beach? This TCBY offers all the flavors, cones, etc....and a nice little seating area if you choose to stay cool and rest inside. Also worth mentioning, the CLEANEST RESTROOMS I've ever seen in an eating establishment like this! Friendly staff, quick service, great product! A good place to stop!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2002

Tcby Yogurt
410 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
(956) 761-2921

Fishing at South Padre Island

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Attraction

Fishing at South Padre Island Photo, South Padre Island, Texas
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We always keep our boat, and buy all of our supplies (gas, beverages, ice) at Jim's Pier. They run a great business, and we keep returning to them. After you come in, you can clean your fish right there on the pier, with their hoses, and the whole set-up. The bay is very shallow..and you should talk to a local (or better yet, get a guide the first time you go out) about channel markers - critical to understand - and where the best fishing is. There is a strong network of fishing guides on the island. Jim's Pier can recommend to you. Go out before sunrise (if you know your way) and enjoy the stillness of the water, like glass, and the sunrise. The bay is still pristine, and so shallow in some spots t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2002

Fishing at South Padre Island
In the bay, or out in the Gulf of Mexico
South Padre Island, Texas