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South Padre Island Beaches
South Padre Island is a 34-mile-long barrier island at the southern tip of Texas. Unlike North Padre Island, home of Padre Island National Seashore, South Padre Island is a resort beach, with hotels, condominiums, restaurants, gift shops and so on.

But there are still miles of beaches that draw visitors from all over the U.S. And then there's the annual deluge of Spring Breakers. Note to families: If you plan to visit South Padre, make sure you won't be here during Spring Break.

South Padre is definitely more for the resort-lovers than those who want miles and miles of deserted beaches. But that's the preference of many people anyway, people who enjoy sun, sand and surf but also want restaurants, nightclubs and other amenities close by.

Isla Blanca County Park on the southern tip of the island provides a break from the resort atmosphere, for those who want a little less clutter.

South Padre is a convenient jumping off point for day trips to Matamoras, Mexico, or to the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

The nearest mainland city is Port Isabel, and access to South Padre is via Texas 100, through Port Isabel.

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