This small resort town on the southern tip of Padre Island is accessible via the causeway on Texas 100. Visitors find a wide range of accommodations from campgrounds to luxury hotels, and restaurants feature fresh Gulf seafood.

South Padre is known for its water sports and other outdoor activities, including horseback riding on the beach. Sign up for sand castle lessons from expert builder Andy Hancock (956-433-9948, allamericansandcastle.com).

Fish from beaches, piers and jetties. Group boats provide bay and deep-sea fishing for full or half days; charter cruises are available. www.sopadre.com. The popular Laguna Madre Nature Trail is north of the city next to the convention center.





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