South Padre Island is the Best Fall Season Escape 

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South Padre Island was once again named the Texas’ Destination of the Year by the Texas Travel Awards. Winning six awards, including best beach, views, and outdoor

activities. South Padre Island is the perfect tropical retreat, with 34 miles of coastline, 300 days of sunshine, and all forms of entertainment. There will be something for every member of the family to enjoy.

For nature lovers looking to learn more about the natural environment of the Gulf Coast. South Padre Island has two major eco-centers where they can learn all about the fauna and flora of the region. Sea Turtle Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is educating, conserving, and rehabilitating sea turtles. Here, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about their history, what to do if they encounter a sea turtle, and meet their permanent residents. The South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary has over 3,300 feet of boardwalk, five bird blinds, and a viewing tower this is a great place to learn about the local wildlife. With the rental of binoculars, children can spot birds unique to our region. They will also learn about the cutest couple on SPI, Big Padre and Lady Laguna. They are their permanent resident alligators.

South Padre Island is the sandcastle capital of the world. SPI is home to many sand masters ready to teach you the science behind sandcastle building. These classes are great for bringing the family together and learning a new skill.

The waters around South Padre Island are wonderful to fish any time of the year, but summer is when they shine bright like the Texas sun. From wahoo and tuna to tarpon and snapper, you can reel in your limit of giant fish and great times. You’ll find no shortage of knowledgeable captains ready to show you their secret spots and put you in schools of fish. Even better, once you’ve filled your cooler; tons of local chefs are ready to take your day’s catch and turn it into a truly memorable meal. It’s a signature South Padre Island experience and one not to be missed. For more information, visit sopadre.com.

Dennise Villalobos