What is it? A barrier island off the southernmost corner of Texas that boasts sparkling tropical waters, unspoiled beaches and action-packed nightlife.
Why go? South Padre may be unofficially called Spring Break Island, but this picturesque locale is so much more than a teenage hangout (just don’t come here during March!) The best time to visit is between September and February, in order to relax and enjoy the lovely scenery without the crowds and rowdy partying.
Though Texas may not be as known for its beaches as it is for, say, its cowboy culture and savory BBQ, the Lone Star State is home to more than 600 miles of coastline, pristine beaches, charming seaside towns and emerald-green waters – can someone say, “beach vacay”? Whether you’re itching for a secluded island getaway, a bustling beach town with things to do galore or just a quiet stretch of sand, chances are you can find it along the Gulf Coast of Texas.