South Padre Island

by William Mclaughlin February. 26, 2014 1322 views

Our first stop after leaving our new winter snowbird home and continuing our trip was South Padre Island. It was socked-in fog the whole two days we were there, which we didn't mind at all! Fog has its own beauty. Fortunately for you, though, we'd been to South Padre in early January on a gorgeous sunny day, so although we didn't take any pictures while we were there earlier this week, we had pictures of what we would have seen if we could have seen it! :)

This is the Port Isabel lighthouse. We didn't get to go up in it because they were closed for lunch, but we enjoyed wandering around the grounds and visiting the interpretive center.

We found a vantage point on the mainland where we could see the town of South Padre Island, Texas. All the big buildings are hotels.

The lights were flashing, and we did, indeed, see pelicans! This is the Port Isabel side of the bridge, heading east to South Padre Island.

The east side of the causeway. It's just under two miles from Port Isabel to South Padre.

After having a bite to eat, we drove north along the beach road. There are several beach access points with small parking lots, and they all have information boards advising visitors of the surf conditions. The red flag was out, and we were looking forward to seeing some good-sized waves!

I guess “heavy surf” is a relative term. Our last beach stop was the Pacific Ocean, where waves like these would be considered to be a flat-calm day!

The beach was absolutely covered in shells and shell fragments.

Driving north on the coast road, we started to see sand encroaching on the pavement.

That's a lot of sand! The entire northbound lane is covered, and only the southbound lane was useable in places.

We got out at the end of the road and wandered around for a while.

The high dunes to the left (west) of the road provided a terrific vantage point. The water you see on the left is the Laguna Madre … the bay between South Padre island and the mainland. The water on the right is the Gulf of Mexico. The island is VERY narrow!

There were roadside attractions everywhere, but this one was fancy enough that we stopped for a closer look. That's King Kong (or one of his relatives) in the back right distance.

At 26 degrees above the Equator, the moon is tipped pretty far over on its side. Travel lets you see so many interesting things!

We're heading up and around the Texas Gulf Coast, and will catch up with you all again as soon as we have more pictures. The weather continues to be foggy, but we're enjoying relaxing after having worked so hard on the house!

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