South Padre Island, TX

If you thought this beautiful island town only existed for a couple weeks in March during Spring Break – think again. To download this episode or purchase it on DVD – CLICK HERE.

This beach community makes for one heck of a day trip (even longer if you’ve got the time).  Yes, there are lots of condos, beach shops, and bars to keep the college kids busy, but the rest of the year, South Padre Island is a relaxing oasis that rivals the best beach towns in America.  So, here’s what to do.

Sun and sand lovers have lots of options.  I would start by taking a sand castle lesson from Dennis Barrett, the Sand Slave himself.  CLICK HERE to set up a lesson.  On the beach side of S. Padre, I also recommend a surf lesson from South Padre Surf Company.  Turns out you don’t have to go to Cali to catch some waves.  On the bay side, take a snorkeling trip on the Southern Wave Catamaran.  You’ll be amazed how clear the water is, and you might even see a stingray.  If you prefer the wildlife above the water, check out the South Padre Birding and Nature Center.

When hungry, head to Pier 19 for breakfast.  Their shrimp omelette is one of the greatest breakfasts I’ve ever put in my mouth.  A more traditional, yet still delicious breakfast is at Ted’s.  For fried seafood, look no further than the island stalwart Dirty Al’s.  And when you need some food, drinks, and relaxation on the beach, Clayton’s is the place and boasts the “biggest beach bar in Texas.”

As the nightfalls, if you have an strength (and courage) left, head to the Gravity Adventure Park which bungee jumping, go-carts for adults and kids, as well as my favorite – the REVERSE bungee.  You gotta try it to believe it.

HOTELS OF CHOICE – Clayton’s Resort for a vintage beach front hotel and Inverness for a beach-front, family friendly condo with kitchen and lots of sleeping room.