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Sometimes you just need to get away and relax. This past summer we decided to explore South Padre Island, Texas. As a Floridian, I have to say that I am a beach snob. If it isn’t the East Coast, than I’m not interested. However I was a bit surprised when we headed down to South Padre.
Now it isn’t a Florida beach by any means, but it did earn a little bit of my respect. The beach wasn’t dirty, or had too many shells. It did have waves, and if you know where you go you can find the perfect spots with less people. I could spend everyday, all day at the beach, but it you aren’t a huge beach junkie like myself there are other things you can do.
South Padre Adventure Island Park
If you love horses, zip lining, or petting zoos, than this is the place for you. It is on the North side of the Island away from the hustle and bustle of the island. It was a blast riding horses on the beach. My family loved riding down the beach with a group of friends. I just wish my horse was tied to the guide instead of me controlling him. 😂 I guess the best adventures are ones you get out of your comfort zone. The prices were reasonable. This is definitely a do again item.
The Original Dolphin Watch
To be honest, I didn’t think we would see any dolphins, but we decided to give it a go anyways, This Dolphin Watch is an hour and a half tour. The first 30 minutes or so the crew drags a net to collect sea life. They bring the creatures they have captured for everyone to look at before putting them back safely into the water. The last half of the tour is looking for the dolphins. To our amazement, we ended up seeing a few pods in the area. It was amazing. A word of advice, if you get sea sick take something before you get on the boat. Depending on the waves, you’re going to need it. I’m glad I took one.
Every night we visited, there were evening fireworks on the bay side. My kids loved watching them from the community pool.
Parrot Eyes Watersports
Kayaking is one of my favorite things to do when we go to the beach. It gives us a chance to go at our own pace and explore the area. We rented ours from Parrot Eyes Watersports. Their prices were competitive. The staff was helpful and nice. They do rent out other water items as well. So, we kayaked down the bay towards the end of the island. We found a shallow area and let the kids explore. We also took a lunch and snacks for the kids.
Snorkeling is also an option to do in South Padre. I don’t remember who we went through, but I do remember we had a nice time. The company provided snacks and drinks during the excursion. I usually enjoy snorkeling, but this time around the water was very choppy. It made me so nervous. However, my husband had a great time and enjoyed it.
There are plenty of other things to do. So many great restaurants, local shops, and rentals. There is something for everyone. One thing you had to do is take a picture by the South Padre Island sign. I know it may sound cheesy, but it was a must do for us. Have fun!
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