Padre Island National Seashore
Among the nation’s longest undeveloped shorelines, Padre Island National Sea-shore stretches more than 60 miles, 55 of which are accessi-ble by boat, on foot, or four-wheel-drive. I counted a handful of hardy campers between mile markers five and 10, an occasional hard-core fisherman until about mile 20, and nothing much after that except wind, waves, seabirds, and—our lucky day—a sea turtle! Pick a camping site you like anywhere on the beach, and after watching a riotous sunset over grass-covered dunes, sit under the light of a star-studded sky and, occa-sionally, bioluminescent waves to boot. This fits my definition of the perfect beach.
From the June 2008 issue.