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3 Island Itineraries: Couples Getaway

Written by Helen Bryant.

Dolphin Cove, in Isla Blanca Park, on the southern tip of the island. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

Stay

Pearl South Padre, which sits on the beach on the southern end of the island. Its 251 rooms and condos offer plush bedding and contemporary furnishings along with balconies overlooking the Gulf. Enjoy the pool and swim-up bar, hands-down the island’s most romantic waterscape.

Do

Walk the boardwalk at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center hand-in-hand, spotting roseate spoonbills, great blue herons, and other shore birds at the edge of the Laguna Madre.

Then head for the secluded north end of South Padre Island’s beach, where you can trek over the dunes, then stroll along a high-rise-free beach where you might find a few unshattered shells to take home.

Complete your relaxation with a couple’s massage at the Sapphire Spa right next to the Pearl. The Two If By Sea, 80-minute treatment offers side-by-side massages, followed by a dip in a private infinity tub infused with your choice of aromatherapy scent. Try the lavender to relax and the peppermint to revitalize.

Eat

Join other couples aboard the Southern Wave catamaran for a sunset dinner cruise in the Laguna Madre. A chef grills plump, fresh shrimp and tender chicken and beef fajitas to enjoy as you cruise serenely along, serenaded by a local musician. The crew provides soft drinks and water, and will chill the wine you bring. You’ll see the island from a completely new perspective, and when the sun sets, the entire bay takes on 
an orange glow.

Nightlife

Dance the night away at the Padre Sunset Club—there’s a sports bar upstairs and a dance club downstairs—or Casablanca Lounge at the Suites at Sunchase. On weekends, talented island musicians will keep you on your feet at both clubs.

Couples Itinerary

Pearl South Padre, 310 Padre Blvd., 956/761-6551.

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, 6801 Padre Blvd., 956/243-8179.

Sapphire Spa, 310A Padre Blvd., 956/389-8888.

Southern Wave sunset cruise leaves from 2401 Laguna Blvd.between Louie’s Backyard and Laguna Bob, 956/772-7245.

Padre Sunset Club, 5908 Padre Blvd., 956/761-1219.

Casablanca Lounge, Suites at Sunchase, 1004 Padre Blvd., 956/761-7711.

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