The beaches of Padre Island are so inviting that inland lakes have been known to import loads of Padre sand for their own waterfronts.
“The sand dunes of South Padre Island are my favorite destination. We can get away from the crowds in the city and enjoy the big dunes.”
—FRANCISCO ORTIZ, LAREDO
But there’s no substitute for a visit to the lanky barrier island, with attractions both urban and pristine. South Padre Island is a hotbed of beach culture with lodging, dining, nightlife, and watersports. Northward, Padre Island National Seashore protects the longest stretch of undeveloped
barrier island in the world, along with the wildlife that depends on it.