South Padre Island, Texas: Coast to Coast Fun
By Vange Tapia
From fishing in the morning to enjoying a sunset dinner sail on a catamaran, South Padre Island left me no room for boredom. This is a place where you’ll find the exact vacation you seek – whether that involves resting on the beach or keeping active with the many fun outdoor activities! This island in the south of Texas offers nearly 55 kilometres of beaches on the shores of the Laguna Madre and the Gulf of Mexico. It is a place I recommend to visit with family, with friends or alone.
Water Sports in an Outstanding Environment
Fishing is big in South Padre Island, so very early in the morning, I decided to try my luck at catching something. Fortunately, my friends at Breakaway Cruises gave me a couple of recommendations and I was able to reel in a few fish. Plus, I got to see even more fish of the region, including a stingray which stopped to greet us!
After our morning of fishing, we returned to the marina, where with the same company, I took a jet-ski tour. Oh yeah, I got soaked! But the pure adrenalin invited me to play on the waves of the Laguna Madre Bay nonstop. If you are lucky, you might be able to see dolphins playing in the distance.
Breakaway Cruises has many diverse options to entertain visitors, so craving more, I ventured to dry myself by parasailing. Yes! I got into a boat and we motored out into the middle of the bay, where still tethered to the boat, my parachute was released and quickly lifted me up until I could see the island from up in the air. You have no idea how exciting it is to parasail! And what a view!
Schilitterbahn Means Guaranteed Fun
I also visited one of the largest water parks in the United States: Schlitterbahn Water Park & Resort. This park has been recognised as the number one attraction for children in Texas by “Texas Family Magazine”. Here you can picnic and bring your own food or enjoy the dishes which the restaurant in the park offers. It also has a hotel and its own beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
I flung down through water slides, I surfed on an artificial wave with a bodyboard, and I even explored the exciting underwater world with a diving helmet at Sea Trek! To dry myself, I slid via the zip lines spanning the park from above. Pure adrenalin!
Pure Relaxation and Unforgettable Sunsets
I decided to end my trip with a sunset catamaran tour, which passed through the canals of the residential area and along the bay. The tour company Southern Wave Sailing Charters transported us in style and livened up the evening with live music and a delicious surf and turf dinner as the sun went down.
Did I mention the climate is temperate almost all year round?
But not everything is about being active all day. If you want to wake up to the murmur of the waves, practise water activities, taste fresh dishes of the region, relax by the beach under the sun or under the stars, look no further! South Padre Island has everything you need to have fun in an outdoorsy atmosphere of relaxation with endless activities.