Our first beach stop on our recent Texas road trip was in South Padre Island, Texas. We both loved this location with a quiet town (during non-peak tourist season), beautiful beaches, and several fun activities we enjoyed.
Our hotel was at the north end of the island with a beautiful view of the gulf. I can only imagine what this place would look like during the busy seasons. It was clearly set up to accommodate crowds of Spring Breakers and Summer Vacationers. But for us, it was peaceful and serene.
View from our balcony:
View further down our beach:
There were quite a few sandcastle art creations around the island. Several of them were on the beach in front of our hotel. Said to be semi-permanent, they were fun to look at, even if a bit wind-blown in parts. I thought this one especially cute 💗
It looked like people could pay to have their name or message created in the sandcastle.
The day we arrived on the island was drizzly and stormy. But we were blessed to have beautiful weather the remainder of our trip.
These huge chairs below were located at the convention center, right across the street from our hotel. They also had a short nature walk that led to the other side of the small island. We discovered it to be a beautiful location to watch the sunset.
When we arrived to watch the sunset, we realized there were two guys fishing way out in the water. Clearly the water was very shallow, even so far out.
We were fasinated to see the windmills in the distance, across the water on the mainland.
South Padre Island has a serious love for sea turtles. I read about the Sea Turtle Art Trail before I left. We started looking for the sea turtle sculptures on our second day on the island. I stopped and asked this nice lady if she had more information. She actually had a large map that she gave me (I had printed out a small one at home). The turtles below were receiving a fresh coat of paint but were not part of art trail. There was one nearby, however, that we easily located.
Below is a slide show of a few of the Sea Turtle Sculptures. We decided to try and find as many as we could. South Padre Island is not very large. When we had difficulty finding the one at Beach Park (currently closed for the season) we stopped in the Visitor’s Center nearby. They told us about the Sea Turtle Scavenger Hunt (I had read about it on one of the signs). If we found them all and posted at least on photo of us on social media, we got a gift if we returned. We also learned that we were free to wonder into Beach Park and find the sea turtle. They leave it open year around specifically for the scavenger hunters! Without too much difficulty we found each sea turtle, although two were removed and being refurbished. We posted our photos and went back to the Visitor’s Center to claim our prize, a “Sea Turtle Art Trail” t-shirt 😊
The first photo in the slide show may be my favorite. Featuring “Turtle Lady of South Padre Island” who founded Sea Turtle, Inc. The day before we had visited Sea Turtle, Inc. as well as South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Both were absolutely worth experiencing. I will post more on these two locations at a later date.
Although there is no scavenger hunt, there is also a Sandcastle Art Walk. It was also listed on the map and showed the locations of the sandcastles and the sea turtles.
Our two days on SPI were beautiful, the people were friendly, and the beaches were amazing!