Come Padre

Venturing into the natural and man-made wilds of South Padre Island.
Photograph by Sarah Lim

Day 1  The floorboards of our rental car are immaculate. This won’t be true for long, though, as we are nearly to Padre Island, which boasts one of the longest expanses of sandy beach in the world. Located a short distance from Mexico and named for the priest who turned the unclaimed strip into a cattle ranch in the early 1800’s, Padre stretches 130 miles and has a split personality. The northern end is known for its protected national seashore, which is almost as wild and isolated as when the Karankawa made camp there. The southern tip, our destination, is associated with a different kind of wildness: that of rowdy spring breakers

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