This summer, Ana Cruz, author of the lifestyle blog Rollos De Mujeres, paid her first visit to South Padre Island. From dolphin watching to family waterparks, Cruz’s trip to the Texas Coast was one for the books. Check out her experience below. >>
As the second largest state in the United States, Texas contains a number of geographic, climate, and social contrasts with endless recreational options to enjoy with the family. This size and variety creates opportunities for road trips and adventure. For these reasons and more, my family and I love the great state of Texas. So, moms and dads, are you looking for an extraordinary and affordable place to take your family on vacation? If you answered ‘yes’, then let’s travel to South Padre Island, also known as SPI, in Southeast Texas.
SPI is a tourist destination for any month and occasion. It averages 300 sunny days a year, has 34 miles of white sand, beautiful waters, and locals that are welcoming, lovely and fun. If you are feeling adventurous, you can launch an epic family road trip from Texas cities like Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, or wherever else you choose to call home. Many people from northern Mexico also travel by road in search of the warm waters adding to the diversity of this unique island getaway.
After several years of living in Texas, we decided to take our first family trip to the island. Our trip was full of memorable experiences and here are a few highlights that can guide you as you plan your own family adventure.
You reach the island by Crossing Queen Isabella Causeway, and are immediately welcomed by a huge and colorful sign that says “South Padre Island”. Immediately you feel the breeze, warmth and energy from the beaches. By the way, make sure to prepare your cameras as this is a must stop for family and Instagram photos. Also, checkout the monument’s plaque in honor of Queen Isabella to learn about how she supported Christopher Columbus’s expedition.