This fall, Alice Kerley, well-known author of the travel blog Lone Star Looking Glass, paid her first visit to South Padre Island. From horseback rides to happy hours, Kerley’s trip to the Texas Coast was one for the books. Check out her experience below. >>

A blissful day spent on the sand with the sun shining and waves crashing in the distance, beckoning you to come take a dip, is usually what comes to mind when thoughts drift to a South Padre Island getaway. This coastal destination sits at the Southern tip of the Lone Star State and offers oodles of activities both on and off the beach for the thrill seeker, nature lover, and foodie in all of us.

SPI, as the locals like to call it, is home to 34 miles of soft, sandy beaches hugging the Gulf of Mexico on one side, while the calm waters of the Laguna Madre sit on the other. “Texas’ Best Beach” brims with so much more to do and see than your basic beach vacation, no matter the time of year.

With fall and winter temperatures falling in the mid-to-low 70s, on average, there really is no better time than the present to visit South Padre Island. You’ll find fall festivities like FAM Fest featuring film, art, music, and fun for visitors of all ages. Holiday Sandcastle Village kicks off at the end of November and welcomes the season with holiday-themed sandcastles and live music on the weekends. South Padre Island is a year-round vacation destination offering visitors a beautiful day on—and off—the beach!