This spring, Houston-based travel bloggers Matt and Marissa traveled to South Padre Island for a romantic weekend getaway. From horseback riding along the beach to exploring the Island’s delicious food scene, Matt and Marissa’s beach vacation was one for the books. Check out their experience below.

Texas isn’t the first place that comes to mind for most people when they plan their island getaway, but maybe it should be. Nestled near the southernmost tip of Texas is a beautiful resort town with vibrant blue waters and expansive beaches of soft white sand. It may sound too good to be true, but after spending our first extended weekend in South Padre Island (SPI), we can confirm it is very real. South Padre Island is the perfect destination for a beach vacation in the warm summer months ahead, with beautiful beaches, a ton of excellent eateries, and all sorts of shopping and entertainment to enjoy with family and friends.