This winter, Houston-based travel blogger Ana Garcia traveled to South Padre Island for a weekend getaway. From watching the sun set over the water to learning about the Island’s unique wildlife, Ana’s beach vacation was one for the books. Check out her experience below.

Texas has some pretty amazing gems, and South Padre Island is definitely one of them. I always like to find the best bucket list spots in Texas and I finally checked off South Padre Island, because who knew Texas had such beautiful beaches?

South Padre Island is known for its beautiful clear blue waters and white sand beaches. Plan a relaxing trip without having to leave your hotel or plan to watch the sunset over dinner with drinks and appetizers—you won’t regret it. In addition, there are plenty of activities in and out of the water to keep you busy throughout your trip.

Texans are so lucky to have mild temperatures year-round, where a warm summer day in the middle of winter is possible. Pack your bags—it’s time to check South Padre Island off your bucket list, no matter the time of year!