Why South Padre Island?
Being life-long Michiganders, we wanted a tropical escape. We searched a good part of the nation’s tropical coastline. Florida was at the peak of the real estate bubble. We would be lucky if we found a corner efficiency with a restricted view, or a condo hotel with a marshy beach water access, that maybe would allow us to rent a week as owners.
Myrtle Beach was extremely congested, over-priced, and high-rise over-whelming.
The Mississippi Gulf area suffered from the brackish, muddy influx of the Mississippi River.
The northern Texas Gulf beaches showed a mix of unappealing, rocky shorelines, a lack of resort-type restaurants, shopping and activities, and beaches that reeked of rotting seaweed.
When we were viewing Corpus Christi properties, we found its water appeared so thick with jellyfish that you could walk on it. So we decided to check out South Padre Island.
Amazing is an over-used term, but South Padre Island is largely an undiscovered jewel, this pencil-thin island is only about 3 blocks wide. Everywhere is water, palm trees, and tile-roofed vacation get-aways.
The beach is wide and inviting, with moderating breezes that provide cooler than mainland heat during the summer, and cool to warm winters.
Local seafood is terrific, with a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues.
The northern end of the island boasts miles of national seashore, with dunes that regularly make advances on Padre Boulevard, South Padre’s main street.
Spring break on the island presents a week-long beehive of young adult activity. The island is crowed but well-controlled. Our association does not allow renting to spring breakers. Our condo, protected with security gates and active on-site management, serves even then as a family oasis.