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Beach

Nude Beach

Nude sunbathing is not officially allowed on South Padre Island. But about 10 miles north up the beach from beach access 6 lies the county line between Cameron and Willacy county. Once you cross it, you are out of the jurisdiction of any law enforcement that patrols the beach. After you cross the line, some … Continue reading »

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Hardhat Tree

A very long way north up the beach (almost to the channel), a non-native species of tree can be found on South Padre Island. It’s called the hardhat tree. It’s amazing that people have the time and inclination to beach comb all these “washed up on the shore” hard hats and collect them all here. … Continue reading »

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SPI Failure

Found today at the north end of the island about ¼ mile from the bay channel. It looked like someone had been beating on it with a sledgehammer. It still has a license plate.

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The Island End

If you’re wondering what the end of the island looks like, here it is. To reach it, you’ll have to drive north along the beach through some pretty rough terrain. Don’t get stuck like these people did! A channel to the inner bay was built separating the Padre Island into North & South. There some … Continue reading »

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Beach Access Fees

On the island, there’s a toll to access the public beaches and parks. If you’re going to be here for more than a few days, it’s best to purchase a 90 day or yearly pass. Usage Fees: 1 Day – $4.00 90 Days – $18.00 Yearly – $38.00 There’s an additional $5.00 RFID chip fee … Continue reading »

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Camping

Room with a view.

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Motorcycles

Riding in the surf is awesome and South Padre Island is a great place for it. ATV’s are not allowed on the beach, but as long as they are street legal, motorcycles can access the 40 miles of water front on the norththern end of the island. The sand is slippery so make sure your … Continue reading »

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