Grown-Up Spring Break on South Padre Island

Author: , April 6th, 2014

South Padre Island - Gulf Coast, Texas

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Spring breakers have been invading South Padre, a small island along the Texas gulf coast, with their beer-guzzling antics for years. But families, too, make good use of the island’s beaches and the Schlitterbahn Water Park. Really, though, most vacationers in the laid-back resort town are just looking for some R&R and an icy margarita. In our mini-guide below, we’ll help you avoid the spring break din (think 50,000-watt sound systems) in favor of a quieter, crowd-free slice of island life.

Hike the Laguna Madre Nature Trail: The Laguna Madre Trail, open twenty-four hours and free to enter, carves through four acres of lush marshland. This quiet nature spot, which is situated away from the crowded beaches, is particularly popular among bird watchers, who come to see the more than 300 species of birds that call the island home. You’re almost guaranteed to spot pink flamingos, blue herons, and spoonbills of all sorts. A word of caution, however: the sign warning against alligators is no joke.

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The Texas Gulf Coast

Author: , December 11th, 2011

Texas Gulf Coast Gay TravelAlthough America’s Gulf Coast doesn’t have any major gay beach resorts, the Texas barrier island of Galveston has steadily become a popular destination with GLBT travelers. About 220 miles south, the coast’s largest city, Corpus Christi, contains a number of notable attractions as well as the coast’s only gay bar south of Galveston. And at the southern tip of the Texas coast, scenic South Padre Island has developed increased cachet as a getaway, thanks in part to biannual Splash South Padre Island gay parties.

Here’s a look at these three classic coastal getaways in Texas. Galveston

The historic and charming city of Galveston ( is a haven of sandy beaches, opulent Victorian houses, and touristy but engaging seafood restaurants and souvenir shops. Gays and lesbians – many from Houston, 50 miles inland – regularly visit here. With colorful architecture, a small but discernible arts scene, and a laid-back demeanor reminiscent of Key West and New Orleans, this city of 48,000 is a bit more open-minded and offbeat than any other on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Galveston occupies a narrow, 32-mile-long, windswept coastal island. Several historic neighborhoods abound with stately old mansions and cheerful clapboard cottages, and the main drag along the shoreline, Seawall Boulevard, bustles with seafood restaurants, chain hotels, and shops selling postcards, seashells, swimsuits, and sunglasses.

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