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South Padre Dunes

 In our quest to find the quieter part of South Padre we drove north on Padre Blvd til the road literally ended.  It was so breathtaking that it made us fall in love with the island all over again.  As usual we had no real destination in mind, so we just kept driving and took in the beautiful views of the dunes.  This part of the island has super soft vanilla sand that feels just magical on your feet.  It was like being in two worlds, because the sand dunes gave the illusion of a desert oasis until you climbed it and saw the beautiful blue waters of the Gulf.
We had mainly visited the Isla Blanca area (as seen here and here) but if you head north towards Beach Access #5 and #6 you will find the most gorgeous and secluded beaches.  Parking is $10 dollars at those access spots and you definitely want to come prepared with water and snacks because like I said, it's pretty secluded down here.  It's also recommended that you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle if you want to go past the "road ends" area.  In fact, you can drive on the beach til you hit Port Mansfield, which is where we took you last weekend.  I believe it's a 30 mile sandy drive so be prepared!
Another nice surprise was the water temperature. It was beyond warm!! Coming from Northern California where it kind of hurts to stick your feet in because it is so cold, this water was like a warm coastal hug.  I think we have found our new favorite spot.
Until next time! Do you have any trips planned for the holiday?


The doll on fashion said...

Your blog is my escape, I love seeing your beach pictures, the first one is stunning.

I get to escape the UK in a few months to Vegas and Hawaii. If yo have any must see things or eats please let me know! x

Doll on fashion

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

Pretty. Our water is rarely that jade-green up here.
Now I really want to visit the south end of the island. Nice pics!
No plans for the holiday, I guess we need to think of something..

Jessica Cramer said...

Beautiful pictures, I have always wanted to visit there. I have heard you can rent horses to ride on the beach, perhaps that was a long time ago. Any horses around?

Sarah - Squeezed Daily said...

there is nothing like getting lost in sand dunes!

Sar x

Sarah B. said...

Beautiful Photos!

Nicolle said...

Laura, your pictures are beautiful. I love the dunes and the greens on them, as much as that gorgeous water. I've got to get down there and just drive and drive, like you guys did. I haven't been that far south on the island, and I'm wanting to go.

My mom and I got stuck on Port Aransas once, in the sand, in her little Mercedes. Some hunky guy helped us out though, so we weren't complaining. :)

mercurydawn.com said...

Yay! I am so ready. September 6.
We should meet for dinner.
Yes learning Pilates instruction here in Tulsa.