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A visit to South Padre Island

Postby NefariousNed on Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:37 pm

South Padre Island is situated in the Gulf of Mexico just outside Port Isabel, near Brownsville.
The 30 mile long, 1/2 mile wide barrier island is connected to the mainland by the Queen Causeway,
a long winding bridge in the bay similar to the ones that connect the Florida Keys to the mainland.
It boasts 4000 residents, that other Schlitterbahn Water Park, a sea turtle sanctuary, white beaches,
hotels, night clubs and bars. Small wonder it is a favorite destination for the college crowd during
Spring Break.

I was in nearby Harlingen this weekend to attend the Texas Independence Celebration in San Benito,
the city that directly adjoins Harlingen. After my 4 hour 19 minute drive from New Braunfels, I felt
I had enough time to go exploring and the lady at the visitors information bureau suggested that if
I wanted to see nice beaches and the Gulf Of Mexico, South Padre was definitely my best choice. So
I proceeded the 45 miles to South Padre then crossed over the Queen Causeway under gray, misty skies
that threatened rain. Follow are a few photos I took of my brief visit.
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Approaching Queen Causeway from Port Isabel.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby NefariousNed on Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:38 pm

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The Queen Causeway from Port Isabel to South Padre Island.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby NefariousNed on Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:48 pm

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An egret perches on a piling in the bay.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

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The bay, as seen from South Padre Island.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

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South Padre Beach on the opposite side of the island.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby NefariousNed on Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:51 pm

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The opposite direction.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby NefariousNed on Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:03 am

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Ned on the beach with the Gulf of Mexico behind!
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby SantaClaus on Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:07 am

NefariousNed wrote: Follow are a few photos I took of my brief visit.
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Approaching Queen Causeway from Port Isabel.

Thanks for posting these, Ned. As always, your pictures are great and interesting. I like that sign, "Watch for Pelicans". There weren't any "Watch for Egrets" signs? Did you see any pelicans? Could the egret you photographed actually have been a small pelican in an egret re-enactment costume? :D
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby SantaClaus on Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:10 am

NefariousNed wrote:Image
Ned on the beach with the Gulf of Mexico behind!

All you need is Deborah Kerr and you'd be set to re-enact the classic love scene in "From Here to Eternity". ;)
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby NefariousNed on Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:17 am

Thanks, Richard! Still posting...

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A sandpiper beating a hasty retreat from the surf.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

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A squadron of pelicans, Richard. (Sort of look like pterodactyls!)
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby NefariousNed on Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:26 am

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Not a sandpiper, but certainly a smaller cousin. The little ones could run circle around the larger.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby NefariousNed on Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:29 am

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Gulf surf coming in.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby NefariousNed on Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:40 am

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Swimmers braving the Gulf surf in the winter.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby NefariousNed on Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:54 am

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I shot this one through a closed window while driving away from South Padre Island on the Queen Causeway. Looks like a lot of fun. "A
Pirate's life for me!"

As mentioned at the beginning of the thread, there's lots to see and do on South Padre, but I just wanted to focus on the beach.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby cc nolen on Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:54 pm

Went down there for College Spring Break....and that's all I can say about that. :shock: ... :lol:
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby NefariousNed on Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:11 am

cc nolen wrote:Went down there for College Spring Break....and that's all I can say about that. :shock: ... :lol:


Kristi mentioned over on Facebook how she had heard some negative things about the beaches on the Gulf and my photos seem to bear her out. Victoria
added how she was surprised they had not spruced up the beaches on South Padre as the island is one of the biggest Spring Break destinations in the country.
What were your experiences back in the day, Chris? Or did you never make it out to the beach?
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby Seguin on Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:52 am

NefariousNed wrote:Image
I shot this one through a closed window while driving away from South Padre Island on the Queen Causeway. Looks like a lot of fun. "A
Pirate's life for me!"

As mentioned at the beginning of the thread, there's lots to see and do on South Padre, but I just wanted to focus on the beach.


Cool looking restaurant.- Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum. :)
- Great photos of the gulf beach. I´ll bet it looks great on a sunny day.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby NefariousNed on Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:09 am

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Happy to be by the seaside at South Padre.
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby cc nolen on Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:00 pm

NefariousNed wrote:
cc nolen wrote:Went down there for College Spring Break....and that's all I can say about that. :shock: ... :lol:


Kristi mentioned over on Facebook how she had heard some negative things about the beaches on the Gulf and my photos seem to bear her out. Victoria
added how she was surprised they had not spruced up the beaches on South Padre as the island is one of the biggest Spring Break destinations in the country.
What were your experiences back in the day, Chris? Or did you never make it out to the beach?

:shock: It was 45 years ago Ned, but I remember going to the beach during the day and sleeping. 8-) Then up all night with all the parties. Thats about all I can say because I now have Grand children. :lol: .......... :roll:
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Re: A visit to South Padre Island

Postby AlamoGill on Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:26 pm

Well once again Ned thank you for taking us with you on your road
trip with these wonderful photographs of yours and you can see you
were enjoying it all

Best as always

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