Sout Padre Island
Padre Island is the longest and the best known unit in the chain of
islands and peninsulas off the shore of Texas running from Galveston to
The island is 110 miles long and 4 miles wide in the widest place. To all intents and purposes it is perfectly straight with a crook at the midsection known as the Devils Elbow. This is the famous graveyard for ships. Padre is a long, long stretch of shifting sand and sand dunes with a few scraggly oaks in tiny groves or clusters known as "motts". It is a paradise of beautifully colored sea shells, and beachcombers can find almost anything in the world washed in from the sea.
A large part of Padre Island hasn't changed much
since the Spanish conquistadors first nicknamed it "el Desierto Muerto",
meaning the dead desert. Four hundred years of recorded history show
that across the dunes have struggled Indians and pirates, missionaries
and conquerors, colonizers and ranchers, developers and visionaries.
Twenty-five thousand years ago cannibalistic Indian tribes gnawed human
bones along the shores of the island.
The principal things to be enjoyed are swimming, water-skiing; surfing, deep-sea fishing, parasailing, sailing, dolphin cruise, windsurfing, bicycling, tennis, shelling, horseback riding on the beach, picnicking, bachcombing, collecting beautiful sea shells and enjoying the islands many great restaurants and shopping opportunities.