"Let's go to the beach!" by Paul Davenport

     That's the sentence that makes everyone happy in our family.  And for us, that beach is South Padre Island, or "SPI" as we call it.  It's been a part of summer tradition for years.  A week at SPI is always what we look forward to the most when we head out from the Dallas Metroplex. 

The Food     

     Our family always plans our beach week around the places to eat at SPI.The famous Blackbeard’s is always a good place to start. They have the usual seafood fare, and it usually tastes amazing.  Oh, but a beach trip is not complete without eating at Dirty Al’s! They have the best fried fish on the Island. They will also cook fish we catch when we ask and for a reasonable price.  For a place a little more understated, we like Café on the Beach at the Palms resort. It’s one of our preferred places.       

 The Sights

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Everyone should, at least once in their life, see Baby Sea Turtles hatching and then making their way to water, and SPI offers the perfect place to do that.  It’s certainly worth waking up early to do. Check out www.turtleinc.org for more information. 

     Another big attraction is the Dolphin Cruise. Watching dolphins swim and jump over the waves is always exciting and strangely relaxing.  The Original Dolphin Watch is our preferred modus vivendi. They have several tours to pick from including one with fireworks and dinner. 

The Activities

     There are a few things that we have to do every family beach trip. The bay fishing trips; we defintely like to fish.  We also enjoy jet skiing, or, for a slower pace, kayaking. Our teen says that the Banana Boat is her favorite. A good place for all of these water attractions is Parrot Eyes Water Sports (parroteyesspi.com).

      The main attraction, of course, is the actual beach.  Waking up early to just take up the whole day on the beach...From sunning on the sand while reading to just enjoying the view or feel of the water...there is nothing like the beach of SPI!

     John F Kennedy said it best: “I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.” In other words, South Padre Island is kind of like home.