North Padre Island is a barrier island with some of the most beautiful beaches in Texas and year-round beach weather. Seventy miles of pristine coastline, dunes, and flats make up Padre Island National Seashore National Park. And it’s home to diverse wildlife, both sea and land. So if you’ve got island fever, you don’t have to go far. Texas awaits!

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The Wildlife of North Padre Island

One can see more than 380 species of birds on North Padre Island. The Park is a major migration route for birds flying to and from North, Central, and South America. Bird tours are offered from November through April.

Kemp Ridley turtle hatching releases occur from mid-June through August. And if you haven’t seen it, you’ll want to add it to your bucket list! Because it offers the perfect opportunity to see a critically endangered species begin a new lifecycle. Hatchlings weigh a mere half-ounce, but they can grow to 100 pounds. And moreover, they can expect a long life if they survive ocean predators!

White-tailed deer and black-tailed jackrabbits leaping and scurrying around the dunes and fields give a wildness to the island scene. It’s rare to find such a sight today in other U.S. coastal areas.

Beyond the Natural

North Padre Island is more than beach, birds, and critters. Waterfront grills and salty tiki bars offer pub food, seafood, and burgers on breezy patios. For fancier dining, Doc’s Seafood & Steaks is the place to enjoy fresh seafood while watching the sunset over the water. The Black Sheep Bistro also offers seafood and steaks. But it is especially popular due to its Sunday brunch featuring $10 bottomless mimosas. J.B.’s German Bakery serves a great Reuben and potato salad and is the place to buy home-made German pastries that range from strudels to pretzels.

The island has an Arnold Palmer golf course and several miniature golf courses. But, the main event is the beach for fishing, swimming, shelling, sunsets, water sports, lazing, and horseback riding.

This tour takes you close enough to Padre Island to end your vacation on your own with a beach break before returning to your busy life!