South Padre Island For The Birds….And Fish…..And Fun

It’s winter in the Intermountain West, and many of us are tired of snow, wind, and single digit temperatures. For me, that’s a signal to grab some bargain airlines tickets and head to the South Texas Coast for great birding and challenging fishing.

South Padre Island is a narrow barrier island close enough to Mexico to be warm most of the year, and with the Gulf of Mexico on the east and the incredibly rich habitat of the Laguna Madre on the west, SPI brings together excellent birding and fantastic fishing all in one place.

SPI is six hours from San Antonio and the closest airport with multiple flight options and easy connections from many cities. Grab a rental car, and the drive from San Antonio to the island through rural Texas is a cinch.

As you near the coast, look for beautiful caracara eagles flying over ranch land looking for food.

Housing options on SPI are plentiful ranging from full-service resorts to family-friendly condominiums. I use a variety of websites to browse what is available and have never been disappointed with the accommodations.

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