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1st trip to the island!

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1st trip to the island!

Heading out to South Padre for the first time! Any tips on beach parking, public accesses to the beach, must-see sights and well worthy restaurants to visit? I appreciate any and all responses. Thank you.

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1. Re: 1st trip to the island!

All of the beach is public access. Where are you staying? If you want more remote, head to the far north end. Otherwise, just pick a spot that appeals to you, search for parking, find a spot, and there you go.

Hard to say about restaurants, as they are here today and gone tomorrow. But if Gabriellas is still there, make that a for sure stop. Dirty Al's for shrimp is great, as well as Blackbeard's for huge plates and lunch specials. The cafe at the Palms Motel is good with a nice ocean view. Yummies is terrific for breakfast and lunch.

Look back on old posts for must see sights. Been going there for 35 years and the sights I most like to see are the ocean and my condo!

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We also love Gabriella's - we love Yummies for breakfast (right next door to Gabriella's) and two great spots right on the beach for lunch and drinks are Clayton's and Wanna Wannas - for things to do, we love Sea Turtle Inc - while we were there, we even had the opportunity to watch as they released 100 recently hatched turtles back into the ocean - was an amazing experience! - enjoy!

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