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“Love the beach” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of South Padre Island Beach Driving

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“Love the beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2014 via mobile

We love going to the beach at least once a week. We are staying in san benito this winter and love the drive and scenery to and from the beach. We also love the long walks along the gulf

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South Padre Island, Texas
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14 reviews
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“oh how much fun is this?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

Getting on and off the beach on the North end gave me the opportunity to see more of the island. Wintering here with few people made it easy to move on the beaches especially on the cold days, and that is only 56 degrees.

Visited January 2014
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Fort Worth, Texas
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Watch out for Barney Fife”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013 via mobile

We always camp here, and have been coming for years. I have to share however that things have changed, and perhaps not for the best. You can camp here in the primitive area and enjoy the gulf as if its your own, however it seems that the park rangers have released a mass group of graduated student rangers. There are more ranger cars and trucks than visitors on the beach. They are constantly pulling over everyone and anyone with light flashing as if you we're in a major metro area. We even saw two young males kneeling in the sand with 5 ranger trucks for about 15 minutes before they allowed the to return to their mission. We were also stopped and asked what we were doing on the beach, we said camping, they said ok, be good. Lol we are in our 60's. bottom line is its a great place, but be on the look out for all those young ranger Barney pifes as they are looking for you. Sitting on the beach and watching them will bring you great humor, it's like watching turkeys chasing grasshoppers.

Visited January 2013
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Spokane, Washington
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46 reviews
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“Annoying!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

While I can understand desire to drive on the beach I wish the practice were better controlled. We would have enjoyed our time on the beach much more if speed of drivers was slower!!! It is dangerous to let people drive that fast.

Visited November 2013
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North Arlington, New Jersey
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105 reviews
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“Enjoyed.. probably good timing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

We went to SPI end of Oct and I think the timing was good and there were not many people on the beach. We had the beach to ourselves and we were a large group so did enjoy. Kids had a lot of fun. Sunset watch is awesome too

Visited October 2013
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