For our family vacation this year, we decided to go to South Padre Island. This is our first time here. Being that we are a home schooled family, we love that we can go on vacation when ever we want. Here in Texas, public schools start back around August 19th. We decided to come during the last week of August since everyone has to be at school. The island is pretty empty and we love it this way.
Here is the view from our condo. For me, this was the perfect view. We never had the sun full on our balcony, so we were able to sit out there all day long and enjoy the view. Most days, we would just relax at our condo during the day when it was hot outside. We brought lots of board games and some movies. In late afternoon, when the sun was going down, we would hit the beach. We had brought our canopy with us to Padre Island, but never used it. It was just great being able to walk to the beach and not have to lug a millions things. We never even put sunscreen on which made me so happy. I hate the feeling of sunscreen and sand on my body. The sun would set behind our condo, thus casting a nice shade on the beach…perfect beach setting!!
The kids enjoyed going into the water. It is a lot clearer than our local Galveston beach. I’m not a sea water person. I rather be in the pool. I would spend our beach time sitting in my chair reading a book.
Here are are few pics of our condo.
We were pleasantly surprised at how big our condo was.
We only did a few touristy things while we were there. We went on a Dolphin watch tour and only saw about 4 dolphins while we were out. As part of the Dolphin Tour, they also did a eco presentation. They put out a net to catch some fish and then transfer all the fish to this display case in the middle of the boat. They would then talk about all the different fish they caught and allow you to touch or hold the fish.
A puff fish
He tried to get these fish to puff up, but only one would puff up a little.
A butterfly Ray
Everyone thought this was a sting ray, but it’s not. It does not have a barb on it’s tail, and the shape is different than a sting ray.
We didn’t see many dolphins. Only a few and they were brief. Other large boats scared them away and so we didn’t get any pictures of them. We also visited the Sea Turtle Conservation. Each year, thousands of eggs are laid on the beaches of South Padre Island. This place will patrol the beaches to protect them while they are on the beach. You can find them on the beach from April to August.. They were all gone when we were there. At the Sea Turtle Inc, they house many turtles that keep finding themselves stranded on the beach. Several the turtles have been hurt, so they are just waiting for them to recover before returning them to the sea.
These pic are not in focus.
Well, we are back home ready to get back to the real world…ok..not really, why can’t vacations last FOREVER!!