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Come South Padre

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Whether man-made or natural, the charms of South Padre Island are pretty much impossible to resist. Venturing into the natural and man-made wilds of South Padre Island.

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Day 1  This won’t be true for long, though, as we are nearly to Padre Island, which boasts one of the longest expanses of sandy beach in the world. Located a short distance from Mexico and named for the priest who turned the unclaimed strip into a cattle ranch in the early 1800’s, Padre stretches 130 miles and has a split personality.


The northern end is known for its protected national seashore, which is almost as wild and isolated as when the Karankawa made camp there. The southern tip, our destination, is associated with a different kind of wildness: that of rowdy spring breakers who come to raid the bars of their frozen drinks and the souvenir shops of their neon tees.


North toward Clayton’s (6900 Padre Blvd., 956-761-5900), allegedly the biggest beach bar in the state. Yet as thirsty as we are, once out of the car, we instinctively walk right past the drinks and straight for the shoreline, baptizing our bare feet in the surf.  


A twelve-story hotel on Padre’s south end—we make for the pool, passing the giant frog with a red slide for a tongue on our way to the swim-up bar.


Day 2  Our arrival at Sea Turtle Inc.  (6617 Padre Blvd., 956-761-4511), an open-air rescue center, is fortuitously timed. Allison, the resident one-flippered celebrity, has on her carbon-fiber prosthesis and has just been released into a large tank for her daily three-hour constitutional.


Our next spot, the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center  (6801 Padre Blvd., 956-243-8179), is just half a block over, but no one wants to leave the turtles (some as small as my hand, others as big as my coffee table)—until we hear promise of a possible alligator sighting.


That other elusive deity—the sun—is now out in full force. On the beach at the Pearl, we rent four lounge chairs and set up camp under two umbrellas. Over the next few hours, I alternate between dips in the surf and shaded catnaps.


Day 3  Scanning the Gulf shore for seashells, we crave—what else?—seafood. If any of us were skilled fishermen, we could take advantage of the “you hook it, we’ll cook it” policy at Pier 19, a long yellow box on stilts. The small boat fits six in addition to our captain and his trusted scout, Gorgi, who has four legs and better hearing than the rest of us.


On our return, we cross underneath the causeway, and I feel glum knowing we’ll soon be back on the mainland and heading home. Of course, the guy at the rental car company did say we could always extend our reservation. I think that’s exactly what we’ll do.

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Top 6 Things Texans Love

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It's been over 20 years since I first crossed that state line. Here's my Top 6 Things that Texans Love, from a girl who couldn't get here fast enough!
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Support for Keystone XL pipeline is almost universal

Support for Keystone XL pipeline is almost universal | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Support for the pipeline is two-to-one among everyone except the most liberal Americans.
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Condé Nast readers give high marks to three Austin hotels and resorts - Austin Business Journal

Condé Nast readers give high marks to three Austin hotels and resorts - Austin Business Journal | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
​Two Austin hotels are among the best in Texas according to Condé Nast Traveler's 2014 Readers Choice Awards.
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OPEC Not Likely to Stop Shale Boom

OPEC's decision last week to not cut production was a direct assault on U.S. shale production. Find out more about how the Eagle Ford will fare.
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Port Isabel experiences growth

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By JACOB LOPEZ Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Port Isabel and South Padre Island are experiencing an influx of growth – from residential to business development and t…
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Longport Beach Cottage with Coastal Interiors - Home Bunch - An Interior Design & Luxury Homes Blog

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Property Management Today - Modest Money

Property Management Today - Modest Money | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
With the advent of online tools, property management has never been easier! Learn how to make the most out of your properties in this informative post.
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Did You Know? Vacation Beach Houses

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This infographic contains a fact from the 2015 Investment and Vacation Home Buying Survey about buyers of vacation beach houses.
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Texas real estate soars in 2014

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They say that everything is bigger in Texas. Well, it turns out that everything is better in Texas too, at least when it comes to housing. That’s because all areas of Texas real estate experienced “significant” growth in 2014, according to a new report from the Texas Association of Realtors. In its 2014 Texas Annual Housing Report, the Texas Association of Realtors states that Texas experienced growth in job, population and the economy as a whole in 2014, all of which drove housing and real . . .
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Neighborhood Walkability and Urban Design | Sustainable Cities Collective

Neighborhood Walkability and Urban Design | Sustainable Cities Collective | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
From the beginning of the car age, cars have been marketed to us as tickets to freedom. In our own cars, we can choose our individual path and get to our destination quickly, unimpeded by the inconvenience/lack of speed of walking or public transportation.
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Shingle Style Beach House - Home Bunch - An Interior Design & Luxury Homes Blog

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The Most Popular Online Booking Sites in Travel, 2014 Edition

The Most Popular Online Booking Sites in Travel, 2014 Edition | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Last year we started a once-a-quarter feature on top trafficked sites in various sectors in travel, using monthly data from competitive intelligence metric
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10 Reasons It's Totally Fine To Never Get Married

10 Reasons It's Totally Fine To Never Get Married | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
It's a situation so many young adults will experience at some point in their lives: All your friends and acquaintances seem to be getting married, an
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EXCLUSIVE: Airbnb Announces 10 Exciting VR New Partnerships

EXCLUSIVE: Airbnb Announces 10 Exciting VR New Partnerships | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
10 vacation rental software companies now seamlessly integrate with Airbnb. Fin
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Dodge Resource Center

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Dodge's resource center will help you to get ahead of the competition and drive new business for your firm. From sizing your market and identifying strategic relationships, to bidding to win and expanding your business overseas, you’ll learn how to find and seize the right opportunities.
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The 9 Best Kitchen Updates You CAN Do (When You Can't Renovate Your Rental) — From the Archives: Greatest Hits

The 9 Best Kitchen Updates You CAN Do (When You Can't Renovate Your Rental) — From the Archives: Greatest Hits | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
If you're renting and can't do a lot of permanent damage , you can still make impactful changes and additions that will make your kitchen nicer to look at.
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Vacation Homes Increasingly Enticing for Buyers

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The vacation housing market is looking bright these days in part because of favorable economic conditions, but second-home sellers attribute the increase to strategic marketing as well.
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HomeAway Has New Plan to Force Vacation Rental Owners to Accept Online Bookings

HomeAway Has New Plan to Force Vacation Rental Owners to Accept Online Bookings | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
With a new offline payment plan, HomeAway is pressuring vacation rental owners and property managers to accept online bookings.
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Why You Should Make Vacation Time a Priority This Year

Why You Should Make Vacation Time a Priority This Year | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Regularly taking time off to spend with friends and family vastly improves well-being across all income levels, according to a new Gallup survey.
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US Business Says Hello To US Wind Energy, Goodbye To Fossil Fuels

US Business Says Hello To US Wind Energy, Goodbye To Fossil Fuels | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
US businesses and other non-utility buyers are embracing wind energy hand over fist, according to the latest report from AWEA.
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Land Rover inspires road trips with #GoSomewhereRare initiative - Luxury Daily - Internet

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