Padre Island: Aransas Pass to Padre Island National Seashore Professional Review and Guide
"A 41-mile drive, beginning with a ferry crossing, along two coastal barrier islands, Mustang and Padre islands. This drive follows two of many low-lying islands that line the coast of Texas and other Gulf states. They are called barrier islands because they protect the mainland from much of the impact of hurricanes and tropical storms. Waves and wind have built up broad, gently sloping beaches on the Gulf of Mexico side of the islands. Except during storms, the surf here is usually quite mild. A dune ridge lines the back side of the beaches, home to sea oats and other plants adapted to sandy environs.
One particularly attractive vine, the goat-foot morning glory, sports large pink to purple flowers from May to December. Behind the dunes are grasslands and freshwater marshes notorious for mosquitoes. The mainland sides of Mustang and Padre islands are lined with salt marshes along shallow inland bays. This drive begins at the heavily developed area around Port Aransas and ends at a wild national seashore. Special attractions: Padre Island National Seashore, Mustang Island State Park, Conn Brown Harbor, Aransas Pass-Port Aransas ferry, swimming, hiking, camping, fishing."