Padre Island Professional Review and Guide
"Padre Island is one of a string of low, sandy barrier islands lining the Texas coast. The island extends south from the visitor center for sixty miles before being cut by the Mansfield Channel at Port Mansfield. A wide, gently sloping beach lines the shore for the island's entire length. Inside of the beach lies a band of dunes, some as tall as thirty or forty feet. Behind the dunes lies a strip of grassland that ends with salt marshes on Laguna Madre. Laguna Madre Hikers who rise early can watch spectacular sunrises from the shore of Padre Island.is the very shallow, salty bay that lies between the island and the mainland. Its protected waters are important for birds and fish.
Keep a wary eye open for jellyfish and stingrays on the beach and in the surf. In summer, this area of beach is extremely popular, so don't come expecting a wilderness experience. However, even though it can be crowded, it's the only part of the island that doesn't allow vehicles on the beach. The island is hot and humid in summer, but just plan to jump in the water to cool off. Remember, there are no lifeguards on most of the beach. On a winter morning you may be surprised at how few people will be out."