Padre Island
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Miles of Beach at Padre Island
If you had to name the location of the world’s longest undeveloped barrier island, what would you guess? No, it’s not the South Pacific, or Southeast Asia, or Iceland…it’s actually Padre Island National Seashore, in Texas. This 70-mile stretch of pristine, white-sand beach, sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre (south of Corpus Christi), is one of the state’s coastal treasures. The shore itself is a protected home to hundreds of bird, fish and crustacean species, and serves as a seasonal nesting ground for endangered sea turtles. It’s also the perfect destination for those who want to spend hours swimming, surfcasting, beachcombing, and picnicking in unspoiled nature. For more information on Padre Island and Texas’ other beautiful beaches, visit
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