Ever desolate Boca Chica Beach stirs the soul. Extending for eight miles, and dotted with prickly pear cacti, yucca plants, and oat mots, its dunes lie near Brownsville at the Rio Grande Delta. Birders should have their lists handy, and plan to check off such species as Harris Hawk, Buff-Bellied Hummingbird, or Peregrine Falcon. Lucky binocular carriers may even catch sight of rare birds, such as the elusive Black Backed Gull. Boca Chica remains quiet—even timeless. To yield to this serene beach’s vibe, leave your iPod at home and let the sea and birdsong be your personal soundtrack.