Deep in the heart of Texas is a beautiful island, sitting in the Gulf of Mexico. South Padre Island is a little slice of paradise, with sunny weather, warm water, and tropical breezes. The island has fewer than three thousand permanent residents, but the population swells by nearly ten times that amount during certain times of the year.
From South Padre, you can scuba dive, watch sea turtles, pelicans, and dolphins, windsurf, even rent a moped so you can tour the area. You can swim in the ocean or just sunbathe. And, of course, there are any number of places where you can get frozen tropical drinks.
Because this is Texas, you will find some really great Mexican food. And because this is such a popular tourist destination, there is plenty of nightlife, including clubs and concert venues. If you are bored on South Padre Island, it will be your own fault.
Of course, your dog doesn't care about any of that. Well, maybe the Mexican food. And, she probably would love to go for a swim. How convenient that South Padre has over 60 miles of national seashore where your dog is absolutely welcome!
When you take your dog to South Padre, you should plan ahead. Your dog will need to be leashed at all times, so if you're planning on going into the water, and you really should, bring a leash and collar that will stand up to the water. You will also need to bring poop bags.
Remember that your furry friend is just as vulnerable to heat stroke as you, so make sure you have plenty of water. You may be surprised to learn that your dog can get sunburned so you may find that it's best to take your dog to the beach in the morning or in the evening, rather than the middle of the day. In addition, make sure that you have pet-safe sunscreen, without zinc oxide, and apply it to your dog's nose and ears.