SOUTH TEXAS TROPICS SPOTLIGHT

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SOUTH TEXAS TROPICS SPOTLIGHT

At first glance, you might mistake this region of Texas as some idyllic vacation spot in the tropics. It is, in a way, since its front porch sits on the Gulf of Mexico and its weather is balmy virtually year-round. Horseback riding on the beach, though, might be a clue that you're in the Lone Star State.

Cool breezes, cool places.

Texans say if you want a tropical vacation, come on down for a visit to the area known

as the Texas Tropical Trail. A good portion of that trail, from Rockport-Fulton to Corpus

Christi and all the way to Port Isabel, is right on the Gulf of Mexico. In between these

destinations are plenty of quaint towns, where you'll find a cool ocean breeze, the catch-of-the-

day for dinner and miles of beachfront to roam.

The Rockport-Fulton area has an influx of winter guests every year, including the largest

flock of endangered whooping cranes in the world. The cranes use the Aransas National

Wildlife Refuge as their winter getaway each year, making it a great spot to see these migratory

birds in a natural habitat, along with other native wildlife, including white-tail deer, American

alligator and armadillo.

Goose Island State Park is where you'll find brown pelicans and blue water from the bays

of Aransas, Copano and St. Charles. As the first coastal park in Texas, this vast recreation

area is home to a colossal oak tree estimated to be more than 1,000 years old. Nearby is

Rockport Beach, offering a fishing pier, picnic cabanas, volleyball courts, playgrounds, a

walking trail and bird sanctuary. (MORE-MORE)

Fishing in Technicolor®.

Corpus Christi-Padre Island National Seashore is among the last natural seashores in the

United States. For anglers, this area has the best of both worlds. Want to go deep sea-fishing

on a charter boat for a chance to catch a huge, crayon-colored Dorado? You can. Or, how about

bayside fishing? You can do that, too. Whether you prefer a midnight run for flounder or

crabbing right off the jetties, there is opportunity at every turn for a flavorful haul.

Museums, art galleries and other institutions tell the story of how Corpus Christi

transformed itself from a trading post into a world-class port city. The Art Museum

of South Texas has a permanent collection of more than 1,500 works featuring arts and crafts

with a focus on Texas, its neighboring states and Mexico.

The Texas State Aquarium features a 40,000-gallon exhibit with a replica of a coral reef

allowing visitors to observe life in the Gulf without ever boarding a boat. Touch pools provide

direct interaction with sea creatures that live in the Laguna Madre and Padre Island bays and

estuaries. The chance to see Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, otters, stingrays and sea turtles makes

this a visit to remember.

Next door to the Texas State Aquarium is the USS Lexington. This WWII aircraft carrier

operates as both a naval aviation museum and an educational facility. Self-guided tours take

visitors on a journey through the ship's eleven decks.

Island life.

Padre Island is a great place to learn windsurfing. Spots such as Bird Island Basin and

the Laguna Madre section of the island are considered ideal for the sport. Further down the

southern tip of Padre is South Padre Island, considered to have some of the best surfing

waves along the coastline. (MORE-MORE)

This small resort area is where you'll find everything from campgrounds to luxury hotels.

Naturally, the restaurants feature right-off-the-boat Gulf seafood.

You will certainly work up an appetite after enjoying some of the many outdoor activities

at South Padre Island. Try your hand at building a sand castle. Lessons are offered for all ages.

Fishing is available from the beaches, piers and jetties. In addition to fishing charters, there are

other excursions, including dolphin watches, eco-tours, parasailing and fireworks cruises. If you

forget for a moment that you're in Texas, horseback riding on the beach will remind you.

Speaking of the beach, more than a mile of white beach is the star attraction at Isla

Blanca Park, which also has picnic and playground areas, a pair of beachfront pavilions, a fishing

jetty, a full-service marina, a water park and more.

Splish, splash.

South Padre Island has its share of attractions, including Schlitterbahn Beach Resort,

an indoor/outdoor waterpark with tube chutes, uphill water coasts, zip lining and more.

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center sits on 50 acres with boardwalks and observations

points on dune meadows, salt marsh, thickets and tidal flats. Experience the work of scientists

and other researchers at the University of Texas-Pan American Coastal Studies

Laboratory, which features marine life from the Gulf and Laguna Madre.

At the end of the gulf-side portion of the Texas Tropical Trail, is Port Isabel, with its

1850s lighthouse, a state historic landmark. The lighthouse formerly served as a lookout point

during The Civil War as well as WWI and WWII. Today, visitors can go atop its six-stories for

a memorable view of the Gulf.


Cheryl G

Detroit, Michigan, United States •

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