South Padre Island

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Barrier island located on the southeast tip of Texas; home to the state's best waves. Although the island is more than 100 miles long, surfers referring to "South Padre" mean a relatively small region near the resort town of Port Isabel, about 15 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. Autumn hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico tend to produce the area's best surf, and the most popular breaks—the Je...

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