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South Padre Island is the
southernmost tropical tip of Texas and one of the best values in ocean front
vacation and investment property in the United States. South Padre Island has
been named one of the best beaches by numerous news organization, thanks among
other things to our white sand and turquoise-blue surf.
There are many factors contributing to the
successful real estate market in the South Padre Island area. Compared to
Florida and California, our properties are much more affordable for beachfront
land, homes or condos. Although prices are steadily climbing, there is an
abundance of land available and room for expansion on the north end of the
island. Baby boomers and investors not comfortable with the stock market will
enjoy the comparatively low prices for beachfront property and the potential
income potential in this soon to be discovered paradise.
Located at the eastern edge of Cameron
County in the Rio Grande Valley, South Padre Island is only 30 miles north of
the Mexican border and is between the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre Bay.
At it’s widest point, South Padre Island is only half a mile wide but being 34
miles long provides plenty of sandy beaches and is connected to Port Isabel
Texas by the 2 ½ mile long Queen Isabella Causeway
Town of South Padre Island is located at the eastern edge of Cameron County in
the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, just 30 miles north of the Mexican border.
Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre Bay, this little slip of
land-a 34-mile-long barrier reef, 1/2 mile at its widest point-is not your
ordinary beach destination. The island's thriving coastal town provides
activities and amenities, while wide expanses of unspoiled dunes preserve nature
and privacy. According to the 1994 census estimate, about 2,028 residents live
in the Town. However, depending on the tourist season, some 2,000 to 5,000
people work on the Island, providing services to the Town's 20,000 to 200,000
visitors. The Town of South Padre Island is linked to the mainland by the Queen
Isabella Causeway, a 2 1/2 mile four lane bridge to Port Isabel Texas.
South Padre Island
was first charted, in 1519, by the Spanish Explorer Alonzo de Pineda. He named
it "Isla Blanca" or "White Island." Then in 1804, Missionary Priest Padre Jose
Nicholas Balli established the first settlement on the island after the initial
grant was made by King Charles IV of Spain. The Port Mansfield Gulf Channel was
completed in 1964 which separated South Padre Island from Padre Island. South
Padre Island was incorporated in 1973 and one year later the Queen Isabella
Causeway was completed.
South Padre Island is a
year-round vacation destination located at the same latitude as Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. The Island enjoys a sub-topical environment with mild dry winters, and
warm breezy summers. With a winter average temperature of 65 degrees, a summer
average temperature of 82 degrees and and an average of 253 days of beautiful
sunshine, it's no wonder why so many people love South Padre Island.
South Padre Island has a
council-manager form of government. The Board of Aldermen, consisting of a Mayor
and five Aldermen, have two-year staggered terms. Board elections are held every
year on the first Saturday in May. The City Manager is the chief executive
officer of the town.
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