Padre Island


Padre Island
Barrier island, southern Texas, U.S. It is 113 mi (182 km) long and up to 3 mi (5 km) wide, lying along the Gulf Coast of Texas.

It extends south from Corpus Christi to Port Isabel and is separated from the mainland by Laguna Madre. It contains a recreational preserve with a large variety of birdlife, excellent fishing, and a broad beach.

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 barrier island, 113 miles (182 km) long and up to 3 miles (5 km) wide, lying in the Gulf of Mexico (Mexico, Gulf of) along the southeastern coast of Texas, U.S. It extends south from Corpus Christi to Port Isabel, just north of the Mexican border, and is separated from the mainland by Laguna Madre (Madre, Laguna) (part of the Intracoastal Waterway). Port Mansfield Channel divides the island toward the south; the area beyond it is often known as South Padre Island.

      Padre Island was first visited in 1519 by the Spanish explorer Alonso Álvarez de Piñeda, who called it Isla Blanca. It was later renamed for a priest, Padre José Nicolás Ballí, who set up a ranch there in 1804 and preached to the local Karankawa Indians. The island consists of miles of white sandy beaches as well as dunes, grasslands, wetlands, and tidal flats. A wide variety of shorebirds, including pelicans, plovers, and egrets, inhabits the island; it is also a primary stop for migratory birds, particularly the peregrine falcon. South Padre Island is a popular destination for college students during spring break.

      In 1962 much of the island was designated a national seashore. Its area of 203 square miles (526 square km) extends over a 70-mile (115-km) stretch of the island's central portion. It contains the longest remaining stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the United States; only its northern tip is inhabited. There is camping at Malaquite Beach. The national seashore participates in a sea turtle nesting program in which eggs are collected from nests to hatch in an incubator and baby turtles are released into the gulf.

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