South Padre Island is a long barrier island, barely half a mile wide and is probably Texas? best surfing destination. Because Port Mansfield is isolated in the middle of this narrow strip of land, a 4WD is required to drive the sandy 80km (50mi) from Corpus Christi. This means that crowds are minimal at the inlet jetties that help to focus any swell direction into some of the longest, lined-up waves in the state.
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