A reputation for spring break fun
and its closeness to Mexco's sunny
beaches makes South Padre Island a popular favorite.
The mere mention
of the phrase would conjure distinct visions of fun for any particular
age group in American history. For well-heeled college students
at least as far back as the 19th Century, the spring holiday was
a casual time to recuperate from academic stresses.
who came of age in the late 1950s and early 60s, Frankie Avalon
and Annette Funicello defined and inspired a more established
spring break ritual.
today, who have never known life without MTV, experience spring
break as an aggressively produced and marketed event that has
all the flash of a rock concert, major sporting event, and fashion
show, all rolled into one annual beach blast.
Over the years, spring break revelers have made a home for themselves
at many different beach locales. The Frankie and Annette crowd
could be found primarily at Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. Daytona
Beach and Panama City Beach, also in Florida, began solidifying
their own respective popularity not long after.
California, along with international stars Cancun,
and the Bahamas,
have all established themselves as crowd favorites today.
major spring break hotspot right in Texas' backyard. South Padre
Island, 25 miles north of Mexico on the Texas
gulf coast, has gained steadily in popularity since the tents
and bonfires of the 60s.
Island offers an expansive five mile stretch of beach, and there
is ample lodging to accomodate any budget. A trip into Mexico
is only a thirty minute drive, for those spring breakers who want
an international experience. For spring break with a Texas flair,
come on down to South Padre Island.