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Texas Coastal Bend Late Spring 2015 27 North Padre Mustang Islands Choosing the right beachfor your fun in the sun can be the biggest decision you make for your spring or summer vacation in the Coastal Bend. J.P Luby Surf Park just north of Packery Channel between Zahn Rd. and Newport Pass Rd. is where youll find the party people collegeyoung adult crowd. On the south side of Packery Channel along the Michael J. Ellis Seawall and south to the Padre Balli Park and Bob Hall Pier area fami- lies with young kids find the most hospitable beach setting. Farther south on Padre Island you will find the least regulated and maintained area of the beach which extends 12 miles south to the northern edge of the Padre Island National Seashore. If you are taking a large group that prefers greater privacy this may the beach zone for you but we advise traveling in trucksSUVs preferably with 4-wheel drive but definitely with higher ground clearance and taking all the supplies youll need for the day. A day at the beachon Padre and Mustang Islands is a largely unique experience as our islands offer the most beach access for vehicles. Parking is allowed permit required in most areas within 50 feet of the wa- ters edge and smart beachgoers on Spring Break will arrive early and prepared. A shade canopy is a good idea as are a bonfire and barbecue pit. Work with the wind and not against it. Glass containers and driving in the dunes are prohibited and all road rules apply to beach driving including seatbelt and DWI laws. A vehicle-free pedes- trian beach has recently been established on the southern end of the Padre Island Seawall near Whitecap Beach. Shore Fishingon our islands is plentiful and accessible from dozens of locations. Bob Hall Pier is located at the Nueces County Padre Balli Park south of the hotels and condos and is the site of several record catches. The Packery Channel Jetties offer free direct access to a hot zone of fish migration between the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre. Horses on the Beachbrings visitors a most memorable and exciting experiencehorseback riding on our beautiful North Padre Island beaches