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the Blue Gull - Ultimate Guidebook

Jennifer

the Blue Gull - Ultimate Guidebook

Beaches
This stretch of beach is just a 5 minute walk from the condo and is a local favorite! Just follow the yellow brick road...errr, uh, more like red brick sidewalk!
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Whitecap Beach
14802 Whitecap Blvd
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This stretch of beach is just a 5 minute walk from the condo and is a local favorite! Just follow the yellow brick road...errr, uh, more like red brick sidewalk!
This stretch of beach is the Michael J Ellis beach. You can access it via the Seawall parking lot or the entrance at the end of Windward. Bike, roller skate, or take a stroll down the seawall. Local fav spot!
15250 Windward Dr
15250 Windward Drive
This stretch of beach is the Michael J Ellis beach. You can access it via the Seawall parking lot or the entrance at the end of Windward. Bike, roller skate, or take a stroll down the seawall. Local fav spot!
Just a short drive down the road, take a picnic and enjoy the beach!
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Mustang Island State Park
9394 Texas 361
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Just a short drive down the road, take a picnic and enjoy the beach!
If you want to get away from the crowds, head down to PINS for a little privacy. Miles and miles of beach to play on, treasure hunt, and bird watch. (NOTE: 4x4 vehicle recommended if you go further than a few miles down)
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Padre Island National Seashore
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If you want to get away from the crowds, head down to PINS for a little privacy. Miles and miles of beach to play on, treasure hunt, and bird watch. (NOTE: 4x4 vehicle recommended if you go further than a few miles down)
To get to this stretch of beach, that is literally covered in “big shells,” you have to enter the Padre Island National Seashore (PINS). Once there, drive down the beach to about mile marker 25. NOTE: 4x4 highly recommended and also be sure to check that it’s a low tide, otherwise you may not make it out or back.
Big Shell Beach
To get to this stretch of beach, that is literally covered in “big shells,” you have to enter the Padre Island National Seashore (PINS). Once there, drive down the beach to about mile marker 25. NOTE: 4x4 highly recommended and also be sure to check that it’s a low tide, otherwise you may not make it out or back.
Sightseeing
Take a stroll or fish from the jetties, and watch the boats head out into the open! (NOTE: Be very careful, as the waves can splash over and sweep you off your feet if not paying attention. Always wear shoes too.)
Packery Channel Park
14218 South Padre Island Drive
Take a stroll or fish from the jetties, and watch the boats head out into the open! (NOTE: Be very careful, as the waves can splash over and sweep you off your feet if not paying attention. Always wear shoes too.)
Bored and want to take a little drive? Drive to Port A and take the ferry across, then turn around and take it back. Be sure to get out of your car on the ferry and look for dolphins!
Ferry Landing
619 W Cotter Ave
Bored and want to take a little drive? Drive to Port A and take the ferry across, then turn around and take it back. Be sure to get out of your car on the ferry and look for dolphins!
Currently CLOSED....This was a great site to see and a wonderful fishing spot, BUT it’s currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Hanna.
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Bob Hall Pier
15820 Park Road 22
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Currently CLOSED....This was a great site to see and a wonderful fishing spot, BUT it’s currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Hanna.
Activities
How about a little friendly competition? Putt putt right here on the island. Choose from 2 different courses or play both!
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Treasure Island Golf & Games
14041 S Padre Island Dr
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How about a little friendly competition? Putt putt right here on the island. Choose from 2 different courses or play both!
Stroll down the pier, go fishing, grab a bite to eat, listen to some live music, sit outside and watch the sunset, play some sand volleyball...they’ve got it all!
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Marker 37 Marina
13317 South Padre Island Drive
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Stroll down the pier, go fishing, grab a bite to eat, listen to some live music, sit outside and watch the sunset, play some sand volleyball...they’ve got it all!
Great place to take the kiddos!! It’s a hike across town, but definitely fun for all!
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Texas State Aquarium
2710 North Shoreline Boulevard
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Great place to take the kiddos!! It’s a hike across town, but definitely fun for all!
Want a little history lesson after visiting the aquarium? The USS Lexington is right next door.
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USS Lexington
2914 North Shoreline Boulevard
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Want a little history lesson after visiting the aquarium? The USS Lexington is right next door.
Fun family outing! Can’t go to the beach for some reason...then come here and paint your beach blues away! Great selection of paint-your-own pottery!
Fire It! Ceramics
210 North Alister Street
Fun family outing! Can’t go to the beach for some reason...then come here and paint your beach blues away! Great selection of paint-your-own pottery!
Restaurants
Great view at sunset! Doc’s has a nice selection of seafood and steaks to appease all the differing tastes in your party.
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Doc's Seafood and Steaks
13309 South Padre Island Drive
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Great view at sunset! Doc’s has a nice selection of seafood and steaks to appease all the differing tastes in your party.
Great view at sunset! Hands down, the best fresh, fried fish!!! And be sure to visit Scoopy’s, right next door, for an ice cream treat.
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Snoopy's Pier
13313 South Padre Island Drive
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Great view at sunset! Hands down, the best fresh, fried fish!!! And be sure to visit Scoopy’s, right next door, for an ice cream treat.
You can appease everyone’s tastes here...they’ve got everything from seafood to steaks and burgers. It can get a little loud in the evenings, so keep that in mind if you have children.
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Scuttlebutt's Seafood Bar & Grill
14254 S Padre Island Dr
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You can appease everyone’s tastes here...they’ve got everything from seafood to steaks and burgers. It can get a little loud in the evenings, so keep that in mind if you have children.
Great Texas bbq! Go “wild” and try one of their eclectic hamburgers. They have a variety of non traditional meats (ie. elk, bison, kangaroo).
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Texas Mesquite BBQ and Grill
14457 S Padre Island Dr
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Great Texas bbq! Go “wild” and try one of their eclectic hamburgers. They have a variety of non traditional meats (ie. elk, bison, kangaroo).
Decent little bar and burger joint. Hungry for hamburgers, this is your spot!
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Padre Island Burger Company
11878 Texas 361
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Decent little bar and burger joint. Hungry for hamburgers, this is your spot!
Best poke bowl place! Everything always FRESH! If you get a chance, try their crawfish étouffée! Yum!
Padre Poke
Best poke bowl place! Everything always FRESH! If you get a chance, try their crawfish étouffée! Yum!
Who doesn’t love pizza? Decent pizza and pasta joint. We like their cauliflower crust pizza, pepperoni rolls, and lasagna.
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Padre Pizzeria
14993 S Padre Island Dr
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Who doesn’t love pizza? Decent pizza and pasta joint. We like their cauliflower crust pizza, pepperoni rolls, and lasagna.
Swanky little lounge. A little on the pricey side, but all the sushi we’ve had there has been excellent! Our favorite dish (appetizer) is the stuffed avocado...yum!!!
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Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge
15121 S Padre Island Dr
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Swanky little lounge. A little on the pricey side, but all the sushi we’ve had there has been excellent! Our favorite dish (appetizer) is the stuffed avocado...yum!!!
Got a hankering for Tex-mex food...their homemade flour AND homemade corn tortillas are the rockstars here!! Have a breakfast taco, or two! Oh and don’t forget about homemade chips and salsa (and queso blanco)!!
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La Palma
15326 S Padre Island Dr
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Got a hankering for Tex-mex food...their homemade flour AND homemade corn tortillas are the rockstars here!! Have a breakfast taco, or two! Oh and don’t forget about homemade chips and salsa (and queso blanco)!!
Again, who doesn’t like pizza...great selection of pizza and pasta here too!
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Brooklyn Pie Co.
15326 S Padre Island Dr
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Again, who doesn’t like pizza...great selection of pizza and pasta here too!
We’ve honestly never been here, but we’ve heard good things. Let us know if you try it out.
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Angry Marlin Restaurant & Cool Water Bar
15605 S Padre Island Dr
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We’ve honestly never been here, but we’ve heard good things. Let us know if you try it out.
Great little Thai restaurant!
Thai Sun
13923 South Padre Island Drive
Great little Thai restaurant!
A little pricey and located about 15 minutes down the road toward Port A, but their food is fantastic! The chef, Gail Heisman, has been featured on the food network. Try the shrimp and grits!
Black Marlin Bar and Grill
258 Snapdragon
A little pricey and located about 15 minutes down the road toward Port A, but their food is fantastic! The chef, Gail Heisman, has been featured on the food network. Try the shrimp and grits!
Unique, “French” cuisine. Give it a try, you might just find that you like it!
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Dragonfly
14701 South Padre Island Drive
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Unique, “French” cuisine. Give it a try, you might just find that you like it!
BEST pizza on the planet!! Quality and quantity! Worth the trip “OTB” (over the bridge)! Try the chicken Alfredo OR the penne a la vodka with homemade meatballs, if you don’t want pizza.
Authentic New York Pizza
5838 S Staples St
BEST pizza on the planet!! Quality and quantity! Worth the trip “OTB” (over the bridge)! Try the chicken Alfredo OR the penne a la vodka with homemade meatballs, if you don’t want pizza.
While this place isn’t on the island, they have some of the most excellent seafood! It’s personally one of our favorite “OTB” (over the bridge) restaurants! It’s worth the trip.
The Blue Clove Seafood Bar and Grill
5884 Everhart Road
While this place isn’t on the island, they have some of the most excellent seafood! It’s personally one of our favorite “OTB” (over the bridge) restaurants! It’s worth the trip.
Shopping and Souvenirs
Souvenirs, beach toys, and beach wear! Don’t forget to take a pic with the submarine!
Padre Islander & Island Sports
14514 S Padre Island Dr
Souvenirs, beach toys, and beach wear! Don’t forget to take a pic with the submarine!
Souvenirs and beachy stuff galore! Don’t forget to take a pic with the mermaid!
Ocean Treasures
14049 S Padre Island Dr
Souvenirs and beachy stuff galore! Don’t forget to take a pic with the mermaid!
If you make it past those teeth, then you can shop til you drop!
Roxy Quiksilver Reef
If you make it past those teeth, then you can shop til you drop!
Groceries
They’ve probably got what you need. Great selections!
15402 S Padre Island Dr
15402 S Padre Island Dr
They’ve probably got what you need. Great selections!
In a pinch? Need some milk, some sugar...they’ve got a few selections to chose from. They’ve also got a pharmacy.
CVS
14525 South Padre Island Drive
In a pinch? Need some milk, some sugar...they’ve got a few selections to chose from. They’ve also got a pharmacy.
What can I say....they have EVERYTHING you need to cook an amazing meal at home! Worth the trip “OTB” (over the bridge).
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H-E-B plus!
1145 Waldron Rd
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What can I say....they have EVERYTHING you need to cook an amazing meal at home! Worth the trip “OTB” (over the bridge).
Best place to purchase fresh caught seafood. Just a short drive OTB (over the bridge).
Paul's Seafood
9810 South Padre Island Drive
Best place to purchase fresh caught seafood. Just a short drive OTB (over the bridge).
Great selection of groceries, right here on the island. They even have fresh produce and a meat market.
Island Market IGA
15401 South Padre Island Drive
Great selection of groceries, right here on the island. They even have fresh produce and a meat market.
Beach Rentals
www.ccbeachrentals.com They provide all kinds of beach rentals and will even set it up for you (ie. canopies, chairs, umbrellas, etc)
Holiday Beach Rentals
3200 Surfside Boulevard
www.ccbeachrentals.com They provide all kinds of beach rentals and will even set it up for you (ie. canopies, chairs, umbrellas, etc)
Want to get around easily while staying on the island...they have golf carts and bikes available for rent. Just down the road from the condo.
JoyRide Rental Co Padre Island
14617 S Padre Island Dr
Want to get around easily while staying on the island...they have golf carts and bikes available for rent. Just down the road from the condo.
Rent or buy kayaks, paddle boards, and other water sports equipment. I believe they even provide the gear to put it on your vehicle.
Wind & Wave Watersports
10721 S Padre Island Dr
Rent or buy kayaks, paddle boards, and other water sports equipment. I believe they even provide the gear to put it on your vehicle.