By Rikki Yanez
Blog Content Contributor
If you are planning on traveling down to South Padre Island or any beach, it’s best if you’re being mindful as a beach goer. South Padre Island is a well-known destination in Texas for people to live up their vacations soaking in the sun and spending quality time with their friends and family. However, many people don’t realize that there are people and families who actually live in South Padre Island, so your actions have an affect on the community. Every year, the community puts up regulations at the beach accesses since they have a littering problem. Abiding by the rules, such as not bringing glass bottles on the beach, can not only be beneficial to the city but to the wildlife in the ocean.
It’s essential to be mindful when you are in a different city, especially if you don’t know the area. If you choose to consume alcohol or take illegal substances, it’s best to know your surroundings, know your limit, be cautious of who you encounter, and always be sure you have a designated driver. Every year during spring and summer vacations, the police are on high alert due to there being multiple accidents and deaths that happen on the island. Being aware of all these things, you can prevent kidnapping, accidental drowning, overdose, jumping off hotel balconies, drunk driving accidents, and DUIs.
Lastly, when planning a trip to South Padre Island make sure you are prepared financially. Finding out that you’re broke is no joke and having people lending you money can also be a hassle. Always save some money for the drive to the island and back. If you are planning to stay multiple nights, book hotel rooms online since it’s much cheaper. Being aware of your financial status and budgeting your money each day throughout your time at the beach will save you from worrying later. Also, be aware that there will be hours long traffic once you get there so sit back and relax or get there early.
Featured image by Claire Hansen.