At the southern tip of the 600 mile stretch of Texas beaches, the warmest waters of the entire Gulf of Mexico meet the tropical climate of the South Texas coast, making South Padre beaches a great destination year round.
The granite boulders are barnacle encrusted and urchin infested. The most common mistake drowning victims make is to panic and try to swim directly toward the shore. Eventually, the excess water starts to return seaward through low areas in the sandbar, "ripping" an opening.Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf. Undertow is a concern mostly for weak swimmers or the unfortunate non-swimmer.An undertow occurs when a wave is about to break on a shallow sandbar where a swimmer might be standing.