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The location of South Padre Island









Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for South Padre Island.

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in South Padre Island, we use the following websites to find information relevant to South Padre Island and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for South Padre Island and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for South Padre Island. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on South Padre Island.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Cameron County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Cameron County sighting report from eBird.

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on South Padre Island.

How Far From South Padre Island to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as South Padre Island to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in South Padre Island and extending to:

  • Brownsville [Map], which is the Seat of Cameron County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from South Padre Island to Brownsville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 289 miles [465.1 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,461 miles [2,351.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 57 days and walking would take 83 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,349 miles [11,827.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 8,063 miles [12,976.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,939 miles [9,557.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near South Padre Island ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Angel Haven   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Southwest of South Padre Island   [Map]

Clarksville (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Four Corners   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Green Valley Farms   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the West   [Map]

Holly Beach   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Illinois Heights   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Indian Lake   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Jaime Lake   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Palm Grove   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding South Padre Island. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Walt 'No Neck' Williams

Major League Baseball. He was born in Brownsville (Texas) on Sunday December 19, 1943 and died in Abilene (Texas) on Saturday January 23, 2016 at an age of 72. He was buried at Greenleaf Cemetery (Brown County, Texas) [Map].

Brownsville [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest of South Padre Island

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Walt 'No Neck' Williams<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Texas

About Cameron County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for South Padre Island: www.town.south-padre-island.tx.us/

The official website for Cameron County: www.co.cameron.tx.us/

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- South Padre Island) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for South Padre Island. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South Padre Island

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Padre Island. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 26.1110, Longitude: -97.1681     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Padre Island have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from South Padre Island to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 319.12 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.666 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.351 degrees.

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<7>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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