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  • The Queen Isabella Causeway that collapsed had been constructed in 1974. Which Replaced the original Queen Isabella Causeway, which became known as the Old Fishing Pier. The island has more tourists in the winter and in the spring months, which increases the population
  • In 1967 hurricane Beulah hits just south with 130mph winds this area got over 100mph winds & heavy damage from flooding & tornadoes. 1933 sept. 4-5th winds est at 80mph & 17 million dollars damage. The island was discovered in 1519 by Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda
  • Its beaches are ranked as one of America’s top 10 beaches


  • 1. South Padre Island, TexasFormally known as "Isla Blanca" or "White Sand”
  • 2. South Padre Island- Location• Latitude - 26°06’13.29“N• Longitude - 97°09’52.93“W• On the southern most tip of Texas, about 30 miles away from Mexico• Its location to the Equator makes it a warm and sunny place to vacation
  • 3. South Padre Island- Place• Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre Bay• It is a popular spot for college students on spring break• Retirees spending time there are known as “Winter Texans”
  • 4. South Padre Island- Scale• The longest Barrier Island in the world• 1 million people visit South Padre Island each year, but 12 million people visit Miami, Florida each year – both have great beaches
  • 5. South Padre Island- Distribution• The largest stretch of undeveloped ocean beach in North America• People who live in the northern regions come down to the island during the winter especially the retirees
  • 6. South Padre Island- Pattern Relies on the Queen Isabella Causeway to transport tourists from the mainland to the island – Its collapse in 2001 deserting the island when access was limited
  • 7. South Padre Island- ProcessesIts location in the Gulf of Mexico makes hurricanes a big risk – At least five hurricanes have destroyed the island – Other hurricanes have damaged South Padre, including Hurricane Dolly in 2008
  • 8. South Padre Island-Relationship• It is a way to experience Mexico without leaving the United States• Tourism is important to the Texas economy
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