Texas is well known for triple digit temperatures during the summer months. It can still be fun to travel to the state. One of the hot spots during this time of the year is South Padre Island, one of the top beach destinations in the country. The Island is more than 30 miles long and offers a large amount of accommodations and entertainment options. My favorite part is the "Padre Island National Seashore", a protected area with lots of sand dunes. A good start is a visit to the Malaquite Visitor Center which also houses a little museum and a gift shop. In addition, they have a viewing deck and a picnic shelter, so bring some food and enjoy the views.