We had a good time during our visit to the Gulf Coast last week. We enjoyed the Brownsville zoo, birding on the island and running on the beach. We had a good seafood dinner at Dirty Al's and a good salad at Ben and Jerry's. I really felt it was a must to visit the coast and see South Padre while we are in the Rio Grande Valley. It was fun.
However, we don't enjoy staying in motels--and this is the second time we have done that in a month. The Island Inn was OK, and the price was right. Our room had two queen beds, but only one chair. One of us had sit on the bed to read or watch TV. I can't imagine staying there with a party of four. The "continental breakfast" consisted of coffee, orange juice, and miniature donuts. We much prefer traveling in our RV and being home every night, no matter where we are.
Shopping on the island offers boogie boards, swim suits and cheap souvenirs. And there are lots and lots of inexpensive restaurants and almost as many liquor stores.
The main draws seem to be the beach, birding and drinking. It is a place aimed at families and at the surfing crowd. We are glad we went. But once was enough.