Spring Break is an academic tradition where students get a much anticipated mental break from the long hours and challenges of the semester. Some students use Spring Break to get away and have a good time with their friends, while others may spend it with family.

This mini vacation from school does carry a reputation for having extreme partying and binge drinking on the agenda. One popular destination for Spring Breakers is South Padre Island. Although the area is notorious for being a party town during this time of year, it does offer plenty of sober and fun alternatives.

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Individuals not planning to be involved in the party scene have an array of activities to pick from. The water is warm and perfect for getting some surfing time or any other water activities. South Padre Surf Co. offers surf lessons, surf camps and surfboard rentals year- round. Instructors and owners Gene and Rachel Gore are ready to get your Spring Break started. It is located on Bait Shop Road, South Padre Island. For more information, call 956-772-7272.

Parrot Eyes Restaurant and Watersports, located at 5801 Padre Blvd., is not only a venue to grab lunch or dinner — it is also a great place to grab some fun-in-the-sun activities. They offer personal watercraft rentals, parasailing, kayaking and the banana boat rides every 20 minutes. Get a private charter with Captain Eli Wisner and do some dolphin watching, fishing or simply a scenic tour of the area. Call 956-761-9457 for reservations and don’t forget to use the online coupons offered.

Neighboring Parrot Eyes is Air Padre Kiteboarding, at 5709 Padre Blvd. They provide lessons in surfing, kiteboarding and stand- up paddle boarding. For the thrill seekers, Air Padre has flyboarding lessons as well. Hover over the ocean using a personal water jet board. For more information, call 956-299-9463.

Spring Break land lovers may enjoy activities that are a bit more laid back. Enjoy horseback riding while watching the sunset at South Padre Adventure Park, located at North State Park Road 100, South Padre Island. It can be reached at 956-761-4677. Learn to build sandcastles with Andy Hancock and his crew at Sandcastle- Lessons.com. Call or text Andy Hancock at 956-433-9948

You can even combine land and water and hit up Schlitterbahn, located at 100 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island.

Whether Spring Breakers are craving fun on land, sea or up in the air, South Padre has them covered.


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Desiree Arnold is a featured columnist/reporter for the Del mar College Foghorn and is well-known for her "Penny Palate." She joined the staff in Fall 2015. You can reach Desiree at darnold@foghornnews.com or Follow her on Twitter @DesireeArnold17.

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