Update 10/4/11 from "brownbuns"
The weather is beautiful and if you can get away the Padre is calling!!! Warm water, warm days, cool nights, stars that fill the sky (you can even see the Milky Way with the naked eye), and there were too many shooting stars to count.
We are fans of being nude at PINS (northern half). IMHO, here are a couple of rules of thumb that have helped us enjoy a hassle free nude experience on Padre: If someone else is nude you should be fine to remain nude. If they are clothed, cover up - keep a cover up close by or a beach chair with a towel on it to meander over to. You can also find a secluded pocket behind the dunes and let your hair hang out (literally - LOL).
Remember, nudity in PINS is prohibited, but it seems to be tolerated and enforcement is at the discretion of the law enforcement officer. Lewdness, indecent behavior, drunkenness, drug use, etc. will bring†unwanted attention for all of us.
YOUR BATHING SUIT -- CAN YOU LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT?
by sandy feet
If you are searching for a nude beach where you can see and be seen, you might want to search elsewhere. If, however, you are seeking a quiet, beautiful, (mostly) hassle-free spot to commune with nature sans clothing, you might find the beaches north of South Padre Island town proper to be just your cup of tea.
I don't have the time to get up there much myself these days, but it is nice - comforting even - to know that it is there and that losing the tan lines remains an option. There is a fairly active and close-knit but friendly group of people who post regular reports, etc. on the SPIonline.com forum. I try to keep this page updated with information that gets posted there with varying levels of success, so you might want to head over there for updates.
You can see if there is anything new posted on the COB forum, but here are the GPS coordinates posted by a thoughful enthusiast:
Entrance #5 (last pay entrance) N26∞09'55.1" W097∞10'22.6"
How Do I Find The Nude Beach?
For many years various signs posted by anonymous naturists indicated where the "official" nude beach was located - approx. five miles north of the end of the road, by one report. On our most recent visit to that area all signs had vanished. My companion commented that nude sunbathing on South Padre is "more a state of mind than a specific location."
True enough. To find the nude beach on SPI, drive up the beach north of town past the condos, the convention center, Hurricane Flats, the county parks and all the valley families picnicking by the water. Keep driving until you find a nice dune on a non-populated stretch of beach. Take your clothes off. Don't forget the sunscreen.
Should you wish to sunbathe in relative privacy, it is just a short walk behind the dunes to one of many wind-sculpted grottos offering shelter from the lascivious and merely curious...
Will I Get Hassled?
Almost certainly not if you are tucked behind a dune. Probably not if you camp in plain view of traffic. Due to some drug deal activity north of town, the local constabulary does patrol on a regular basis - but peaceful naturists minding their own business is not what they are looking for.
We have heard at least one disturbing report that nude sunbathers are being ticketed on the beaches north of town. Would appreciate any one writing in who can confirm this and provide us with details.
Texas state obscenity laws are aimed at those who have the intent to arouse and or gratify sexual attention. That leaves some room for interpretation, so exercise common sense. If someone complains about your nakedness, put your clothes on and find another location.
The best way to prevent being hassled is to stay away from anyone who might be offended by your nudity, and on South Padre Island - even at the height of the tourist season (June-Aug) - that is incredibly easy to accomplish.
What About Winter?
We have heard reports that there is a fairly large contingent of transplanted Midwesterners (affectionately known as "Winter Texans") who like to celebrate our mild winters by removing their clothing and frolicking naked in the dunes. (We are not sure about the "frolicking" stuff...)
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