from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A low sandy barrier island off the southern coast of Texas. First charted in 1519, it is famous as a graveyard for Spanish treasure ships wrecked during a hurricane in 1553. Part of the island is a wildlife preserve.


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  • In a way, this tropical storm is a pre-test for an actual hurricane, said Luis Canales of McAllen as he roped a grill and patio furniture to his brother's camper trailer at Isla Blanca Park at the southern tip of Padre Island.

    Tropical system leaves little rain in dry Texas

  • That was good news for beachgoers on Padre Island, fishermen at Port Mansfield's annual fishing tournament and cotton growers who were mid-harvest as Don approached.

    Tropical system leaves little rain in dry Texas

  • Padre Island, Texas, residents boarded up windows on Wednesday.

    Storm Threatens Gulf Wetlands

  • I've climbed Emory Peak in the Chisos; taken a boat to Padre Island before the causeway was built my mother's family used to sail over and camp there when she was a kid, waded in the rock-bottom rivers of the Hill Country, spent many an hour in the car on the long, flat, lonely stretches of Texas highway between somewhere and anywhere.

    From Twitter 04-02-2010

  • Gulfcoast rat ( '' Dipodomys compactus ''), Padre Island, Texas, USA.

    Western Gulf coastal grasslands

  • If you're headed to Padre Island, showers and 65 degrees can be expected.

    CNN Transcript Mar 14, 2009

  • Ever since my mom got beat by George Bush Jr. we've congregated for Thanksgiving down at Padre Island, near Harlingen, Texas.

    Cecile Richards: A Progressive Texas Thanksgiving

  • We went down to Padre Island with the pup, which was our first time down there.

    I Wonder

  • As he was moving to Padre Island, TX, I asked for a sheet cake with a map of Texas decorated with oil wells, cattle, the Alamo, sailfish in the Gulf, etc.

    Guest Blogging at Cupcakes Take the Cake

  • You can see as you look out there, this is a bridge that takes you across to Padre Island, it is shut down.

    CNN Transcript Jul 23, 2008

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