This isn't a question but rather a tip for all you guys interested in visiting SPI. 1) If you're a beach bum, get a tent or a small or RV or van and camp out literally on the beach! Go to either of the Public access points 3-6, pay the $12 daily fee and camp out. SPI beaches are meant to be driven on by be careful about getting the soft sand kicked up into your motor area. Speed limit is 5 or less. Busy times will literally be foot on the brakes for 2 miles. The further down you go, the less traffic, vendors, etc. 6 is the most remote and provides an otherworldly beach experience suitable for a yogi. 3 is right next to the portable johns, vendors and entrance. Camping at SPI north beaches is a professional past-time so come prepared. Just go down and pay the daily fee and you can stay as long as you like. $2 of the $12 comes with a trashbag: fill it, turn it in daily and get your $2 back! In case that's not worth the drive down to the entrance, just dispose of it in the many metal trashcans along the beach. 2) all beaches remain open to the public and cannot be closed off by hotels, property owners, etc. HOWEVER, public accesses are free and occur from the center to the south part of the island. BEACH accesses occur from the center to the north of the island and cost $12. Parking in the center of the island and south of the island is extremely hard to come by. Park your car and take the FREE Wave shuttle everywhere. Buses are either yellow or yellow and blue. They're free, clean, fast, cold a/c and come around every 30 minutes. They go all over the island and they're wonderful. They're paid for by TX taxpayer $, of which I am one of them, and I am so glad to see the funds going towards something useful. 3) Avoid the cheap, overpriced, kitchy stores on the main blvds. There are 3 resale shops on the island (one of which benefits the ONLY animal rescue group on the island) to get your condo supplies, beach towels, shirts, etc that you need when you're here. Visitors leave all kinds of barely used stuff behind and it goes right back to the community for resale. Trickery is the name of the game with the shops on the blvd. Signs that say "nothing over 9.99" is a total lie and they're not at all ashamed to try to cover it up. As soon as you walk in, it's 12.99 this, 17.99 that, 24.99 that over there. Signs that says "towels 2.99" are definitely towels that are 2.99.....they're dish towels. It's all cruel joke. Resale shops are definitely the better way to go and are environmentally friendly. 4) Island Adventure Park is overrated. Schlitterbahn is nice but much smaller than it is marketed. Most cruises are cheap because they go nowhere outside the shallow muddy laguna. 5) If you're interested in nature and not kitch, SPI is the way to go. Birds, sea turtles, best shelling, etc. All free or nearly free. The island is immaculately maintained and beautiful in unusual ways. 6) support local businesses, food trucks, vendors, servers, etc. Yes, there's a McDs and Whataburger if you're so inclined but the local food trucks are amazing. There's one that sells freshly squeezed lemonade and freshly shaved repasados.....for $5! Local workers, businesses, vendors, food trucks, etc give SPI a unique flair and they only get to work about 5 months out of the year. Let's make it count. 6) DO NOT GET INJURED OR SERIOUSLY ILL WHILE AT SPI. There is NO emergency care, urgent care or other facility for 35 miles around! The nearest facility is Valley Medical Center in Brownsville, a 40 minute drive. EMS and 911 won't do anything for you except drive you right up to Brownsville and I hear the cost is over $2000. 7) Do not feed wildlife, birds or feral TNR cats. Let them exist in their niche in nature so that we can enjoy them that way. Do not drive on the dunes. Beach only. It is illegal and you will go to jail. 8) If you're Jewish, there's a beautiful marble synagogue in the center of the island. 9) A short drive over the causeway to Port Isabel yields a Walmart that specializes in small quantities of island supplies and food. The prices are still inexpensive but they're smaller sizes of goods. 10) there appears to be no recycling on the island. I winced every time I threw something away that was recyclable. 11) SPI is dog friendly but no pooping on the beach or the dunes. Grass only; pick it up and throw it away when you're done. 12) It IS still TX. And we love our guns and you will see the occasional person open-carrying. I can guarantee you they're not the bad guys and they're licensed, trained and willing to put their lives on the line if a robbery, active shooter or other violent situation places them in that situation. Most people conceal-carry so y'all can breathe easier. Lastly....feel free to ask me a question about anything SPI and I'd be glad to answer it, no matter how small. Enjoy your trip!