Located on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico at the southern tip of Texas, South Padre is the permier beach resort town of the state of Texas. The city is connected to the mainland at Port Isabel via the Queen Isabella Causeway, the longest bridge in the state. South Padre Island was named after Father José Nicolas Ballí (Padre Balli), a Catholic priest and settler. South Padre Island is one of the state's biggest spring break vacation spots. The city is a popular resort town for both American and Mexican citizens. In fact, 50% of the city's residential properties are owned by residents of Monterrey, Mexico.