Living on an island within either walking distance or a very short drive to the beach or boat canals is for some a dream come true. Access to the water is king and for many watching sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset gives their lives the best perspective and their days that little reason for being. Living on Padre Island involves some drives over the JFK bridge to get to and from the Corpus Christi mainland. Amenities on the island have grown and include some of the area’s best restaurants, amenities and even a new grocery store. The cost of living is higher than the Corpus Christi average and crime rates are significantly lower. There are private schools on the island for pre-k, elementary and middle school or there is the excellent Flour Bluff Independent School District located over the bridge for all levels. With a small population of just over 4K, the island offers a feeling of ‘getting away’ without having to go too far from life’s necessities, especially for families. The locals refer to the island as pet friendly, quiet, holiday/ vacation spirit, a car is needed, yards are well-kept, and people feel safe to walk alone at night.