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Not far away are two places that have ample deck space above the water. Louie's Backyard, 2305 Laguna Blvd. (tel. 956/716-6406), is a large and popular establishment serving American food and operating a full bar. During high season, they have live music nightly. Wahoo Saloon, 201 W. Pike St. (tel. 956/761-5344), is smaller and simpler. On Fridays during the summer, the city puts on a small fireworks show after dark, which can be enjoyed from any of these places.

When in need of a proper beach bar where you can work your toes into the sand while enjoying a cold beer, cross to the ocean side of the island and head to Wanna-Wanna, at the Island Inn motel, 5100 Gulf Blvd. (tel. 956/761-7677).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.