Craving a tropical escape, but don’t have the time (or money) to travel all the way to Hawaii? That’s okay, me neither. Luckily for us, there’s a “next-best thing” that, I have to say, is pretty dang close to the real deal. It’s Son’s Island, and it’s in the heart of Texas on Lake Placid. It’s basically the Lone Star State’s Kokomo, but designed for day trips.


Basically, Son’s Island has 40 huge cabanas on it. Each cabana can fit 8-15 people, and they all come fully equipped with everything you need for a day of fun. Hammocks, a grill, a bar top, a private dock, the works. And, since they’re made with actual palm leaves, you get the effect of being on an exotic island. The rest of the island has games, slides, rope swings, a water trampoline, and more to discover as you explore. And, you can rent kayaks, paddle boards or hydro bikes, or bring your Waverunner or boat. You can swim, fish, or just enjoy the cool breezes off the lake. All you need to do is bring drinks, stuff to BBQ, and towels.

Getting to Son’s Island

Luckily, you don’t need to fly or charter a boat out to this lush escape. There’s a bridge that you can drive your car across. They’re open daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and are open on weekends (and some Mondays and Fridays) in the spring and fall as well. Son’s Island only closes between December and February. If you’re set on the full experience, book your cabana rental as far in advance as possible, as they can fill up fast. You can rent them for the full day, or for the evening… or, if you’re feeling really fancy, you can select the glamping option.

Glamping Out

Should you so choose, you can spend the night on Son’s Island. The staff will set up a tent with two foam queen-sized mattress with bedding, bedside tables, fans, and lanterns. It’s the perfect way to extend your time in paradise just a bit longer.

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