South Padre Island in Texas, located on the Gulf of Mexico, is hoping to become the newest port of call for western Caribbean sailings.
The South Padre Island City Council has approved a proposal to begin planning for the development of infrastructure the island would need to host cruise ships.
"South Padre Island has been a hidden U.S. jewel for many years," said Mayor Dennis Stahl.
The island, which is located about 260 miles from Texas’ biggest cruise port in Galveston, is a popular family resort destination and offers a number of different recreational activities such as dolphin watching, kiteboarding, and horseback riding.
It is also home to a number of beaches, including Padre Island National Seashore, which includes the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world.