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Check out this tropical island paradise an hour’s drive from Austin

Kristin Finan
Plunge into cool Lake Placid on a hot summer day at Son's Island. [Mauri Elbel for American-Statesman]

It's spring in Central Texas, which means it's officially swimming hole season!

If you're looking for a new place to try, consider Son's Island in Seguin.

What you can expect: A private, thatched-roof lakeside cabana for you and your friends, complete with a hammock, grill, tables and lounge chairs. You can rent a kayak, a canoe or a paddleboard on site, or enjoy beach volleyball, cornhole or jumbo-size game of Connect Four.

OK, so the water might not be quite as blue as Hawaii, but you’ll still feel far, far away as you cross over the 100-foot wooden bridge to access the island.

Want to stay overnight? There are tents available that come with two queen-size beds, two fans and lanterns.

You can book online at Cabanas, which cost around $150 for an eight-hour rental and include a private dock, go fast, so reserve early.