Escape to paradise on South Padre Island, a 34-mile long tropical island located on the Gulf Coast of Texas. South Padre Island’s stunning sandy beaches, world-class wind and water sports, and nature tourism attractions have made the Island one of the top beach destinations in Texas.
Swim and snorkel in clear emerald-blue water. Catch a wave and learn how to kiteboard. Hook a variety of fish and have your catch cooked for you at a local restaurant. Listen to live music and admire remarkable bay and beachside fireworks.
Easy to reach by air, land, or sea, and home to upscale hotels and cozy beach houses, the Island has everything you need for a truly memorable getaway.
While there is a lot you can see and do on South Padre Island, there are a few places you don’t want to miss. Observe the birds, butterflies, and other natural wildlife that resides along the southern coast of Texas at the SPI Birding & Nature Center. Located among the wetlands of the Laguna Madre Bay, stroll along bayside boardwalks or go on a birding tour. Explore and discover endangered Kemp’s Ridley turtles at Sea Turtle, Inc., the only educational, rehabilitation, and rescue facility on the Island. For some outdoor excitement, ride the uphill water coasters at Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort, an indoor and outdoor waterpark nestled right next to the beach.
Relax on the Beach … and So Much More
South Padre Island is known as the Sandcastle Capital of the World, so where better to take a sandcastle-building lesson than here? Learn the basics of building a stellar sandcastle from a talented master sand sculptor. Then stop by the Island Adventure Park’s riding center to go horseback riding on the beach, a fun-for-all-ages experience even for first-time riders. While you’re there, take in a bird’s-eye view of the beach as you soar across the 500-foot-long zip line. Finally, head to the Island’s southernmost tip for a romantic stroll along the picturesque rolling sand dunes.
South Padre Island’s clear waters provide a wealth of other adventures. Rent a single, tandem, triple, fishing, or surf kayak and paddle the beautiful Laguna Madre Bay, where you can also come face to face with exotic marine life as you snorkel in the shallow water. Looking for a deep-dive experience? Book a scuba diving lesson to learn the ropes of diving in the Texas Gulf Coast.
When you need a break from the sun and surf, indulge in some retail therapy as you hunt for hidden gems in South Padre Island’s shops.
Dining & Entertainment
After a long day on the beach, indulge in some of the bold and tropical flavors of South Padre Island at one of more than 40 local restaurants and entertainment spots. From casual and take-out eateries to fine-dining establishments, the Island has it all.
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