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South Padre IslandUnited States of America

College students and families are drawn to this Texas barrier island for its oceanfront access and unbeatable weather.

Famous for its balmy temperature and oceanfront access, South Padre Island is one of Texas’s most coveted holiday getaways.

The vacation town is located at the southeastern tip of Texas and borders Mexico. As a barrier island, its eastern shoreline is along the Gulf of Mexico and is beloved by tourists for its warm year-round climate. Most of the land is a protected National Seashore, and the town of South Padre Island is relegated to the bottom tip of the island.

The island is a favored destination for college spring breaks during March, when the town is largely populated by young adults enjoying the lively nightlife. Many families and retirees enjoy visits to South Padre Island during the winter thanks to its yearlong warm climate. Its downtown is filled with resorts, hotels, bars, and souvenir shops.

Miles of pristine seashore stretches along the coastline, making it a perfect place to soak up the sun, go for a swim, or play beach volleyball. Many visitors take advantage of the horseback riding tours and take a beach ride at sunset. South Padre Island is known for its fishing opportunities and hosts numerous fishing contests and tournaments throughout the year.

Water sports are the prime activity on South Padre Island and it is not unusual to see dozens of parasailers and kiteboarders enjoying the ocean waves. Dolphin watching is another popular choice, with a wide offering of tours available. Get snorkeling lessons to explore the ocean floor of the Gulf of Mexico.

If fresh water recreation is more your style, spend the afternoon at Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark where you can enjoy water slides and other attractions that will appeal to visitors of all ages.

Port Isabel is five miles (eight kilometers) away and is home to the Port Isabel Lighthouse, which features stunning views of South Padre Island and the ocean beyond.

South Padre Island has a slender shape and compact community. Most of the island’s destinations can be reached on foot, but if you don’t feel like strolling, the town also offers The Wave, a free shuttle service.

Brownsville International Airport is a half-hour drive from South Padre Island, and has daily flights to and from Dallas and Houston. The island is connected to the mainland by Route 100.

Where to stay in South Padre Island

Top Hotels in South Padre Island

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham South Padre Island Beach
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham South Padre Island Beach
2.5 out of 5
7000 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX
The price is ¥5,851 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Located in South Padre Island, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Sea Turtle Rescue Center and South Padre ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,319 reviews)

"Hotel was on the beach and easily navigated. Everything was clean and we felt safe during our stay."…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham South Padre Island Beach
Courtyard by Marriott South Padre Island
Courtyard by Marriott South Padre Island
3 out of 5
6700 PADRE BLVD, South Padre Island, TX
The price is ¥7,438 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Sea Turtle Rescue Center and Sea Turtle Inc. South Padre Island Beach and South Padre Island Birding and Nature ...

4.2/5Very Good! (416 reviews)

"Very good staff. The property was in great condition and very clean. The hotel had its own beach access. The bar/grill was excellent. The pool area was very well thought out to be used by all people, including those with handicaps. We will definitely be staying here again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott South Padre Island
Pearl South Padre
Pearl South Padre
3.5 out of 5
310 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX
The price is ¥9,282 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Nestled on the beach, this South Padre Island hotel is within a 10-minute walk of South Padre Island Beach and Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. Isla Blanca Beach ...

3.5/5Good! (1,409 reviews)

"Overall, facility was nice but I had a problem getting bit up by fleas"…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Pearl South Padre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in South Padre Island

Seabreeze 1 Condominiums
Seabreeze 1 Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
4300 Gulf Blvd., South Padre Island, TX

Situated on the beach, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from South Padre Island Beach and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. Sea Turtle ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (175 reviews)

"This property was absolutely gorgeous! They made the check in so easy! Very quiet and serene"…"

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Seabreeze 1 Condominiums
The Tiki
The Tiki
3.5 out of 5
6608 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX

Nestled on the beach, this South Padre Island condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Sea Turtle Inc and South Padre Island Beach. Andy Bowie Park and Sea ...

4.2/5Excellent! (408 reviews)

"Clean and right by the shore. Staff was very curious. Beautiful place to stay, two pools and walkway full of palm trees and birds of paradise."…"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

The Tiki
Saida III 303 - Charming Vacation Home Condo, Just Steps From the Beach, 3 Pools, Tennis, Palapa Bar, Washer/dryer
Saida III 303 - Charming Vacation Home Condo, Just Steps From the Beach, 3 Pools, Tennis, Palapa Bar, Washer/dryer
South Padre Island, TX

Nestled on the beach, this South Padre Island condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Queen Isabella State Fishing Pier, South Padre Island Beach, and Schlitterbahn ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)
Perfect weekend

"Great patio and roomy accommodations!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Saida III 303 - Charming Vacation Home Condo, Just Steps From the Beach, 3 Pools, Tennis, Palapa Bar, Washer/dryer
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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