About South Padre Island

South Padre Island Aerial View
Situated off the southern tip of Texas is a tropical paradise offering as much or as little activity as you want. South Padre Island has the distinction of being the longest barrier island in the world, and offers the widest, cleanest beaches of any of the islands of Texas. With the widest point of the island being just a half-mile, you’re always just steps away from the ocean, where the water here is shallow and safe; perfect for families with small children. On the opposite (west) side, Laguna Madre Bay offers magnificent sunsets and world-class fishing. Throughout the year, South Padre Island offers mild temperatures, calm water, and a wide variety of activities for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and those who simply want to take a break from their busy lives and escape to a tropical island getaway.

South Padre Island is known for its many watersport activities (See our blog on “What to Do on Padre”) with personal watercraft rental, kite boarding and dolphin watches being the most popular.

Vacationers flock to the beaches of South Padre Island for a variety of reasons, some of which are: Family Vacations and Reunions, Destination Weddings, Girls’ Getaways, Bachelor/Bachelorette Celebrations, Fishing Expeditions, Spring Break, Bike Fest (2X/Year), and Bird Watching. In March, the island is one of the United States’ top Spring Break destinations for college students from around the world. The rest of the year it serves as a popular family resort destination, with July being the most crowded.

Last, but far from least, Snowbirds and winter visitors love South Padre Island! The island is a warm haven for the winter weary, and the community plans special events and activities specifically for “Winter Texans.”

Whether you are looking for a memorable family vacation, a fun trip with friends, an opportunity to go deep sea and/or bay fishing, or you are simply wanting to escape to a beautiful, stress-free island, South Padre Island is waiting for you and has everything you need!