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About South Padre Island
Long stretches of white sand…blue water…palm trees swaying in tropical breezes…surfing, kiteboarding, fishing, shopping. It all sounds wonderful, and the best part is that you don’t have to head to the Caribbean to enjoy this beautiful beach getaway. It’s all available in South Padre Island, Texas.
Only one-half mile across at its widest, South Padre Island nestles just off the southern tip of Texas, with the Laguna Madre on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. It’s perfectly situated for the perfect vacation, whether you plan lazy days on the beach or a vacation filled with activity. There are lots of reasons why South Padre Island is a perennial favorite getaway, for families, for couples, and for singles.
You can spend your stay on South Padre Island lazing at the beach, but for those in a more active mood, there’s windsurfing and parasailing. Rent a bike to explore the island, head out for a day’s fishing, ride horseback along the beach at sunset, play 18 holes on a bayside golf course, and more. Nature lovers can hike, dive, bird-watch, enjoy a dolphin-watching cruise, or learn about rescue and conservation at Sea Turtle, Inc. Contact a local sandcastle designer and take a lesson in building your own fantasy sand palace. If you don’t get enough water at the beach, check out Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark & Resort, a great place for a family to spend a day.
South Padre Island offers great food, from hamburgers to Mexican, from seafood to Italian, from sidewalk cafés to beachside diners to casual fine dining. After dark, South Padre can be as relaxing or exciting as you choose. Stroll the beach in the moonlight or follow the music to dance at one of the island’s clubs. Friday evenings during the summer, stop by one of the bars or restaurants on the Laguna Madre side of the island so you can watch the weekly fireworks display.
With average temperatures between 70° and 90° – rarely dropping below 60° even during winter – just about any time is a great time to visit South Padre Island. Springtime brings migrating birds and nesting turtles back to the island, fall celebrates Sandcastle Days, and the weather is gorgeous year-‘round. By car, drive to Port Isabel and cross the causeway. Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport is served by American Airlines, United Airlines and AeroMéxico. Valley International Airport in Harlingen is served by Southwest Airlines, AirTrans, Sun Country Airlines, and Delta Airlines. Shuttle service to South Padre Island is available from both airports.
The WAVE, South Padre Island’s free shuttle, runs from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and serves both South Padre Island and Port Isabel, the nearest mainland city. It’s handicapped-accessible and equipped with bike racks and free Wi-Fi. For those who might prefer to get around under their own steam, bicycle rentals are also available.
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