South Padre Island Experts

Food

Lucinda Wierenga

"I suggest Harpoon Barry's. Everything is good but we can't say enough nice things about the fish tacos. Frequent and good live music in the adjacent courtyard. Beer, wine and setups. Free pool, chill surfer vibe and a sand sculpture monument to legendary surfer and artist Harpoon Barry. Stop by for Happy Laundry Hour - the washateria is right next door."

Family

Lucinda Wierenga

"South Padre Island is the Sand Castle Capital of the universe, and is one of the few places on the earth where you can get a sand castle lesson from a professional sand sculptor, all year round. The well-equipped instructor shows up on the beach outside of your condo or hotel to help you and your family build the best sandcastle ever. Check out the SPI Sandcastle Trail - 30+ stops up and down the island where you can see examples of world class sand sculpture. Both bike and s...

Read more

Food

Marty Sonders

View Marty's property on FlipKey here.
...

Read more

Adventure

Marty Sonders

"Many travelers seek a South Padre dolphin adventure. I highly recommend pontoon boat excursions led by Scarlet Colley, her husband, George, and Rozzi the "Dolphin Dog" into Gulf waters for an intimate dolphin experience greatly superior to the big charter boat tours. Scarlet sings to the dolphins, who apparently, hear her and appear to play in the boat’s wake, providing a thrilling, mind-filling, and heart-warming adventure. Contact information: the South Padre Island Natur...

Read more

Food

Cindy Sailor

View Cindy's property on FlipKey here.
...

Read more

Family

Cindy Sailor

"Families love the Sea Turtle Rescue Center, the kids are allowed to touch some of the rescued turtles and the workers there give fascinating (short) lectures to educate the kids on the importance of saving the endangered Kemp's Ridley Sea turtles who are now protected and hatch on South Padre island . among other Gulf coast locations. Another fun activity is the Dolphin Watch boat trips - most visitors get to see the playful dolphins swimming around the boats, tempting the t...

Read more

Adventure

Cindy Sailor

"Endless opportunities for adventure including: Kayaking, Kite Boarding, Sunset Cruises, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Wakeboarding, Kitesurfing, Scuba diving, Horseback rides on the beach, and lots of fishing including deep sea fishing trips."

Food

Mr. and Mrs. Aguirre

View their property on FlipKey here.

"The three best restaurants on South Padre Island, in no particular order are: Sea Ranch, Palms on the Beach Cafe', Daddy's Seafood."

Nightlife

Mr. and Mrs. Aguirre

"For nighttime fun go to Clayton's Beach Bar and Grill, Wanna Wanna Beach bar and grill, Louie's backyard, Laguna Bobs, or Tequila Sunset."

Food

Jackie Boyer

View Jackie's property on FlipKey here.

"BBQ Ribs at Louie's within walking distance of our condo; Anything for breakfast or lunch at Manuel's in Port Isabel; Grilled shrimp, fish, or crab cakes at Joe's Oyster Bar in Port Isabel."

Family

Jackie Boyer

"On the Island "The Turtle Rescue" is a must and the water park is always fun! The Zoo in Brownsville is also great for everyone. There are so many other things to see and do its hard to name just a few."

Adventure

Jackie Boyer

"The Birding Center and the Convention Center both have great walking areas to enjoy the birds and you may even get to see the alligator who lives there. Of course my favorite thing to do is a walk on the beach or a swim in the pool. Para sailing, wind surfing or sky diving are also available for the adventurous."

Arts & Music

Jackie Boyer

"Most night spots have music and/or entertainment most of the time. All are good places to try out. Pick up a free paper for a complete list of events and entertainment or go to www.sopadre.com for more information."