ESCAPE REALITY AND ENJOY A VACATION AT TEXAS’ BEST BEACH, South Padre Island. A 34-mile long tropical island located on the Gulf Coast of Texas, South Padre Island’s stunning white sandy beaches, world-class water activities, nature tourism attractions, unique local restaurants, and a rockin’ entertainment district keep the island consistently ranked as a top beach destination by travelers from across the globe.
Most recently, the island was named one of the “Best Places to Visit in Texas” by U.S. News & Report, one of the Best Beach Destinations in the “Top American Trips 2018” by Canadian Traveler, and one of 2018’s “10 Best Places in Texas to Visit on Spring Break” by Trips to Discover.
With easy travel by air, land, or sea and more than 5,000 lodging options, visitors can style a trip uniquely their own.
Swim, snorkel, and explore the barrier island. Take a kiteboarding lesson and catch a wave. Reel in a big fish, then have your catch cooked for you at a local restaurant. Dance to the beat of live, local music and experience the beauty of bay and beachside fireworks. A place alive with fun, sun, and endless blue skies. Texas’ best beach is yours.
Make a splash at Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Beach Resort. Nestled right next to the beach with its own inland surfing attraction, uphill water coasters, and more fun than should be allowed, the outdoor water park includes a resort and indoor water park for year-round fun.
From an abundance of wind and water sports, to beach and bayside fishing, to a variety of attractions just steps from the beach, family-friendly fun is plentiful on South Padre Island.
Go parasailing to get a birds-eye view of the island. Catch a catamaran and sail off into the sunset. Or, catch a wave with a kiteboarding lesson. Named of one of the “World’s Greatest Kiteboarding Spots” by National Geographic, the challenging Gulf surf and the calmer Bay waters offer excitement for kiteboarders of all skill levels.
Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy the Gulf Coast’s premier offerings in bay and offshore fishing. Charter a boat or kayak, surf fishing or wading, fishermen can get bowed up no matter the species.
Nature enthusiasts are invited to visit the recently-renovated habitat for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley species at Sea Turtle Inc., the only place in the world where you can see a baby Kemp’s Ridley Sea turtle in residence. Visitors can get an up-close look at these turtles with guided tours of the facility’s education, rehabilitation, and rescue programs.