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Prepare for the beaches of South Padre Island

Found on the Gulf of Mexico, at the tip of the world's largest barrier island, is the inviting South Padre Island. This coastal community welcomes over a million visitors each year. Relaxing in such surroundings is pretty much mandatory, but there is an array of adrenaline-pumping activities for when you've had enough sunbathing. Whether you're to-do list features fishing for tuna, visiting the Historic Brownsville Museum, or trying out kiteboarding during the Kite Roundup, you'll find plenty to keep you going in this Texan strip of good times.

Things to see and do

Beaches and water sports

With more than 30 miles of pristine sand, guests can relax to the alluring rhythm of the waves, or test their prowess in this kiteboarding and wind surfing capital of the Lone Star State. Speckled trout and big game fish like amberjack and tuna await anglers in the Lower Laguna Madre, and further offshore. The 26-acre Schlitterbahn Waterpark is the festive backdrop of thrilling rides and attractions for adrenaline junkies of all ages. You can also experience panoramic vistas while parasailing 700 feet over the Gulf of Mexico.


In addition to fantastic dolphin-watching opportunities, visitors can explore the natural habitats of the Birding and Nature Center along with the award-winning Sea Turtle Rescue Center. The scenic trails of the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge are home to distinct and varied indigenous species of birds and other animals like deer and rabbits. Take a guided tour or explore this premier birding destination, to observe migratory birds, butterflies, sea turtles and other wildlife from the boardwalk, or from the impressive five-story observation tower.

More attractions

Nearby museums include the Historic Brownsville Museum and Hidalgo County Historical Museum, both of which house exhibits chronicling the area's farming, ranching and cultural heritage, as well as artifacts from the first fort and the appearance of French teaching nuns. The 26-acre Gladys Porter Zoo and Botanical Garden is home to 1,600 animals. Located at the foot of the causeway, the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse runs tours that provide unparalleled views from its catwalk 50 feet above the ground.

Special events

In addition to its awe-inspiring fireworks displays, South Padre hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year. These include the Kite Roundup in spring, and the annual Texas International Fishing Tournament, Beachcombers Art Show and Cine Sol Latino Film Festival during the summer. The autumn and winter seasons are time for the Bayfest music concert, Sand Castle Days sand sculpturing and the Harbor Lights Festival. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, watch a colorful sunset before enjoying a stunning fireworks display every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

Travel information

South Padre Island is served by three nearby airports, which are approximately 35 miles away. McAllen Miller International (MFE), Valley International (HRL) and Brownsville/South Padre Airport (BRO) have daily service to Dallas and Houston that provide connecting service to locations around the world. Visitors arriving by car can access the resort by taking State Route 100 and the Queen Isabella Causeway, which joins the barrier island and the mainland.

Best time to visit

The island resort has a relaxed atmosphere eleven months out of the year. While young adults are drawn to the rowdy excitement of spring break each March, most travelers visit from September through February to enjoy the warm winter weather.

Where to stay

A whole host of accommodations are lined up along the island for those traveling for either work or leisure.

The Hilton Garden Inn is perfect for the business traveler with its conference center, meeting facilities and fast Wi-Fi. It's not all work and no play though, as guests are free to make use of the swimming pool, gym and on-site restaurant.

The Ramada Limited is a great option for lower rates, positioned on West Gardenia St. Enjoy spacious rooms that are available with a hot tub, and provide Wi-Fi and a TV. Take a dip in the enclosed pool, then take a stroll around the block to find a tasty eatery.

Recently Rated South Padre Island Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Travelodge South Padre Island
3.4 / 5
180 reviews
2 stars $33
Ramada Limited South Padre Island
3.4 / 5
84 reviews
2 stars $34
Isla Grand Beach Resort
4.0 / 5
65 reviews
3 stars $149
Padre South Hotel On The Beach
3.3 / 5
94 reviews
3 stars $79
Comfort Suites South Padre Island
3.6 / 5
38 reviews
2 stars $99
Island Inn
4.0 / 5
4 reviews
3 stars $49
Schlitterbahn Beach Resort and Waterpark
3.9 / 5
17 reviews
3 stars $249
Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island
4.1 / 5
41 reviews
3 stars $116
Econo Lodge South Padre Island
2.4 / 5
7 reviews
2 stars $35
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
4.2 / 5
50 reviews
3 stars $98

Featured South Padre Island Hotels

From $38

1 Super 8 South Padre Island

2 stars
3.4 / 5 59 reviews

4205 Padre Boulevard

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South Padre Island budget hotel with pool and free breakfastThe Super 8 South Padre Island offers a convenient location with rates that are easy on the budget. Guests can walk, bicycle or take a...

great room
this room was a real treat- it was huge, and had everything needed for a great stay! staff was super helpful, breakfast was yummy-(gotta love those Texas shaped waffles)-and it was on SPI!
Nov 19, 2014
From $110

2 La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach

3 stars
3.8 / 5 81 reviews

7000 Padre Blvd

Beachside budget hotel with free breakfast and Wi-FiThe combination of budget and beach blends at La Quinta Inn and Suites South Padre Beach. The inn is located on the beach, across from the South...

Great hotel on the beach
Good hotel on the beach, across from bird sanctuary.
Feb 9, 2015
From $116

3 Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island

3 stars
4.1 / 5 41 reviews

7010 Padre Boulevard

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

At the Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island hotel in Texas, deluxe accommodations, friendly service and an island-relaxed atmosphere await our guests.When vacationing on South Padre Island or if...

Location was great, very clean, big spacious room and restroom, restaurant food was delicious, bar drinks were also delicious, pool is big with 2 jacuzzis and a kid pool, friendly staff, very...
Apr 6, 2015
From $33

4 Travelodge South Padre Island

2 stars
3.4 / 5 180 reviews

6200 South Padre Blvd

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Free continental breakfast and outdoor pool at budget beach hotelGet ready for some serious pickle ball -- the South Padre Island Travelodge has a pickle ball court, along with an outdoor area with...

Great trip!
Wonderful location! In the heart of all So. Padre has to offer. Good accommodations located between the bay and ocean. Nice short path leads directly to white sandy beach. Turtle Rescue Farm right...
May 12, 2015
From $49

5 Island Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 4 reviews

3813 Padre Blvd

The Island Inn Hotel is situated in the heart of South Padre Island, easy access to the beach and many attractions. While staying at Island Inn Hotel, just walk to the beach and explore yourself....

great value hotel
accommodating staff.friendly front desk personnel and jolly people.
Apr 16, 2015
From $34

6 Ramada Limited South Padre Island

2 stars
3.4 / 5 84 reviews

4109 Padre Boulevard

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Located across the Queen Isabella Causeway on the Southern-most tip of Texas near Brownsville, Ramada Limited South Padre Island welcomes you with pristine white sandy beaches, beautiful sunrises...

wonderful stay!
Although the hotel changed owners and its name, we were really very happy with our experience. The room was spacious, modern and comfortable. The hotel staff was friendly and did their best to...
May 6, 2015
From $99

7 Comfort Suites South Padre Island

2 stars
3.6 / 5 38 reviews

912 Padre Boulevard

Budget-friendly hotel with breakfast buffet, walking distance to shopsWith a convenient location and budget-friendly prices, the Comfort Suites South Padre Island appeals to travelers of all types...

Weekend getaway
Great hotel for price. Awesome bed and updated decor .
Apr 29, 2015
From $35

8 Econo Lodge South Padre Island

2 stars
2.4 / 5 7 reviews

3913 Padre Blvd

Affordable South Padre Island hotel close to the beachA colorful hotel, just two blocks from the beach, Econo Lodge South Padre Island speaks to travelers looking for budget-friendly lodgings that...

Vanlentines Day
It was a great location... walking distance to so many places...
Apr 6, 2015
From $98

9 Holiday Inn Express & Suites SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

3 stars
4.2 / 5 50 reviews

6502 Padre Blvd.

Budget hotel with outdoor pool blocks from the beachA budget hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites South Padre Island is located just a few blocks from the beach. Check out Sea Turtle,...

Nice Hotel
I was very confort in this place Thanks! I can recomend this place for other travelers. This place is very near for the sea, the pool is good. The staff are very persons, the rooms are very good,...
Feb 16, 2015
From $139

10 Suites at Sunchase, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

3 stars
2.8 / 5 12 reviews

1004 Padre Blvd.

Our beautiful 4-story boutique resort and conference center offers a total of 87 suites with your choice of studio suites and one bed room suites as large as 900 sq. ft. At the Suites at Sunchase...

Nice but might face Traffic problems
Faced lot of traffic issues first few days when stayed and this is a nice place to stay when we want to see places other than Padre beaches like water sports, schlitterban, port isabel and other...
Jul 7, 2014
From $120

11 La Copa Inn Resort

3 stars
3.7 / 5 90 reviews

350 Padre Boulevard

Free continental breakfast and Wi-Fi at budget beach hotelLa Copa Inn Beachfront Resort caters to those traveling for leisure, business or spring break on South Padre Island. Nearby activities...

From $249

12 Schlitterbahn Beach Resort and Waterpark

3 stars
3.9 / 5 17 reviews

100 Padre Blvd.

NEW beachfront resort and waterpark. Waterpark admission included in every stay every summer day. Schlitterbahn Beach Resort Guests enjoy access to a year-round, indoor, heated waterpark as well...

great vacation
My family and I had great vacation here. The rooms were clean, staff was nice, we had a great time. I recommend staying here only if you love water because the price is high. Over $800 for three...
Apr 7, 2015

13 Windwater Magnuson Hotel

2 stars
2.7 / 5 151 reviews

5701 Padre Blvd

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Budget accommodations with free breakfast and outdoor poolA budget hotel just two blocks from the beach, the WindWater Hotel and Resort is conveniently located two blocks from the beach. Guests...

Good getaway
Quaint little place. It was comfortable and close to everything.
Nov 25, 2014

14 Beachside Inn

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

4500 Padre Blvd.

This South Padre Island hotel is a 5-minute walk from the beach and 1 mile from Big Mother Bay Fishing tours. It serves a continental breakfast every morning and features an outdoor pool. Each room...

From $298

15 Peninsula Island Resort

4 stars
2.5 / 5 11 reviews

340 Padre Boulevard

Peninsula Island Resort & Spa is located on the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the Isabella Causeway on South Padre Island, Texas known for the most beautiful and secluded beaches in the area....

Great Stay!
This trip was great. Check-in was flawless. Friendly staff. I ordered a 2 bedroom beachfront condo and got a 3 bedroom beachfront--201A. Fantastic view, right on the beach, lovely pool and deck for...
Mar 7, 2014
From $149

16 Isla Grand Beach Resort

3 stars
4.0 / 5 65 reviews

500 Padre Blvd

Welcome to ten acres of tropical paradise at the Isla Grand Beach Resort. Our cabana rooms overlook lush foliage cool pools and tennis courts just steps from the beach. The two-bedroom...

beautiful resort
This resort has an amazing private beach area with a beautiful sunrise view. Pool area is also worth staying here. Staff are always seen cleaning and are very nice. Bar is popular on weekends...
May 4, 2015
From $79

17 Padre South Hotel On The Beach

3 stars
3.3 / 5 94 reviews

1500 Gulf Blvd

Apartment-style rooms by the beachPadre South Hotel on the Beach lives up to its name. Peek at the Gulf of Mexico from a room balcony or from the pool deck, a huge space with a courtyard and a...

Awesome SPLASH trip!
This was my 2nd time here at this hotel and i tell all my family & friends to stay here. No complaints about it, great prices, location is the best. Staff members are amazing and very kind. Would...
May 1, 2015
From $69

18 South Beach Inn

3 stars
3.6 / 5 14 reviews

120 East Jupiter Lane

South Beach Inn is a 12-unit hotel with pool situated in a park-like setting on beautiful South Padre Island, Texas. Set back from the street and hidden behind palm and sea grape trees, our...

good over all
Clean private and quiet. Dog friendly and a walking distance from beach.
Sep 8, 2014
From $45

19 Motel 6 South Padre Island

1 star
2.8 / 5 45 reviews

4013 Padre Blvd

Motel 6 South Padre Island is conveniently located near Schlitterbahn, Southpoint Marina, and South Padre Island Convention Center. All rooms have a modern look and include a Flat Screen TVs, and...

Motel 6
Small hotel but friendly staff. There was no breakfast bar so we had to go down the street and get breakfast from the corner store.
Jun 10, 2014