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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.
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.
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.
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 booked South Padre Island hotels
|Hotel||Last booked||Stars||Price from|
|Isla Grand Beach Resort||7 hours ago||$149|
|Ramada Limited South Padre Island||9 hours ago||$34|
|Motel 6 South Padre Island||1 day ago||$45|
|Travelodge South Padre Island||1 day ago||$33|
|Comfort Suites South Padre Island||1 day ago||$99|
|South Beach Inn||1 day ago||$69|
|La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach||1 day ago||$110|
|Super 8 South Padre Island||2 days ago||$38|
|Suites at Sunchase, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member||2 days ago||$139|
|Schlitterbahn Beach Resort and Waterpark||2 days ago||$249|
Recently Rated South Padre Island Hotels
|Travelodge South Padre Island||
3.4 / 5180 reviews
|Ramada Limited South Padre Island||
3.4 / 584 reviews
|Isla Grand Beach Resort||
4.0 / 565 reviews
|Padre South Hotel On The Beach||
3.3 / 594 reviews
|Comfort Suites South Padre Island||
3.6 / 538 reviews
4.0 / 54 reviews
|Schlitterbahn Beach Resort and Waterpark||
3.9 / 517 reviews
|Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island||
4.1 / 541 reviews
|Econo Lodge South Padre Island||
2.4 / 57 reviews
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites SOUTH PADRE ISLAND||
4.2 / 550 reviews
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Featured South Padre Island Hotels
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...
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
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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
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...
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...
5701 Padre Blvd
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...
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...
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....
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...
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!
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
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...