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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
Isla Grand Beach Resort
3.9 / 5
58 reviews
3 stars $105
Super 8 South Padre Island
3.3 / 5
55 reviews
2 stars $33
Travelodge South Padre Island
3.4 / 5
166 reviews
2 stars $42
Ramada Limited South Padre Island
3.3 / 5
79 reviews
2 stars $39
Econo Lodge South Padre Island
2.0 / 5
6 reviews
2 stars $50
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
4.2 / 5
49 reviews
3 stars $84
La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach
3.8 / 5
78 reviews
3 stars $90
Blue Bay Inn & Suites
2.7 / 5
37 reviews
3 stars $45
Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island
4.0 / 5
38 reviews
3 stars $85
Island Inn
3.7 / 5
3 reviews
3 stars $69

Featured South Padre Island Hotels

From $42

1 Travelodge South Padre Island

2 stars
3.4 / 5 166 reviews

6200 South Padre Blvd Map

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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... More

Love the comfort and staff best place I have sleep in S.P. I
Mar 13, 2015
From $33

2 Super 8 South Padre Island

2 stars
3.3 / 5 55 reviews

4205 Padre Boulevard Map

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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... More

Couple's getaway
Booking a motel vs a hotel concerned me from the start. But it was 300 dollars less than a hotel for three nights so I went with the motel. When we walked in I was pleasantly surprised. It was...
Aug 22, 2014
From $90

3 La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach

3 stars
3.8 / 5 78 reviews

7000 Padre Blvd Map

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... More

Great hotel on the beach
Good hotel on the beach, across from bird sanctuary.
Feb 9, 2015
From $84

4 Holiday Inn Express & Suites SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

3 stars
4.2 / 5 49 reviews

6502 Padre Blvd. Map

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,... More

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 $85

5 Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island

3 stars
4.0 / 5 38 reviews

7010 Padre Boulevard Map

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... More

Awesome Family Vacation
The hotel was great. Staff was great and the balconies were awesome. Had good view of the beach. I am definitively coming to this hotel again.
Jan 19, 2015
From $39

6 Ramada Limited South Padre Island

2 stars
3.3 / 5 79 reviews

4109 Padre Boulevard Map

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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... More

Unexpected stop
We met friends in South Padre for the day and although hadn't originally planned to spend the night, we decided to early in the evening. Made the reservation and went directly to the hotel. Staff...
Feb 25, 2015
From $109

7 Suites at Sunchase, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

3 stars
2.8 / 5 12 reviews

1004 Padre Blvd. Map

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... More

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 $50

8 Econo Lodge South Padre Island

2 stars
2.0 / 5 6 reviews

3913 Padre Blvd Map

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... More

Weekend get away
It's was good more amenities would be nice but overall good!
Feb 19, 2015
From $100

9 La Copa Inn Resort

3 stars
3.7 / 5 85 reviews

350 Padre Boulevard Map

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... More

Family vacation
When I got to the hotel i was about 4 hours early. They still went ahead and gave me a room, instead of making me wait. They have a bar in the hotel ( the hours are terrible) the staff was very...
Aug 24, 2013
From $69

10 Island Inn

3 stars
3.7 / 5 3 reviews

3813 Padre Blvd Map

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.... More

Good for the price
The room was clean, the only staff I encountered was nice, but he was visiting with pals both times I went to the front desk and I stood there awkwardly as I "interrupted" their conversation to...
Nov 28, 2014
From $48

11 Windwater Magnuson Hotel

2 stars
2.7 / 5 142 reviews

5701 Padre Blvd Map

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WindWater Magnuson Hotel and Resort features comfortable guestrooms including bedroom condos, king suites and queen double bedrooms, all equipped with complimentary high speed wireless internet,... More

Good getaway
Quaint little place. It was comfortable and close to everything.
Nov 25, 2014
From $49

12 Comfort Suites South Padre Island

2 stars
3.6 / 5 35 reviews

912 Padre Boulevard Map

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... More

spi trip
Staff was very helpful and friendly. Room was clean. Included breakfast was nice.
Nov 17, 2014

13 Beachside Inn

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

4500 Padre Blvd. Map

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... More

From $289

14 Peninsula Island Resort

4 stars
2.5 / 5 11 reviews

340 Padre Boulevard Map

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.... More

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 $99

15 Schlitterbahn Beach Resort and Waterpark

3 stars
3.7 / 5 14 reviews

100 Padre Blvd. Map

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... More

Super Family getaway
It was very convenient to be able to access the water park and the beach with such ease. The only things I dislike about the hotel is the small restroom area and nowhere to hang wet beach towels...
Jun 22, 2014
From $105

16 Isla Grand Beach Resort

3 stars
3.9 / 5 58 reviews

500 Padre Blvd Map

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... More

Weekend Getaway
Very Relaxing. The bed was co cozy and the view is lovely. Looking forward to going back!
Mar 20, 2015
From $79

17 Padre South Hotel On The Beach

3 stars
3.2 / 5 85 reviews

1500 Gulf Blvd Map

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... More

family vacation
Came all the way from Iowa, well worth the 2-day drive. Fast and friendly when we checked in, answered any questions from where to eat to directions to somewhere we wanted to go. Housekeeping...
Jul 31, 2014
From $54

18 South Beach Inn

3 stars
3.6 / 5 12 reviews

120 East Jupiter Lane Map

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... More

Great Location
The location was perfect. We walked to the beach and were surrounded by nicer condos. The rooms were very basic, but worked for what we wanted to do.
Aug 18, 2014
From $45

19 Blue Bay Inn & Suites

3 stars
2.7 / 5 37 reviews

901 padre blvd Map

On the Bay enjoy a sunset and watch the dolphins from your own balcony. Guest rooms offer cable satellite/refrigerator/complimentary wireless internet access and Continental breakfast. Other... More

Girls Weekend
The hotel did not have our reservation so they did not have a room for us. After I showed them the email they found the reservation and stated they only had one room left but it was not the balcony...
Feb 3, 2015
From $180

20 Royale Beach And Tennis Club

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

400 Padre Blvd. Map

The Royale Beach and Tennis Club is a family resort in the heart of South Padre Island. Rising 14 stories high, Royale Beach combines space and luxury to offer beachfront accommodations with... More