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South Padre Island
Right off the southern tip of Texas is a tropical paradise offering as much or as little activity as you want. Whether you're gazing at a magnificent sunset over Laguna Madre, deep-sea fishing, parasailing, hiking, birdwatching, scuba diving, golfing or simply lazing on the soft white sandy beach, this long, narrow barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico offers the ocean-, sun- or recreation-loving holidaymaker a heavenly respite from the daily grind. Except for Spring Break, when students flood the area, the atmosphere is quiet and laid-back. The clear turquoise waters are enticing, but there's no shortage of activities for landlubbers. Go horse riding on the beach, play a round of tennis or golf, hike or join the... more Right off the southern tip of Texas is a tropical paradise offering as much or as little activity as you want. Whether you're gazing at a magnificent sunset over Laguna Madre, deep-sea fishing, parasailing, hiking, birdwatching, scuba diving, golfing or simply lazing on the soft white sandy beach, this long, narrow barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico offers the ocean-, sun- or recreation-loving holidaymaker a heavenly respite from the daily grind. Except for Spring Break, when students flood the area, the atmosphere is quiet and laid-back. The clear turquoise waters are enticing, but there's no shortage of activities for landlubbers. Go horse riding on the beach, play a round of tennis or golf, hike or join the birdwatchers scanning for the area's more than 300 species. Or get a bird's-eye view of the coast from the top of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse. Fresh seafood with all varieties of seasoning and other fare is served at excellent restaurants, many with outdoor seating. A true island getaway, South Padre will renew your soul. less

All things to do » Things to do

Sandcastle Lessons
Sandcastle Lessons
Owner description: We are pleased to be the premier sandcastle lesson company in the USA and operate from Boomerang Billy's beach Bar on South Padre Island. Our aim is to make your vacation one to... more Owner description: We are pleased to be the premier sandcastle lesson company in the USA and operate from Boomerang Billy's beach Bar on South Padre Island. Our aim is to make your vacation one to remember, and we supply everything - you just bring your smile. We recommend that you secure your booking before your visit by e-mail, phone or text(please include your name if texting). Instructor Andy Hancock will be pleased to help you build the castles of your dreams using 3 simple steps and no previous experience or creative ability is necessary. Our job is to make sure that in one lesson you have all the skills you will need for a lifetime of building on the beach. We don't watch the clock as we are too busy watching our clients have fun.We even include tools for the truly inspired! - See you on the best beach in Texas! less
Attraction type: Other; Beaches; Other Outdoor Activities; Lessons & Workshops
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South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Owner description: This nature center is a voice for dolphins wild and free, we do not keep them in captivity. We do have DAILY BOAT tours to take you out to meet them. Our facility has touch tanks... more Owner description: This nature center is a voice for dolphins wild and free, we do not keep them in captivity. We do have DAILY BOAT tours to take you out to meet them. Our facility has touch tanks and marine exhibits to help all who visit understand how we can help save our oceans. Our boats still go to meet our dolphins when the large tours do not have enough people to go we go for just four people less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Sea Turtle, Inc.
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Owner description: Ila Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island", originally formed our organization to save the Kemp's ridley sea turtle in 1977. Now we are a sea turtle hospital with a... more Owner description: Ila Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island", originally formed our organization to save the Kemp's ridley sea turtle in 1977. Now we are a sea turtle hospital with a mission to rehabilitate and release any injured sea turtles, increase awareness concerning their safety and habitat, and assist with conservation efforts for all sea turtle species. We are funded by donations, grants and gift shop proceeds-- For rehabilitated sea turtle and hatchling release text message notifications, please see our website membership page. See you at Sea Turtle, Inc.! less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
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Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Owner description: This 1,500-foot boardwalk crosses four acres of marshland, where bird watchers can spot many coastal and migratory birds and numerous others tempted by the berries on the... more Owner description: This 1,500-foot boardwalk crosses four acres of marshland, where bird watchers can spot many coastal and migratory birds and numerous others tempted by the berries on the fiddlewood bushes along the trail less
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Nature & Wildlife Areas

All places to eat » Places to eat

Yummies Bistro
Yummies Bistro
Price: USD 1 - 12
Cuisines: American, Noodle
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Ceviche Ceviche
Ceviche Ceviche
Price: USD 7 - 9
Cuisines: Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian, Healthy, Halal
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout
Beachside Bar & Grill
Beachside Bar & Grill
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Price: USD 10 - 25
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Pasta
Good for: Child-friendly, Business, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Pier 19
Pier 19
Price: USD 10 - 20
Cuisines: Mexican, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites- South Padre Island
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites- South Padre Island
USD 114 - 355
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La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach
3.0 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach
USD 105 - 418
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South Beach Inn
3.0 of 5
South Beach Inn
USD 58 - 170
Ranked #10 of 33 Hotels in South Padre Island
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Seabreeze Beach Resort
Seabreeze Beach Resort
USD 180 - 300
Seabreeze 1 Condominiums
3.5 of 5
Seabreeze 1 Condominiums
USD 193 - 417
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Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island
3.5 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island
USD 121 - 473
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.