Located in southwest Texas, South Padre Island is a resort town with vacation rentals scattered along the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre, a narrow bay that leads to the Texas mainland.
Situated on a over 200-kilometre barrier island of the same name, South Padre Island is home to white, sandy beaches and warm, shallow waters. Beach bums will enjoy sunbathing, sandcastle building, and shell collecting, while water sport enthusiasts go surfing, windsurfing, and kite boarding in the Gulf rollers. The Padre Island National Seashore protects over 100 kilometres of coastline, sand dunes, prairies, and wind-tidal flats that teem with wildlife, including the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and nearly 400 bird species. Naturalists can explore the park on foot and bicycle, and by boat. Sport fishing is one of South Padre Island’s biggest attractions.
South Padre Island is home to a number of restaurants that serve fresh, local fare, including Gulf-harvested oysters, and many types of fish that can be found in the Laguna Madre, including marlin, kingfish, and flounder. A major Spring Break destination, South Padre Island also hosts the annual Texas International Fishing Tournament, the Ladies Kingfish Tournament, and the Redfish Rodeo Tournament.
South Padre Island offers an array of natural, outdoors, and cultural attractions, as well as a variety of facilities and rental accommodation options, and is easily accessible from Corpus Christi and its International Airport.+ More