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About South Padre Island

Cradled between the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay, South Padre Island has one of the best beach scenes in Texas. Its 34 miles of clean, uninterrupted beaches and world class beach activities beckon the young and young at heart all year long. It’s the world’s longest barrier island and at only a half-mile wide, the shimmering Gulf waters and fine sand will greet you right at the doorstep of your South Padre Island vacation rental.

Climate

Unless you’re planning a Spring Break trip, the best time to visit South Padre Island is from September to February. During this time, the waters are still warm and the air cools to temperatures perfect for island exploration. Warm and humid with more than 250 days of sunshine each year though, you can’t go wrong visiting South Padre Island during any month.

Things to do

The beach is South Padre Island’s main draw and the turquoise waters that lap the shores quickly seduce water babies into the ocean for a swim. Adventure-seekers will enjoy riding waves on a kiteboard, while avid fishermen can reel in the catch of the day on a charter boat in the Gulf of Mexico. For landlubbers, South Padre Island is a premier destination for observing nature, and it prides itself on the multitude of bird species and sea turtles that migrate to the area each year. The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is the best place for bird watching, or you can meander 1,500 feet through the wetlands on the Laguna Madre Nature Trail. Other popular things to do include trotting along the beach on a horseback ride, spotting dolphins at sea, and visiting the Port Isabel lighthouse just a short drive over Queen Isabella Causeway.

Events

Book your South Padre vacation rental based on an event you want to experience in Texas. At the beginning of the year, college students flock to the area for Spring Break and many beachside restaurants hold lively concerts to enjoy. During the summer, anglers from all over participate in the annual Texas International Fishing Tournament for prizes and bragging rights. Each fall, South Padre Island hosts the Annual Sandcastle Days for families to enjoy incredible sand sculptures, live music, art booths and delicious food. The Sandcastle Trail leads tourists from business to business and is a fun way to explore. Cyclovia So Padre is another great event for families. For the event, the city turns a portion of the island into a car-free and care-free environment ...

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