South Padre Island Travel Resources

South Padre Island, located off of the Gulf Coast of Texas, experiences a subtropical climate and even receives less precipitation and higher average temperatures than even Southern Florida! It may be only a couple of square miles in size, but there is plenty to do in this coastal oasis.

Traditionally, South Padre Island is probably best known for being the venue to some of the most outrageous Spring Break celebrations ever experienced. Yes, in March the town is taken over by college students packing into the many bars on island, and making bad decisions.  But for the other eleven months of the year, South Padre Island is a fantastic family destination.

There are tons of educations eco-events to engage in while in SPI. Sea Turtle, Inc. has been around since 1977 and often considered to be one of the best places in the world to experience the majesty of this fantastic creature. There’s also the Laguna Madre Nature Trail and the Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center that should be checked out.
If the kids get burnt out from all the education, and building sand castles at the beach then the Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. Here you’ll find water rides, surfing machines, giant sand castles and even a hot-tub bar to entertain the adults!

South Padre Island is awesome; it really does have fantastic weather, super friendly people and something fun to do for everyone in your family.
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South Padre Island Travel Resources

Things to do in South Padre Island


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Sandcastle Lessons

2612 Gulf BVLD, South Padre island, Texas 78597
Lessons can accommodate people of all ages and abilities and start with basic sand castle building where you will learn all the tricks of the trade.

Sandy Feet Sandcastle Services

117 E. Saturn Lane, South Padre Island, TX 78597
You will soon be hand stacking towers, walls and arches like a pro and carving them with simple implements similar to what you can find in condo kitchen drawers... even your enemies will be impressed!


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Sea Ranch Restaurant

1 Padre Blvd‎, South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 761-1314
Sea Ranch Restaurant is simply a South Padre Island “Must Do” We have been serving South Padre Island, Texas visitors for 35 years and have become the island’s premier dining destination.

Simply stated… you just have not had the South Padre Island Experience unless you have had an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant.

Our menu changes regularly. You can be assured that everything you order is premium quality. We specialize in “Local Wild-Caught” seafood directly from the Gulf of Mexico. Our menu includes the best steaks on South Padre Island, the freshest seafood and the most delicious appetizers!


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The Wave

The WAVE is a FREE fixed route system that operates within the City of South Padre Island and Port Isabel and has been developed by the South Padre Island City Council with the input of our drivers and passengers, as well as citizens and business persons on both sides of the Memorial Queen Isabella Causeway.