This Texas island feels a world away from the Lone Star State.

You want an island vacation but the Caribbean is out of reach? South Padre Island, Texas, not only fits the bill but might even top other tropical locales thanks to its gentle waves, friendly locals, 33 miles of powder-soft sand, year-round warm weather, bountiful bird-watching and water sports activities in the Gulf of Mexico. The stands of palm trees and easygoing beachside bars at every turn make it impossible not to relax at the longest barrier island in the world.

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Explore South Padre Island

  • Isla Blanca
  • Port Isabel
  • South Padre Island Town

Isla Blanca


The southernmost point of South Padre Island, Isla Blanca is a swath of land blanketed in campgrounds, biking and hiking trails, playgrounds for the kids and historical monuments, such as the statue of El Cristo de Los Pescadores.

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Camping, Playgrounds , Bike Trails

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Port Isabel


Located just across the scenic 2.5-mile Queen Isabella Causeway from SPI, Port Isabel has a decidedly different flavor. Multiple museums, mostly dedicated to the history of seafaring, make Port Isabel appealing on a rainy day. Plus, there are inspired seafood restaurants and excellent vistas.

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Shopping, Dining , Museums

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South Padre Island Town


While it might be referred to as the City of South Padre Island, the main town is home to fewer than 2,000 people, with only three main north-south streets and a handful of smaller roads. This highly walkable area is filled with shops, restaurants and bars.

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Restaurants, Cafés , Bars

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Nearby Hotels and Resorts

Stay in The Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Relax and Recharge in South Padre Island, Texas

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Relax on Isla Blanca

Familiarize yourself with your surroundings — head to South Padre Island’s best beach for an early afternoon of sand, sun and swimming. Hop in the car and drive the length of the 34-mile-long island, stopping for a quick bite at any one of the many seafood restaurants along the way.

Building In City At Beach Against Sky

SUP and Sandcastles

Try your hand (and feet) at SUP. Stand-up paddleboarding is practically the official local pastime on SPI. Then head over to Port Isabel to check out the museums dedicated to the area’s maritime history before visiting the largest sandcastle in the world.

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Find South Padre Island’s Natural Side

Go on the lookout for birds and gators at the SPI birding center and alligator sanctuary. Spend a few hours at Gravity Park and then feed your appetite at Liam’s Steak House & Oyster Bar.

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