Welcome to your tropical island. With miles of white sand and clear emerald water, South Padre is one of the most exquisite barrier islands and the only tropical island in Texas. Here you can stay in one of 5,000 lodging units and explore countless ways to enjoy this incredible destination.

Are you a nature enthusiast? You’ll definitely love the wild side of South Padre Island, where nature is just outside your door. Hundreds of unique coastal birds and butterflies visit here. Sea turtles and dolphins are often found swimming just off shore. Grab your fishing tackle and experience one of Texas’ most diverse and abundant fisheries. Whether you prefer onshore, bayside or deep-sea fishing, South Padre Island is sure to hook you. If you really want to make a splash, check out our many water sports, where beginners and seasoned pros find plenty to enjoy, including wind surfing, kite boarding, paddle boarding and more.

Are you more a land lover? South Padre Island has you covered, too. Our vibrant shopping scene includes local shops with almost everything under the sun, from bathing suits and surfboards to beachwear and unique souvenirs. When the sun sets, the island really comes to life, with over 50 restaurants, bars and nightclubs, offering everything from fine dining to live entertainment, exotic sunsets and more.

Looking for something more specific? South Padre Island has a full calendar of events, covering a wide array of interests. If you’re a runner, join us in November for the South Padre Island Marathon. The mostly flat and scenic course runs the length of the island. Cool breezes and sightings of sea birds take your mind off the burning in your legs.

Maybe you want to see pigs fly — or maybe dogs and lobsters? It’s the South Padre Island Kite Festival, which takes place in February. Come discover the most amazing flights of fancy as kite professionals put on stunning displays, performances and demonstrations. Admission and lessons are free.

Ready for a deep-sea adventure or an offshore excursion? South Padre Island hosts a variety of fishing tournaments throughout the year. Professional anglers from around the country come to South Padre Island to fish our rich waters. Other activities include snorkeling, scuba diving and spear fishing. Bring your boat and gear, or just your camera, and prepare to be amazed at the diversity of sea life of South Padre Island.

Need another reason to visit South Padre Island? How about just because it’s beautiful and tropical? South Padre Island is a nearby escape that’s bathed in sunshine tempered by cool breezes, with long stretches of beach. You don’t need excuses to visit — just a little free time and a sense of adventure…we’ll do the rest.