YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

Everything you need to swim, fish, paddle, and cruise the waterways of South Padre Island.

With calm emerald waves and soft white sands, South Padre Island offers plenty of opportunity to enjoy boating, fishing, and exhilarating watersports.

Add to the mix its 34 miles of stunning shoreline and year-round mild weather, and it’s easy to see why South Padre Island is the perfect island getaway!

Whether you’re looking for the ideal beach vacation, a romantic getaway, a fishing adventure, or the perfect place to have fun on the water—you’ll find it all on South Padre Island! Camp under the stars and enjoy breakfast at a beachfront cafe, then take a surfing lesson and get out on the open water.  

Check out the South Padre Island calendar of events for a full listing of island happenings.

Then pack your swimsuit and get ready to explore everything that South Padre Island has to offer!

Nature Trails & Wildlife Viewing

Take a stroll along the Laguna Madre Nature Trail, a meandering boardwalk that is a major spot for bird-watching.  More than 300 species of birds pass through the Laguna Madre Nature Trail each year.  Another birding and wildlife hot-spot, the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center is adjacent to the Laguna Madre Nature Trail.  It features a five-story viewing tower and an auditorium showing short documentary movies.

Turtle lovers won’t want to miss Sea Turtle, Inc. Founded in 1977, this turtle sanctuary protects all species of marine turtles. The center features turtle conservation presentations and kid-friendly activities, including lessons on how to identify different types of sea turtles.

After learning about turtles at Sea Turtle, Inc., visit the Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center and enjoy nature presentations on dolphins and other marine life. Kids will love exploring the touch tanks where native species like starfish and hermit crabs make their home.

Beaches

Isla Blanca Park sits on the southern edge of South Padre Island and is home to some of the area’s most pristine beaches. Featuring a favorite island attraction, Isla Blanca Park is home to the massive statue of El Cristo de los Pescadores (The Christ of the Fishermen).

Bay & Deep Sea Fishing

The fishing on South Padre Island is off the hook (pun intended)! With clear waters and ideal weather conditions, South Padre Island offers onshore, offshore and deep sea fishing year-round. There is plenty of opportunity to catch big fish, simply book a charter and cast your line.  

Once you hook your dinner, the island offers a variety of local restaurants that will prepare it into a delicious meal. Popular catch are Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook, and Flounder, among others. Charters generally provide rods, reels, and bait, as well as bottled water and ice. Families, large groups, and everyone from beginners to avid anglers are welcome.

Watersports

Watersport enthusiasts will find their haven in South Padre Island. With a variety of watersport activities for all levels of experience, from windsurfing to kiteboarding and everything in between, the island has something for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer, a novice kiteboarder, or a beach-lover who simply wants to enjoy the stunning scenery, South Padre Island offers a myriad of watersport adventures that can be tailored to fit your needs. Rental options include kayaks, boogie boards, kiteboards, landboards, stand up paddleboards, surfboards, wave runners, and water bikes.  Lessons and tours are also available.

Snorkel & Dive Tours

One of the best ways to spend a day in South Padre Island is to take a guided snorkel or dive tour. With certified snorkeling guides and dive instructors, South Padre Island offers a variety of excursions, including a visit to the Laguna Madre Estuary or the South Padre Island jetties.

Dive tours in South Padre Island offer some of the best sights in the United States. The clear blue Gulf waters of Texas are teeming with vibrant marine life, including breathtaking pelagic encounters. Explore the beautiful underwater sites in the area, including shipwrecks, oil rigs and artificial reefs.  

Boating

South Padre Island offers a great variety of boating adventures including dolphin watching tours, nature tours, sunset and dinner cruises, sightseeing tours, and weekend firework cruises.  Learn about the local ecology as you witness bottle nose dolphins in their natural habitat, local and migratory birds taking flight amidst the native flora and fauna, and stunning sights of the surrounding beaches.

Hop aboard a relaxing dinner cruise and experience amazing views of the sunset from the water. Cruise around the Laguna Madre Bay and enjoy a delicious dinner featuring locally caught seafood and specialty drinks, surely the best way to unwind after a fun-filled day in the sun!

Reserve your South Padre Island boating adventure today!

Boatsetter has fleets of boats available to help you embark on your South Padre Island getaway.  With a variety of cruising and customizable sailing options available, Boatsetter has you covered. Whether you’re looking for a private charter, a dolphin watching tour, or a relaxing sunset cruise, Boatsetter has everything you need to embark on your island getaway. Reserve today, then pack your swimsuit and get ready to experience the splendor of South Padre Island!

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