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Located on the tropical tip of Texas, and bordered by the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico is South Padre Island, a pristine patch of paradise offering a year round vacation destination. While palm-lined streets bustle with outdoor markets, world-class restaurants, and 5-star hotels; the crystal clear waters boasts the 34-mile barrier-reef; a haven for snorkelers and divers alike. A hedonistic crowd is here every year for spring break, when the bars and beaches thrive with young students and party-makers. In the summer, fall, and winter the sub-tropical climate offers a unique sunspot with day activities and nightlife for the whole family.

Things to see

The widest and cleanest in Texas, South Padre’s beach is a marvelous white spear in the south Atlantic, the size of the island means you can tumble out of bed and be on the beach in minutes. Offering activities from sandcastle making workshops, to sunset horse rides along the sand and late night barbeques and full-moon parties, the beach is a prime location on the island. If you want a day out of the salt-water take the trip to Schilitterbahn Beach Water Park; zoom up and down the watercoasters, surf the artificial waves, or float peacefully down the rivers to watch the sea life float by. The water park has a hotel, numerous restaurants, and supervised kids’ play areas. South Padre also has a vibrant ecotourism culture, which comes alive within The Dolphin and Nature Research Center. Here you can swim with the dolphins, test you turtle-watching skills, and learn about the importance of marine conservation. The old fishing port is also home to the Point Isabel Lighthouse, from the top of which you can sip a cocktail and watch the sun set over the postcard perfect island panorama.

Hotels in South Padre Island

An island with multiple roles, hotels on South Padre offer a variety of accommodations for every vacation specification. The smaller, romantic hotels offer private lodges with sea-view terraces, pools with swim-up bars, and private spa pools. The multitude of family-friendly hotels offer baby-sitting services, waterpark packages and trips, and activities included. The spring-breakers will have every party catered for with hotels offering club nights, beach parties, and drinks deals as standard during the season. Whatever your budget the Island prides itself quality and service for all vacationers.

Where to stay

If maximizing your beach time is key, then a stay on the southern portion of the island is the best place for sand and sea. The circular beach of fine white sands is patrolled throughout the day and offers a multitude of marine activities. If you’re here for Spring break, you’ll want to be as close to the waterparks and best beaches in the day and the best night spots, so a stay in town is your best bet. The streets come alive after dark in the city center, with open air DJ sets, late night bars, and beach parties. For a quieter vacation, a stay over the bridge at Port Isabel offers a slice of luxury, with plush hotels, fishing museums, and luxurious dining options.

How to get to South Padre Island

A tropical tourist hub, South Padre Island is accessible by land, air, and sea. Brownsville South Padre International Airport welcomes flights from North America, Mexico, and Canada - visitors from further afield can fly into Austin, Texas and connect, or it is a 340 mile drive or train ride. A number of cruise liners also dock at the island, making it the perfect stopping point between the US and Mexico.

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