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South Padre Island - A Taste of Tropical Texas

Visit sunny South Padre Island and see if you can fit everything this tiny island has to offer into one trip! Nature tours, fishing, surfing, dining - plan ahead so you can fit it all in and still find time to lie on the beach.
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South Padre Island, Texas - Visiting South Padre Island
South Padre Island is known primarily as a Spring Break destination. However, it is truly a beach for all seasons.

Things to Do on South Padre Island
South Padre Island is Texas' southernmost coastal community. Due to its unique geographic location, South Padre has a more 'tropical' feel than other Texas beaches. But, although the beach itself is a huge draw for SPI visitors, it is hardly the only thing to do on this barrier island that lies just north of the Texas/Mexico border.

Spending A Long Weekend in the Lower Laguna Madre Area
Nestled in the southeastern corner of the state, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the east and Mexico to the south, the Lower Laguna Madre area is one of the most unique places in Texas. A confluence of natural beauty, history, modern development and rich cultural heritage make the "Tip of Texas" one of the true "must visit" locales in the state. In fact, three days isn't nearly enough to soak in everything there is to see and do around the Lower Laguna Madre. However, for visitors looking to sample the area's offerings, a three-day plan affords an ideal opportunity to sample many of the attractions and activities afforded by Port Isabel, South Padre Island, and Coastal Cameron County.

Summer Activities on South Padre Island
Summer is the time to visit Texas' top beach, South Padre Island. Besides beautiful stretches of sand, top-notch hotels and condominiums and an array of impressive restaurants, SPI offers visitors a host of outdoor activities during the summer months.

South Padre Island Beach Photo Gallery
South Padre Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of Texas. Not only is SPI well known for its fine restaurants and clubs, but also for its natural beauty. With the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Lower Laguna Madre on the other, South Padre Island is surrounded by some of the clearest water on the Texas coast.

Things to Do With Kids on South Padre Island
South Padre is not only Texas' southernmost beach destination, it is also a great locale for a family vacation, offering plenty of activities for children of all ages.

What is the closest airport to South Padre Island?
South Padre Island does not have its own airport. However, that does not mean air travel is out of the question. In fact, South Padre is located relatively close to two airports that provide service to travelers throughout the United States.

South Padre Island Spring Break Photo Gallery
South Padre Island has long been among the nation's top Spring Break destinations. Each March, hundreds of thousands of college students from across the United States take part in this annual rite of spring on the sandy shores of South Padre.

South Padre Island Storm Swell Surfers
South Padre Island surfers know anytime a tropical storm system is in the Gulf of Mexico, surf conditions will be epic in the Brazos Santiago Pass and Dolphin Cove at the southern end of the island. The presence of Hurricane Ike provided just such conditions. And, although this is definitely a 'surf at your own risk' proposition, it is quite a spectacle for onlookers.

South Padre Island Convention and Visitor Bureau
The "official" website for SPI tourism. Calendar of events, hotel/motel packages, dining guide and more.

South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce
Calendar of events, list of area attractions, dining guide, and more. Very handy for planning a visit to South Padre Island.

South Padre Welcomes Visitors After Hurricane
Athough South Padre Island, Texas just endured its first hurricane strike in decades, the popular beach resort suffered little damage and is anxious to see the visitors return. And, given the lack of damage, there is little reason for tourists not to visit. Hotels, restaurants, tour guides and others are still up and operating and ready to make your vacation an enjoyable one.

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