South Padre Island
South Padre Island (also known as SPI) is a barrier island on Texas’ southernmost Gulf coast with 34 miles of soft, white sand beaches and crystal clear water. There is also a town named South Padre Island, Texas on the island and that’s where most people stay.
Things to Do
Most of the recreational activities in and around the area are related to the Gulf of Mexico and the area’s beaches. The most popular water sport activities are personal watercraft rental, kiteboarding, dolphin watches, horseback riding on the beach, and ecological boat tours.
Fishing is also very popular. “Every year, the Texas International Fishing Tournament is held in late summer, with winnings totaling almost a quarter million dollars. Other fishing tournaments include the Ladies Kingfish Tournament, the Hooters Tournament and the Redfish Rodeo, just to name a few.”
South Padre Island Texas Beach
You probably want to know more about South Padre Island beaches. There are 24 city public access beaches and 3 county access beaches.
All city access beaches are located along Gulf Blvd, have free parking, no access fees, and other amenities. The 3 county access beaches charge an entrance fee.
City Access Beaches
Beach access points are numbered City Beach Access 1 through City Beach Access 24. The City of SPI has a map showing city beach access points.
County Access Beaches
Isla Blanca Park is located on the southernmost tip of SPI and has over a mile of beach and multiple beachfront facilities.
Andy Bowie Park is located on the north end of SPI, across from the Convention Center.
E.K. Atwood Park is about 1.6 miles north of Andy Bowie Park.
Where to Stay
There’s such a wide range of lodging choices in the area, it can be hard to decide where to stay. An interesting thing is that house rentals are more popular here than hotels. Why? It may be because it’s such a popular place for families and large groups.
South Padre Island Beach House Rentals & Condo Rentals
Beach houses and condo rentals in South Padre Island include:
South Padre Island Hotels on the Beach
Google’s top 5 ranked hotels on the beach are:
Schlitterbahn Beach Resort South Padre Island TX (Note: The resort is part of the Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. Admission to the waterpark is included in your hotel stay.)
SPI is a great beach town for anyone who likes the beach. It’s especially popular with college students over spring break, and families and groups traveling together the rest of the year.