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Beautiful beaches, warm gulf waters,
fishing, boating, bird watching,
shopping and a diversity of year-round activities make South
Padre Island one of the fantastic
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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
begin with the most obvious attraction at
South Padre Island-the wide, clean, soft-sand beach.
You can now view our beaches on the
south padre sky cam. Unlike some other beaches in Texas,
South Padre does not allow vehicles on the beach. That's
a plus not only for aesthetics but for the environment and
overall safety as well. It also means, however, that you
should be prepared to pack a big beach bag!
If you're staying at our Gulf-side
hotel it's just a short walk out to find your preferred
spot of sand. There are no private beach areas, so take
your pick. To get there from anywhere else, drive along
Gulf Boulevard and look for the "Beach Access"
signs. There you'll find free public parking and convenient
wooden bridges leading you directly onto the beach.
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On the Laguna Madre Bay
The Gulf waters are not the only venue
for water sports enthusiasts visiting South Padre Island.
The Laguna Madre Bay, between the island and the Texas mainland,
offers a variety of ways for visitors to enjoy the water
without the big waves.
Perhaps two of the fastest-growing
sports at South Padre Island over the past several years
are windsurfing and Kiteboarding, and both owe their popularity
to the windswept waters of the Laguna Madre.
Windsurfers head for South Padre to
sail the bay because it ranges in depth from three to five
feet, and wind speeds average about 18 miles per hour. Some
of the more experienced windsurfers
also test their skills at other South Padre locations, including
the Jetties, Boca Chica, and the Ditch, site of some of
the fastest windsurfing speeds achieved in North America.
Kite boarding is a relatively new
water sport in the States, and the Laguna Madre Bay at South
Padre Island is widely recognized as one of the best spots
in the country to learn and hone your skills. Imagine standing
on a surfboard and being dragged across the water by a big
parachute, and you've got the general idea. More-experienced
boarders perform jumps, flips, and aerial tricks, making
Kiteboarding as much fun for the observer as
Those who want their entertainment
to be somewhat less athletic need only check out the many
boat charters available on the bay side. Guided boat tours
leave the bay several times a day for dolphin watches, sunset
cruises, glass-bottom-boat and marine ecology tours, and
deep-sea fishing trips.