Welcome to South Padre Island, "The Best Beach in Texas!!"
Welcome to South Padre Island, the Tropical Tip of Texas! Enjoy the best free live web cam views of our beautiful beaches with the South Padre Beach Cam™, the surf in the Gulf of Mexico with the South Padre Surf Cam™, the sunset over the Laguna Madre with the South Padre Bay Cam™, and our new South Padre Island live streaming web cam! Check live South Padre weather conditions and forecasts, pictures, video, and daily updated surf and beach report. Book South Padre hotels, condos, and vacation rentals, check out South Padre real estate listings, golf, watersports and activities, surfing lessons, surfboard rentals, kiteboarding lessons, SUP lessons and rentals, dolphin watch, diving, snorkeling, parasailing, horseback rides, restaurants, RV parks, or charter a fishing trip. Plan your family vacation, South Padre Island beach wedding, or Spring Break to South Padre Island on Spadre.com! SPadre.com - The best highest resolution web cams anywhere!! "Space Padre Island" TMwill be the best and closest public viewing area for the projected monthly liftoff of Space X Brownsville rockets and spacecraft at Boca Chica by 2018. Check back for SpaceX Boca Chica Brownsville launch schedule. SPadre.com is the most popular website for South Padre Island Texas!
The only pan/tilt/zoom web cam that sees it all! With user controls to view the beach, surfing area, jetties, Boca Chica, Dolphin Cove, Queen Isabella Causeway, Laguna Madre, sunrise and sunsets over the Bay and Gulf, even 24hr night views of the Island and surf.
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The beaches of South Padre Island are simply the Best Beaches in Texas! There are no privately owned beaches in Texas, so everyone is welcome to enjoy every inch of the entire coast line. There are beach access points every few blocks along Gulf Blvd, or you can go to one of the county park beaches where you'll find pavilions with picnic tables, playgrounds, restrooms, and showers. Travel Channel names South Padre Island as one of America's best beaches for family beach travel. South Padre Island is the finest coastal resort in Texas, with beautiful
clean beaches, tall sand dunes, and warm clear clean Gulf waters. * Note - Corpus Christi is North Padre Island, three hours north of South Padre Island.
Well known as the best surf in Texas, South Padre Island has the biggest, most powerful, most consistent and best shaped waves by far than anywhere else on the Texas Gulf Coast. Fun surf year-round, with clear water and lots of empty waves make South Padre the #1 surfing destination for Texas surfers. Surfing lessons and surf camps are a popular family activity. If you want to catch the best surf in Texas here at South Padre Island, Spadre.com live surf cams and updated surf report gives you the up-to-the-minute report on conditions, and surf outlook for 3-5 days out.
The waters surrounding our barrier Island provide for many unique opportunities. Swimming, fishing, dolphin watching, sailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, wind surfing, and kite boarding are just a few of the activities taking place daily in the Laguna Madre here at South Padre Island. The Island boasts some of the best fishing in the country. Whether you are going fishing off of the jetty, wade fishing along the beach or bay, going on a bay fishing or offshore fishing charter, you are likely to hook into some red snapper, grouper, redfish, snook, flounder, trout, tuna, marlin and more.
The only web cam that sees it all! The newest most powerful streaming pan/tilt/zoom camera ever built, Canon's VB-C60. With user controls to view the beach, surfing area, South Padre Island jetties, Boca Chica, Dolphin Cove, Queen Isabella Causeway, Laguna Madre, sunrise and sunsets over the Bay and Gulf, even 24hr night views of the Island, bridge, beach and surf.
The South Padre Sea Turtle Cam is located at Sea Turtle, Inc., which was formed to aid and assist in the protection of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle - and to ultimately restore the ridley population to a level that will ensure its survival. Through the years Sea Turtle, Inc. has expanded its scope to actively support the conservation of all marine turtle species, to rehabilitating injured sea turtles for their return to the wild, and to provide educational programs to schools, tourist bureaus, civic organizations and new media. Each day, a volunteer meets visitors at the facility and talks about the different species of sea turtles, their importance to the environment, and what we as individuals can do to pull them back from the edge of extinction.
TheSouth Padre Island Birding and Nature Center Cam is located at the South Padre Island site of the World Birding Center. With over 306 recorded bird species and the convergence of neo-tropical songbirds that are present during the spring and fall migrations, South Padre Island has become one of the premier birding locations in the Western Hemisphere. The world class 4,500 square foot facility offers educational exhibits featuring large marine animals, birds, and historical objects. The birding center is located on the Laguna Madre waterfront near the convention center offering nature trails with strategically placed blinds to give visitors an opportunity to get up close to the wildlife. Native planting areas allow a convenient spot for visitors to see migrating songbirds along with South Padre Island's dazzling butterfly population.
Fireworks on the BeachFireworks on the Hilton Beach Deck at 9:15 PM every Friday & Saturday from April 1st to September 4th. Enjoy fireworks, live music, and dinner specials every Friday and Saturday night!
Surfing Lessons and Surf CampsLearn to surf with South Padre Surf Company. Surfing Lessons and surfboard rentals are available daily.
Fireworks Over The BayWatch the spectacular fireworks show over the bay from the deck at Louie's Backyard every Thursday and Friday night at 9:15pm
Fishing For Hope TournamentAugust 26
The 12th Annual “Fishing for Hope” Tournament, held at Louie’s Backyard is now the largest non-profit fishing tournament on the Texas coast. “Fishing for Hope” is a family-friendly and fun event for people of all ages. This year’s tournament will feature a live concert, dinner, the legendary stars auction, and much more!
SPI Wahoo ClassicSeptember 8-10
The 2nd annual South Padre Island Wahoo Classic. Fishing from Jim’s Pier, Anglers will compete in three categories: Wahoo, Black Fin Tuna, Dorado/Mahi Mahi. The Classic features $15,000 in cash prizes for the top three competitors. The Gulf comes alive during September and October, join us during the best fishing weather of the year.
Sand Castle DaysOctober 5 - 8
Master Sand sculptors Walter McDonald (aka Amazon Walter) and Lucinda Wierenga (aka Sandy Feet) are South Padre Island residents and 30 years ago started Sandcastle Days as a way to demonstrate the magical sculpting qualities of South Padre Island sand AND the critical importance of protecting our beautiful coastal shores.
South Padre Island TriathalonOctober 8
The South Padre Island Triathlon is a wonderful course at a great venue for the seasoned veteran or the first timer. With offer both Olympic and Sprint distance courses, there’s bound to be something for everyone!
South Padre Island Open Water FestivalNovember 4-5
Open Water Planet offers a weekend full of activities including a kids 500 yrd sprint, a one mile open water bay swim, a 5 kilometer open water bay swim, a special screening of the Olympic movie “The Last Gold”, OWP Vendor Village and much much more.
Raul Alcala ChallengeNovember 4-5
The Raul Alcala Challenge South Padre Island is a beautiful route full of incredible sites. The best part if that you will ride along with cycling legend, Raul Alcala. Finishing with a big party at Schlitterbahn Water Park with live music, food, drinks and many surprises.
South Padre MarathonNovember 10-12
The medal sits lightly as it sparkles in the suns brilliance, only matched in radiance by the smile that now adorns your face, your naked feet greet the soothing Gulf waters in reward for their valiant effort.
Spring Break PhotosSpring Break Photo Gallery.
Check out spring break pictures featuring all of the hottest spring break action on South Padre Island.
Farmers MarketFresh produce, fresh eggs, fresh seafood! Healthy shopping for healthy foods. Located at 'The Shores' 8605 Padre Blvd. north of the Convention Centre. Every Sunday 11am - 1pm
SpaceX is Coming to South Texas!The world's first commercial launch complex designed specifically for orbital missions will be just on the other side of the South Padre Island jetties at Boca Chica Beach.
Spectacular viewing of up to 12 launches annually from South Padre Island. Visit SPadre.com for SPaceX launch schedule and information on booking SpaceX Launch Tours.
Texas ClipperThe Texas Clipper is a multi-level dive, there are opportunities for experienced, advanced, and entry level divers to explore to their level of comfort. We recommend entry level divers consider professionally guided dives.
Hatchling ReleasesSea turtle education, research, rescue and rehabilitation center. We are open to the pubic Tuesdays - Sundays from 10am - 4 pm. Located next to the Convention Center
SPI Birding CenterSouth Padre Island Birding and Nature Center in South Padre Island, Texas. Dune meadows, salt marsh, and intertidal flats are all represented here, along with thickets of native shrubs and trees that are irresistible to migrating birds in their season.
Coastal Studies LabThe Coastal Studies Laboratory public displays contain representative species of fauna and flora from the immediate area of the Lower Laguna Madre and South Padre Island. The displays are open to the public and to organized groups.
Beach SafetyRip current and beach safety information. South Padre Island's new Beach Patrol will be keeping watch over you and your family this summer! Check out important beach safety information.
Visitors GuideGet a copy of the free Travel Guide to South Padre Island for visitor information by mail, or read it online.
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Island Weather: Mostly sunny and hot weather page
Wind: NE to E @ 5-15 Water Temp: 84 Water Clarity: Clear bluegreen Rip Current Risk: Moderate Seaweed: None Jellyfish: None Sunrise: 7:04am Sunset: 7:57pm Tides: Low 10:51am 1.0' / High 4:07pm 1.3' / Low 11:18pm 0.3' tide chart Wave Size: 2-3' Wave Direction: ESE Mansfield Buoy 42020: 3' @ 7seconds from ESE / Wind: SSE @ 0-1kts link
200 Mile Buoy 42002: 3' @ 7seconds from ESE / Wind: ENE @ 13-15kts link
Bay Buoy: Wind: N @ 4-5kts link
Beach Driving Conditions: Fair
Surf Conditions: Clean 2-3' surf this morning with light wind Surf Forecast: Surf building Thursday with increasing NE wind, strong offshores likely Friday as Harvey passes by well offshore. Note: beach and park closures possible Friday, will update as info is released. Tropical Storm/Hurricane Outlook: Tropical Storm Harvey forecast to strengthen rapidly in the Gulf through Friday with current models trending towards the central and upper coast and moving slowly causing possible major flooding. National Hurricane Center Boating and Marine Forecast: Coastal Waters Forecast
Weather Forecast: Rainy and windy later Thursday through Friday, becoming sunny and hot for the weekend. Fishing Report: Click here for the latest South Padre Island fishing reports from local fishing guides
National Weather Service SKYWARN Certified Weather Spotter
Weather forecast video for the South Padre Island and the Lower Rio Grande area including Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen provided by Accuweather. This daily local weather forecast video provides current Island weather conditions along with daily temperatures, rain chances, weekend weather forecasts, weather maps, and local weather radar and satellite images.
This current South Padre Island Texas weather data is brought to you by the Weather Channel. The local weather forecast information provides current Island temperatures, weekend and 10 day forecasts, humidity levels, wind direction and speed, and also offers links to airport travel delays.
safe gently sloping white sand beaches makes South Padre
one of the best family vacation spots in the United States.
Offering those traveling with children fun -filled activities day and night that are certain to make your kids smile!
sandy beaches and blue-green water of South Padre Island
offers a flawless romantic setting for beach weddings at an affordable low price, this tropical island vacation
is the perfect escape for two!
tropical island environment offers the rare opportunity
to see unique wildlife in it's natural habitat. Home to
the world birding center, sea turtle nesting grounds,
dolphins in the wild, unspoiled natural sand dunes perfect
for hiking or horseback riding!
South Padre Island - A Sea of Dreams
South Padre Island, a coastal destination
with all the romantic allure that a bustling seaside village represents
draws visitors from all walks of life here as they answer their
call to the sea. Our pristine Island boasts a magical array of unique
opportunity that will certainly transform you away from the uniformity
of day to day city life and mundane routines to the peaceful serenity
of a tropical island beach vacation. As Jules Verne writes in his
classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - “ The sea is an immense
desert where a man is never alone for he can feel life quivering
all about him.” This is the very spirit that the local Island residents
live and breathe and the beach going visitors alike have come to
know and love. During your time on this unique barrier island -
be sure to take a private stroll on an empty beach, engage in a
thrilling once in a lifetime water activity, or go snorkeling along
the jetties visiting the realm of the under sea world and you will
find yourself to be immersed in the Island life and energy that
is quivering all about you!
to Stay on South Padre Island
Are you looking for a calming seaside retreat or would you prefer
to experience the local flavor of Island culture and beach couture
of the South Padre Island entertainment district? South Padre Island
boasts a variety of accommodations ranging from all inclusive beach
resorts and hotelsto charming bayside vacation rentals or condominiums.
Finding a place to stay on South Padre Island has never been easier!
Whether you are looking for a beach front or bayside hotel or condominium,
bed and breakfast, beach house, vacation rental, RV park, or campground
you will easily find the perfect match for any budget or lodging
Check out these accommodation
options where you can book on-line reservations to help
make your dream vacation get off to a great start!
What to Do on South Padre Island
South Padre Island is Texas best family beach offering our visitors a chance to try such fun activities as surfing
lessons, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, dolphin
watching, jet skiing, deep sea fishing or bay fishing charters,
windsurfing, kiteboarding or kitesurfing, sailing, SUP lessons and many more thrilling activities.
Eco Tourism is another thriving industry in South Padre Island offering
nature preserves, camping, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding,
and more. The Island is home to Sea
Turtle Inc. - an educational research and rehabilitation
facility dedicated to the preservation of sea turtles and the conservation
of the marine environment world wide. They offer daily guided tours
where you’ll see various species of sea turtles including the Kemp's
Ridley, Green, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, and other species of endangered
sea turtles that have been rescued from the wild and are being rehabilitated.
If you visit South Padre Island during the months of April through
mid July you could watch for nesting Sea Turtles or even attend
a hatchling release where you’ll see hundreds of tiny baby sea turtles
making their way out to the water for the first time. This is truly
a spectacular experience and makes for a great photo opportunity.
The World Birding Center located on South Padre Island is 50 acres
of intertidal flats, native shrubs, and trees that are the first
stop for the birds making the cross Gulf migration from Mexico and
Central America. Warblers, tanagers, orioles, and thrushes are common
to the wooded areas while the wetland areas are host to waterfowl,
shorebirds, and even the endangered species of brown pelican, piping
plover, and peregrine falcon. The birding center is also a great
spot to see the Island’s colorful array of butterflies.
dunes north of city limits is a unique stretch of beach where visitors
can see South Padre Island in it’s natural state - a place where
you can truly step back in time and see the Island as the early
explorers once saw and described it. It is one of the few beaches
in the United States where you can find such solitude, a perfect
place for a quiet stroll down the beach, a great place for both
sunning and shelling, viewing our stunning sunsets over the bay,
and a breathtaking sparkling night sky.
About South Padre Island
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS is the tropical southernmost
part of the world's longest barrier reef island on the Gulf of Mexico
at the Texas / Mexico border. Located 2 miles off the southern tip of
Texas, it is connected to the mainland by the Queen Isabella Causeway.
Corpus Christi is NOT South Padre Island, it is 3 hours north on North Padre Island. South Padre Island is the finest coastal resort in Texas, with beautiful
beaches, tall sand dunes, and warm clear clean Gulf waters. Incredible
saltwater fishing, Gulf shrimp, fresh fish and seafood served at many
Island restaurants, a wide selection of hotels and condos from cheap
to luxurious, shopping, beach weddings, professional wedding planners,
South Padre weddings, photographers and video services, RV parks on
the beach, eco-tourism and a diversity of watersports. The Island is
only a few blocks wide, around 5 miles of City real estate, then you
can drive north on the beach for nearly 30 miles of desolate beaches
and beautiful sand dunes, until reaching the Port Mansfield jetties
and boat channel. You don't even need a car, you can walk or bicycle,
or ride the free shuttle. South Padre Island boasts the best fishing
in the U.S. in the Laguna Madre, in the surf and offshore in the Gulf
of Mexico. Check the bay cam for a list of fishing reports, or the fishing
page for area fishing guides and charters. Dolphin watch is a popular
favorite activity, and the best surfing in the Gulf of Mexico is at
Isla Blanca Park at the jetties. Summer is bustling on South Padre Island.
The weather is warm and dry, water temps are in the 80's and air temps
in the 90's. Fall is known by the locals as the best time of the year.
The water and air is still warm, hotel prices are dramatically cheaper,
and the Island is nearly vacant. Winter bring thousands of "Winter
Texans" from the northern U.S., the weather is mild as well, bird
watching, golf and surf fishing are popular. South Padre Island is the
premiere Spring Break destination in the country, spring break is in
March and Texas Week is the busiest time week with nearly a hundred
thousand college students enjoying the Island. Spadre.com is the only
website of its kind, being updated multiple times daily by local residents,
giving you up-to-the-minute information, particularly on beach, surf
and weather conditions for the day, with daily updated beach and surf
report and Island weather and forecast, rip current index, water temperature
and more information to plan your visit. Enjoy multiple live web cam
views of South Padre Island's beautiful beaches with the South Padre
Beachcam, the surf in the Gulf of Mexico with the South Padre Surfcam,
and the sunset over the Laguna Madre with the South Padre Baycam! Loaded
with information on events, quick links to hotels condos and vacation
rentals for booking your travel and vacation package to South Padre
Island, real estate listings for those that really enjoy the Island
and want to own a piece, local activities, attractions and watersports,
night life and scenic pictures in the photo gallery. We hope you enjoy
this website and your visit to South Padre Island, please support the
finer businesses that are advertised on this site and help make this
South Padre Island , also known as the tropical tip of Texas is
a 34 mile long barrier island offering our beautiful
sandy beaches, sand dunes, and colorful sunsets over
the Laguna Madre to anyone that wants to visit. The Island boasts
land and sea adventures with opportunities for action packed beach
and water sport activities year round, quality resort hotels, some
of the best trout, red snapper, and tuna fishing in the world with your choice of deep sea fishing or bay fishing
charters, a variety of restaurants serving your preference of cuisine with most offering menu items
featuring the fresh and fabulous Gulf Coast shrimp and seafood,
spectacular shopping, the best surfing in the entire Gulf of Mexico, and unique Island events to keep you
and your family happily entertained no matter what time of year
you choose to visit.
South Padre Island is matched at the same southerly latitude as
Fort Lauderdale, Florida and offers comparable tropical weather
conditions year round. Average summer temperatures on South Padre
Island is 82 degrees with the winter months averaging 65 degrees.
It’s rare to see a day on the Island that’s not warm and sunny which
helps to make the Island a popular affordable beach vacation destination
year round. South Padre Island flights are available through our
neighboring airports of Brownsville and Harlingen where you can
catch flights on Southwest Airlines, Continental Express, or Sun
Country Airlines. Car rentals and shuttle buses are available at
the airports where it is just a short drive to South Padre Island.
Once on the island you can catch The Wave, a free shuttle which
will transport you along the island or into our neighboring town
Isabel, where you may want to spend an afternoon strolling
Lighthouse Square home of the historical Port Isabel Lighthouse
which is open daily to visitors that want to make the climb up to
the top for a spectacular view of the Laguna Madre and cityscape.
At Lighthouse Square you’ll find museums, art galleries, restaurants,
coffee shops, ice cream parlors, and the South Padre Island Dolphin
Research and Sea Life Center. You can even experience the myths,
legend and lore of Port Isabel on the town’s new trolley ride which
will guide you through the history of this unique port city including
tale of shipwrecks, Spanish gold, civil war, old military highway,
and pirate legend.
Four Seasons in South Padre
Off Season Travel in South Padre Island
South Padre Island is a perfect destination for off season travel. The weather is still warm here in South Texas and you can find great deals with most hotels offering discounts on rooms. Besides paying less, visitors who come to the Island during the low-season will enjoy less crowding, and a more laid-back atmosphere. Off season in South Padre Island doesn't mean that you won't get to experience all of the same activities that you would during peak season, you're just more likely to find that the local businesses are able to cater more to your specific needs with more availability than during the heavy traffic times. During the low season you'll also get to experience more local color, and you'll find the residents to be very laid back and friendly this time of year with alot of free time to answer any questions you may have or give you some good local advice on their favorite things to do, best places to eat, and unique ways to spend your time Island style. With big savings, empty beaches, and a tropical atmosphere it's always a good time to visit South Padre Island!
Avoid winter weather - South Padre Island has many activities and events that are geared specifically for the enjoyment of our Winter Texans. Let's face it - it's just plain warmer here in South Texas than the northern latitudes of North America and Canada. This is why thousands of visitors come to the shores of the Gulf Coast each year to escape the chilling winter weather back home. Winter temperatures here in January averages a high of 67°F with a low of 52°F, most days are sunny and warm. The beaches on South Padre Island are perfect for strolling and collecting shells, fishing, or simply setting up a chair and umbrella and watching the waves roll in. Winter accomodations are easy to come by with most rental options offering discounted rates for longer stays, and many hotels, condominiums, and beach houses with long term rental availability of 3 months or more. RV Parks in the area are teeming with winter visitors from October through the end of February.
Spring Break at South Padre Island Texas
Welcome to the South Padre Island Spring Break Headquarters! If you are in search of sand, sun, and a ton of fun, you'll find it here! South Padre comes alive during spring break featuring award winning beaches and tropical weather perfect for all of your favorite daytime activities such as surfing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, wave runners, bikini contests, and coca cola beach parties - while also boasting super hot night clubs with live concerts and DJs to get your groove going all night long! Plan your South Padre Island Spring Break now! We've got the best places to stay and chill spring break style along with great travel packages and spring break discounts. Come to South Padre Island for YOUR spring break to party
Island style and hang with thousands of your closest friends!! Spadre.com has THE BEST spring break photo gallery, look for us on the beach we'll be right in the middle of all of the action taking photos of all of the spring break activities and events going on at South Padre Island, Texas the number one spring break party destination in America!.
For those of you with families, nothing is more awaited than summer vacation! After a long year of all work and no play, now is time to put away the books, step away from the computer and phone, grab your towel and run for the beach! Because we all have different ideas about the perfect vacation, take a look at our activities, fishing, and attractions guides to help spark your imagination. There are many good vacation ideas here that will go over big with the whole family. Whether you are looking for thrills or you are just into relaxing with a good book in the tropical sun, South Padre Island is the perfect summer vacation destination. An Island favorite activity would be for the whole family to "hang ten" in a surfing lesson with South Padre Surf Company, or if you prefer to stay beachside perhaps a sand castle building lesson. Go into the deep blue on a fishing charter, or saddle up for a horseback ride down the beach. South Padre Island is an inexpensive vacation spot that is fun for the whole family.
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