Visitors Guide to South Padre Island
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South Padre Beach Cam

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.

South Padre Surf Cam

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, 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.

South Padre Bay Cam

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.

South Padre Island
Live Streaming Web Cam

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.

South Padre Sea Turtle Cam

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.

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Birding and Nature Center Cam

The South 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.


  • Weddings at The Queen Event Venue Weddings at The Queen Event Venue The Queen, built in 1906, is a Texas historic landmark. As the Laguna Madre area’s first hotel, the Queen became the first seaside resort in South Texas. Make our history part of your future by hosting your wedding, or other special occasion and we welcome the opportunity to make your event one to remember.
  • Surfing Lessons and Surf Camps Surfing Lessons and Surf Camps Learn to surf with South Padre Surf Company. Surfing Lessons and surfboard rentals are available daily.
  • Spring Break Photos Spring Break Photos Spring Break Photo Gallery. Check out spring break pictures featuring all of the hottest spring break action on South Padre Island.
  • Farmers Market Farmers Market Fresh 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! 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 for SPaceX launch schedule and information on booking SpaceX Launch Tours.
  • Texas Clipper Texas Clipper The 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 Releases Hatchling Releases Sea 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 956-761-4511
  • SPI Birding Center SPI Birding Center South 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 Lab Coastal Studies Lab The 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 Safety Beach Safety Rip 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 Guide Visitors Guide Get a copy of the free Travel Guide to South Padre Island for visitor information by mail, or read it online.

South Padre Island Weather, Beach, Fishing and Surf Report

  • Beach and Surf Report

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Island Weather: Mostly sunny and warm weather page
Wind: SE @ 10-15
Water Temp: 77
Water Clarity: Clear bluegreen
Rip Current Risk: Low
Seaweed: None
Jellyfish: None
Sunrise: 6:54am Sunset: 7:58pm
Tides: High 1:36pm 1.4' / Low 7:34pm 0.9' tide chart
Wave Size: 1'
Wave Direction: SE
Mansfield Buoy 42020: 1' @ 4 seconds from SE / Wind: SE @ 7-9kts link
200 Mile Buoy 42002: 1' @ 5 seconds from ESE / Wind: ENE @ 9-11kts link
Dolphin Cove Buoy: Wind: ESE @ 12-13kts link
Beach Driving Conditions: Good
Surf Conditions: 1' surf today with SE wind at 10-15
Surf Forecast: Small to flat surf continues through the weekend
Boating and Marine Forecast: Light to moderate winds and low to moderate seas are expected along the Lower Texas Coast with high pressure generally in control. However, a weak cold front is forecast to pass through the Lower Texas coastal waters tonight. Small Craft Advisories are not anticipated to be needed through the next few days.
Island Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy and mild through Friday with light to moderate NE winds. Mostly cloudy and mild this weekend with light E to SE wind
Fishing Report: Click here for the latest South Padre Island fishing reports and pictures from local fishing guides.

South Padre Island Travel
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Our 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!


The 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!


This 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!
Where 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 preference.

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.
The sand 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. 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 site possible.

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 of Port 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.

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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!

Winter Texans

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!! 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!.

Summer Vacations

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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