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Live views of Starship, SpaceX Boca Chica launch pad, Isla Blanca Beach Park, and the beaches of South Padre Island

Live views of Starship, SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Pad, Isla Blanca Beach Park, and the Beaches of South Padre Island. All launches will be webcast live here. Media inquiries contact

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  • Isla Grand South Padre Island Beach Front Resort  956-761-6511 Isla Grand South Padre Island Beach Front Resort 956-761-6511 The Isla Grand Beach Resort is the premier resort along the Texas Gulf Coast offering 10 acres of tropical paradise. Located right on the beach, in the southern portion of South Padre Island, the Isla Grand Beach Resort is conveniently located near all of South Padre’s top attractions. Isla Grand has great onsite amenities such as two swimming pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, restaurants, nightclub, gift shop, outdoor-burger shack grill, coffee shop, activities and more. Every summer vacationers can enjoy live entertainment day or night. During the summer, families can take advantage of children activities provided for our guests. With such a prime location in the heart of South Padre Island, the Isla Grand Beach Resort offers the kind of warm hospitality, inviting resort atmosphere and top-notch services sure to please business and leisure travelers alike.
  • SPI Rentals Full Service Vacation Rental Company 956-255-7642 SPI Rentals Full Service Vacation Rental Company 956-255-7642 SPI Rentals offers on-site check-in for all guests, 24/7 response to emergency maintenance issues and friendly professionals who will assist you in planning every detail of your vacation. We offer concierge services including grocery shopping, airport transportation arrangements, ticket purchases for local attractions, catering services, and maid services. SPI Rentals specializes in transporting you from the stresses of daily life to carefree days at the beach. Our privately owned South Padre Island condo rentals and vacation homes are outfitted with luxurious linens, thirsty bath towels and fully equipped kitchens to make your vacation comfortable, convenient and relaxing. Whether you have a larger group of up to 14 or a smaller group of 4 or less, SPI Rentals has your ideal South Padre Island condo rental and vacation home!
  • La Copa Inn South Padre Island Beach Front Hotel  956-761-6000 La Copa Inn South Padre Island Beach Front Hotel 956-761-6000 Offering affordable and beautiful beachfront hotel accommodations on South Padre Island. Located on the beach, this South Padre Island hotel is a pet-friendly hotel located across the Queen Isabella Causeway near Schlitterbahn water park and Isla Blanca Park! Start your day right with our optional breakfast buffet including made-to-order omelet station and a fresh hot Belgian waffles! Grab STARBUCKS COFFEE from our La Copa Cafe. Stay in touch with the fastest free WIFI internet of any South Padre Island hotel! Our ocean-side restaurant, the Copa Cabana Bar & Grill, offers a great selection of lunch and dinner items and a fully-stocked, world-class bar to enjoy cocktails by the beach or poolside! Enjoy a number of beach and water activities such as jet skiing and parasailing, which you can reserve from our in-house concierge desk located in the lobby.
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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 beach parks 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.

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Overlooking Isla Blanca Beach Park and the South Padre Island Jetties, fishermen, beachgoers and surfers can check daily conditions. Well known as the best surf in Texas, South Padre Island has the biggest, most powerful, most consistent and best shaped waves than anywhere else on the Texas Gulf Coast. Fun surf year-round, with clear water and uncrowded 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.

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Overlooking the Laguna Madre from Louie's Backyard, 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.

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Gene Gore

South Padre Island Beach and Surf Report

by Gene Gore of South Padre Surf Co. Surf School

Date: Monday, April 22, 2019
Island Weather: Sunny, breezy and warm
Wind: SSE @ 15-20
Air Temp: Warming to near 80
Water Temp: 73
Water Clarity: Sandy
Rip Current Risk: Moderate
Seaweed: None
Jellyfish: None
Sunrise: 6:58am Sunset: 7:56pm
Tides: High 8:40am 1.6' / tide chart / USCG Station SPI
Wave Size: 2-3'
Wave Direction: SSE
Mansfield Buoy 42020: 6' @ 7 seconds from SSE / Wind: SE @ 13-17kts
200 Mile Buoy 42002: 4' @ 6 seconds from SSE / Wind: SE @ 17-21kts
Dolphin Cove Buoy: Wind: SSE @ 13-17kts
Beach Driving Conditions: Good
Surf Conditions: 2-3' choppy SSE windswell with SSE wind at 15-20 today
Surf Forecast: Strong SSE wind and building surf through midweek. Weak cool front with light offshores Thurs-Fri. Small to flat surf for the weekend
Boating and Marine Forecast: Moderate winds will continue again today across the Laguna Madre and adjacent gulf waters. Conditions will be borderline between cautionary wording and Small Craft Advisories. As a cold front nears the region by midweek, expect Small Craft Advisories will be needed from late Tuesday through midday Thursday or so. Conditions improve behind the cold front late Thursday and appear to be rather tranquil through the weekend as high pressure builds into the region.
Island Weather Forecast: Mostly sunny, windy and warm through midweek, weak cool front Thursday
Fishing Report: Click here for the latest South Padre Island fishing reports and pictures from local fishing guides

*STARHOPPER TESTING ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, RAPTOR ENGINE REMOVED FOR TESTING. SpaceX Starship Hopper prototype static fire Raptor engine tests have begun, followed by short low altitude test flights. No public access or beach access is allowed at Boca Chica during testing hours. Subscribe to Youtube channel for videos. Stay tuned to for the latest launch information and updates on SpaceX Boca Chica. Watch all upcoming test launches live on Starship Cam.

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South Padre Island Fishing Charters With Blast to Cast Captain Mike Knox

South Padre Island Fishing Report

To book your South Padre Island Bay Fishing Charter with Captain Mike Knox, call 1-956-243-0039
Lower Laguna Madre Fishing Report By Blast to Cast Captain Mike Knox

The bay fishing has remained good. Catching speckled trout on both live and artificial soft plastics. Redfish are being targeted out on the shallow grass flats once the wind starts to blow. Fresh cut mullet or ballyhoo has been the go to for the redfish. Smaller gold spoons has also been working on redfish along the color changes. Some schools of black drum are around. The bite should remain good!!!



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SpaceX Hopper Testing

April 23, 2019. Watch Starship Hopper testing at SpaceX Boca Chica Spaceport live from the Starship Cam. Actually test date and time may vary.

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Sand Crab Run

April 27, 2019. The Sand Crab, run entirely on sand, is a great way to get a little exercise under the stars on a beautiful South Padre Island Beach. The Sand Crab will start behind Pearl South Padre on the beach at 8:30pm (kids’ run is at 8pm). This event benefits Sea Turtle Inc.

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Run The Jailbreak

May 4, 2019. The Jailbreak Beach Escape has become a South Padre Island tradition! Each May, thousands of runners conquer the 5k course, covering 20 challenging obstacles, on the sun-drenched beaches of South Padre before heading to Clayton’s Beach Bar for a Texas sized beach party!

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Vegas at the Beach

May 4, 2019. Vegas at the Beach at the Hilton Garden Inn will be an evening filled with fun and excitement, with a portion of the proceeds going to the SPI Chamber’s Laguna Madre Education Foundation for scholarships to graduating seniors from Port Isabel High School. Each ticket is worth $500 in chips. Play at your choice of 13 tables (Craps, Roulette, Texas Hold’em, Let It Ride, and Black Jack) and 6 slot machines.

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Summer Surf Camps

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 9-12pm All Summer Long. These one day surf camps are fun for all ages!

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Testing continues for SpaceX Starship Hopper near South Padre Island! Watch the testing live on the Starship Cam. Countdown clock set to 7:00PM April 23, 2019. Actual time and date of the next static test fire may differ.

About SpaceX video
Space X Brownsville Launch Pad is located at Boca Chica Beach, just across the Brownsville Ship Channel near South Padre Island
Space X Launch Viewing Areas on South Padre Island include Isla Blanca Beach Park and all beaches along South Padre Island
Space X Launch Live Webcast
Space X Mars Missions
Space X Rockets include the new BFR, Falcon Heavy, Falcon 9, Dragon Capsule and Crew Dragon

SpaceX News

Starship Updates

March 29, 2019 - First Raptor Engine / Hopper Test Fire finally happened!!

The first static test fire of the SpaceX Starship Hopper Raptor occured in the dark at 7:36pm on Wednesday April 3. Watch the video replay on SPadre Youtube Channel. You can watch all tests and launches live on the Starship Cam.


March 17, 2019 - First Raptor Engine / Hopper Test Fire Monday or later this week.

The first static test fire of the SpaceX Starship Hopper engine will occur Monday March 18 or the following days. Boca Chica will not be accessible to the public for these tests, you can watch all tests and launches live on the Starship Cam.


March 15, 2019 - First Raptor Engine Arrives at Launch Pad Launch Pad

The first Raptor engine was transported by flatbed trailer to the SpaceX Boca Chica launch pad pre-dawn, but the large crews assembled were quickly sent packing by heavy rain and lightning. Installation of the Raptor in the next few days will be followed by the first staic fire engine tests! Boca Chica will not be accesible to the public for these initial tests, you can watch all tests and launches live on the Starship Cam.


March 8, 2019 - Starship Hopper moves to Boca Chica Launch Pad

Starship Hopper prototype was transported by crawler to the SpaceX Boca Chica launch pad early Friday morning, taking only approx 1 hour for Starship's first of many historical journeys! We were the only people there to film this, watch the full video on Youtube


February 4, 2019 - Raptor Engine Test Firing Successful

Starship's new Raptor methalox rocket engines are currently being tested in Texas, and will be installed in Starship soon, then launches will begin! Youtube video


January 31, 2019 - Launch Pad Construction

Preparations under way to move Starship to the launch pad, with the launch ramp being paved and a new road being constructed near Starship to begin transport to the launch pad! Much new construction currently under way at the launch pad as well. Youtube video


January 23, 2019 - Strong Winds Topple Starship Upper Nose Cone

Just before sunrise on Wednesday, a strong cold front blasted through South Texas bringing wind gusts of 50-55mph. The Starship nose cone fairing collapsed to the ground after the mounting blocks failed from the stress. The lower half containing the fuel tanks and engines was undamaged. Elon Musk stated that it would be rebuilt quickly, with little if any delay to upcoming launches. Youtube video of damage .


January 20, 2019 - Starship Cam

Watch ongoing construction of Starship and the Boca Chica launch pad live on the new Starship Cam. All launches will be webcast live, and recorded for playback in case you miss it. Starship Cam also overlooks Isla Blanca Beach Park, the closest possible viewing area for Starship launches.


January 16, 2019 - Starship and Super Heavy

These scale renders by Kimi Talvitie of Starship Hopper, Starship, Super Heavy booster, Falcon 9, and the full Starship Super Heavy demonstrate the size of the incredibly massive space ship that will be launching here once Hopper tests are complete:


January 8, 2019 - Starship Completed

Starship Hopper assembly was completed at Boca Chica today! Youtube video The "Starhopper" is non-orbital, its purpose is only for low altitude vertical launch and landings for the purpose of testing the new Raptor, a staged combustion methane-fueled rocket engine that will power the Starship. Methane can be produced on Mars for refueling and colonization energy needs.

Coming soon! Starship Test Launch

January 5, 2019

Elon Musk announces first Starship Hopper tests at Boca Chica may occur in as little as 4 weeks. Come to South Padre Island and witness the beginning of a new age in space exploration! We will post SpaceX South Texas Starship Launch Schedule as soon as it becomes available.

SpaceX Test Starship Construction Begins

December 24, 2018

Construction of the STARSHIP at SpaceX Boca Chica Space Port this Christmas weekend has stunned the international space community. Elon Musk stated just hours after uploaded to Youtube the first ever views of the STARSHIP, the world's largest space ship, that indeed it was the first model of his Mars rocket, and will be launching much sooner than anticipated, as early as March 2019! Check back for more pictures, videos and articles as progress ramps up. Exciting times ahead for South Padre Island and all space enthusiasts!

FCC Application

December 10, 2018

SpaceX is looking to fly and operate a Research and Development (R&D) Vertical Takeoff, Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle at its South Texas location. The vehicle will take off, ascend vertically to a low altitude, and then descend back to its original landing spot. While the vehicle is in the air, it is important to have communications with the vehicle for two main reasons: 1. Downlink: SpaceX can view the data in real‐time and ensure that all parameters remain nominal. 2. Uplink: If there is an anomaly, SpaceX needs the ability to command the vehicle into a safe state (as a backup to its onboard safety systems). Thus, to ensure both a safe and useful test, it is important for SpaceX to maintain a bidirectional RF link between the control center and the vehicle. SpaceX wishes to use the same transmitters on the VTVL vehicle that it uses on its other vehicles. The major difference is that the ERP is reduced on this vehicle by two orders of magnitude. This transmitter has been demonstrated to be very safe and reliable under both flight and test conditions and the regulatory agencies involved (both FAA and FCC) are familiar with the hardware and frequencies. The tests themselves are divided into low‐altitude and higher‐altitude tests. The low‐altitude tests stay below 500 meters in altitude and last approximately 100 seconds. These tests will be run approximately three times per week during the initial portion of the program. The higher‐altitude tests can go as high as 5 km and will occur approximately once per week. These tests last approximately 6 minutes. Please note that SpaceX is also applying for an experimental permit from the FAA in order to gain permission to run these VTVL tests.

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When is the first SpaceX Starship launch?

First Test Launch

March 28, 2019 - Starship Hopper's first test launches will begin in the next few weeks, starting with static fire of engines without liftoff, then very low altitude initial hop tests where the hopper will actually be tethered. Higher altitude launches will likely occur shortly thereafter. Launch schedule and dates will be posted on

Where is the best place to watch the rocket launches?

Best Viewing Area

South Padre Island is the closest viewing area. Isla Blanca Beach Park on the south end of the Island is the closest possible public viewing area to the Boca Chica launch pad. Many hotels will have excellent viewing from south facing units. Free viewing is available to the public along all beaches. A new ampitheater has been constructed at Isla Blanca Beach Park for viewing rocket launches, and the entire park is currently undergoing massive renovations to a world class beach park.

Is there a live webcast of launches?

Launch Webcasts

All test launches will be livestreamed on Starship Cam, and recorded for replay. SpaceX livestreams all launches of their orbital rockets, but its possible that these frequent Starship hopper tests may not be webcast.

Is there a launch schedule?

Launch Schedule

Test launches will be frequent and possibly unnannounced, but we do have a source for this and will post the launch schedule and dates on According to the FCC application, the launch tests themselves are divided into low‐altitude and higher‐altitude tests. The low‐altitude tests stay below 500 meters in altitude and last approximately 100 seconds. These tests will be run approximately three times per week during the initial portion of the program. The higher‐altitude tests can go as high as 5 km and will occur approximately once per week. These tests last approximately 6 minutes.

What kind of rocket is launching?

Starship Hopper

The prototype Starship hop test vehicle will be the only rocket launched, until the full scale Super Heavy booster and full scale Starship arrive, possibly by the end of 2019

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