One foot on South Padre Island and you know why it is becoming a preferred destination for visitors and especially Winter Texans from all across America. Things can't get any more tropical in Texas than on this 30-mile long barrier island just off the coast of the tip of Texas.


With some of the most beautiful sunsets in America, South Padre Island offers a comfortable winter climate with temperatures rarely, if ever, reaching the freezing mark. Fishing, sailing, beach combing, long walks on a deserted beach - these are but a few of the favorite activities for winter visitors.


Also noted for it's very active spring break season, South Padre offers a little bit of everything for just about everyone in the family. Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark offers a great watery theme park adventure for all ages and there are many water related activities and adventures to be had including The BlackDragon Pirate boat and a Thrill Seeker Speed boat ride. Also of interest is the new World Birding Center, the Coastal Studies Center and Sea Turtles, Inc.,  a leading marine conservation organization that has been instrumental in protecting and preserving the survival of the sea turtles that nest on the beaches.


With 33-miles of pristine beach, the Gulf side of the island offers plenty of water and water-related sports. Surfing, sailboarding, kiteboarding, parasailing, and wave running are just a few of the activities available along the beach. The Laguna Madre borders the western edge of the island and is also a pristine and unique ecological zone that offers habitat to wildlife of every kind. From beach volleyball tournaments at Boomerang Billie's, to farkle tourneys at Louie's Backyard, to sunset dinner cruises and charter boat service, there  are plenty of activities for visitors year round.


The island is home to the U.S. Coast Guard with a regional base located on the island's southern end. Pan American University also operates the Coastal Studies Laboratory on the island, a fully equipped research center for marine and coastal studies. The lab is open to the public select days of the week.


Cameron County Parks Department operates a number of beach and park facilities on the island, some including public boat ramps. Isla Blanca County Park and Andy Bowie County Park are two of the local favorites.


If angling is your thing, you'll find plenty of opportunity to wet a line on one of several public piers on the island. Most piers charge a nominal fee for usage. There are also plenty of bay fishing and offshore fishing guides and charter services available all across the island and in nearby Port Isabel.


The South Padre Island Golf Club is located nearby on the mainland in Laguna Vista


offering a challenging 18-hole course for skilled golfers and beginners alike.


Connect below to South Padre Island Resources for winter visitors and get to know this rare region - one of the best kept secrets in Texas!