South Padre Island, the ideal Texas beach resort, is nestled on the southern end off the Texas shore and near Mexico frontier. No matter in which season you come here, the South Padre Island attractions as per the changing climate have something to offer to all ages. For college students, spring is the right time, while for the beach goers, summers are best spent here. But, it is worth to know that this island is a beach resort for all seasons as well as for various activities. In addition, because of the South Padre Island attractions related to the water sports, the island has been successfully recognized among the country’s top 10 water sport destinations. And one more award goes to its Laguna Madre Nature Trail for being among the state’s top 10 trails.
One of the excellent water parks of Texas is here as the Schlitterbahn Water Park. It is nestled directly on the beach and is the hub of several rides, pools, waterslides, and more wet ways. On the beach, there is a sports bar, restaurant, and evening entertainment, especially hustling in summers. This exciting park is opened on weekends in April, May, and September, while from June to August; it is open 7 days a week. Fees are $33.47 per adult, $27.63 per child, and $40.38 for 2-day pass.
South Padre Island Beach
Nobody can leave this island without spending a day at its beach flanked by the Gulf of Mexico as well as the Lower Laguna Madre. With the clearest waters, this is where you can experience great surfing, boating, snorkeling, diving, and parasailing. And yes, do not miss to enjoy the sunrise as well as sunset. The Island Equestrian Center facilitates horse riding on the beach for kids and adults on the isolated stretches on the north side. The island is the hub of a plethora of bird species including both seasonal as well as permanent. I would recommend opting for Fins 2 Feathers Cruises that provides private sunset, bird watching cruises, dolphin watching, and other activities.
Do cruise on the Black Dragon Pirate Ship from the island to Port Isabel. This ship is a real replica of a pirate galleon of 17th century, which features modern entertainment technology, experienced cast of pirates, dolphin watching, four restaurants, shopping, marine biology center, historic Port Isabel lighthouse, and museum. Contact American Diving nestled on Park Road, which are known for their good snorkel trips, diving adventures, dolphin watch excursions, and diving certification. They offer diving and snorkeling from the USCG documented vessels as well as state-of-the-art training facilities. Windsurfers love to come here, especially in the calm Lower Laguna Madre featuring shallow waters as well as strong winds off the Gulf of Mexico.
One of the most interesting and thrilling South Padre Island attractions is the Gravity Park accessible from across the Louie’s Backyard Restaurant. This is where your entire family can enjoy the tallest reverse bungee on the planet called the Rocket, tallest bungee jump of Texas via Bungee Grande, go-karts, frog hopper, climbing wall, kiddie cars, and trampoline thing.
Venus Nails and Spa on the Padre Blvd is famous for its salon services such as pedicures, manicures, waxing, facial, acrylic nails, European facials, massage therapy, and body treatments. Just near on the Padre Island Blvd is the South Padre Island Massage, a licensed, mobile spa and massage center. This is where you can indulge in a Swedish massage or a tissue massage for 1 to 1.5 hours by spending between $80 and $125.
The Sea Turtle, Inc. is worth a visit here, which aims at protecting as well as rehabilitating the sea turtles. Besides meeting the rare Kemp’s Ridley, you can also enjoy its education tour that is like a window via which you can closely look at these turtles. If you come here in October, you will really come across some beautifully giant Sand Castle Wizards. A few best sand sculptors of the planet come to this island to celebrate the weekend-long sand castle creation show. Savor the most prestigious sand art!
Eating is really good at the Naturally’s Health Food Store & Café on the Padre Boulevard. It offers appetizers, salads, soups, warm sandwiches, kids’ menu, baked goodies, organic juices, and organic snacks.
For accommodation, I would suggest Blue Bay Inn (free breakfast) and the luxurious La Quinta Beachfront Resort.