South Padre Island is an island located on the Texas Gulf Coast and is known for its watersports as well as being a wild spring break getaway. Whether you are looking to go fishing, watch for dolphins, go horseback riding on the beach, ride a jet ski or boat, or enter a wet t-shirt contest, South Padre Island has what you are looking for.
South Padre Island Climate
South Padre Island has a humid-subtropical-like climate. The city mostly enjoys warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. However, the spring and summer months are the most humid/rainy times of the year.
|Season||Range of Daily High Temperature|
|Spring||75 – 84|
|Summer||88 – 89|
|Fall||76 – 87|
|Winter||67 – 70|
Busiest Travel Seasons for South Padre Island
South Padre Island peak tourism seasons are late winter, spring, and summer. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway or family vacation, it is recommended to visit during the summer and late winter. Times of the year you may wish to not visit South Padre Island is during the prime hurricane season in September and during the spring when you are likely to run into spring-breakers.
Average Airfare To South Padre Island
Prices given are for Round Trip, coach.
|Atlanta to S.Padre||$350.00|
|San Francisco to S.Padre||$390.00|
|New York to S.Padre||$400.00|
|Los Angeles to S.Padre||$380.00|
Typical Hotel Prices
|3 star||$85 per night|
|4 star||$175 per night|
|Luxury||$205+ per night|
Typical Car Rental Rates in South Padre Island
|Economy||$40 per Day|
|Luxury||$85 per Day|
|Van/SUV||$75 per Day|
Popular Attractions and Activities in South Padre Island
South Padre Island has several water-based activities rather it be fishing, dolphin watching, jet-skiing, or surfing. Tourists will love the breathtaking scenery, fun on the beach, and wonderful food. Learning about sea turtles, enjoying the artistry of the Whaling Wall, and building sandcastles are some other popular activities home to South Padre Island.
Below is a chart that shows some of the most popular attractions in South Padre Island, by Type.
|Family Attractions||Fishing and Boating||Other|
|Sea Turtle, Inc.||Fisherman’s Wharf||Andy Bowie Park|
|Whaling Wall||On The Hook Charter||Laguna Madre Nature Trail|
|Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark||The Original Dolphin Watch||Sand Castle Days|
|Glady’s Porter Zoo||Aloha Charters||Palm Street Pier|
Recommendations for South Padre Island
If you visit South Padre Island, consider the following to make your stay worthwhile and unforgettable:
- Try to catch the yearly Sand Castle Days.
If you in South Padre Island during the right time you will be able to see beautiful hand-crafted sand sculptures by artists coming from all over the world. Free sandcastle lessons are also offered and your castle can be entered into a contest.
- Catch and eat your own fish!
Charter your own fishing boat. You can have your fish cooked on the boat for you or take it back to the beach and have a deliciously cooked dinner there.
- Visit Padre Island Brewing Company.
This place satisfies your hunger and quenches your thirst with freshly brewed beer. It is the only restaurant that brews its own beer in south Texas.
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