South Padre Island is the longest barrier island in the USA and is home to the best beach in Texas.  It is wide and flat for bicycling, surfing, and perfect for skim boarding! Typically the island enjoys a light onshore breeze that is perfect to fly a brand new kite from B&S Kites ( The beach is why people come to South Padre – you can enjoy driving along it, seeing it by horseback, or even getting married on it.

One unique activity found on South Padre Island is taking a sandcastle lesson.  These great lessons are taught by former American Champion, Andy Hancock.  He teaches individuals, groups, and families and how to build the castles of your dreams. Hancock incorporates team building into lessons for large corporate groups who convention on the island.  From little kids to adults and small to large groups, sandcastle lessons are a great way to enjoy the beach!

South Padre Island is also home to annual Sea Turtle nesting.  Visitors and volunteers love supporting this valuable resource that is organized and sponsored by Sea Turtle, Inc. An art center for all things turtle are a part of the Sea Turtle, Inc. and a welcomed visit for people of all ages!

The fabulous south Texas weather makes South Padre Island a year-round destination.  The aqua blue water is a refreshing temperature year round.  Winter brings people from towns near and far for the annual New Year’s Day Penguin and Polar Bear Dips!

Look for deals when booking accommodations.  Larger groups enjoy beach houses, condominiums, and suites for a better value.

Welcome to South Padre island, the place we call home. We want you to enjoy it as much as we do! For information on city events and for more info on city services please go to