Welcome to South Padre Island!
Beautiful beaches, warm gulf waters, fishing, boating, bird watching, shopping and a diversity of year-round activities make South Padre Island one of the fantastic vacation destinations in the world.

Fishing, Fishing, Fishing!!
The fishing is great! Many types of fishing and places to go. Offshore, back bays, piers etc. Go to
http://www.sopadre.com/fishing.asp for much fishing information and listing of boat operators.


The Laguna Madre bay separates South Padre Island from the Texas mainland and is recognized as one of the world's top windsurfing destinations. The sailing season off South Padre runs from September through May. Water depth varies from three to five feet, daytime winds average 18 mph, and the average yearly temperature is in the 70s. Novices and pros come to sail the bay, the Jetties, Boca Chica, and the Ditch, site of some of the fastest windsurfing speeds in North America. For complete information on conditions, accommodations, equipment, and rentals, contact Windsurf Inc. on the Bay (956/761-1434 or 800-880-5423) or Windsurf the Boatyard (956/761-5061).

And mark your calendars for the SPI Windsurf Blowout, always the first weekend in May! Blowout participants compete in course slalom and long distance races. For more information on Blowout go to www.spiwindsurfing.com or call 1-800-657-2373.



Kiteboarding is fast becoming the hottest new water sport and South Padre Island offers year-round, world-class kiteboarding conditions. The Laguna Madre's waist deep water and consistent winds offer beginner to expert riders near perfect flat-water conditions to hone their skills. Advanced kiteboarders will enjoy riding the Laguna Madre and the waves of the Gulf of Mexico.
Experienced, certified instructors are available to teach you about this exciting sport.

South Padre Kiteboarding
South Padre Island Kiteboarding
Air Padre Kiteboarding


Learn to surf at South Padre Island, Texas, the #1 surfing destination in the Gulf of Mexico! With warm clear water and gentle waves most of the year, the surfing area at Isla Blanca Park is an ideal location for beginners of all ages.

South Padre Surf Co. 956-772-7272


The Rio Grande Valley offers great golfing for handicappers of all levels. Keep in mind that our temperate climate allows golfers to tee off 12 months a year. The closest championship course is the South Padre Island Golf Club, located 15 minutes away in Laguna Vista. Other courses are located in Brownsville (30 minutes) and Harlingen (45 minutes). For more information about any of these courses, call the South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-SOPADRE (767-2373).


South Padre Island's sunny days make for perfect play - regardless of your skill level. All of the major hotels and condominiums feature tennis courts which are available to their guests. The staff at the South Padre Island Visitors Center (800-767-2373) can also offer suggestions on private and group lessons.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding on the beach North of city limits. Not a trail ride - no single file riding. Children and first time riders are welcome. Daily specials. Open year round, weather permitting. Pony rides for children 4 and under. Call for reservations. 956-761-HOSS (4677).
More info: Island Equestrian Center

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