Destination guide

Sunshine and wildlife on South Padre Island

With 300 days of sunshine a year, the town of South Padre Island is a mecca for sun-worshippers and outdoor adventurers alike. Set on the world's longest barrier island, South Padre Island boasts exquisitely pristine sandy beaches and warm clear water. A rowdy destination for youthful revelers during Spring Break, it is a quiet and beautiful holiday location the rest of the year. There are turtles to spot, dolphins to watch and miles of open beach to explore. South Padre Island vacation rentals are peaceful oases within walking distance of the beach and a diverse selection of fine dining options.

Things to do

Fishing and waterslides on South Padre Island

For waterslides and go-kart fun, the Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark and Gravity Park are great destinations for families to play and make memories together. Adventure-lovers can set their adrenalin surging by driving ATVs down the beach, or trying tandem skydiving with world record holders. South Padre Island vacation rentals are close to Art Space, where you can take classes in pottery or painting. The Gulf of Mexico has first-rate fishing, and families can have a splendid together time out on the water, taking turns catching fish that will then be beautifully cooked by local restaurants for a small fee.


Baby turtles and dolphins on South Padre Island

South Padre Island may be known as a party destination for Spring Break, but it is also a wonderful place for families, with myriad options for safe and fun excursions and adventures. There are pirate cruises where the kids can cross swords with swashbuckling pirates, private sandcastle lessons on the beach and surfing lessons for every age group. Nature-lovers will be able to cheer on baby sea turtles as they make their entrance into the world. South Padre Island vacation rentals provide an excellent home base from which to take art classes or board a ship to look for dolphins.


Hot summers and temperate winters on South Padre Island

South Padre Island sits on a barrier island that provides sea views and sea breezes from both east and west. Such breezes are welcome in South Padre Island's piping hot summers. The town has over 220 sunny days per year, and summer temperatures soar into the high 80s by mid July. South Padre Island also experiences high humidity, which intensifies the summer heat, so be sure wear a hat and keep hydrated. Winters are much more temperate, but not freezing, with lows only going down into the mid to low 50s. A light jacket is all you'll need to keep comfortable.

Natural features

Gulf views and graceful deer on South Padre Island

The town of South Padre Island rests on the western shores of Texas, facing the massive Gulf of Mexico. Only a few miles from the Mexican border, it boasts fabulous gulf views, pleasant water breezes and vast sand beaches. Although known as a resort town, South Padre Island is also home to numerous wild creatures. Graceful deer and swift coyotes can be found among the sand dunes, and the grasslands are filled with the flutter and music of songbirds. In the warm waters, jellyfish abound, ghost crabs scuttle along the sand and sea turtles haul themselves inland to lay eggs.

How to get there

Traveling to and around South Padre Island

Fly into Brownsville, TX (BRO-Brownsville-South Padre Island Intl.), the closest airport, located 21.7 mi (34.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Harlingen, TX (HRL-Valley Intl.), which is 31.5 mi (50.7 km) away.

Where to stay around South Padre Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,963 vacation rentals near South Padre Island. From 320 Houses to 1,465 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Padre Island are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to South Padre Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in South Padre Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark: 1,959 vacation rentals
  • Isla Blanca Park: 1,767 vacation rentals
  • South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center: 1,953 vacation rentals
  • South Padre Island Convention Centre: 1,958 vacation rentals
  • Laguna Madre Nature Trail: 1,818 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Padre Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in South Padre Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 320 Houses in South Padre Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in South Padre Island include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,465 rentals available
  • Cottages: 19 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 97 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in South Padre Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,713 vacation rentals with pool available in South Padre Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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