Destination guide

Pristine scenery in a sea of blue on Padre Island

Located off Texas’s southern coast, with the Gulf of Mexico to the east and Laguna Madre to the west, Padre Island is the world's longest barrier island. It could also set records for whitest beaches, cutest sea turtles, and happiest visitors. Named “father” for the Spanish priest who once owned the island and founded a mission there, the island has been used for ranching and not much else. Thank goodness. Your Padre Island vacation rental will sit amidst an unspoiled natural landscape best suited to birds, beasts, and blue skies.

Things to do

Pair fast-paced water rides with contemplation of the past

If you're bringing kids to Padre Island, you're going to the Schlitterbahn Riverpark. It’s not the law, but it might as well be. The waterpark features thrilling rides and children’s play areas, plus a golf course, a restaurant, and a swim-up bar. For a more scenic look at the island, drive to the Padre Island National Seashore preserve to take a look at the Novillo Line Camp, the last historic structure that reflects human occupation of Padre Island. Used by cattle ranchers in the 19th and 20th centuries, it has an ancient well and windmill.


Pitch your tent next to the surf and 'neath the stars

Long and lean, the island is a skinny strip of perfection. Where you enjoy your sunbathing and watersports may depend on whether your Padre Island vacation rental is on the northern or southern end. Up north is 400 acres of Padre Balli Park, open year-round for swimming, surfing and camping. A 10 minute drive south is Padre Island National Seashore, which is bigger and hosts more people, more places to kayak, kiteboard, and windsurf, and many more campsites, although you're welcome to pitch your tent right on the beach and under the stars.


Sub-tropical warmth makes spring spectacular

It’s no surprise that Padre Island experiences warm, humid summers and mild winters. Gulf Coast breezes take the edge off summer temperatures, which can reach the 90s in July. The island is most popular in spring, when the sun shines brightly and the rain falls less often than it does in summer and fall. Even then, Padre Island maintains a laid-back, family friendly charm. Spring breakers are more likely to flock to nearby South Padre Island, so you can book your Padre Island vacation rental knowing your trip will be serene even during the busy season.

Natural features

Friendly creatures by land, air, and sea

Padre Island is unique. In fact, one species of oily live oak tree grows only on the island. Blacktail jackrabbits, ground squirrels, and coyotes are among the many furry friends on the island. The Laguna Madre has more waterfowl than most binoculars can handle. Herons, egrets, and pelicans use the island and the lagoons as a sanctuary. The Padre Island National Seashore preserve has been left almost entirely in its natural state and is home to hundreds of Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nests. The hatchlings delight visitors during public releases, held between May and August.

Where to stay around Padre Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,078 vacation rentals near Padre Island. From 284 Houses to 519 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Padre Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Padre Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Padre Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Port Aransas: 2,256 vacation rentals
  • Rockport: 730 vacation rentals
  • North Padre Island: 854 vacation rentals
  • Texas Gulf Coast: 10,046 vacation rentals
  • Mustang Island: 2,132 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Padre Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Padre Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Padre Island:

  • Port Aransas: 2,256 rentals
  • Rockport: 730 rentals
  • Aransas Pass: 1,884 rentals
  • Portland: 2,709 rentals
  • City-by-the Sea: 1,281 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Padre Island?

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

  • Corpus Christi Marina: 1,089 rentals
  • Mustang Island State Park: 2,094 rentals
  • Bob Hall Pier: 1,960 rentals
  • Malaquite Beach: 696 rentals
  • McGee Beach: 1,358 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Padre Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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