Padre Island, TX, USA

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Padre Island, TX, USA

Padre Island vacation rentals

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.

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.

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.

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.