Island's beaches offer a variety of activities for
visitors to the popular sight.
Incorporated in 1973, This cute
small resort town is located on the southern tip of Padre
Island just across Laguna Madre. This bay separates South
Padre Island from the mainland. Access is available via
the free causeway on Park Road 100.
Visitors find a wide range of
accommodations from campgrounds and family motels to
high-rise luxury hotels and condo rentals, marinas, and
seaside cottages. Restaurants feature fresh seafood
harvested daily from the Gulf.
South Padre is known for its water
jet skiing, deep-sea fishing, surfing, bay
fishing, parasailing, sailing, and wind-surfing. Other island activities include bicycling, tennis, shelling,
and horseback riding on the beach.
The South Padre Island Visitor
Center provides detailed information about
accommodations, activities, and events related to
boating, sailing, fishing, and seashore recreation. Open Monday through Friday:
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5
p.m. on Padre Blvd., a half-mile north of the causeway at
600 Padre Blvd. Telephone (210)
or 1-(800) 343-2368 for both U.S. and Canada.
Available from the beach, piers and
jetties where catches may include redfish, speckled and sand
trout, sheepshead, flounder, croakers, skipjack, and drum. Group boats provide bay and deep-sea
fishing for full or half days; charter cruisers available
for individual or small party offshore sport. Offshore
species may include tarpon, sailfish, marlin, kingfish,
mackerel, ling, pompano, bonita, red snapper, warsaw, and
wahoo. Marinas provide fuel,
bait, tackle, launching ramps, and boat rentals. Small
boats with guides available for bay fishing.
Island Equestrian -
Take a romantic horseback ride
along secluded beaches while savoring the beauty of miles
of sand dunes encrusted with sea oats and beach morning
glory along the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre. Horses
usually available from sunrise to sunset. Just north of
town on Padre Blvd.
Jeremiahs Landing -
Fun for kids of all ages awaits
visitors to this small water park featuring seven water
slides and a video arcade; includes snack bar. Open daily
Memorial Day - labor Day; weekends April - May. Call for
hours; 210 / 761-2131. 100 Padre Blvd. At gulfpoint.
Padre Island -
South Padre Island's beaches
offer a variety of activities for visitors to the popular
sight.including our very own James Deford
The long, narrow sand island sweeps in a golden arc north
some 110 miles to Corpus Christi.
Modern hotels and motels edge several miles of the Gulf
at the islands southern tip.
Farther north the
island is entirely natural -
sand dunes, sea oats, and beach morning glory. (There is no bridge or
ferry between South and North Padre). Beautiful, gently sloping beaches are
perfect for swimming and surf fishing. Beach-combers will
find bright shells, perhaps floats from the West Indies,
driftwood, and occasionally flint points of Karankawa
Indians who once roamed the area.
Pan American University Coastal
Studies Laboratory -
Marine life and representative
examples of the region, both from the Gulf and Laguna
Madre; fish, mollusks, plants; extensive seashell
collection. Open Sun. - Thurs. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. In Isla
Blanca Park at south tip of Padre island.
Blanca Park", on
the southernmost tip of the island, features more than a
mile of clean, white beach along the Gulf of Mexico, for
waterfront recreational facilities. The park includes
picnic and playground areas, fishing jetty, restaurants
and clubs, a full-service marina with daily charters, a
water park, and boat ramp. Theres even a
nondenominational church, the Chapel by the Sea. Camping
facilities include more than 600 RV sites with full
hookups. For information and reservations, call (210)
Bowie Park", just
north of the city limits, features the popular Laguna
Madre Nature Trail for nature enthusiasts and
bird-watchers. Other facilities include beachfront picnic
pavilions, childrens playground, and a ranger
station. For information and reservation and
reservations, call (210) 761-2639.
Sea Turtle, Inc. -
A living museum of the "Turtle
Lady", Loetscher. Educational shows featuring
endangered sea turtles given on Tuesday and Saturday at 9
a.m. during the summer, 10 a.m. other seasons. At 5805
Gulf Blvd. Admission.