Discovering South Padre Island
Activities of the Area


















South Padre Island beach sand castle


















































Laguna Madre South Padre Island High Adventure Station




South Padre Island is recognized as one of the best places in the world for windsurfing.





















































Schlitterbahn Beach Water park on South Padre Island, Texas















South Padre Island Activities

There is never a dull moment on South Padre Island!
South Padre's reputation as a top vacation and Spring Break spot doesn't stop with it's natural beauty. The list of activities goes on and on. A few of the more outstanding ones are listed below.

Ground Tours
Ground tours are offered by Gray Line Tours,
Original Tour Company, and SurfTran/Valley

Bird Watching
One of the most popular activities in the area. More than 400 species of birds and waterfowl can be found in the area throughout the entire year.

Deserted and unspoiled beaches provide unparalleled beachcombing opportunites with shells and other treasures found.

Dophin Watching
Dolphin Watching Cruises are available.

Many novelty, sea shell, and souvenir stores are in
the area. Nearby Matamoros, Mexico offers great
deals for bargain hunters.

South Padre Island Golf Club has an 18-hole course. Brownsville Country Club course, Ft. Brown Municipal Golf Course, Harlingen Country Club course, Rancho Viejo Country Club course, Riverbend Golf Course, Tony Butler Municipal Golf Course, and Valley Inn & Country Club course are also available. Outdoor and indoor mini-golf courses are available.

Private and group lessons available.

Catamaran/Hobie-Cat rentals and charters available. Sail boat rental, small and large motor boat rental, and banana boat rental also available.

Sandcastle Building
Lessons, shows, and events at the Schlitterbaun Beach Waterpark.



Red Snapper
Both state and world records have been set here
giving the area fishing a world-class fishing reputation.

Fishing Captains & Charters
Port Isabel/South Padre Island Guide's Association
provides information for your trip. Trips are offered throughout the year. Speckled trout, redfish, flounder, black drum, and sheepshead are commonly caught in the Laguna Madre. Offshore amberjack, tuna, ling, red snapper, kingfish, grouper, and sailfish are found.


Extreme Sports Plus

The Laguna Madre bay which separates South Padre
Island from the Texas mainland is recognized as one
of the world's top places for windsurfing. Windsurfers
fastest speed records on a 100-meter course in the
states for both men and women have been set here.
Lessons and boards are available at local shops.

Considered by many the best surfing in Texas,
South Padre Island offers many opportunities
for the experienced surfer and those wanting to learn.
The area is also good for body surfing.

A popular activity on South Padre. Sail among the clouds along the coastline under your parachute as you are carried along the coast.

Horseback Riding
Enjoy a day or an evening riding horseback along the
beautiful beach. Horse rental is available at Island
Equestrian Center.

Waverunners, hobie cats, paddleboats, bumper boats,
go-carts, surf boards, and four-wheeler rentals are available.


Parks and Entertainment Centers

Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park
A fun-filled park with activities for children and adults. Special events for Spring Break.

Sea Turtle, Inc.
Educational shows featuring live endangered sea turtles.

Three Flags Over Padre
Go-carts, miniature golf, spaceball, a ferris wheel,
and a video arcade.

Jeremiah's Landing Water Slide
Water slides, video arcade, and a snack bar.

Andy Bowie Park
Picnic pavilions and children's play ground.

Ben's Fun & Sun
Playground for young and old.

Movie Theaters
Island Cinema - Sunchase Mall and Island Cinema
North bring current films.

Laguna Station
Lessons and fun for the family from Boy Scouts. Scuba, sailing, fishing, and more.



Amberjack's Bayside Bar & Grill

Best view on the bay. Inside & outside seating.

Boomerang Billy's Beach Bar & Grill
Open-air beach bar Water sport rentals. Swimming
pool, beach volleyball and sundeck.

Club Rio Beach & Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark
Nightime entertainment and party atmosphere.

On the bay. Thatched roof and tropical island

Dirty Dave's Deck
t Sea Ranch Restaurant.

Entertainment and drinks.

Island Oasis
Sport bar. Live entertainment, pool, darts,
foosball. Serving food.

Jake's Bar
Serves American and Mexican food.

Kelly's Irish Pub
Pool tables, dart boards, and satellite TV sports.

Billiards and live entertainment.

Louie's Backyard
Bungee entertainment, drinks, and party

Padre Cantina
Tequila bar. Outside pool bar.

Padre Island Brewing Company
Named "Best Beer on the Island" By Abercrombie
& Fitch in 1998. Said by Texas Monthly to have
"Legendary Ribs."

Parrot Eyes Water Sports
Bayside tropical palapa bar.

Quarterdeck Club
Dance show with band.




Taste of the Island and Trade Show

SPI WInter Texas Golf Classic

SPI Market Days

U.S. Classic Billiards 8 Ball Showdown

Winter Texan 8 Ball Championship

Winter Texan Beach Party & Fish Fry

Mayor's Coffee and Sweetheart Day


SPI Beach Walk for the Young & Young at Heart

SPI Kite Festival

SPI Market Days

Spring Break
World renown event. Thousands of college and high school vacationers descend.

South Padre Easter Island

Easter Egg Scramble

Annual Beach Clean-up & Arbor Day

Windsurf Blowout

Texas State Surfing Championship

Fireworks Over the Bay

Memorial Weekend Volleyball

Cine Sol Latino Film Festival

Fireworks Over the Bay

Beachcombers Art Show & Sale

Sandy Cup Golf Tournament

Texas International Fishing Tournament

Ladies Kingfish Tournament

Ruff Rider Regatta

Fireworks Over the Bay

Texas-Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup

Longest Causeway Run & Wellness Walk

SPI Bikefest Motorcycle Convention & Rally

Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse Market Days

Just DU-IT SPI Duathon

Sand Castle Days

World's Championship Shrimp Cook-Off

Tails of South Padre Island Fun Fly Fiesta

Texas Senior Open Golf Tournament

Lighting of the Island

Lighting ceremony of Port Isabel.

Island of Lights Holiday Parade


For more information on South Padre Island
activites and events, visit the official site for
South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau,,
or call the Bureau at

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