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|600 properties allow pets|
|2.1K properties are a good fit for families|
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Your guide to South Padre Island
Located just two miles off the southern tip of Texas, South Padre Island is a true tropical paradise with white-sand beaches and warm waters. It’s well known as a lively spring break destination, but when the college students head home, this sunny barrier island becomes a favorite with families and beachgoers of all ages. Thrill-seekers can snorkel, surf, and jet-ski, or take kiteboarding and wind-surfing lessons. You can go deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and ask a local seafood restaurant to prepare your catch. And when you want some solitude, head to the 30 miles of undeveloped shoreline north of town to find your own private stretch of beach.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in South Padre Island
For most of the year, the weather along the Texas Gulf Coast is hot and humid. On South Padre Island, the summertime highs of around 90 degrees Fahrenheit are tempered by breezes that come from both sides of the island. Late summer brings rain and a chance of hurricanes in September and October, and during the short, mild winters, when the average temperature is around 65 degrees, sun-seeking visitors book one of the condo rentals here to escape colder temperatures. And because South Padre Island enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year, you’ll want to pack a sun hat and plenty of sunscreen no matter when you visit.
Top things to do in South Padre Island
The Sand Sculpture Trail
There are around 30 professionally made sandcastle sculptures scattered across the island, and their designs range from grand sand mansions to locally themed artworks. Grab a map at the visitors’ bureau and tour the installations yourself, or book a sandcastle lesson with a local sand artist.
The Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Get to know the island’s flora and fauna from this 1,500-foot boardwalk. Birders come for the waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds that pass through the marshland around the nature trail, but this is also just a lovely spot for an evening stroll.
Isla Blanca Park
A local favorite, Isla Blanca boasts prime dolphin watching, great fishing spots, boating facilities, and a beachfront amusement park. You’ll also find El Cristo de los Pescadores (Christ of the Fishermen) statue, a memorial to fishermen lost at sea.