Destination guide

Why people love visiting tranquil South Padre Island

The island views and other outdoor surroundings create an inviting atmosphere in South Padre Island. Well known for its bird watching, fishing and dolphin watching, this relaxing city won't disappoint. If you need more space to accommodate a family vacation or friends trip, rental homes often come with separate dining areas and spacious living rooms.


Activities and attractions in and around South Padre Island

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the city? Travelers enjoy South Padre Island for its bird watching, fishing and dolphin viewing opportunities. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes South Padre Island a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Sea Turtle Inc (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Sea Turtle Rescue Center (1.8 mi / 2.8 km)
  • South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • University of Texas Pan American Coastal Studies Laboratory (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Dolphin and Nature Research Center (3.3 mi / 5.4 km)

Seasonal weather in South Padre Island

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, September, July and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 89°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in South Padre Island

Travelers enjoy South Padre Island for its island views and seaside. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, South Padre Island is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • South Padre Island Beach (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Andy Bowie Park (1.7 mi / 2.8 km)
  • Laguna Madre Nature Trail (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Isla Blanca Park (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Brazos Island State Park (8.1 mi / 13 km)
  • Boca Chica State Park (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around South Padre Island

Fly into Brownsville, TX (BRO-Brownsville-South Padre Island Intl.), the closest airport, located 21.7 mi (34.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Harlingen, TX (HRL-Valley Intl.), which is 31.5 mi (50.7 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around South Padre Island?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,917 house rentals around South Padre Island. From 327 Houses to 1,422 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to South Padre Island?

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

  • Laguna Madre Nature Trail: 1,907 home rentals
  • South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center: 1,905 home rentals
  • Andy Bowie Park: 1,910 home rentals
  • Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark: 1,907 home rentals
  • SPI Convention Center: 1,901 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Padre Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in South Padre Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 327 Houses in South Padre Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in South Padre Island include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,422 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 18 lodging choices
  • Townhouses: 93 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in South Padre Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,697 vacation homes with pool available in South Padre Island.

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