Stunning South Padre Island rentals in the sun

More than 300 days of sun per year, and even winter temperatures that rarely drop below 60, all add up to make South Padre Island – or just SPI for short – rentals a doozy of a choice for beach bums. You'll find them peppering the sides of the Gulf of Mexico, on the cusp of several miles of untouched cinnamon sand. Or, you can go to the bay side and discover larger homes with sunset balconies and boating jetties.

Ways you can get great deals on SPI rentals

If you've already made up your mind that it's South Padre Island for you this year, the next step is to whittle down the cost of a letting to leave more in the budget for kiteboarding and dolphin watching. That's where the tips below come in…

Monthly rentals can save you a packet

There are a select few owners of South Padre Island vacation rentals that are always open to offering long-term contracts to visitors who're lucky enough to have more time away from the Rat Race to enjoy the breezy Lone Star coast. They'll often give hefty price reductions, too, especially if you sign up for multiple months at a time.

Winter visits are bargains

The average winter temperature in South Padre Island is 65 degrees, while the Gulf of Mexico remains balmy throughout the whole year. The upshot? Visits between December and March don't have to involve wooly jumpers, and they can work wonders for the travel budget.

Bay-front rentals beat beachfront rentals on price

Everyone wants to stay within earshot of the rolling waves and the crashing beach breaks of SPI. That's why a condo or cottage with front-row seats overlooking the Gulf will usually come at a premium. To pay less but still keep water views, you could consider the bay side of the barrier, which tends to be cheaper overall.

Attractive areas of South Padre Island for rentals

Get a feel for the corners of South Padre Island where the rentals are sure to be ones to write home about. Will it be the heart-thumping waterslides of the Schlitterbahn? Will it be the sloshing marinas of the bay? It's your pick.

Where Padre Blvd meets the Queen Isabella Causeway

Some of the most convenient stays of all sit right by where the long causeway runs across from the mainland of the Lone Star State and joins SPI on its southern end. Not only are they accessible, but they also tend to be condos with shared swimming pools and gardens, and they have good links to the corkscrewing slides of the Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

Gulf Blvd – for South Padre rentals with ocean views

Put the shimmering yellow-tinted sands of South Padre's famous beach meters from your bedroom by picking a rental on Gulf Blvd. It really does live up to its name, with loads of beach bungalows, villas, and condominiums that gaze out across the shoreline.

Back on the bay side of the isle

On the western haunch of SPI is a whole other array of vacation homes. They're typically a little more spacious and have views of the azure Laguna Madre. Many also tout boating jetties and their own moorings, while nearby are the buzzy bars of the main strip, and even interesting turtle sanctuaries.

Choosing the right sort of SPI rental

The pointers below outline the main types of vacation home rentals in South Padre Island. They should help you pick between compact condos and whole-scale family houses.

Shared condominium complexes

One of the most common sorts of escape in SPI is the condo. These options start the moment you cross over the causeway and hit the coast roads. They are compact, easy to manage, and benefit from a whole load of communal facilities. That could even mean your very own swimming pool, an on-site bar, or a spa or fitness center.

A private beach house or mansion

Craving room? There are standalone properties here that go from small-scale beach cottages to whopping great big mansions – some even pack in more than 10 bedrooms and have capacity for groups of over 25. Of course, you don't need to be bringing extra bodies to enjoy the privacy of your own pad. SPI boasts boltholes that are fine escapes for two on a romantic break as well.