Destination guide

Why people love visiting relaxing 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 holiday or a trip with friends, 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? Travellers enjoy South Padre Island for its bird watching, fishing and dolphin viewing. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes South Padre Island a fun place to get away to. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • 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 32°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in South Padre Island

Travellers enjoy South Padre Island for its island views and seaside. Whether you're an adventurous traveller 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 centre:

  • 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

Travelling 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 centre. 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 holiday rentals are available around South Padre Island?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,000 holiday lettings around South Padre Island. From 314 houses to 1,500 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in South Padre Island?

Waking up in the morning to beach views and the tidal roar of waves lapping at the shoreline. This is the stuff holiday dreams are made of! HomeAway has 889 rental properties by the beach to choose from. After a different setting? See if any of our other properties take your fancy. Our options for this destination include:

  • 813 beach-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 805 beachfront holiday accommodation options.
  • 735 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a condo in South Padre Island?

Sharing is great. But sharing bedrooms and bathrooms with strangers can be a bit much. Make the most of the time you have with your loved ones in a condo rental. The extra space and convenience guarantees a comfortable stay. In this destination, HomeAway has 1,518 to pick from. Book right now and you could be spending as little as £38 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • House: 328 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £72 per night.
  • Townhome: 93 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £84 per night.
  • Apartment: 45 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £64 per night.

Can I stay in South Padre Island in a large group?

There's nothing more enjoyable than being somewhere totally new with friends and family. The great news is HomeAway has places to suit big groups. Why not have a peek at the 734 condo holiday rentals available here? They're the most popular option for big groups of visitors. If you're travelling in a large group, the rental options that can meet your needs include:

  • If yours is a group of 6, we've got 1,742 properties to rent suitable for that size. Spend a night from just £38.
  • If you have 8 in your crew, you'll be happy to learn that there are 1,016 rental properties that are ideal. Prices start at £70 a night.
  • Trying to find rentals catering to 10 people? You'll be pleased to learn we have 234 that will fit the bill. You can score one from just £96 per night.

So never fear! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your mom, your brother and all your pals to South Padre Island.