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South Padre Island
Right off the southern tip of Texas is a tropical paradise offering as much or as little activity as you want. Whether gazing at a magnificent sunset over Laguna Madre, deep-sea fishing, parasailing, hiking, bird-watching, scuba diving, golfing or simply lazing on the soft white sand beach, this long, narrow barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico offers the ocean-, sun- or recreation-bound vacationer a heavenly respite from the daily grind. Except for Spring Break, when students flood the area, the atmosphere is quiet and laid-back. The clear turquoise waters are enticing, but there's no shortage of activities for landlubbers. Go horseback riding on the beach, play a round of tennis or golf, hike or join the birders... more Right off the southern tip of Texas is a tropical paradise offering as much or as little activity as you want. Whether gazing at a magnificent sunset over Laguna Madre, deep-sea fishing, parasailing, hiking, bird-watching, scuba diving, golfing or simply lazing on the soft white sand beach, this long, narrow barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico offers the ocean-, sun- or recreation-bound vacationer a heavenly respite from the daily grind. Except for Spring Break, when students flood the area, the atmosphere is quiet and laid-back. The clear turquoise waters are enticing, but there's no shortage of activities for landlubbers. Go horseback riding on the beach, play a round of tennis or golf, hike or join the birders seeking out the area's more than 300 species. Or get a bird's-eye view of the coast from the top of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse. Fresh seafood with all varieties of seasoning and other fare is served at excellent restaurants, many with outdoor seating. A true island getaway, South Padre will renew your soul. less

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Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center
Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center
Owner description: This nature center is a voice for dolphins wild and free, we do not keep them in captivity. We do have daily BOAT tours to take you out to meet them. Our facility has touch tanks... more Owner description: This nature center is a voice for dolphins wild and free, we do not keep them in captivity. We do have daily BOAT tours to take you out to meet them. Our facility has touch tanks and marine exhibits to help all who visit understand how we can help save our oceans. less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Sea Turtle, Inc.
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Owner description: Who is your favorite turtle?Ila Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island", originally formed our organization to save the Kemp's ridley sea turtle in 1977. Now we are a... more Owner description: Who is your favorite turtle?Ila Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island", originally formed our organization to save the Kemp's ridley sea turtle in 1977. Now we are a sea turtle hospital with a mission to rehabilitate and release any injured sea turtles, increase awareness concerning their safety and habitat, and assist with conservation efforts for all sea turtle species. We are funded by donations, grants and gift shop proceeds-- 80% goes to help sea turtles locally, and 20% funds other sea turtle projects around the world. For rehabilitated sea turtle and hatchling release text message notifications, please see our website membership page. See you at Sea Turtle, Inc.! less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Beaches; Islands
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South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
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Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Prokite
Prokite
Owner description: Prokite offers a premium kiteboarding experience to our clients. Our lesson program is set up at the waters edge on the SPI Convention Center Beach, located just North of the SPI... more Owner description: Prokite offers a premium kiteboarding experience to our clients. Our lesson program is set up at the waters edge on the SPI Convention Center Beach, located just North of the SPI Convention Center. It is the closest flatwater access beach to town, a wide open space with lots of easy parking and a great place to kite. Stop by any windy day and we will be there, the PROKITE lesson van is easy to spot. less
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Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Owner description: This 1,500-foot boardwalk crosses four acres of marshland, where bird watchers can spot many coastal and migratory birds and numerous others tempted by the berries on the... more Owner description: This 1,500-foot boardwalk crosses four acres of marshland, where bird watchers can spot many coastal and migratory birds and numerous others tempted by the berries on the fiddlewood bushes along the trail less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Yummies Bistro
Yummies Bistro
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Price: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
BurgerFi
BurgerFi
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Hamburgers
Dining options: Late Night
The Garden Grille & Bar
The Garden Grille & Bar
Price: $6 - $35
Cuisines: American
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery
Beachside Bar & Grill
Beachside Bar & Grill
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bar, Family Fare
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island
$95 - $295
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites- South Padre Island
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites- South Padre Island
$83 - $215
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Isla Grand Beach Resort
3.0 of 5
Isla Grand Beach Resort
$103 - $365
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Seabreeze Beach Resort
Seabreeze Beach Resort
$180 - $300
Seabreeze 1 Condominiums
Seabreeze 1 Condominiums
$134 - $234
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La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach
2.5 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach
$89 - $250
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.