If not for the beautiful and convenient location of this campground, I would not rate as highly as I did. It has gotten terribly expensive for an excruciatingly small space of land. That price however, does include a nice view and some interesting avian life (if virtually no other wildlife), not to mention the uniquely eclectic atmosphere of SPI. We were in a brand new trailer equipped with surround sound on the entertainment center, but the spaces are so close together that we could not even watch a movie without disturbing our neighbors. The pool is large and well maintained but not heated, so in February was quite chilly. The fenced doggie area is small but okay for small breeds. The entire grounds are neat and well maintained.
There is very little to offer from what serves as a clubhouse or activity center. There is a big-screen TV and a really pathetic pool table with a few beat-up cue sticks (literally - one was broken off at the bottom). But bring your own chalk (none provided) and plenty of quarters because they charge $1 per game for the privilege. Outside there is a nice deck with tables and chairs for relaxing or imbibing. Shower and laundry facilities were adequate. Washer and dryer were both $1.50 per load. Wi-Fi is available throughout the park but we found that service was very spotty at our camp site.
Several reviewers mentioned nearby Pier 19 Restaurant where the food is very good and the atmosphere is fantastic. The entire restaurant is built on the pier, so every table overlooks the water. There are always pelicans and gulls swooping around and putting on quite a show. The pelicans are very tame and often there are dolphins bobbing around in the water as well, so its pretty cheap entertainment while you dine. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, all with good menu choices and nice daily specials. Pier 19 is definitely one of the nicer perks of staying at this campground.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience all that South Padre Island Texas has to offer in a waterfront deluxe cabin, loft deluxe cabin, studio deluxe cabin, condo, or Airstream rental at the South Padre Island KOA! If you're enjoying an RV vacation, we invite you to bring your big rig into one of our 80-foot pull thrus to enjoy our free wireless internet and expanded cable options. Enjoy our pool, hot tub, exercise room, pet playground, propane sales, on-site restaurant and bar, on-site fishing trips, and more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- South Padre Island Koa Hotel South Padre Island