Attractions on South Padre Island, Texas

MatthewA By MatthewA, 3rd Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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South Padre Island is a vacation spot off the southern tip of the Gulf Coast of Texas. It provides a variety of activities, seasonal events, as well as impressive beaches. All making this an ideal spot for a fun weekend get away trip or vacation.

Attractions on South Padre Island, Texas

When seeking out a fun attraction, Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park will give you a splish and a splash! It has the latest and greatest in water attractions, along with a sizable beach. You can find Schlitterbahn Beach spread out over 26 acres in the southern part of Padre Island.

Alternatively, you could just head for a beach for rest and fun. Build sandcastles, play beach ball, have a swim, or just catch the sun. Either way Padre Island has famous beaches, which are now ranked as some of the finest beaches in America. They are tropical in nature, with white sands, blue waters, and stretch across the island's coast.

The Port Isabel Lighthouse, in nearby Port Isabel, is perhaps the most famous landmark in the area. The only lighthouse open to the public in south Texas, it now has a dedicated state of the art museum, which explores its history dating back to 1852. It provides both a fun and interesting attraction.

For fishing, Padre Island provides an excellent venue. The gulf is a fertile ground for fishing trips, with approximately 600 types of fish to catch. Amongst the most commonly caught are the red and black drum in the bay, and tarpon in the gulf. There are
over 60 different charter companies and guides to provide you with a fishing trip in the island's waters. In addition, after the trip, you can have your catches cooked and dined as seafood! Before you dip your rod into the waters, just remember that Texas law requires you to have a fishing license.

If fishing trips are not enough to satisfy you, then the Texas International Fishing Tournament might just be! An annual event, based in the island area, the tournament is held for five days between July 30 and August 3. It is open to all anglers, and is the largest saltwater fishing tournament in Texas. Have a go, you might enjoy the competition.

Getting to South Padre Island is straightforward enough, as the island is connected by road. Just take the Interstate highway 37 south from San Antonio to US highway 77 and then east on Texas 100. Rental car agencies are also available if you wish to car hire.

There is no escaping the fact that South Padre Island has become a popular tourist destination in southern Texas. With its tropical climate, in addition to its fun attractions, it provides tourists with an appropriate venue for all seasons.


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author avatar Ken5-89
7th Dec 2015 (#)

I first heard about this island on the travel channel. The program was about spring break destinations.

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