Often regarded as the best beach destination in Texas, South Padre Island offers a wide variety of attractions and activities for all types of visitors. A few example are noted below:
- Since 1977, Sea Turtle, Inc., has played a major role in helping the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle survive. The organization allows the public to watch as baby sea turtles are released into the ocean. It is also a wonderful place to learn about marine conservation.
- Schlitterbahn Beach Resort comprises two Schlitterbahn Waterparks, offering everything from uphill water coasters to inland surfing. The resort is one of the biggest attraction on the island, and the indoor and outdoor water parks offer hours of fun year-round.
- Located across the island from the Gulf of Mexico, the Laguna Madre offers excellent wade fishing opportunities. It is also known as one of the United State’s best spots for kiteboarding and windsurfing.
- One of the 16 original lighthouses built in the state, the Port Isabel Lighthouse stretches up 50 feet into the air. It provides visitors with amazing views of South Padre Island and is a relaxing area for walking and enjoying the sights.