South Padre Island, TX
By Jessica Howell

When you picture sprawling white sandy beaches and turquoise tinted waters the “Lone Star State” is probably not the first place that comes to mind.  But with raves from a variety of sources including Conde Nast Traveler,, city search and the Travel Channel, South Padre Island, Texas is quickly becoming one of the best beach destinations in the United States.  With the widest and cleanest beach in Texas, South Padre island is the perfect destination for a fun filled family vacation or an exciting Spring Break from a stressful college schedule.  Whether you come to South Padre Island for some rest and relaxation or to let your hair down Spring Break style, there is something for everyone on this gorgeous piece of Texan paradise.  That is why invites you to make South Padre Island, Texas the destination for your next vacation. 

The best way to arrive on South Padre Island is to fly into either Harlingen Valley International Airport (HRL) or Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (DFW).  Both airports are less than hour away from the island so you can start your vacation right away.  To book your ticket to South Padre Island click on the following link:  (  Both airports also offer a variety of shuttle services that can transport you to and from the airport for varying fees.  Even though we guarantee you will spend more time on the beach than in your hotel room, is happy to assist you in finding the perfect hotel for your vacation.  Click on the following link to browse our selection of hotels:  (

On South Padre Island the beach is the main attraction. Nestled between the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the calm waters of Laguna Madre Bay, the beaches of South Padre are considered to be the best in Texas. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor beach activities during their stay on this beautiful island including professional sand castle building lessons, organized fitness classes, horseback riding and kite rentals. South Padre also boasts a number of exciting water activities that will keep your adrenaline pumping. recommends that you try at least one of these fun filled  activities during your vacation:  Dolphin cruises, parasailing, snorkeling, wind surfing, jet skis, kayaks, sun set cruises, kite boarding, scuba diving and world class fishing. Most restaurants will even cook up your catch of day if you are lucky enough to hook one of the many delicious species of fish swimming right off the shore.

People also flock to South Padre Island to get back in touch with nature. recommends that you visit the Dolphin and Nature Research Center and experience a magical dolphin encounter.  Kids and adults alike will enjoy an experience of a life-time as they splash around with playful dolphins.  Admission to the research center can be purchased for a small fee but dolphin encounters will require an additional fee.  Another great eco attraction is Sea Turtle, Inc. Founded in 1977, Sea Turtle, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public and rescue, rehabilitate and release injured sea turtles back into the wild. Funded mainly by public donations, the small admission fee goes directly towards food, medications, heaters, filters, and electricity. promises that once you get to know these adorable turtles you will be happy you came!

With over 253 days of sunshine every year, the chance of rain chasing you indoors is small. But if you find yourself stuck inside or just need a break from the sun, the nearby town of Port Isabel has some unique attractions of its own. recommends visiting the interesting Museums of Port Isabel. Consisting of three diverse facilities, The Port Isabel Lighthouse, Port Isabel Historical Museum, and Treasures of the Gulf Museum, the Museums of Port Isabel take visitors on a journey back in time to explore the regions rich Spanish heritage. All the museums are within walking distance of each other and visitors can choose to purchase admission to individual museums or purchase a combination ticket that grants you entry to all three facilities.

Attracting over 50,000 students each March, South Padre Island is also the premier Spring Break destination in the South. Spring breakers can party all day on the beach and all night in one of the islands many restaurants or bars. Called “the largest beach party on the planet” by The Travel Channel, Coca-Cola beach is the place to party during the day. With non-stop heart-thumping music, fun activities and cold drinks, Spring Break on South Padre is sure to melt away the stress of a busy semester.  The Coco-Cola Spring Break Beach Party runs from March 7-25 and you must be 18 to party and 21 to drink. 

What used to be Texas’s best kept secret is quickly becoming the highlight of “The Lone Star State.”  Its clean beaches and crystal clear waters make South Padre Island an affordable and memorable vacation destination. insists you book your next vacation to South Padre Island, Texas and see what everyone is raving about!

MUST SEE IN South Padre Island, TX LIST:

  • 1. Dolphin and Nature Research Center
  • 2. Sea Turtle, Inc.
  • 3. Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
  • 4. Laguna Madre Nature Trail
  • 5. South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center
  • 6. Black Dragon Cruises
  • 7. Port Isabel Historical Museum
  • 8. Treasures of the Gulf Museum
  • 9. Port Isabel Lighthouse
  • 10. Gravity Adventure Park

South Padre Island, TX EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Surf Fishing Tournament & Beach Cleanup - February
  • 2. Heat Wave Car & Audio Show - March
  • 3. Spring Break - March
  • 4. Texas Week - March
  • 5. Beach N' Biker Fest - April
  • 6. South Padre Island Sand Crab Run - April
  • 7. Jail Break Beach Escape - May
  • 8. Fourth of July Fireworks - July
  • 9. Annual Texas International Fishing Tournament - August
  • 10. South Padre Island Bikefest - October


Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island
7010 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX
By Chrystyne Jackson

When visiting South Padre Island on the Gulf of Mexico, make lasting memories by staying at the Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island. The hotel is conveniently located just 30 minutes from the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport.

The Hilton features both regular guestrooms and suites. You can choose between a king size bed or two queen size beds. The facility is 100% smoke-free. Rooms feature a microwave and refrigerator. All rooms come with a 42-inch HDTV. Bathrooms feature a luxurious 3-jet shower. Complimentary high speed Internet access is available.

Guests will appreciate the hotels many fine amenities. There is a gift shop for your convenience. Take a dip in the pool beside the Gulf, or relax and unwind in one of the two outdoor whirlpools. Keep up your workouts in the fitness room, which boasts state of the art cardio equipment, strength machines and free weights. Enjoy being in the heart of the beach action. You can even ride horses along the beach. While exploring the area be sure to visit Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, where you can thrill to water slides and other water based attractions, Sea Turtle, Inc., dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sea turtles, Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center, featuring touch tanks, aquariums and dolphin tours, South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center, boasting over 306 recorded bird species, and the Port Isabel Lighthouse, constructed in 1852, it is the only lighthouse on the Texas coast open to the public. If you are feeling more adventurous try your hand at kiteboarding through South Padre Island Kiteboarding.

Make your visit to South Padre Island unforgettable by staying at the Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island. can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link ( to get started today.