Vacations in South Padre Island, TX

Vacations in South Padre Island, TX
Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay, South Padre Island is a year-round vacation destination on the southernmost tip of Texas. Its sub-tropical climate provides 253 days of sunshine a year, with temperatures averaging 65 degrees in winter and 82 degrees in summer. If you're looking for an adventure, look no further. The island boasts a wide range of activities to keep the most energetic visitors happy, according to the travel website 10Best.

Cruise Excursions

Enjoy trips on the Gulf and on Laguna Madre Bay. Breakaway offers offshore fishing charters, snorkeling trips, parasailing, family-oriented eco-tours to learn about marine life, amphibious tours in the Aqua Dog and even a Texas BBQ cruise. The company's waverunner tour takes you to Dolphin Cove, down the ship channel into the shrimp basin where you can observe working shrimp boats and across the bay to the South Padre Convention and World Birding Centers.

Breakaway Cruises
1 Padre Blvd.
Sea Ranch Marina
South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 761-2212

Fishing and Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Docks & Fish Tales Charter offers everything from bay to deep-sea fishing, twilight dolphin watches and marine ecology tours. "Texas Hospitality," the company's main boat, is 9 -feet long and takes guests out for half-day or full-day excursions. Hop aboard for a deep-sea trip and a chance to catch snapper, grouper, amberjack and dorado. If you head to the bay instead, you might catch flounder, kingfish, whiting or even shark.

Jim's Pier and Osprey Fishing Trips provide daily bay trips or off-shore charters in the Gulf for the opportunity to land blackfin tuna, kingfish, wahoo and bonita. Serious anglers can opt for Jim's Pier's 12-hour marlin trip, which goes 50 miles out to sea.

Dolphin Docks & Fish Tales Charter
510 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.
Port Isabel, TX 78578
(956) 943-3185

Jim's Pier
209 W. Whiting St.
South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 761-2865

Osprey Fishing Trips
1 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597
(888) 867-7739 or (956) 761-6655

Horseback Riding

Situated on the north end of the island, riders of all ages will enjoy cantering on the beach and across the dunes. Guides accompany groups, but riders do not ride single file as they would on a trail ride. Trips range from 60 to 90 minutes, with some scheduled so that riders can enjoy the sunset. Children ages 6-13 must wear riding helmets, which are provided at no extra charge.

Island Equestrian Center
391 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 761-4677


Thrill-seekers can try this extreme sport by visiting either of two locations of this rental shop where you will find everything you need to catch some air. Kiteboarding or kitesurfing allows a rider to be pulled by the wind through water on a small surfboard or kiteboard, with our without bindings. A large, controllable kite serves as a sail. One-on-one lessons in calm, shallow waters are available for those new to the sport.

South Padre Island Kiteboarding, Inc.
5208 B. Padre Blvd. OR 224 W. Carolyn
South Padre Island, TX 78597
(800) 880-5423 or (956) 761-1434

Article Written By Melinda Taylor

Melinda Taylor lives in the Northwest and began writing for publication in 1990. She has worked as a reporter for newspapers including "The Republic" in Columbus, Ind. "The Indianapolis Star" and "The Albuquerque Journal." Taylor has a Bachelor of Arts in in journalism and sociology from Butler University in Indianapolis.

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