Our South Padre Island Activities Area
Golf the Gulf
The South Padre Island Golf Club winds along the placid Laguna Madre bay with spectacular views of the Island. It's no wonder that it was selected as one of the Top 20 news courses in America by Golf Magazine when it opened in 1997. Each hole offers unexpected challenges just minutes from South Padre Island in Laguna Vista. The 18-hole, par 72 course is complemented by a 385-yard driving range, putting and chipping greens, pro shop and clubhouse.
South Padre Island's sunny days make for perfect play - regardless of your skill level. All of the major hotels and condominiums feature tennis courts which are available to their guests. The staff at the South Padre Island Visitors Center (1-800-767-2373) can also offer suggestions on private and group lessons.
so many state and world records set in our bay and gulf waters, South Padre
Island has a world class reputation among fishermen. Half day and full day trips
in the Laguna Madre Bay and the Gulf of Mexico cost as little as $14 or as much
as $1000, depending on your prowess, your pocketbook, and how far offshore you
venture. The list of species is as long as the gulf is deep: whiting, drum,
flounder, trout, redfish, kingfish, Wahoo, tuna, marlin, and sailfish are a few.
The Laguna Madre Bay separates South Padre Island from the Texas mainland and is recognized as one of the world's top windsurfing destinations. The sailing season off South Padre runs from September through May. Water depth varies from three to five feet, daytime winds average 18 mph, and the average yearly temperature is in the 70's. Novices and pros come to sail the bay, the Jetties, Boca Chica, and the Ditch, site of some of the fastest windsurfing speeds in North America.
Kiteboarding is fast becoming the hottest new water sport and South Padre Island offers year-round, world-class kiteboarding conditions. consistent winds offer beginner to expert riders near perfect flat-water conditions to hone their skills. Advanced kiteboarders will enjoy riding the Laguna Madre and the waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Experienced, certified instructors are available to teach you about this exciting sport. For the fun of it call South Padre Kiteboarding
At the northern end of the South Padre Island town limits. Travel north on Park Road 100 to the South Padre Island Convention Center. Next to the convention center is the popular Laguna Madre Nature Trail, a must for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. Across the road from the convention center are the parks day use facilities. Completed in early 1994, these include two beachfront picnic pavilions, umbrella and boogie-board rentals, concessions, a unique children's playground, shower facilities and a ranger station. Ask the Andy Bowie manager about group rental facilities for private beach parties. Further north in the park you will find horseback riding and a beachfront access road which opens up twenty miles of drive on the beach for the more adventurous. On the bay side of the park, you'll find popular spots for windsurfing and wade fishing. Entry $4 per vehicle.
One of the top 10 small zoos in the country. The zoo is a 31-acre preserve with more than 1,800 mammals, birds, and reptiles. Located at Ringgold and Sixth streets in Brownsville. Open daily from 9 a.m. to sundown. Adults $6; children $3. 956-546-7187.
Isla Blanca Park
the southernmost tip of South Padre Island, is the crown jewel of the system.
Over one mile of clean, white beach along the Gulf of Mexico offers abundant
waterfront recreational facilities, and our beachfront facilities make the clear
gulf waters accessible to all. Enjoy our picnic and playground areas, the south
fishing jetty, restaurants and clubs, Sea Ranch Marina, U.T. Pan American
Coastal Studies Laboratory exhibits, and the Chapel By The Sea
non-denominational church. There is also a full service marina with daily
charters, the world renowned Schlitterbahn Beach Water park South Padre Island,
and a boat ramp. Support facilities include a laundry and retail shops. New
webcams with live views of the beach. With nearly 600 R.V. spaces, we are not
only one of the biggest parks in Texas, but also the best! Popular jetty fishing
and surfing area. Entry $4 per vehicle before 5pm, $2 after 5pm
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
A 45,000-acre federal preserve for wildlife and bird watching on the mainland.
Open daily from sunrise to sundown (about 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.). $2 per
Located on South Padre Island, Laguna Station offers a variety of exciting
aquatics adventures to Boy Scout Troops and co-ed explorer posts. Fishing,
sailing, scuba and Island adventures round out the opportunities. Laguna Station
also offers off-season camping and programs to church youth groups and other
youth groups. For more information, call Glenn Harrison, director, at (956)
423-0250, or write: Laguna Station, Rio Grande Council, 1301 S. 77 Sunshine
Strip, Harlingen, TX 78550.
. Bargain shopping for silver, leather goods, and handicrafts at vibrant Mexican markets. Traditional dining, museums. Thirty minutes southwest of the Island. Escorted tours available. Inquire about discount tickets for tours and trips to this great two nation vacation hot spot for shopping inside either of our Beachside Resort locations
Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park
University of Texas-Pan American
Coastal Studies Laboratory.