You remember the anticipation tip-toeing toward spring break. How long was the stretch between the winter holidays and the week when you could stretch in the sun like a new crocus peeking through freshly thawed top soil? Far too long, traveler. But the wait was worth it for lazy beach days, sweet tea and street tacos, and dancing till dawn. Your school years may be long behind you, but that longing to kick up your heels and go with the ebb and flow of the ocean is still close to your heart. Make new memories or relive beloved seaside experiences in South Padre Island.
Located along the Gulf Coast, just east of Port Isabel, this easygoing island town stretches like a cat napping between two sunbeams. Shake off your everyday responsibilities and follow your bliss to play beneath the sun’s rays. No matter how you spend your days—soaking, kayaking, or skiing—relax and recharge in one of our top South Padre Island hotels. The wait is over.
Where to Stay in South Padre Island
Welcome to a small town with a big view. Covering just the southern portion of a long string of barrier islands that gleam with golden sand like a string of pearls, South Padre Island is surrounded by beautiful coastlines. So, if you’re wondering where to find the best locations and hotels in South Padre Island, just look around. Here are a couple guest favorites to consider as you plan your escape:
- Pearl South Padre: Located within walking distance of Isla Blanca Park and Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, the Pearl South Padre is a relaxing oasis within easy reach of wild rides and impressive tides. After a long day of splashing around town, indulge in treatments at the full-service spa, take advantage of the 24-hour fitness center, or sip a delicious drink at the poolside bar. Doze off where the palm trees sway over pristine swimming pools. Open the doors of your private balcony and let vitamin D and a mineral-infused mist fill your guest room or suite with the scent of paradise.
- La Copa Inn Beach Hotel: Before you take to the high seas, wander through Queen Isabella Memorial Park, just steps from La Copa Inn. Take advantage of the quiet setting with a morning reeling in a prized catch on Queen Isabella State Fishing Pier. Fret not if your line comes up empty. Enjoy a gourmet meal at the hotel restaurant or order in delicious room service. From the contemporary haven of your hotel, take the walking bridge through the wild grasses out to the edge of the gulf and follow the sand from beach to beach.
What to Do By Land and By Sea
Since 1977, Sea Turtle, Inc. has been a rescue for injured turtles, thanks to Ila Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island." Learn about these endearing sea creatures and how to conserve their watery habitat on the banks of their small lagoon home. To glide through the water like your new shelled friends, take your sense of adventure to the north end of the island. There, the tides are right and the breeze is blissful—perfect for kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, and Boogie boarding. Pick your passion and slice or slide through the water.
When you’re ready to stretch out on the sand, grab a good book and cool drink and wander over to this blissful beach. The waves are moderate and equipment rentals are available right on the waterfront, so spend all day soaking up the sun and swimming. Then again, if saltwater isn’t your cup of tea, grab your towel and head for Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. This family-friendly splash fest is complete with a lazy river and wild slides. The pace slows down a bit after sunset, like the sea at low tide.
Whether you hope to unplug and refresh or relive youthful revelry, the Gulf Coast welcomes you with a warmth you’ll find only in Texas. Ease your anticipation and book cheap hotels in South Padre Island with Travelocity. Our price-matching guarantee gets you the best prices available—just find an unbeatable deal and we’ll match it, so you can have peace of mind before you even depart on your great getaway.