They say that everything is bigger in Texas. And, for the most part, this is true. However, there is one spot in the state where that rule doesn’t apply. That departure from the norm is South Padre Island. Sure, the good times are grand, memories are mountain-sized, and smiles are ear-to-ear. But, in South Padre Island, worries are made to be forgotten. Problems disappear and woe is warded off. Just north of where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island is where doubt rests dormant while revelry and relaxation rule the day.
Something else about this destination is truly unique for Texas—South Padre is the only island in the entire state. Its 34 miles of shoreline serenity offer a tropical escape from your daily grind. Whether you plan to bum around on the beach with a cocktail, scoot around on the Laguna Madre back-bay on a standup paddleboard, or go dolphin-watching on a cruise out in the gulf, paradise will greet you. Look for hotels in South Padre Island today, and dig your toes into the sand tomorrow. And when you book your South Padre Island hotels through Travelocity, you’ll enjoy some Texas-sized savings.
Where Are the Best Places to Stay in South Padre Island?
There are plenty of lodging options for enjoying the sun and surf in the greater South Padre Island area. Hotels in Brownville are a short drive, making afternoons on the sand a great daytrip. Port Isabel is just across Laguna Madre from South Padre. Hotels there are ideal if you are planning on spending most of your time on the back-bay. However, the most popular places to stay in South Padre Island are at the southern tip of the barrier island. You’ll be close to dining, shopping, and entertainment; plus, you’ll be just steps from the beach. Here are some of our favorite hotels in South Padre Island:
- Pearl South Padre – Contemporary and luxurious, the Pearl is absolutely a gem of a hotel. The view from your guestroom balcony will afford you either a glorious sunrise vista over the gulf, or an impeccable vantage point to watch the sun dip behind the horizon into Laguna Madre. Spend your day by the oceanfront pool, take your relaxation to unchartered territory with a session at the Sapphire Spa, and treat your taste buds to the international fare at the Beachside Bar & Grille.
- La Copa Inn Beach Hotelw – Chic sophistication meets laidback leisure at this boutique beachfront hotel. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the king bed guestrooms with in-room hot tub. Start your day with a breakfast buffet, follow the sand path through the dunes to the beach for some tranquility by the gulf, then top it off with dinner and a drink at the Copa Cabana Bar & Grill.
Out and About in South Padre Island
From sleeping in late on the comfortable bedding at the best hotels on the beach in South Padre Island, to meeting new flippered friends at the Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center, there's a lot to do—and not do. For a little light adventure, you can drive on the beach, which is uniquely exciting. Or experience a surge of adrenaline and go snorkeling, kiteboarding, or bungee jumping at Gravity Park. For a dose of retail therapy, you'll find all sorts of tropical gifts and souvenirs along Padre Boulevard. If you desire to get off the island and explore the mainland, check out the Port Isabel Lighthouse in Port Isabel. Note that hotels in Port Isabel are also more affordable than those on South Padre Island, but you can get to the island in no time.
Eating and Drinking
For dining and entertainment, take a stroll down Padre Boulevard, especially near the clusters of hotels and resorts. Fresh seafood, authentic Mexican cuisine, and traditional American fare highlight the menus. Craft beer aficionados can get their fill at a number of at South Padre Island bars. Clubs and karaoke joints are also on the island, so you can sing and dance like no one is looking.
With so much happening here, it's best to plan early by looking on Travelocity for cheap hotels in South Padre Island, resorts right on the beach, or other accommodations across the bridge in Port Isabel. The serenity along the shore is waiting for you. Get here soon, and watch your worries drift away like the ebbing tide.