This official Texas beach vacation web site is all about South Padre Island Texas and has
to High Definition streaming web cams from bay to beach and beyond showing
most activities and popular locations with live current conditions and links
to the best offers on lodging on the Tropical Tip of Texas.
South Padre Island is a true
resort town, with about 3,000 year-round residents, and an influx of several
thousand more when the winter chill sends northerners south in search of
sunshine and warmth. Water sports are a major draw, from power boating,
sailing, and windsurfing to bay, surf, and deep-sea fishing. And some of us
simply want to relax on the beach, allowing the gentle murmur of the water
to soothe our senses and wash away the stress of this hectic modern world.
More energetic visitors can also bicycle, play tennis and golf, and go
horseback riding. Birding is as popular here as in other areas of South
Texas, with more than 300 species.
The sunsets are grand, reflecting in the water of the Laguna Madre, and many
restaurants capitalize on their location with outdoor seating. Set your
taste buds to enjoy fresh seafood of all kinds prepared in a variety of
seasonings -- Italian to Mexican, broiled to deep-fried. And if you catch
your own, some restaurants will be happy to cook it for you (the ones that
do advertise it).
The town of South
Padre Island stretches along
25 miles of sand on the southern tip of Padre Island just across the Laguna
Madre from the mainland, and the small town of Port Isabel. Easily
accessible by plane into nearby cities, it has become a favored place for
conventions. Conventions here are usually small affairs and don't really
cause the traveler any inconvenience, but beware spring break when hordes of
college students invade the town and raise a ruckus.