South Padre Island is the perfect place for vacationing families. This tropical location can be found at the southernmost part of the world’s longest barrier reef island on the Gulf of Mexico. South Padre Island is connected to the mainland by the Queen Isabella Causeway and considered the finest coastal resort in Texas. You’ll love our beautiful beaches, tall sand dunes, warm clean Gulf water, shopping, eco-tourism and diverse water sports. The weather is ideal no matter what time of year. Come and enjoy the hot summers or mild winters which average about 65 degrees.
South Padre Island also boasts some of the best fishing in the U.S., including the Laguna Madre Bay, the Gulf of Mexico Surf and Offshore. South
South Padre Island is only a few blocks wide, with about 5 miles of city real estate, so you don’t need a car. You can walk, bicycle, or ride the free shuttle, The Wave, on SPI. You can also drive north on the beach for nearly 30 miles of desolate beaches and sand dunes, until reaching the Port Mansfield jetties and boat channel.Padre Island offers restaurants, bars, shops, movie theater and water sports. SPI boasts spectacular fireworks displays. Throughout the summer, you can view fireworks over the bay every Friday and Saturday. They are a delight for all ages.
The WAVE transportation system consists of three main routes that connect the cities of South Padre Island, Port Isabel, and Laguna Heights together. These routes were developed to provide free transportation to the greatest number of work, play, and essential needs areas.
The WAVE transportation system operates daily except on major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. The WAVE serves its customer from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.