South Padre Island Attractions


The Beach   Port Isabel Lighthouse    South Padre Birding & Nature Center  Sea Turtle Inc.   UT-Pan American Coastal Studies Lab   Sandcastle Trail  The Whaling Wall     ​Queen Isabel Memorial Causeway   

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Welcome to South Padre Island / Port Isabel, TX.

This 34 mile long stretch of white sand is bordered to the east by the Gulf of Mexico and to the west by the Laguna Madre bay. The conveniences and attractions of a modern resort coupled with miles of pristine island terrain is what draws thousands of visitors to the area each year, and has brought many back to live. 
The natural beauty of its beaches, its vibrant business climate and the friendly people that call the Island home matches South Padre’s rich history. The white, sandy beaches of South Padre are known throughout the United States (ranked as one of America’s top 10 beaches), with the emerald water of the Gulf of Mexico serving as the perfect backdrop for spectacular sunsets. From sunrise to sunset, the Island is the perfect playground for sailing, fishing, windsurfing, dolphin watching, horseback riding, shopping and golf, just to mention a few. As the day winds down with spectacular sunsets over the bay, the evenings come alive with dining, dancing and music. Large selections of fine restaurants are available for your choosing, and many will even cook your catch. Welcome to the Tropical Tip of Texas.

The Beach

Sun rise over the Gulf on the beaches of South Padre Island,TX.

Isla Blanca Park

Christ of the Harbor Memorial to all Shrimpers Cristo de los Pescadores El Cristo de los Pescadores memorial translates to "Christ of the Fishermen" is located on south end of the Island at the Isla Blanca Park. The memorial was donated to the Brownsville-Port Isabel Shrimp Producers Association by the De la Lastra Family in memory of Gustavo De la Lastra and Jose Edwardo De la Lastra. Around the base of the statue of Jesus is an inscription that reads "Father! Receive the souls of these brave f

Welcome to South Padre

South Padre Island Welcome Sign As you come across the Queen Isabel Causeway this sign welcome you to the island, and is a must do for most of our visitor and local. Stop and take a photo with the South Padre Island Sign, and don't forget to post them on our Facebook page.

The Bay

Sunset on the Laguna Madre Bay

Beach Time

Life is easy just need a little shad and a lounge chair in the sand.

Wyland's Whaling Wall

South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Centre Built in 1992, this modern, airy, and colorful building located four miles north of the Queen Isabella causeway was created to host a wide variety of events. A gorgeous view of the Laguna Madre Bay. This is the site of spectacular sunsets, a wide stretch of sand flats, (which allows vehicular access to the bay) and miles of undeveloped coast. Visitors have access across the nearby marsh grass by taking the Laguna Madre Nature Trail, a boardwalk

Brown Pelican

Sitting on the dock of the bay.

The Lighthouse

Point Isabel Lighthouse Complex The Point Isabel Lighthouse Complex, located at 421 Queen Isabella Blvd., is home to the newly renovated Point Isabel Lighthouse and the Keeper's Cottage. In 1852, Congress approved the construction of a beacon in the Laguna Madre to support the growing ship industry of the South Texas Coast. The Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago and the barrier islands. During the Civil War, the light was closed and the tower was

Historical District

Port Isabel, TX. The Queen Isabel Causeway will take you to your Texas Beach Vacation. Here a few more thing you may want to make time for while on your island vacations. You may want to stay one more day.Laguna Madre Nature Trails, South Padre Island Adventure Park, The Beaches, Lower Laguna Madre Bay, SpaceX launches coming soon, Pan-American Coastal Studies Lab, Farmers Market, Port Isabel Historical Museum and Lighthouse, Sea Life Center.

Sandcastle Trail

South Padre Island is the Sand Castle Capital of the Universe! You can come any time of year and see great sand sculpture - both completed pieces and works in progress. Our freshly-updated map has little pins stuck in it where you can see fabulous works of art right now. These sculptures are made of sand and water and thus vulnerable to time and weather, but we strive to keep them (and this site) updated and fresh -- and hope to be adding new pins in the very near future. If you are lucky.