South Padre Island

South Padre Island Travel Guide

Articles about South Padre Island

By Travel + Leisure Staff
By Ann Shields
By Ann Shields
Wintertime beaches are the stuff of romance—both the tempestuous, passionate kind of romance and the sitting-snug-by-a-crackling-fire kind. The vast stretches of empty shoreline, the relentless crashing of the waves, the long walks bundled agains...

Hotels in South Padre Island

Rooms with spacious balconies overlook the ocean at this iconic South Padre hotel. Grab a cocktail at the pool’s swim-up bar, surrounded by royal palms. If tired muscles need kneading, head to the spa for a massage.

Restaurants in South Padre Island

Stop into this friendly breakfast and lunch spot for piping hot migas (eggs loaded with tomatoes, onions and tortilla chips), fluffy pancakes, and strong coffee.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Lessons for beginners—or pros looking to sharpen their skills—are held year-round at this family-owned dive shop. Also stop in for board and wetsuit rentals, or to get tips from owner Gene Gore on the best places to ride the waves.