Welcome to South Padre IslandSouth Padre Island is a resort community in Cameron County, Texas, United States. This town is located on South Padre Island, a barrier island along the Texas Gulf Coast. It is named after Jose Nicolas Balli (Padre Balli), a Catholic priest and settler.
The Island has become a popular Spring Break destination for college students and other tourists. Many multi-story resort hotels and condominiums have been erected along the Gulf of Mexico coastline.
Every summer tourists flock to the island and greatly increase its population. Most are Texans, but many come from neighboring Mexico, particularly from the states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. South Padre is, with out questions, especially popular with residents of Monterrey Mexico. During the winter, many "Winter Texans" from the north and midwest live on the sandy barrier island and in nearby Port Isabel.
DemographicsAccording to the 2000 census, there were 2,422 people, 1,211 households, and 662 femilies residing in the town. The racial make-up of the town was recorded to be 94.59% White, .70% African American, .45% Native American, .21% Asian, .04% Pacific Islander, and an overall 22.83% was recorded as Hispanic or Latino.
EducationChildren living in South Padre Island are zoned to Port Isabel Independent School District. Grades K-2 attend Garriga Elementary, Grades 3-5 attend Derry Elementary, Grades 6-8 attend Port Isabel Junior High, and Grades 9-12 attend Port Isabel High School. All schools are located in nearby Port Isabel.
Parents opting for private schooling may contact Laguna Madre Christian Academy at (956) 943.4446. Brownsville offers a variety of possibilities as well.
- Faith Christian Academy (PK - 8) 956.546.7725
- First Baptist School (PK - 8) 956.542.4854
- Episcopal Day School (PK - 6) 956.542.5231
- Livingway Christian School (PK - 11) 956.548.2223
- Incarnate Word (PK - 8) 956.546.4486
- Kentmont Montessori School (PK - 6) 956.542.0500
AttractionsWhether on a weekend get-a-way or vacationing with family, South Padre Island offers the perfect balance of non-stop activity and lay-around-napping time.
SportsScuba/Snorkel, Surf, Golf, Horseback Riding, Windsurf, & Kiteboard (to name a few)
FishingYou'll find out that we are Texas' hottest fishing spot. Drop your line from a boat, a pier or cast out into the surf. Tackle an 800-pound Marlin or maybe a state-record Wahoo in the Gulf of Mexico. The Laguna Madre Bay swells with trophy speckled trout, redfish and flounder. Our fishing guides and charter boats can hook you up.
Eco Tourism/BirdingCaptain Toddieie's The Pelican Services, Dolphin & Nature Research Center, Laguna Madre Nature Trail (next to Convention Center), Sea Turtle Inc., Sea Ranch Marina, & Breakaway Cruises.
Sight-Seeing/ToursPlanning a tour at the Tropical Tip of Texas is as light and pleasant as our Gulf breezes. The South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau staff offers tour planning and execution, and we sell aids to travel agents and tour operators upon request.
Kid StuffMiniature Golf (Three Flags over Padre), boogie boarding, sand castle lessons and Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark!
Don't worry about wearing yourself out - there's always a palm tree around the corner for a siesta.
EventsThe Island boasts a full fun-filled calendar year of activities for our visitors and full-time residents. From Market Days to Causeway Runs to Tastes of the Island - you are sure to find whole new ways to enjoy your fun under the sun!
- Texas International Fishing Tournament, South Padre Island, first weekend in August. This legendary contest draws anglers from all over the continent. Non-fishermen can come down to the docks for the weigh-in at the end of each day. (956) 943-8438.
- Ladies Kingfish Tournament, South Padre Island, second weekend in August. This "women's only" tournament draws over 200 participants yearly from all over the country. One of the largest all women's tournaments in Texas, it has been around nearly 20 years. (956) 761-4412.