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Picture it. You are on a perfect spot by the beach. There's a picturesque sunset in the background. A sandy shore with waves that stir your every emotion. Is it Cabo? Is it Rio? No! It's South Padre Island!

The South Padre Island Film Commission is a division of the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

South Padre Island Film Commission stands ready to assist you in finding the perfect location! This 34 mile barrier island, located at the southernmost tip of Texas, is half a mile wide at its widest point.

To the east is the Gulf of Mexico blue water shoreline and to the north wide, undeveloped beaches and natural dune system. To the west is the Laguna Madre Bay with expansive wetlands, offering spectacular sunsets, sea grass meadows and tidal flats. South Padre Island offers a temperate, year round climate and over 300 days of sunshine a year!

South Padre Island is serviced by three airports. Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (BRO) is 30 minutes away and serviced by AeroMexico, American Airlines and United Airlines. Valley International Airport (HRL) is 45 minutes away and serviced by Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and United Airlines. McAllen Intenational Airport (MFE) is 1-1/2 hours away and serviced by Aeromar, American Airlines, Allegiant and United Airlines. Click here for more information on getting here.

All productions must register through the South Padre Island Film Commission. Contact Naida Robles NRobles@MySPI.org or call 956-761-8110

NOTE: There are no permit fees required for most filming. The South Padre Island Film Commission aids in identifying locations, and acquiring City of South Padre Island, Cameron County and Coast Guard permissions. Police presence may be required for filming in the public right of ways and public beach accesses.

Production Insurance Requirements

The applicant shall procure and keep in full force and effect for the duration of filming, a minimum 2 insurance written by an insurance company approved by the State of Texas and acceptable to the city and issued in the standard form approved by the Texas Dept. of Insurance. All provisions of each policy must be acceptable to the city and name the city and its officers and employees as additionally insured.

The South Padre Island Film Commission was established to help facilitate filming on location on the beautiful beaches and community of South Padre Island. The attractive locale, known for its breathtaking scenery, is the ideal location for you. We are ready to assist you with all your location needs and can help arrange the following:

  • Location scouting
  • Permitting
  • Local transportation
  • Extra(s) casting
  • On-site production assistance
  • Liaison between producer and state and local agencies

Also, we work hand in hand with the Texas Film Commission to insure you have the smoothest "Texas-style" filming experience possible. Whether it's a still photo project, television commercial, or major motion picture, South Padre Island has the perfect spot for you to shoot! Sandy beaches, warm waters, year-round sunshine, friendly locals, miles of secluded beaches, and a helpful film commission staff are just some of the reasons to consider South Padre Island for your next project.

New TX Film Incentives Overview
Texas Filmmakers Travel Grant
Brownsville Border Film Commission
Texas Film Commission
Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival

For more information on filming on South Padre Island, contact Naida Robles or call (956) 761-8110.

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