Date: February 26, 2018
Activities & Attractions 

10 Reasons to Swim on South Padre Island

South Padre Island may be known for Spring Break and family summer vacations, but did you know it is
considered one of the best open water destinations in the U.S.? Here are just a few reasons why:

You’ll Float Better

As Swim-Swam has said: “The Laguna Madre Bay is a “hyper-saline” bay, meaning the salt content is higher than the rest of the ocean. It is one of only six hyper-saline bays in the world. This makes it extremely important for Gulf of Mexico sea life, including dolphins and sea turtles that migrate to the Laguna Madre to hatch or raise their young. The only saltier body of water in the U.S. is the Great Salt Lake in Utah.”

The Water is Shallow

The depth of the Laguna Madre Bay averages only 3.6 feet. It is also extremely clean, which makes for better swimming.

The Air and Water Temperatures are Pleasant Year-Round

In April, the average air temperatures are in 70s and the water temperatures are in the low 70s.

It’s a Tropical Island

Never been to South Padre Island? Need a point of reference? South Padre Island’s latitude (26.111) is on the same latitude as Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26.1224) and roughly the same as Nassau, Bahamas (25.048).

South Padre Island Offers World Class Beaches


With 34 miles of white sandy beaches and sparkling water, South Padre Island is Texas’ top-rated beach. It has garnered numerous accolades, including named one of the best 10 U.S. beaches for families by Family Vacation Critic. It’s also been named a Best Affordable U.S. Vacation and a Best Family Beach Vacation by U.S. News & World Report and one of the World’s Top 30 Island Beaches by Condé Nast Traveler.

South Padre Island is a Hotbed for Nature Tourism

Bird-watching and turtle rescue are important draws to the island. Sea Turtle Inc. allows you to volunteer to help rescue and rehabilitate turtles during your vacation. You can even adopt your very own sea turtle. The Laguna Madre Bay is also a year-round home to multiple families of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

The Island is Easy to Get to

In addition to traveling by car, air travel to the area is easy and convenient. Three airports in the Rio Grande Valley (Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport, Valley International Airport in Harlingen and McAllen International Airport in McAllen) provide air access to South Padre Island. All three offer a variety of ground transportation options including car rentals, taxi and shuttles.

South Padre Island Offers an Almost Unlimited Range of Water Sports

After the races are over, you can check out kiteboarding, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, flyboarding, jet skiing, surfing and even scuba diving.

Activities for the Entire Family Abound

water park
Ever taken a sand castle lesson, rented a beach-cruiser bicycle or taken a sunset horseback ride on the beach? On South Padre Island, you can experience all these activities and so much more family fun just steps away from the shoreline.

The Island Boasts Dozens of Excellent Restaurants and Night Spots

South Padre Island offers more than 50 restaurants featuring a wide variety of cuisines. There are also a variety of venues to enjoy live music, dancing and nightlife once the sun sets over the bayside.

What are you waiting for? Come to South Padre Island for the South Padre Island Open Water
Festival, April 28, 2018 and stay for all the rest of the fun!

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