Getting to South Padre Island
Getting to South Padre Island is much easier than you think. If you decide to fly to your tropical getaway, three airports serve the Rio Grande Valley: Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (BRO), Valley International Airport (HRL) and McAllen International Airport (MFE). Brownsville is approximately 30 minutes from South Padre Island, Valley International Airport is 45 minutes, and McAllen International Airport is about an hour and 30 minutes. Various forms of ground transportation, including taxis, rental cars, and limousines, are available from each of the three airports. A free shuttle service is offered to and from the Brownsville airport, and for a fee, a shuttle is available from the Harlingen airport. If you’re planning on coming by car, you can use U.S. Highways 77 and 281 if you’re heading from the north. If you’re coming from the west, you can start your journey on 83, then go east on State Highway 100. If you’re one of our many visitors from Mexico, you can come from the south on Highway 48 or follow the route from the west described above.
Once you’ve arrived, your journey will have been well worth it. South Padre Island is known for its friendly, warm hospitality and its wide, clean beaches. Stop by the South Padre Island Visitors Center so that our professional staff can help you put together an itinerary and pack in as much fun and relaxation as possible to your time with us. Whether you’re raring to go on an active adventure filled with water sports, skydiving, and speed boating or planning to take it easy and enjoy a day at the spa followed by horseback riding on the beach at sunset, we’re more than happy to assist. The Island is a perfect place for parents to make memories with their children, couples to rekindle their love, and naturalists to take in the beauty of South Texas plants, birds, and wildlife. Your island adventure awaits!