Visit the South Padre Island Visitors Center

Planning your trip to South Padre Island? Don’t forget to stop by the South Padre Island Visitors Center for a warm welcome and helpful information to ensure that you make the most out of your island getaway. You can pick up an Island visitor guide and city map, lodging, and local activities information, and much more.

We’re not just a brochure stop; we’re a team of dedicated, friendly professionals who are ready to help you plan every aspect of your trip. Whether you’re a spontaneous traveler who’s open to anything or just filling in the final details of a meticulously planned vacation, we can assist you while you are here on the Island.

The South Padre Island Visitors Center is located on 321 Padre Blvd and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends, and closed on holidays.


Getting to South Padre Island

Airport Information

Getting to South Padre Island is a breeze! Three airports provide air service with ground transportation options including car rentals, taxis, and shuttles. Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport offers 2 non-stop destinations. Residents and visitors can use one of daily non-stop flights to Chicago or Denver. Valley International Airport offers 7 non-stop destinations. Residents and visitors can use one of daily non-stop flights to Houston, Dallas, Denver, and Chicago. Convenient seasonal flights to Minneapolis are also offered. McAllen International Airport offers 6 non-stop destinations. Residents and visitors can use one of daily non-stop flights to Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Mexico City. Convenient seasonal flights to Los Angeles and Orlando are also offered.

Brownsville SPI International Airport (BRO)

30 minutes from the Island / Served by American & United Airlines

Valley International Airport (HRL)

45 minutes from the Island / Served by Southwest, United, American, Frontier, Delta & Sun Country

McAllen International Airport (MFE)

1.5 hours from the Island / Served by AeroMar, American, Allegiant & United

Driving Information

No matter which direction you’re coming from, you’ll easily find your way to South Padre Island. Drivers may use U.S. Highways 77 and 281 from the north, and 83 from the west to get our tropical oasis. Then go east on State Highway 100.

Mexico City – 667 miles
Monterrey – 225 miles
Brownsville – 27.8 miles
Harlingen – 46.4 miles
McAllen – 79.7 miles
San Antonio – 297 miles
Austin – 340 miles
Houston – 367 miles
Dallas – 565 miles
El Paso – 885 miles

Quick Tips

  • From the north
    Take U.S. Highway 77 or 281

    From the west
    Take 83 to State Highway 100, then go east on State Highway 100

    From the south
    Use Highway 48 or take the western route which is Highway 83 to State Highway 100

  • Valley International Airport (VIA)
    Location: Harlingen
    Distance from SPI: Approx. 45 min.
    Airlines: Served by Southwest, United, American, Frontier, Delta & Sun Country. Schedules vary.
    Car Rental: Yes
    Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National
    Shuttle: No
     
    Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (BRO)
    Location: Brownsville
    Distance from SPI: Approx. 30 min.
    Airlines: Served by American, United. Schedules vary.
    Car Rental: Yes
    Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National Car Rental,
    Shuttle: No
     
    McAllen International Airport (MFE)
    Location: McAllen
    Distance from SPI: Approx. 1 hr. 30 min.
    Airlines: Served by AeroMar, American, Allegiant & United. Schedules vary.
    Car Rental: Yes
    Enterprise, National, Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, Avis, Budget, Payless (located off-premise but will send courtesy car)
    Shuttle: No

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