Planning Your Trip to South Padre Island with a Big Group

South Padre Island is perfect for groups large and small. From corporate events to students looking for a break from homework, there are venues to accommodate your needs and let you have a little fun too.

Getting Here

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Flying is the quickest way to start your vacation and luckily for you, there are 3 airports that serve the Rio Grande Valley. Each airport is a short drive or shuttle ride away from your final destination, South Padre Island.

The 3 airports near South Padre Island are: Valley International Airport (VIA), Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (BRO) and McAllen International Airport (MFE).

Valley International is the closest airport (approximately a 45-minute drive) and has the added bonus of shuttle service between the airport and island. The shuttle service is $35 for a one-way ticket and $50 for a round trip ticket. You can book shuttle spots here.

Brownsville SPI International is approximately a 30-minute drive and McAllen International is approximately an hour and a half drive to South Padre Island.

Staying Here

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Staying at a hotel is the easiest option for large corporate groups. Just make sure to book early if you’re visiting during spring break or summer time.

For conference spaces, look no further than the South Padre Island Convention Centre. It’s large enough to handle your biggest events and there is plentiful parking, meeting rooms and an exhibit hall large enough for concerts, large meetings and sporting events. You can fill out a meeting request to host an event on South Padre Island here.

Vacation rentals are a great option for large family get-togethers or spring breakers. Many units are a quick walk away from the beach and you’ll get to enjoy the comforts of home. You can peruse the many options here.

Playing Here

Even if you’re planning for a corporate event, you still need to fit in some relaxation time! South Padre Island has top-notch spas so you can feel pampered even if you have to work a little. The dining and nightlife are also fun and include options across the spectrum. You can watch the sunset at a local watering hole, eat fresh seafood in style or dance the night away. Many venues have live music on weekends, which adds the ambiance.

For the adventurous, surf, scuba dive, parasail, jet ski, fish or even skydive– there’s enough to do to keep the biggest thrill seekers entertained.

Whatever the reasons are for your visit, planning with a big group doesn’t have to be a headache. South Padre Island has the accommodations you need and it brings the fun in spades.


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