South Padre Island Beach named a Best Texas Beach by USA TODAY’s

South Padre Island Beach named a Best Texas Beach by USA TODAY’s

Texas’ only tropical Island, South Padre Island’s white sand, clear emerald water and abundant activity offerings secured the destination a spot on this prestigious, reader’s choice list


 South Padre Island, TexasApril 6, 2018 – South Padre Island Beach was named a winner in the Best Texas Beach category by USA TODAY’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Award contest. The Island ranked #2 out of a competitive list of twenty nominee destinations across the state.

USA TODAY’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Award contest took place over four weeks, closing voting polls on March 28 at noon. Winners were announced today at 12 ET / 11 CT and will be promoted across all USA TODAY media platforms.

“We are honored to be near the very top of the USA TODAY’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Award list for the Best Texas Beach,” said South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Keith Arnold. “Our city beach is 5 miles of uninterrupted, vehicle free, light and soft sandy shoreline and clear emerald blue tropical water. The county beaches to the north of the city offer the same with 4-wheel drive access to miles and miles of natural shoreline. With moderate temperatures and an abundance of family-friendly offerings, we’re eager to host our Summer and Fall visitors on Texas’s only tropical island.”

South Padre Island boasts 34 miles of inviting beaches and ease of travel by air, land or sea. It also offers more than 5,000 lodging options, and more than 40 local dining spots and entertainment venues. For family fun, swim, snorkel and explore the barrier island. Or, take a kiteboarding lesson and catch a wave. Fishing enthusiasts are invited to charter a boat, reel in a big fish, then cook your catch at a local restaurant. Nature tourism enthusiasts can bird watch and explore along the boardwalk at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Lastly, visitors can complete their stay with an unforgettable experience of bay and beachside fireworks.

USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company that delivers high-quality and engaging content across print, digital, social and video platforms., acquired by USA TODAY in January 2013, provides users with original travel content for top destinations, such as South Padre Island Beach, in the United States.

To see the complete list of winners, visit For more information on South Padre Island, please visit or call 1-800-SOPADRE.

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