Date: May 21, 2018

South Padre Island named one of 15 USA Snorkeling Vacations Among the World’s Best

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

South Padre Island, TexasMay 15, 2018Home to the Laguna Madre Estuary, “consisting of three to six foot-deep waters and suitable for all ages and abilities,” South Padre Island was named one of the 15 USA Snorkeling Vacations Among the World’s Best. “This Texas getaway is terrific for families with kids who want a more calm snorkeling experience.”

“We are honored to be named one of the top 15 USA snorkeling vacation spots,” 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 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.

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About South Padre Island

With miles of white sand and clear emerald water, South Padre Island is Texas’ only tropical island paradise. Calm weather and more than 300 days of sunshine make South Padre Island a year-round destination offering a variety of nature tourism attractions, water sports and activities for the entire family. For more information visit

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