Top 5 Beach Activities on South Padre Island
Break out of the ordinary and experience a life of leisure, and variety, on the beaches of South Padre Island. A 34-mile long subtropical island located on the Gulf Coast of Texas, South Padre Island is famous for its white, sandy beaches; year-round moderate temperatures; and, a variety of top-notch beach activities for adventurers of all ages.
Take a sandcastle lesson. Book a sandcastle lesson with one of the island’s many talented Master Sand Sculptors to learn the building basics up to advanced sculpting skills. As the Sandcastle Capital of the World, your lesson will be second to none and the experience unforgettable.
Get out on the water – windsurfing, and kiteboarding. The waters of the Laguna Madre Bay on the Island’s western shore – with a water depth of approximately three feet – make an ideal, beginner-friendly training grounds. This location, including the South Flats – a wide expanse of sand flats along the bay – is one of South Padre Island’s premier windsurfing and kiteboarding spots.
Hook a fish and cook your catch! Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy bay and deep sea fishing; Inshore or offshore, charter boats or kayaks, surf fishing or wading, you can get bowed up no matter what species you’re targeting. After a long day of fishing, ask your guides/outfitter about which local spots will cook your catch – a fantastic option for first-time visitors.
Go horseback riding on the beach. The Island Adventure Park riding center has a large selection of horses specifically trained to accommodate children and first-time riders. In addition, the park’s newest attraction is zip-lines – for a unique way to experience the island.
Take flight with bird watching. The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, situated along the wetlands of the Laguna Madre Bay, features exhibits on the Island’s birds and other natural features, along with a five-story viewing tower, viewing blinds, and boardwalk nature trails. The trails are adjacent to the existing Laguna Madre Nature Trail, which features two boardwalks, one extending over marshland and the other to the Laguna Madre Bay.