Incorporated n 1973, small resort town is on the southern tip
of storied Padre island just across Laguna Madre, the bay separating
the island from the mainland. Access via free causeway on Park
Road 100. Visitors find wide range of accommodations from campgrounds
and family motels to high-rise luxury hotels and condo rentals,
marinas and seaside cottages. Restaurants feature fresh seafood
harvested daily from the gulf.
South Padre is known for its water sorts, including jet skiing;
bay, surf and deep-sea fishing; parasailing, sailing, and windsurfing.
Other island activities include bicycling, tennis, shelling, and
horseback riding on the beach.
The South Padre Island Tourist Bureau provides detailed information
about accommodations, activities and events related to boating,
sailing, fishing, and seashore recreation. Open Mon. - Fri. 9
a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. - Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Padre Blvd.,
a half-mile north of the causeway at 600 Padre Blvd. Telephone
210-761-6433 or 1-800-343-2368 U.S. and Canada.
ISLA BLANCA PARK
PAN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY COASTAL STUDIES LABORATORY
SEA TURTLE, INC
- FISHING - Is available form the
beach, piers, and jetties where catches may include redfish, speckled
and sand trout, sheepshead, flounder, croakers, skipjack, and
drum. Group boats provide bay and deep-sea fishing for full or
half days, charter cruisers available for individual or small-party
offshore sport. Offshore species may include tarpon, sailfish,
marlin, kingfish, mackerel, ling, pompano, bonito, red snapper,
warsaw, and wahoo. marinas provide fuel, bait, tackle, launching
ramps, and boat rentals. Small boats with guides available for
- ISLA BLANCA PARK - County
park offers group camping area, cabanas, fishing and swimming
in the Gulf. At the island's southern tip; fees.
- ISLAND EQUESTRIAN - Take a romantic
horseback ride along secluded beaches while savoring the beauty
of miles of sand dunes encrusted with sea oats and beach morning
glory along the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre. Horses usually
available from sunrise to sunset. just north of town on Padre
- PADRE ISLAND - The long, narrow
sand island sweeps in a golden arc north some 110 miles to Corpus
Christi. Modern hotels and motels edge several miles of the Gulf
at the island's southern tip. Farther north, the island is entirely
natural - sand dunes, sea oats, and beach morning glory. (There
is no bridge or ferry between South and North Padre.) Beautiful,
gently sloping beaches are perfect for swimming and surf fishing.
Beachcombers will find bright shells, perhaps floats from the
West Indies, driftwood, and occasionally flint point of the Karankawa
Indians who roamed the area.
- PAN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY COASTAL STUDIES
LABORATORY - Marine life and representative examples of
the region, both from the Gulf and Laguna Madre; fish, mollusks,
plants; extensive seashell collection. Open Sun. to Thur. 1:30
to 4:30 p.m. In Isla Blanca Park at south tip of Padre Island.
- SEA TURTLE, INC. - Living museum
of the "Turtle Lady", La Loetshcr. Educational shows
featuring endangered sea turtles given on Tues. and Sat. at 9
a.m. during the summer, 10 a.m. other seasons. At 5805 Gulf Blvd.
Admission is charged.
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