Eco-tourism has been hot for the past decade and South Padre Island has many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with minimal impact. Kayaking is something that any one can enjoy even if you can not swim. South Padre Island offers many different adventures for paddlers including fishing, bird watching, dolphin watching, surfing and just general cruising. Regardless of your age or fitness level you can find something do to with a kayak.
The endless shallow waters of the Laguna Madre are stock full of tasty Red Fish and Speckled Trout among many other types of fish. A kayak can easily get you into the super shallow flats where the Reds are often tailing. The stealthy nature of a kayak makes if easier to sneak up on the fish than a super expensive flats boat.
Surf fishing and shark fishing are also very popular anglers and with kayak you can paddle out to put your bait exactly where you want it. If you have every tried casting in the surf you know you always wish you could get it a little farther out. Once you've paddled out and dropped your line just paddle back in a crack a cold one.
The newly constructed birding center on the North End of South Padre Island is attracting bird lovers from all over. South Texas has many unique native species of birds and it is also at the bottle neck of north-south migration for birds from all over the continent. The Birding Center is located just minutes away from the south flats and boat ramps making it very easy to enjoy the scenery from the water.
There are many places you could encounter dolphin while paddling the waters around South Padre Island. Sightings have been reported along the small canal running along the west side of the island as well as under the bridge and in the shipping channel. However on of the most popular areas to find dolphins is closer to the jetties on the South end of South Padre Island.
Have you ever dreamed of surfing? Surfing is one of the hardest sports to learn to to well and takes a serious commitment. However kayak surfing is quite easy even for those who are not in excellent shape. If you can paddle hard for short bursts of 10-20 seconds then you are in. Many manufacturers of kayaks make models specific for surfing. These typically feature a more curved bottom (rocker), molded shapes designed to channel the water and narrows cut to reduce weight. South Padre Island is a great place to catch your first wave.
Whether in the waves or the bay or the protected inner canals on the north end South padre Island has a kayak adventure for anyone wanting to get out on the water and enjoy the day. Fishing, surfing and enjoying nature from a kayak offer a budget friendly way for individuals, couples and families to bring home great vacation memories.