South Padre Island, Texas, is a small beach resort town on the eastern tip of Cameron County in the Rio Grande Valley. Situated at the tropical tip of Texas, it lies between Laguna Madre Bay and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Tropical temperature and availability of endless opportunities make the town a year-round destination. The town offers a variety of accommodation including family motels, campgrounds, condo rentals, hotels, seaside cottages, and marinas.
Spanish Explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda was one among the first to reach the island. The town had been sparsely populated till early 1900's. The town rose to importance as a tourist location in the second half of the 20th century. Today South Padre is frequented not only by Texans, but people from all over the world. The town's primary claim to fame is as a spring break destination. More and more people now realize that South Padre is truly a tourist destination for all seasons.
With only about 3,000 year-round residents, South Padre is an ideal resort town for those who cherish solitude. The island is home to about 300 species of birds. Every imaginable kind of water sports is available on the shores. These include deep-sea fishing, parasailing, bay fishing, windsurfing, and sailing. Other activities include sightseeing, miniature golf, shopping, cinemas, and fun games. Spring, summer, and late winter are the best seasons to visit.
Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, one of the most famous water parks in the United States, is located in this town. Other attractions include Osprey fishing trips, the island's equestrian center, Andy Bowie County Park, and South Padre Island Golf Club.