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Things to do on South Padre Island

Restaurants & Bars:

Cafe on The Beach:
3616 Gulf Boulevard South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-2703 Located in The Palms Resort Beach front Cafe.
We like going there any time of the day, one of our favorite Island spots.

Tequila Sunset Bar & Grill:
Great place for live music, good burgers & grilled chicken wrap.
Address: 200 W Pike St, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 761-6198

Laguna Bob:
Is a good spot for sunset and some nights live music. Food is good chicken sandwiches & ceviche is what we normally get there.

Louie's Backyard:
Seafood buffet downstairs, upstairs is a locals/sports bar with good inexpensive food. Awesome pork chop

Wanna Wanna:
5100 Gulf Boulevard South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-7677 Beach front bar & grill. More fried foods, good views of the beach and some nights of live music.

The Meatball Cafe
We have recently had 2 great experiences & 3 of our repeat guests highly recommend.
Address: 2412 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 299-4605

Blackbeards: Big portions personal favorites there shrimp & chicken fried chicken.

Chilitto Pikin: Humble restaurant specializing in oversize Mexican sandwiches, plus tacos & other classics.
3305 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 433-5484

Southern Wave Sailing Charters
Sunset dinner cruise, we have had great experiences with them.
205 W Palm St, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 772-7245

PORKY'S PIT BBQ & Catering.
We've tried it & really like it. A lot of our guests give really good feedback.
Food truck.
Phone: (956) 772-8143
5301 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597

Mahi Nic
We like this place a lot, awesome hand cut fries & great feedback from guests.
33384 State Park Rd 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 243-0279
Below are the 3 restaurants that I would recommend for something a little more upscale special.

Sea Ranch south side of the Island. We have had really good seafood meals there.
Wild-caught seafood, plus steaks & pastas, at a colorful, bi-level eatery with marina views.
Address: 33330 State Park Rd 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 761-1314

F&B a newer upscale restaurant we have not been there as of yet, but hear great things from our friends & neighbors. Modern American food.
Address: 3109 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 772-8114

Liam's Steak House & Oyster Bar
Charming chophouse offering fine steak & seafood options such as oysters, filet mignon & king crab.
Address: 202 W Tarpon St, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 772-4700

Peggy's Cakes & Catering

Have received great feedback from locals & previous guests.

Call Our Team Today at 956-241-7884
Cakes for all occasions, Catering, Gluten Free Catering

Karla's Katering
Previous guest referral had a meal prepared at the house, and said Karla was great.
Phone: (956) 761-1644

Pirate's Landing
Address: 110 N Garcia St, Port Isabel, TX 78578
Phone: (956) 943-3663

Black Dragon Cruises (Pirate Ship)
Address: 501 E Maxan St, Port Isabel, TX 78578
Phone: (956) 943-6283

Cafe Karma
An array of classic coffee shop beverages, breakfast, & ice cream in a modern space with warm decor.
Address: 5200 Padre Blvd Suite 101, South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (956) 803-5991
Karma Coffee & Books
Address: 2500 Padre Blvd Suite 8, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 747-2568


Sea Turtle Inc is one of our favorite places.

The Birding, Nature & Alligator Center:
Has a long nature boardwalk on the bay side.

Isla Blanca state park:
Southern tip of the Island.

Andy Bowie state park:
North end of the Island, drive on beach.

Information for all public beach access can be found at the link below.;id=10
All city beach access is free. Up on the north end (drive on beach area) & in both state parks there is a fee. You can enter all with paying one fee.  You can also get weekly & longer passes at the parks building on the south end before entering Isla Blanca park.
Note: South & City Beach's you can not drive on. You can only access the drive on the beach north in the county beach areas.

Always A Catch Fishing Trips/ Capt Dave Edwards
Dave owns a condo in the same building as Penthouse Dahktari. A lot of Aquarius guests use him & we always get great feedback. Name drop Mike & Bill sent you if you call him.
(956) 524-3002

Moe Fishin Charters with Captain Harbour! I target all types of fish species in the lower Laguna Madre down on South Padre Island! Everything is provided such as Rod and Reels, lures and bait, lifejackets for adults and children.
We personally have known him for years, name drop Mike & Bill. Call to book your trip out on the water!
(254) 744-8701

Georges fishing charter service.
Previous guests have given great feedback.

Captain Murphy & Isla Tours, if you would like to go out on a boat.
I've done the Dolphin tour. It was good.

Tritoon Charters:
(956) 371-5460
Silver Package
This excursion includes dolphin watch & shelling.
Gold Package
This package includes dolphin watch, tubing, & snorkeling, or you can pick the activities you want.
Platinum Package
This package includes dolphin watch, shelling, snorkeling, tubing, & hands on sea life. Or you can pick the activities you want.

Sonny's Beach Service

Bayside Water Rentals:

Very nice people.

We rent fun electric boats for up to 4 people, kayaks and paddle boards.
(956) 660-6645

Parasail, Banana boat rides & beach service rentals.
Jim's Pier: You can rent tackle, fresh bait, daily fishing reports, water sport rentals, nice patio on the bay.


Golf Cart:
SPI Activities have 3 locations on the Island.
(956) 772-9111

South Padre Island Parks and Recreation.
The City of South Padre Island maintains several City parks.
New October 2022 Pickleball Court
610 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597

Sand Castle Lessons South Padre Island:


Sandy Feet Sandcastle Services.

We can teach you and your friends or family how to wow even casual beach strollers with your mad sandcastling skills

Game Zone Arcade. New for 2022
1414 Padre Blvd new building next to 1400 padre Blvd

Kathryn's Concierge Massage- (512) 426-3927
Referral from a previous guest.
She will come to you or you can go to her. She is in the process of finishing a new salon. Great Massage Therapist and the prices were great.


Beach Park at Isla Blanca ( Formerly Schlitterbahn) Water Park:

Port Isabel, Golf Club,& Laguna
In Port Isabel around the light house there are quite a few little shops.
On the street behind the light house north about a block is Manuel's we love their breakfast.
Port Isabel Lighthouse
421 E. Queen Isabella Boulevard Port Isabel, TX 78578
800-527-6102 You can see the entire South Padre Island from atop this historic lighthouse, first lit in 1853. A replica of the lighthouse keeper’s cottage is on the grounds.

Pirates landing is located in Port Isabel right off the bridge.
They have a good happy hour & appetizers.

South Padre Island Golf Club:
1 Golf House Rd • Laguna Vista, TX 78578 • (956) 943-4653

Laguna Atascosa:
National Wildlife Refuge
Buena Vista Blvd, Los Fresnos, TX 78566

Free Island Metro schedule. has a full list of events & other Island Activities.

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