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Things todo on South Padre Island

One Stop Rentals
Golf Cart rentals

SPI Activities
Golf Carts, Paddle Boards, Kayaks, Mopeds, Scooters, Bicycles

Sand Castle Lessons

Island Equestrian Center

Sea Turtle, Inc

Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark

Sea Ranch Restaurant, South Padre Island
1 Padre Blvd
Cuisines: Seafood

Tom & Jerry's , South Padre Island
3212 Padre Blvd
Cuisines: American, Mexican

Louie's Backyard - A Favorite
Casual surf 'n' turf spot with decks overlooking Laguna Madre Bay, multiple bars, DJs & dancing.
2305 Laguna Blvd

Padre Island Brewing Co, South Padre Island
3400 Padre Blvd
Cuisines: Seafood, Eclectic, International

Blackbeard's Restaurant, South Padre Island - A Favorite
103 E Saturn Lane
Cuisines: American, Seafood

Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Welcoming, family-friendly venue offering Italian classics, brick-oven pizza & lots of beers on tap.
700 Padre Blvd

Daddy's Seafood & Cajun Kitchen
Casual joint for Cajun-inspired seafood, including pastas & po' boys, with a full bar & fish market.
1808 Padre Blvd

Palm Street Pier Bar & Grill
Relaxed bar & grill serving up seafood & American fare, plus live music, atop a pier.
204 Palm St

Pier 19
Family-friendly venue with expansive views of the bay serving seafood & casual American fare.
1 Padre Blvd

D Pizza Joint
Crispy-crust pies, pasta dishes & beer share the bill at this lively, family-friendly pizzeria.
2413 Padre Blvd

Yummies Bistro
Laid-back strip-mall joint serving egg dishes, pancakes & sandwiches, plus coffee & mimosas.
700 Padre Blvd

Enjoy all that South Padre has to offer by taking advantage
of these Tour and Excursion offers.

Party Cruise
Hop aboard a 60ft double decker Catamaran on a sunset cruise to nowhere. Party with other spring breakers, look for dolphins and catch an unforgettable sunset. The cruise includes a 2-hr boat ride, music and FREE beverages (beer, punch, soda, and water). Upon return, your tickets get you on the SpringBreakDiscounts/Leisure Tours VIP list for free admission to the event of the night. Available Sun, Mon, Tue and Wed from 5:30-7:30pm

Cruise on a Pirate Ship
The Black Dragon is a modern day replica of an 18th Century Barque. Below the water line, she is a modern sea worthy vessel with the latest marine technology, but above the water, she is a trip back into time, to a place where the likes of Jean Lafitte sailed the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre making port right here in Port Isabel. Legend has it that Lafitte took refuge in this area and dug a well in Laguna Vista. Local ranchers formed business alliances with pirates who sailed their contraband between the Rio Grande and Corpus Christi. Now you can sail the same waters with Black Dragon Cruises.

Dolphin Watch Cruises and ECO-tours
This cruise operates daily and runs for about 1 1&Mac218;2 hrs. The dolphin watch will take you to the jetties where there is a 90% success rate in seeing dolphins. The ECO-tour acts as a floating classroom where the 1st mate will drag a net in the ocean to capture a variety of marine life. The captain then hosts a shoe & tell to review the marine life caught by the net.

South Padre Island is Texas' hottest fishing spot. Drop your line from a boat, a pier or cast out into the surf. Tackle an 800-pound Marlin or maybe a state-record Wahoo in the Gulf of Mexico.

Glady Porter Zoo
One of the top 10 zoos in the nation. The zoo is a 31-acre preserve with more than 1,800 mammals, birds and reptiles.

South Padre Island boasts one of the best golf courses in Texas. The climate allows golfers to tee off 12 months a year.

Horseback Riding And ATV Rentals
Take a ride through the sand dunes, along the beach and skim the Gulf of Mexico. The Island Equestrian Center has horses that are appropriate for all riding levels. In fact, children and first time riders are their specialty - they have horses specially trained to accommodate them. One thing you should know is that their ride is not a trail ride (they do not ride in a single file) - it's much more! Their guides accompany the group to give basic instruction to novice riders and to watch out for the safety of everyone. All riders are given an opportunity to trot and lope the horses. Each rider can make his/her own decision and that's something that makes this experience very unique. Ride ATVs on the there private 10 acre sand dune course!

Kiteboarding is fast becoming the hottest new water sport adventure and South Padre Island offers year-round, world-class kiteboarding conditions. The Laguna Madre's waist deep water and consistent winds offer beginner to expert riders near perfect flat-water conditions to hone their skills.

Mexico Day Trip
Spice up your trip to South Padre Island with a zesty shake of Mexican flavor and experience a Two-Nation Vacation. Just 25 short miles by land, Matamoros is located on the Mexican-American border and receives thousands of visitors each year.

The Gulf of Mexico offers the best waves in Texas on the most beautiful white sandy beaches around. Consistant southerly winds make surfing South Padre's Isla Blanc Park or Boca Chica an experience not to miss.

Banana boat rides, Catamaran/hobie-cat rentals, Fishing, Jet Ski and waverunner rentals, Kiteboarding, Paddle Boats, Parasailing, SCUBA diving/lessons, and more.

The Laguna Madre bay separates South Padre Island from the Texas mainland and is recognized as one of the world's top windsurfing destinations. The sailing season in South Padre runs from September through May. Water depth varies from three to five feet, daytime winds average 18 mph and the average yearly temperature is in the 70s. Novices and pros come to sail the bay, the Jetties, Boca Chica and the Ditch, site of some of the fastest windsurfing speeds in North America.

Whaling Wall
Internationally-known environmental artist Wyland picked South Padre Island to paint Whaling Wall #53, his only wall in Texas. Wyland is planning to paint 100 walls during his career to educate people on the importance of marine conservation.

Sand Castle building lessons
For about the same price as an hour on a wave-rider, I will meet you on the South Padre Island beach of your choice and provide hands-on sandcastling instruction in an entertaining format. In just an hour or less you will be building and carving very cool sand structures - no artistic talent required. Sandcastling is a skill that will enhance your beach trips for the rest of your life!

Queen Isabella State Fishing Pier
Highway 100
South Padre Island, Texas
This one-acre park and fishing pier was once the Queen Isalbella Causeway.

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