South Padre Island Beach is named “Best Beach in Texas” by USA TODAYs 10 Best Reader’s Choice Award Contest. There is over five miles of beach access for sunning, swimming, fishing, kayaking, boating and lots more - your choice.
The Koppen Climate Classification is designated, Humid Subtropical Climate with an average temperature of 74.3°F. degrees. Warmest month is August with an average temperature of 84.3°F, and a highest temperature recorded at 105 degrees. Coldest month is January with an average temperature of 60.9 degrees, and a recorded low of 29.0°F in February. South Padre Island has an average 52.0 days of rain with the month of September getting 7.0 days of rain, and July getting the least amount with 2.0 days of rain.
16th century - Spanish exploration. Spain owned South Padre Island until the Mexican Revolution in 1820
1821 - 1836 - Mexico owned South Padre Island
1837 - 1844 - Republic of Texas owned South Padre Island
1845 - 1848 - United States became owner after Revolution with Mexico 1845-1848
Late 19th century to 1950s - only way to the Island was by ferry
1950s - developed after the completion of the Queen Isabella Causeway
1954 - Swing bridge connecting Port Isabel to South Padre Island was completed in February
1978 - South Padre Island's population was 314
1988 - Population was 1,012 residents and 111 businesses
1990 - Population was 1,677 and 109 businesses
2000 - Population was 2,422 and 243 businesses
Points of Interest - Laguna Madre Nature Trail, Isla Blanca Park, and Schlitterbahn Park
Laguna Madre Nature Trail is located behind the Convention Center, 7355 Padre Boulevard (956-761-3000). It is a 1,500-foot boardwalk with a butterfly garden. Go to the third floor of the main building to get an overview of the scenic trail. Wildlife seen from the trail include: warblers, herons, egrets, fish hermit crabs, turtles and maybe an alligator or two. It is a good place to photograph wildlife, and is a quiet place to relax in the gazebo. There is no admission fee.
Isla Blanca Park is the "crown jewel of the Parks system," 33174 State Park Road 100, 956-761-3700. Visitors enjoy over a mile of pristine beach of the Gulf of Mexico. There are two large beacfront pavilions with food concessions. In addition, there is surf and jetties fishing, walking trail, over 600 full RV hook-ups, boat ramp, shaded picnic areas, and cabana rentals. Water sports include snorkeling, diving, parasailing, jet skiing and a world class water park. Website: http://www.cameroncountyparks.com/IslaBlancaPark
Schlitterbahn Park has thrilling uphill water coasters and the Boogie Bahn Surf Ride to multiple rivers, children's areas and chutes. There is free parking and you can bring in a picnic lunch, minus the glass. Indoor park area is included in the admission and includes a swim-up bar, two, four-story slides, tidal wave river and more. Adjacent hotel is a short walk to the water park. Located at 100 Padre Boulevard, 956-761-1160. Website: https://www.schlitterbahn.com/south-padre-island