South Padre Island, TX | RTX Traveler Issue 24 | RTX Traveler Issue 24 | Jackson County, NC and South Padre Island, TX

South Padre Island delivers on the typical coastal vacation checklist: it has wide sandy beaches, a subtropical climate, lots of delectable food and drink, and a range of fun family activities.

But look further at Texas’ best beach and it reveals all the things that set it apart. The island is only a half mile wide at its widest, and the developed portion is five miles long, meaning you’re never far from the beach, wherever you are. Wide bike lanes and a stout public transportation system mean it’s simple to get around. It’s as if it was designed geographically for maximum fun and convenience.

The town sits just north of Mexico’s border on the southern end of the world’s longest barrier island, injecting culture and flair into the area via enticing Tex-Mex food, arts, and entertainment. South Padre Island is also known as the Sandcastle capital of the world and the fireworks capital of Texas, with displays every Thursday and Friday night in the summer. It has also hosted the Texas International Fishing Tournament for the last 80 years, owing the success to its bountiful waters teeming with life.

Spend a week in South Padre and see why it’s a step outside the standard beach vacation!

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Travel Smart | South Padre Island

Travel Smart | South Padre Island

South Padre Island delivers on the typical coastal vacation checklist: it has wide sandy beaches, a subtropical climate, lots of delectable food and drink, and a range of fun family activities. But look further at Texas’ best beach and it reveals all the things that set it apart. The island is only a half mile […]

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Travel Tips | Seasonal Travel on South Padre | When is the Best Time for You?

Travel Tips | Seasonal Travel on South Padre | When is the Best Time for You?

The subtropical climate on the island keeps things warm year round, but there are still four distinct travel seasons at SPI. Decide which one works best for your family, each season has its own personality.

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Recipe | Classic Ceviche

Recipe | Classic Ceviche

The restaurant so nice, they named it twice, Ceviche Ceviche has a cult following due to its simple menu filled with fresh, local ingredients.

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Mother Lagoon | Exploring the North End of South Padre Island

Mother Lagoon | Exploring the North End of South Padre Island

When you’re traveling, it’s uncommon to be surrounded by gift shops, restaurants, and all the usual vacation trimmings, only to find yourself on an otherworldly, natural landscape less than a 10-minute drive away.

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Port of Call

Port of Call

Take the Queen Isabella Causeway (a 2.6 mile long, beautiful drive) across the Laguna Madre to Port Isabel, South Padre Island’s bigger brother. It makes for a lovely day trip full of history, shopping, and dining.

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Go South | Exploring the South End of SPI

Go South | Exploring the South End of SPI

If the windswept, vacant north end of South Padre Island is Mr. Hyde, the friendly south end would be Dr. Jekyll. Containing an awesome water park, restaurants, and a park with a surf break and fishing spots, the south end is a gathering spot year-round for visitors.

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A Sandcastle Education From a Master

A Sandcastle Education From a Master

“This makes every vacation after this one better,” said Lucinda “Sandy Feet” Wierenga as she prepared to carve up the sand mound she had just molded at beach access #16 on South Padre Island. She was conducting a sandcastle building lesson, and it was about time to get dirty.

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Paradise Found

Paradise Found

Our journey started at the stable, where dozens of horses of all sizes eyed me under a shaded paddock, waiting for a ride. Nearby, Texas Longhorn cattle came over to say hello and remind me what state I was in. The undulating sand dunes, crashing waves and scrubby sea oats looked nothing like the Texas plains where these cows usually roam.

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Turtle Rescuers

Turtle Rescuers

On any given day, the emergency 24-hour sea turtle rescue phone at Sea Turtle, Inc. will likely ring, often more than once. The turtle rescue center, founded in 1977, treats 3-400 injured turtles per year at their state-of-the-art hospital and also serves as an educational center and turtle nest conservator.

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Avian Ease | How the SPI Birding and Nature Center Offers Respite for the Weary Flyer

Avian Ease | How the SPI Birding and Nature Center Offers Respite for the Weary Flyer

The South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary harkens back to the days before the island was developed. With 50 acres of wetland and saltwater marsh, and 3,300 feet of boardwalk crisscrossing over the habitat, the non-profit center allows visitors to view up to 500 different species of migrating birds, as well as alligators, turtles, and even deer.

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Island Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Island Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

South Padre is small in size but big on flavor – with the Mexican border immediately south of the island, and the plentiful waters of the Gulf right there, it’s the perfect recipe for some diverse and delicious food selections.

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South Padre Island Accommodation Roundup | Inverness at South Padre Island, Solare Tower Condominiums

South Padre Island Accommodation Roundup | Inverness at South Padre Island, Solare Tower Condominiums

RTX has two exciting exchange choices for your stay on South Padre Island. Solare Tower Condominiums are newly renovated to provide you with the latest luxuries while staying at the beach.

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