Travel Smart | South Padre Island

Getting around

Island Metro offers free bus shuttle transportation around the island as far north as the convention center, and as far south as Isla Blanca Park. Operating 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., it even goes into Port Isabel. Download the Ride Systems app for real time bus information, or call 956-761-8178 for the schedule and a route map.

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Local paper

Keep up with the news by grabbing a copy of the Port Isabel – South Padre Press, the island’s local newspaper. Local news sports, and a calendar of events make great beach reading whether you’re a first-time tourist or seasoned visitor.

Ship shape app

It’s cool to pass the time by watching the ship activity around the southern jetty. Download VesselFinder to see if there are any large or interesting ships around the island. Some even require a pilot boat to guide them into the harbor. It’s great fun for those young and old.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .


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