Camping Trip Ideas - South Padre Island
South Padre Island is a beautiful vacation destination on the southern tip of Texas. The Island is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the east and Laguna Madre Bay on to the west. This tropical island's only link to mainland Texas is a two and a half mile long bridge, the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. Stretching for 34 miles, and only a half mil at its widest point, South Padre Island is filled with fun activities for visitors.
Visitors will find excellent vacation weather throughout the year. During the winter temperatures remain in the 60s and in the summer there are warm sea breezes and the temperatures average in the low 80s. With such pleasant weather year-round vacationers will be able to enjoy the beaches and water activities, as well as, resorts and other fun activities whenever they visit.
South Padre Island is the southern end of Padre Island, which is the longest Barrier Island in the world. Padre Island also boasts the largest stretch of undeveloped ocean beach in North America. Visitors always enjoy the stunning white sandy beaches on South Padre Island. These beautiful beaches are the perfect spot to enjoy relaxing in the sun. However, there are many other activities that can be enjoyed on the long stretches of beaches, including horseback riding on the beach, building amazing sand castles and more.
In addition to the sandy beaches, visitors will find all sorts of water activities to enjoy. South Padre Island offers opportunities to snorkel, parasail, scuba dive, surf, kiteboard, boat charters, windsurf, sky dive and much more. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of eco-tours. South Padre Island offers dolphin watch tours, wildlife boat tours, and lots of birding.
South Padre Island is a birders paradise, combining a wide variety of birds with an idyllic destination to enjoy watching them. Birders can find over 300 different species of birds on the island. South Padre Island has many more opportunities to observe wildlife beyond dolphins and birds. The Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is a great place to learn about the types of wildlife in the area, and there are also many opportunities for birding in the area around the visitor center.
In addition to the many recreational activities visitors can enjoy on South Padre Island, there are many fascinating attractions that the whole family can enjoy during a stay. After crossing the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway, visitors will find themselves in the historic town of Port Isabel. The Port Isabel Lighthouse is a great spot to start learning about the area's history. Construction of the Lighthouse began in 1851, and has stood as an important landmark in Port Isabel since that time. Today, visitors can tour the Port Isabel Lighthouse, and learn about the long and fascinating history of this coastal region.
Families will love the Coastal Studies Laboratory. Visitors can explore the public displays that highlight many different species of plants and animals from the South Padre Island region. The Coastal Studies Laboratory is an excellent destination to learn about the native species that can be found in the area.
South Padre Island has a busy nightlife and is an excellent Spring Break destination on top of the fascinating history and many recreational activities to be enjoyed. The resorts and other lodging options offer a variety of dining and other events to enjoy. South Padre Island also has a wide variety of restaurants, clubs and bars beyond the resorts. These clubs and bars offer dancing, live music and much more.
Visitors to South Padre Island are sure to find many different exciting activities to enjoy. Throughout the day's beautiful tropical weather visitors can enjoy water activities, sandy beaches, wildlife and the region's history. In the evening there is live music, delicious dining and much more. These many features of the island make it an ideal vacation destination throughout the year.