Horses riding in the ocean

South Padre Island

South Padre Island is a hotbed of beach culture with lodging, dining, nightlife, and watersports. Northward, Padre Island National Seashore protects the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world, along with the wildlife that depends on it.

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Upcoming Events

Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo

Jan. 22-26

Each day of this expo features knowledgeable speakers offering different aspects of fishing, boating...

Polar Bear Dip

Jan. 1

Take a plunge into the Gulf of Mexico at this annual New Year’s Day beach party, featuring live mu...

Holiday Sand Castle Village

Nov. 30, 2019-Jan. 13, 2020

The spirit of Christmas is a sight to behold at Holiday Sand Castle Village. Filled with awe-inspiri...

Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo

Jan. 21-25

This five-day exposition is a family-friendly way to learn about the wildlife and environment of the...

Market Days

Jan. 24-26.

Featuring handcrafted jewelry, fashionable clothing, cosmetics and fragrances, rare arts and crafts,...

Winterfest

Jan. 29

A musical festival specifically with the Winter Texan in mind, featuring all-day music, raffles, and...

SPI Kite Fest

Jan. 30-Feb. 1

What started out as a mere "fun fly" is now one of the biggest kite festivals in the country....

South Padre Island Chili Expo

Feb. 8

SPICE is an annual fundraising event organized by the volunteers of Walk for Women, a nonprofit that...

Market Days

Feb. 21-23

Featuring handcrafted jewelry, fashionable clothing, cosmetics and fragrances, rare arts and crafts,...

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