South Padre Island

South Padre Island

Sun, fun, and music all go together at South Padre Island. With its warm tropical temperatures, white beaches, and the emerald waters, South Padre is THE premier resort in Texas. Located on the southern tip of Texas, it is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay.

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Students taking the helm

Dolphin sighting!

Set sail from the marina

Eco-tours Dolphin Watching Cruise

Tour the Laguna Madre and view dolphins, sea turtles, pelicans, and many other birds and sea life in their natural habitat. Aquatic life from the Gulf of Mexico is brought on board by trawling with shrimp nets. This is the only company possessing a hydrophone (underwater microphone), which allows you to hear the dolphins communicate.

Students enjoying lunch

Students outside Louie’s Backyard

Louie’s Backyard is great for big groups!

Louie’s Backyard

Louie’s Backyard on South Padre Island has been an island favorite for a fine dining destination for years. Indulge in a delicious seafood buffet consisting of prime rib, crab legs, shrimp, scallops, fresh fish, and a salad bar.

Wave Rider

Floating down the lazy river

Get the park and the beach!

Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark

Park goers use inner-tubes to navigate the half-mile long man-made river that carries you to white water rapids, four uphill water coasters, two tube chutes, a wave lagoon, and five beaches. Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark also includes a five-story water fun house and shaded play area for the little ones.

Never far from music

What’s a luau without a lei?

Games on the beach

Padre Style Luau and Cruise

Begin your trip with a one-hour dolphin watch through the bay area which will end at Boca Chica Beach. Once at the beach, enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, lemonade, and water. Your Padre luau concludes with roasted s’mores.


Since 1978, Blackbeard’s has delighted South Padre Island guests and residents with their great sandwiches, steak burgers, famous fried seafood platters, specialty gulf shrimp, and fish dishes.

Students enjoying their cruise

See the island from the sea

Can accomodate large groups!

Bar-B-Q Dinner Cruise

The Bar-B-Q Dinner Cruise, leaving from the Sea Ranch Marina, welcomes you aboard to see the dolphins and island sights while you cruise to Boca Chica Beach. Live country music will accompany the dinner. Meal will include: brisket, pinto beans, potato salad, bread, pickles, onions, jalapeños, tea, water and cobbler.

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