South Padre Bayside Fun at Louie's Backyard
If a vacation or getaway on the
beach is in your future, then you've come to the right
There is also a brand new South Padre shuttle service from the airport to the door of any hotel
Along that beach you will find a
full range of activities, from adventurous to relaxing.
Romp together in the surf, try you hand at building
sandcastles, take the challenge of sail boarding and
surfing at a site called "the Flats" on the north side
of town, or enjoy a horseback ride down the beach.
For those vacationers who'd like to try their hand at catching some of that marine life found just off the beaches, the Sea Ranch Fishing Pier offers fishing on the causeway. You'll find tackle and bait at this friendly fishing site, which includes a 2,000-square-foot observation deck that's a favorite with sunset watchers. The pier is open 24 hours daily.
And if one of you enjoys golf, you'll find a brand-new course just a few miles from the island. The 18-hole championship South Padre Island Golf Club offers beautiful views of the Laguna Madre; packages from South Padre Island hotels and condos are available as well a day passes for the course.
A day of sightseeing and salt air
also works up anyone's appetite, and the toughest part
Once the sun goes down, you will still find plenty of shops open through the evening for the chance to bring home some souvenirs, from resort wear to shells to boogie boards.
A stop that's both educational and fun is the home of the "Turtle Lady," Ila Loetscher. She focused the attention of the world on Kemp's Ridley sea turtles through her conservation efforts. Today volunteers run shows on Tuesday and Saturday at 10 a.m.
Another great new place is the
South Padre Birding and
Just south of town, the
Just a short drive from the island, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a must-see for birders. This refuge has recorded more species than any other wildlife refuge in the nation. Start your visit with a stop at the
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