Destination of the Year

South Padre Island

With 34 miles of coastline, 300+ days of sunshine, and all forms of entertainment from water sports to live music, South Padre Island is the perfect island retreat. Easily accessible by land or sea and with year-round warm temperatures, visitors can experience the South Padre Island lifestyle any season. Major events include fishing tournaments covering almost every fishing category throughout the summer, and Sandcastle Days in October brings some of the world’s best sand sculptors to showcase their skills. South Padre Island was recognized as the “Fireworks Capital of Texas” by the Texas Senate. Beginning Memorial Day through September, fireworks are held three times a week. This year, South Padre Island is featured in “ViewPoint with Dennis Quaid,” an award-winning documentary series covering various topics such as travel, education, business, and technology. They filmed and covered what makes South Padre Island a unique travel destination.