South Padre Island is a resort town in Cameron County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area. It may be included as part of the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville and the Matamoros–Brownsville metropolitan areas. The population was 2,816 at the 2010 census. The town is located on South Padre Island, a barrier island along the Texas Gulf Coastaccessible via a causeway from the town of Port Isabel. South Padre Island is named after José Nicolás Ballí (Padre Ballí), a Catholic priest and settler.
Location of South Padre Island, Texas
|Coordinates: 26°6′43″N 97°10′11″W|
South Padre Island is home to one of the most popular destinations for college Spring Break.
South Padre Island is home to many watersport activities with personal water craft rental, kiteboarding and dolphin watches being the most popular. Other favorites are horseback riding adventures on the beach and ecological tours that explore Padre Island National Seashore.
Fishing is also popular. Every year, the Texas International Fishing Tournament is held in late summer, with winnings totaling almost a quarter million dollars. Other fishing tournaments include Ladies Kingfish Tournament, Hooters Tournament and the Redfish Rodeo, just to name a few.
In March, the island is a popular spring break destination for college students from around the world. The rest of the year it is a popular family resort destination with July being the most crowded.
In January 2011, the island hosted the National Basketball Association Developmental League Showcase at the South Padre Island Convention Centre.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (4.23%) is water.
South Padre Island is mentioned by Mark Wahlberg's character Cade Yeager in Transformers: Age of Extinction when he is seen first meeting up with his best friend/business partner Lucas (T.J. Miller).
South Padre Island is the Main Setting of Season 4 Episode 20 "Conflicted" of Criminal Minds.
Loose interpretations of South Padre Island and neighboring Port Isabel appear in the racing video game The Crew.
A street in SPI with residences and condominiums.
A person taking an early morning walk on the Gulf side of the island.
This walkway provides access to the beach from a condo.
A beach in South Padre Island.
One of the smaller venues for the South Padre International Music Festival.