South Padre Island offers the chance to experience sea turtles, a dolphin research center, and their infamous Sea Life Nature Center. Wildlife makes this vacation spot popular, while still hosting a variety of water sports like kiteboarding, water-skiing, banana boats, various boat tours, and chartered fishing excursions. To truly benefit this island, get away from the crowds, rent a boat and chart a course to a secluded beach for a picnic on the sand.
Port Isabel lies across from South Padre Island connected via bridge. Given its close proximity, Port Isabel is ideally suitable for a day out and offers a range of activities to sink your teeth into. The view from the top of Port Isabel Lighthouse will take your breath away, and with a combined ticket you also get access to the Port Isabel Historical Museum. Alternatively, depart on one of the many cruises to see dolphins and other sea life.
Every inshore angler is always looking for the best place to catch speckled trout and Laguna Madre is surely a good place to start. The Laguna provides many different areas to fish for these tasty trout. During the warmer months, you will have good luck along the banks during sunrise and sunset. The action might be a little slower during the winter but the trout caught are generally much bigger. Try fishing the deeper waters when the water temperature drops below 65 degrees.
There is something freeing about racing along the waters on top of a giant yellow banana inflatable pulled at speeds greater than 25 mph. Feeling the air race over you and the bumps of the water results in many laughs and a perfect experience to share with friends. Many operators provide banana boat rentals for a reasonable fee, departing from many of the beaches stretching along the coast side of South Padre Island. A perfect activity for groups, with most boats being able to carry up to 6 people.
There is probably nothing more exhilarating than having the experience of getting face to face with sharks in the depths of the sea. If cage diving with blacktip sharks is not your thing, there is always the opportunity to swim with whale sharks. An often maligned species, when viewed up close are simply stunning and pose little danger. Other sea life species are often encountered as well, from dolphins to rays. A dive under the waters will reveal a whole new world for you to embrace.
A sunset stroll along the beach can only be beaten via horseback. It is the perfect experience for younger riders to learn the ropes safely while under the supervision of a professional. An evening trot will provide a wonderful memory. Many routes can last over an hour, allowing you to see more than your legs could carry you across beautiful beaches and surrounding sand dunes. Beautiful scenery will surround your whole trek.