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Texas Beach House
5312 Gulf Blvd.
South Padre Island, Texas 78597

South Padre Island Water Sports and Recreation

South Padre Island offers tons of exciting and thrilling water sports activities. Below is a list of the places to call for an adventure filled vacation to South Padre Island.

South Padre Island Windsurfing

The Laguna Madre bay separates South Padre Island from the Texas mainland and is recognized as one of the world's top windsurfing destinations. The sailing season off South Padre runs from September through May. Water depth varies from three to five feet, daytime winds average 18 mph, and the average yearly temperature is in the 70s. Novices and pros come to sail the bay, the Jetties, Boca Chica, and the Ditch, site of some of the fastest windsurfing speeds in North America. For complete information on conditions, accommodations, equipment, and rentals, contact Windsurf Inc. on the Bay (956/761-1434 or 800-880-5423) or Windsurf the Boatyard (956/761-5061).

And mark your calendars for the SPI Windsurf Blowout, always the first weekend in May! Blowout participants compete in course slalom and long distance races. For more information on Blowout go to www.spiwindsurfing.com or call 1-800-657-2373.

Windsurf the Boatyard at South Padre Island, Texas South Padre Island Windsurfing

South Padre Island Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding is fast becoming the hottest new water sport and South Padre Island offers year-round, world-class kiteboarding conditions. The Laguna Madre's waist deep water and consistent winds offer beginner to expert riders near perfect flat-water conditions to hone their skills. Advanced kiteboarders will enjoy riding the Laguna Madre and the waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Experienced, certified instructors are available to teach you about this exciting sport.

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Surfing on South Padre Island

Learn to surf at South Padre Island, Texas, the #1 surfing destination in the Gulf of Mexico! With warm clear water and gentle waves most of the year, the surfing area at Isla Blanca Park is an ideal location for beginners of all ages. 956-772-7272

South Padre Surf Co.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling on South Padre Island

In 1985, American Diving and Ocean Systems International moved from the commercial diving industry to the sport community. In that move, we brought commercial diving techniques and mixed gas technology with us. Mixed gas diving in open circuit systems has now become almost common place in the "Tec" community. Proper training with a qualified and experienced instructor is the first step in the "new adventure" of technical diving. Instruction at American Diving and Ocean Systems International stems from the knowledge and discipline of the offshore saturation dive teams.

South Padre Island Scuba Diving


The Rio Grande Valley offers great golfing for handicappers of all levels. Keep in mind that our temperate climate allows golfers to tee off 12 months a year. The closest championship course is the South Padre Island Golf Club, located 15 minutes away in Laguna Vista. Please visit www.spigolf.com for more information.

Other courses are located in Brownsville (30 minutes) and Harlingen (45 minutes). For more information about any of these courses, call the South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-SOPADRE (767-2373).


South Padre Island's sunny days make for perfect play - regardless of your skill level. All of the major hotels and condominiums feature tennis courts which are available to their guests. The staff at the South Padre Island Visitors Center (800-767-2373) can also offer suggestions on private and group lessons.

Horseback Riding on South Padre Island

Horseback riding on the beach North of city limits. Not a trail ride - no single file riding. Children and first time riders are welcome. Daily specials. Open year round, weather permitting. Pony rides for children 4 and under. Call for reservations. 956-761-HOSS (4677).

Go horseback riding on South Padre Island