Sail the High Seas at South Padre Island

Boat rides for thrill seekers, dolphin watchers and anglers are available at South Padre Island. Several companies provide the service, so you can pick the one that suits your tastes. Below are three suggestions.

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High Speed Water Ride

If you’re in the mood for a thrilling adventure, go on a high-speed ride offered by Osprey Cruises. The boat roars through the water at the speed of 50 miles per hour, but the rides are seatbelt-safe and are recommended for anyone over 2 years of age. Tickets are $27 for adults and $20 for children. Departure times are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Original Dolphin Watch

If high speeds aren’t your cup of tea, the Original Dolphin Watch is a great alternative. These educational trips offer close-up looks at charming creatures of the sea — dolphins, which makes the rides enjoyable for the whole family. Boats depart at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 for adults and children.

Island Outfitters

For those who prefer to go on a chartered boat trip with a fly-fishing guide, Island Outfitters fits the bill. Whether you are a novice or very experienced, experts will find the spots that ensure you get the best catch. All you need to bring is sunglasses and sunscreen because the gear will be furnished. A 5-hour trip is $400 for two people.

Stay With Us

March 15 to 18 are the dates for Spring Break, an exciting event filled with cool concerts. We are also looking forward to Easter weekend, when we’ll have campground activities and an Easter egg hunt. Make your reservations at South Padre Island KOA today. Call 800-562-9724 or visit our website. For information, call 956-761-5665 or email southpadre@koa.net

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Holiday Pleasures in South Padre Island

When you stay at South Padre Island KOA during the holidays, you’ll have much to enjoy. The following pleasures await you at the park and in the community:

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Campground Festivities

  • You might find a special gift for someone on your Christmas list at our jewelry sale at 9 a.m. on December 9. A percentage of the profits will go to KOA Care Camps charity.
  • Don’t miss our feast at 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, which is free to all guests. The park will provide the turkey, ham, potatoes and gravy, and the guests will bring a dish to share.
  • We’ll celebrate the new year together on December 31 with a brunch from 10 a.m. to noon. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, bloody Mary cocktails, mimosa cocktails, juice and coffee. Cost is $7.

Community Events

  • Gather with the locals to see the lighting of the South Padre Island tree and hear a Christmas concert on December 2. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Convention Center.
  • You can browse through a beautiful array of merchandise at Winter Market Days on December 2 and 3.
  • Would you like to have a photo of your precious pet with Santa? You’ll have the opportunity at 1 p.m. on December 3 at the SPI Birding Center.
  • The rich Hispanic culture is so much a part of Texas. On December 6, the UTRGV Mariachi Aztlan Christmas Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Convention Center.
  • Louie’s Backyard will host a Toys for Tots Christmas Party on December 6. Hours are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for 10 a.m. on December 10 at the Schlitterbahn Resort Hotel.

Stay With Us

Christmastime is wonderful at South Padre Island KOA. To book your spot, call 800-562-9724 or visit our website. For information, call 956-761-5665 or email southpadre@koa.net.

Sandcastle Capital of the World

A visit to South Padre Island in the coming days will show you why the area is called the Sandcastle Capital of the World.

Sandcastle Days

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South Padre Island is the place to be on October 6 to 9, as these are the dates of Sandcastle Days. The event will include live music and craft vendors as well as amateur and professional sand sculpting competitions. As you browse through the masterpieces created from sand, you’ll be amazed at the remarkable skill and creativity on display. The festival will also have children’s activities such as water slides and bull riding. It opens at 9 a.m. every day.

Sandcastle Lessons

Get in touch with your inner artist through taking sand sculpting classes at Padre Island. This will make a wonderfully fun activity for a family because toddlers, teenage children, parents and grandparents can all work together on a project. For information, call (956) 433-9948.

Largest Sandcastle in the World

You’ll find what is known as the largest sandcastle in the world at the South Padre Island Visitor’s Center parking lot. It has been sprayed with a waterproof substance to withstand all kinds of weather. The sculpture is quite remarkable, as it has hidden doors and intricate detailing. Don’t miss it.

Stay With Us

Stay at South Padre Island KOA to enjoy the lovely scenery and to try your hand at sand sculpting. To reserve your spot, call 800-562-9724 or visit our website. For information, call 956-761-5665 or email southpadre@koa.net.

Spend Spring on the Beach in South Padre Island

Can you hear the waves calling your name? Spring is here, which means beach season is too. Head over to the Texas Gulf Coast for your camping getaway, and stay at South Padre Island KOA.

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South Padre Island attracts tourists of all ages with beautiful sparkling water and sandy beaches. The eclectic mix of bars and restaurants makes kicking back a breeze. A main draw to the island is the beachside live concerts at venues like Clayton’s Beach Bar, where you can grab refreshing drinks and tasty seafood.

Sea turtle nesting season starts on April 1 and extends until August. Organizations like Sea Turtle Inc. make it their mission to rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles. While these creatures are fascinating to watch, please let them know if you find a sea turtle on the beach, so they can be helped and released.

The Sand Crab Night Time Run takes place on April 30 at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill. Whether you’re a mall-walker or a marathon runner, you’re welcome to come out for the 5K and 10K races. The course travels along the beach, so the view is sure to be breathtaking. Visit the event’s website for more information.

Be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated! Call us today to book your spring and summer beach vacation.

Stay With Us

Celebrate spring and summer at South Padre KOA! Our park is full of palm trees and is located near some of the best beaches in Texas. We offer RV sites, furnished deluxe cabins and condos. Relax as the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay surround you. Call 800-562-9724 or visit our website to reserve your stay.

 

Live Music and Fireworks on the Beach

Head to the beach for a warmer fall and winter and beat the blues! With excellent local eateries, breathtaking views, live music and more, South Padre Island is the perfect place to celebrate the changing seasons. Book now at South Padre Island KOA and pack your bags!

beachEnjoy Bands on the Beach at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill every Friday and Saturday in October at 9:15 p.m. Enjoy excellent seafood, Tex-Mex, refreshing salads and more while listening to fantastic live bands that will keep you dancing. Beachy cocktails make this deal even better! Clayton’s is the largest beach bar on the Texas Coast, so come see why they have such a great reputation.

Then, enjoy beachside fireworks and “oooh” and “ahhh” brilliant colors and patterns. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. and admission is free. You can view the show from all around the beach, including Clayton’s.

Come home to South Padre Island KOA, where strangers become neighbors and the serenity of palm trees will melt away your stress. Our site offers both pull-thru and back-in sites for convenience, so just call us and book the site that suits your needs!

Stay With Us

Celebrate fall at South Padre KOA or travel down for a warmer winter. Our park is full of palm trees and is located near some of the best beaches in Texas. We offer RV sites, furnished deluxe cabins and condos. Relax as the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay surround you. Call 800-562-9724 or visit our website to reserve your stay.

 

Kick off May with Live Music and Fireworks

Craving some spring and summer fun? Come out to South Padre KOA and spend the season with us! There are plenty of things to do and see on South Padre Island.

concertCelebrate spring and summer with live music, delicious food and fireworks on the beach every Friday and Saturday. Food will be served at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, and you’ll get to rock out to live performances until October 31. So bring your friends or your sweetie, grab a bite to eat, and let your troubles sail away. All ages are welcome and there is no cover.

If you’re looking to get active this month, visit for the South Padre Island Sand Crab 5k, 10k and Kid’s Mile nighttime beach run. The one-mile run starts at 8 p.m., and the 5k and 10k start at 8:30 p.m. on the beach. Proceeds benefit Sea Turtle, Inc., which rescues and rehabilitates injured sea turtles while assisting with conservation efforts.

Or rise to the challenge of the Jailbreak South Padre 5k obstacle race. You’ll finish off your run with an exciting beach party at Clayton’s. Thrill-seekers flock to South Padre for this Island tradition, and you don’t want to miss it! After you’re all worn out, rest your legs at South Padre Island KOA.

Unwind at South Padre Island KOA

Spend the spring and summer at South Padre KOA, full of palm trees and located near some of the best beaches in Texas. Our park offers RV sites, furnished deluxe cabins and condos. Relax as the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay surround you. Call 800-562-9724 or visit our website to reserve your stay.

Claim Your Prize as Sand Castle Champion

If you’re an architectural genius when it comes to sculpting sand, it’s your time for a moment of glory. Come out to South Padre Island for the Sand Castle Summer Contest, and stay at South Padre KOA.

Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 5.30.32 PMThe contest runs every Saturday in August at various locations through August 23. It includes a FREE workshop by Sandy Feet for all guests. You can learn to hone your craft of building sand castles and create your own masterpiece to win prizes.

Let’s not forget about the big prizes for the whole contest! 1st place wins a weekend stay in South Padre Island for the August championship at Clayton’s Beach Bar & Grill, the biggest beach bar in Texas. Second place receives a $50 restaurant gift certificate, and 3rd place receives a goody basket. Don’t miss out on your awesome prizes!

Looking for something to do sooner? The TIFT (Texas International Fishing Tournament) is Jul. 30 – Aug. 3, and the Ladies Kingfish Tournament is Aug. 8 – 10.

Stay at South Padre KOA

South Padre KOA is peppered with palm trees and located near some of the best beaches in Texas. Come out for an adventure at our park, complete with RV sites, furnished deluxe cabins and condos. Come relax as the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay surround you. It’s a perfect RV resort on a slice of land in tropical paradise. Call 800-562-9724 or visit our website to reserve your stay.