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


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

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

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.


Make Your December Merry at South Padre Island KOA

If you’re feeling that special holiday cheer, take a trip to South Padre Island for a fun family-friendly vacation full of Christmas festivities. The Island offers attractions and entertainment that will make your Christmas even brighter. Stay at South Padre Island KOA and take a break for the holidays. 

santa koaChristmas Tree Lighting and Tuba Concert

The City of South Padre Island will be kicking off the Christmas season with the annual lighting of their Christmas tree at the Municipal Building on December 10 at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate with sparkling lights and shimmering ornaments, and stay for the Christmas Tuba Concert. Refreshments will be served, and rumor has it the Jolly Old Man himself will make an appearance.

South Padre Island Annual Christmas Parade

Come hear the sights and sounds of the Christmas season at the Annual Christmas Parade on December 12 at 6 p.m. The Parade runs down Padre Boulevard, starting at Mars Street and ending at Campeche. There will be a viewing stand set up at Padre Brewing Company.

Holiday S’mores

Come out to South Padre KOA on December 19 for a holiday treat. We will be providing all of the ingredients for delicious s’mores. The event starts at 6 p.m. while supplies last. 

Christmas Feast

Merry Christmas from South Padre Island KOA. Join us on December 25, 2014 for a Christmas Day feast. We will be providing delicious turkey and ham, and guests may bring salads, sides and desserts. The feast will start at 1:30 p.m.

Stay Cheery at South Padre Island KOA

Spend the holidays 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.

Summer of Fireworks

fireworks south padre islandThose who stay at South Padre Island KOA can enjoy the sparkle and dazzle of fireworks all summer long. As the community is the Fireworks Capital of Texas, it provides a gorgeous display every Friday and Saturday nights throughout the season. On Friday nights, the location is the south end of the island over Laguna Madre Bay, close enough to be viewed from our park. On Saturday nights, the location is the north end of the island at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill. At 9:15 on these evenings the darkness is illuminated by explosive bursts of vivid colors as the fireworks are propelled into the sky.

When you are in the mood for an exciting deep sea fishing or bay fishing expedition, you can arrange it through Osprey Fishing Trips. The boats sail right from our KOA dock, making the excursions convenient for our campers.

Summertime at our park is full to the brim of fun activities, including movies under the stars, ice cream sundae parties and games, as well as crafts, kite flying and making s’mores. What wonderful memories the family will have after a stay with us! Visit our website and reserve your spot today.