Welcome to Gulf Coast & South Texas


Along the Rio Grande, border politics affect all aspects of life. In many ways the area forms a cultural border distinct from Mexico and Texas, a unique multicultural and bilingual region that for a short time was even an independent state. The Republic of the Rio Grande may not have survived as a political entity, but its unique history still accents the towns and remote stretches from Brownsville to Laredo and beyond.


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Gulf Coast & South Texas activities

$15 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Dolphin Watch Eco Tour of South Padre Island

Arrive at the Sea Ranch Marina 15 minutes prior to your departure time and grab a seat on a covered bench aboard the US Coast Guard approved vessel. You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks to enjoy on the excursion. Sail around South Padre looking for bottlenose dolphins swimming in their natural habitat. Cast a specialized net and catch sea horses, starfish, sea slugs, and more for an up close look. The boat cruises for 1.5 hours before returning to the doc where the tour concludes.

$210 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private Sunset Cruise South Padre Island

Underway on the bay we are often accompanied by our playful local bottle nose dolphins. While relaxing aboard our Leisure Catamaran an amber glimmer of the setting sun reflects off the skyline. After the sun is below the horizon, its rays are scattered by Earth’s atmosphere to create the colors of twilight. You can bring your own food and adult beverages if you wish. Food and drinks can also be purchased to go for the sunset cruise at our restaurant located at your check in location. This is a private sunset cruise for couples and friends or for the family up to 6 passengers. The vessel is a 26 ft Leisure Catamaran with a bimini cover for shade and a head ( bathroom ) aboard.

$32.48 Water Sports

Stand-Up Paddle Board SUP 2-Hour Rental on South Padre Island

First timer to paddle boarding? No problem we have large stable Paddle boards that are perfect for beginners.  For those with experience we also have touring models which are a bit more challenging.  Stand up paddle board rentals are available daily and include a paddle and life jacket. This 2 hr rate is for launching from our private boat ramp onsite, so there's no need to worry about how to transport the boards. The paddle boards are a great way to spend your time out in South Padre Island and are a fun activity for the whole family. Rental duration is 2 hours. So get out on the water and have fun!  Due to equipment limitations there is a 275 lb. weight limit.

$32.48 Water Sports

South Padre Island 1-Hour Water Bike Rental

Arrive at the South Padre Island water bike site 15 minutes before your selected rental time to complete your paperwork. Then head to the private waterfront, where you'll receive some professional tips for maneuvering your water bike. The pontoon design makes for a stable platform that is easy to balance on and operate. Travel out into the protected canal system, where you might spot seagulls, pelicans, osprey, jumping mullets, and maybe even the unique ink fish. As you approach the hour mark, just pedal bike to the starting point to return your bike, we encourage you to call use as your heading in so we can help you at the boat dock.  Due to equipment limitations there is a 275 lb. weight limit.

$90 Kid Friendly

South Padre Island Sandcastling

After you have made your reservation, we will meet you on the South Padre Island beach most convenient to your location. Sand castle construction will take place close to the water, where there is nearly always a comfortable gulf breeze. Your instructors will show you how to get to the "good sand" below the surface and a variety of methods ("soft pack", "hard pack" and "hand stacking") to build towers, walls and arches and you will learn how to carve those structures using simple, easily-replicated tools that will be provided. If you so desire, instructors will help you create a "beach billboard" to commemorate a special occasion - such as a birthday, reunion or anniversary. Instructors can take group photos and/or video with your devices to help create a lasting memory that can be shared on social media.

$475 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Fishing Charters Out of Corpus Christi

You'll enjoy a private bay fishing charter out of Corpus Christi, where you'll fish for speckled trout, redfish, and black drum. Up to 8 hours of awesome fishing and all gear you'll need is included in the price. Prices vary, depending on size of charter.  The captain is licensed with the coast guard and the boat is a 2013 Majek Extreme with a 225 horsepower Yamaha motor. Fish will be cleaned and bagged after the charter for your convenience. Charters can start anywhere from 6 am to 7 am and return anywhere from 1 pm to 3 pm. Must have a valid fishing license with saltwater stamp. Charters fill very quickly so don't delay, let's go fishing!