Welcome to South Padre Island

January and February, when the weather can be either balmy or a bit chilly, are the quietest months to visit SPI (though still popular with winter Texans). The busiest and most expensive periods are spring break (all of March except the first week) and summer, when the moderating gulf breezes make the shore more tolerable than the sweltering inland areas, and the normally chill vibe turns into hedonistic party central for weeks at a time.

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South Padre Island activities

$13 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.

$16 Kid Friendly

Dolphin Watch & Sunset Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Original Dolphin WatchJoin us for a relaxing cruise aboard the Double Sunshine and take in one of South Padre Island’s most treasured assets, our beautiful sunsets. This cruise departs two hours before sundown and we cruise the Laguna Madre for dolphins before ending with breathtaking vistas of the setting sun.Duration: 2 hours

$13 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Morning Dolphin Watch & Eco Tour

Visit: The Original Dolphin WatchJoin us for a relaxing morning cruise aboard the Double Sunshine. One of the most unique activities on South Padre Island is the dolphin watching tour. South Texas is a year-round home to several large pods of dolphin and The Original Dolphin Watch is your ticket to viewing them in all their natural splendor. One of the most memorable activities you will take part in while visiting South Padre is a cruise with us. Share the thrill of meeting bottle-nose and spinner dolphins in the wild and experience the unique bond and kinship they inspire in mankind.