South Padre Island Sights You Don’t Want to Miss

It still blows my mind how many Texans have yet to experience the beauty of South Padre Island. Especially since I know many non-Texans who love it.  I grew up in the area, so I’m a little bias.  That’s why I wanted to share some of the South Padre Island sights I love, and that you don’t want to miss.

South Padre Island Sights You Don't Want to Miss -

Port Isabel Attractions

Let’s start with a couple of attractions you should see in Port Isabel, the quaint little town you pass before you hit the Queen Isabella Causeway leading to South Padre Island.

The first is the Port Isabel Lighthouse.  Unfortunately when I was there recently it was undergoing repairs, but that still didn’t keep me from stopping in and marveling at it.  I mean, how often do you get the chance to see a lighthouse?  Plus, when it’s open, you get a chance to see inside and take some fab pics, both inside and out.

Port Isabel Lighthouse in Repair -

Once you’re done marveling at the lighthouse, head down the way a bit and visit the Pirates Landing Fishing Pier.

Entrance to Pirates Landing Fishing Pier -

It’s not only the longest fishing pier in Texas, but offers pole rentals, all the tackle items you may need, a snack bar, a full service restaurant, and various excursions and cruises.

Start of Pirates Landing Fishing Pier -

Pirates Landing Restaurant -

Pirates Landing Ship -

Even if fishing isn’t your thing, their pirate decor is perfect for tons of selfies and family pics.

Pirates Landing Statues -

South Padre Island Musts

Ready to hit the beach but aren’t staying at a beach side hotel?  Don’t worry.  I have two fab options for you. First is Isla Blanca Park.  For a small entry fee you get access to some of the best beaches, two large beachfront pavilions, with restroom/shower facilities, and food and beach rental concessions. Parking can be a nightmare during peak seasons though, so I highly encourage you to arrive early.

Isla Blanca Park Pavilion -

Isla Blanca Park Beach -

Still want to fish?  Then you’ll want to head to the jetties, by the huge statue of El Cristo de los Pescadores (Christ of the Fishermen).  Another fab find on SPI and the fishing is pretty good here too.

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El Cristo de los Pescadores - Christ of the Fishermen -

Isla Blanca Park Jetties -

Love to camp on the beach?  They also offer RV hook ups, cabana rentals, tent sites, and shaded picnic areas.

Isla Blanca RV Park -

Want more of a beach party atmosphere? Then you’ll want to head to Clayton’s Pavilion.

Clayton's Pavilion Entrance -

It boasts to be the biggest beach bar in Texas and with it’s huge beach deck, I’m inclined to believe it is.  It not only offers a great place to kick back and enjoy their bar and grill, but they also host concerts and a separate beach access entry point.

Clayton's Pavilion Deck -

Clayton's Pavilion View -

Clayton's Pavilion Bar -

South Padre Island’s Picture Perfect Spots

On the SPI side of the Queen Isabella Causeway you’ll find the South Padre Island sign. It’s a popular spot, so be prepared to wait in line for your turn, but there’s no better way to mark your visit, either on your way in, or on your way out.

South Padre Island Sign -

Don’t want to wait in line?  Head to the SPI water tower.  It will have to a wide shot, but it will do.

South Padre Island Water Tower -

Love taking pics in front of giant sea creatures, gorillas, and dinosaurs?  Then you’ll have plenty of fab options to choose from. There are several SPI souvenir shops that offer these attractions as a means to get you through their doors.  This is one of my favs.

Shark at Jaws Beachworld -

Then of course there’s all the fab pics you can take as you frolic on the beach, or as you wait for the fireworks to go off over the bay.

South Padre Island Beach -

South Padre Island Bay Side View -

Phew. Texans and non-Texans. Are you feeling inspired to travel to SPI yet?  I realize that traveling through Texas to get to South Padre Island (SPI), can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.  Especially if you’re traveling in style like I was thanks to the 2017 Chevy Cruze I was sent to review. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi, incredible gas mileage, and roomy interior made it the perfect way for me and my baby to explore all SPI has to offer.  Check it out for yourself here.

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Me & My Baby in 2017 Chevy Cruze -

Dog Staring at Water from 2017 Chevy Cruze -

Sure, SPI has a lot more fab spots, but these are some of the sights I never miss when I’m in town.

What are your favorite spots on South Padre Island?

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I was provided this 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback for review.  Don’t worry though, all opinions about their fabulousness are my own!

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  1. This place is utterly wonderful. I’ve been visiting Texas for fishing since early 2017. My buddies are surely cheating on it. I’m a Texas Fishing Forum member, so basically I travel for fishing. But this place looks fun & entertaining. A family trip won’t go wrong, right?

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