South Padre Island Information

Learn about South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island, Texas is home to world-class kiteboarding and kitesurfing conditions. The sub-tropical barrier island off the coast of south Texas is home to both flat, shallow on the Laguna Madre Bay side as well as ocean swell in the Gulf of Mexico. On the east side of the island, you can perfect your kiteboarding skills in the Laguna Madre Bay. It is waist to chest deep across more than one million square miles of bay water. All of this shallow water makes for flat consistent water as well as easy kite re-launching. Since it is so shallow in a warm climate, the Laguna Madre Bay heats up fast and stays warm for most of the year.

Alternatively, for those who enjoy kite surfing in the waves, west side of the island on the Gulf of Mexico is great for long and easy down winders. The island is roughly 30 miles long, while the road stretches the first 15 miles of it. Past that you have to travel by vehicle on the beach to reach the northern portion. 15 miles of easily accessible downwind insanity is available upon any strong north or south wind, which occurs like clockwork during the month of May.

Traveling by Plane

Brownsville Airport


Brownsville Airport is the closest to South Padre Island. 30 minutes inland. You can rent a car or take the Rio Grande Bus to Port Isabel, where you can catch 'The Wave' shuttle to the island.

Harlingen International Airport


Harlingen International Airport is located 50 minutes inland from South Padre Island, Texas. You can rent a vehicle, or take the South Padre Shuttle to the island for only $20.

Local Island Transportation

The Wave Shuttle

The Wave Shuttle is a free bus service that runs up and down South Padre Island. You can get anywhere on the island for free within a matter of minutes. The free island bus also travels across the bridge to Port Isabel if you require other necessities.

The Wave Shuttle Schedule>>>

The Rio Grande Shuttle

The Rio Grande Shuttle travels from Port Isabel throughout the Rio Grande Valley. You can connect with this shuttle from Brownsville Airport, as well as many other places in Brownsville. If you are traveling into Brownsville by plane, you can take this shuttle to Port Isabel for only $2 dollars, where you can transfer to The Wave Shuttle, and then get to anywhere you are staying on South Padre Island for free.

The Rio Transit Shuttle Schedule>>>

The South Padre Shuttle

The South Padre Shuttle is not to be confused with 'The Wave' (see above - The Wave Shuttle is the Island bus). The South Padre Shuttle travels between the Harlingen Airport and South Padre Island only. It only comes to the island to pick up or drop off people who are going to the Harlingen Airport. The South Padre Shuttle only costs $20 to get to the island, or to the airport.

South Padre Shuttle web site>>>

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