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South Padre Island

South Padre Island lies on the southernmost tip of Texas and is situated on the south end of Padre Island, the longest Barrier Island in the world and the largest stretch of undeveloped ocean beach in North America. South Padre Island's beaches serve as the perfect relaxation backdrop for a tanning session, reading your favorite novel or sipping a frosty cocktail, but there are activities to feed an adventurist's hunger. Kiteboarders and windsurfers dance through the Island's waves as others parasailing glide along the blue sky and soak in the moment filled with a breathtaking, postcard-like Island panorama. Others test their skills at surfing, skiing or horseback riding. Ecotourism is vibrant with dolphin boat trips, birding and sea turtles. The Dolphin and Nature Research Center provides a hands-on encounter with the Gulf's inhabitants and stresses the significance of conservation. With more than 306 recorded bird species, the Island has become one of the premier birding locations in the Western Hemisphere. Historic Port Isabel is located just over the bridge. It offers much of the same recreational activities. This quaint fishing village is home to the Point Isabel Lighthouse where tourists can catch a bird's-eye view of the Gulf and Laguna Madre Bay.

There is no shortage of fun things to do while you are visiting South Padre Island. Please check at the SPATS registration desk for special group pricing for Island attractions. Pamphlets are available at most hotels and the convention center for activities such as parasailing, fishing trips (offshore and bay), dolphin watch cruises, and many more Island activities.

Visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information about South Padre Island.

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