South Padre Island Beach Getaways

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Although South Padre Island has a reputation for being one of the hottest spring break destinations in the world, it is also a great place to take a year round vacation. From golf and tennis to surfing and horseback riding on the beach, you'll find something for every member of your family on South Padre Island.

Visitors to South Padre Island interested in water sports should head straight to Laguna Madre Bay. The bay is a top destination for windsurfing and the one of the newer extreme sports, kiteboarding. Thrill seekers should also make a trip to Gravity Park, home to the tallest reverse bungee in the world. The park also has an arcade, a giant trampoline, and other heart stopping activities.

Another way to get a rush of excitement when visiting South Padre Island is to take a fishing trip. There are countless fishing charters for deep sea and bay fishing for you to catch the big one or earn the story of "the one that got away."

For a unique learning experience, you can take a sandcastle building lesson during your vacation. Individuals and companies offer private and group lessons on the beach. Many lessons are taught by sand castle pros that are renowned across the globe! Another great beachside activity is a visit to the Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park. The newest water park on the island, it is located right on the sand and features, among other attractions, the biggest surfing ride in the world. To learn more about the creatures beyond the sand, make a trip to the Dolphin and Nature Research Center. The interactive learning experience teaches visitors all about dolphins and about other sea animals.

Those looking to cross the border will be happy to know that there are many day trips offered to Mexico. There you can enjoy bargain shopping and taking in the unique culture. Once back on South Padre Island, why not go for a relaxing walk along the Laguna Madre Trail? This 1,500 foot boardwalk winds through the area's beautiful wetlands. Whether it's partying at a nightclub like Chaos during Spring Break or hooking a fish on a family fishing trip, a trip to South Padre Island promises to be a memorable vacation.