South Padre Island is a resort town on a barrier island of the same name, off the southern coast of Texas. It’s known for its beaches and calm waters. South Padre is located in the gulf of Mexico on the southern most tip of Texas. South Padre Island has a great Birding and Nature Center with a watchtower with views of migrating birds over Laguna Madre. The South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sealife Nature Center offers boat tours and touch tanks. Sea turtles are rescued and rehabilitated at Sea Turtle Inc. Padre Island has remained an undeveloped wilderness where it is in natural state. The National Seashore endeavors to preserve Padre Island in its natural state as a barrier island where sand dunes and white sandy beaches are plentiful. South Padre island is located along the gulf of Mexico and Port Isabel Texas.
Connecting the mainland and Port Isabel to South Padre Island is the Queen Isabella Causeway. This 2.5 mile bridge spans the Laguna Madre, the salty body of water that separates the island from mainland, and is the only road between the two. The causeway was built in 1974 and replaced the old bridge.
West of South Padre and northeast from Brownsville, Port Isabel is home to shrimp boats, the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.