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Best things to do in South Padre Island

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Zoo
“The organization rescues turtles! Enough said! They are interesting, fun, education and the kids LOVE it!”
40 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you’re headed to the beach this is the place to go to right off the coast for some food. Music. And drinks. ”
36 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Excellent sunset views and a killer buffet! Live music and an excellent view of the seasonal fireworks!”
37 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“If you take a trip to the beach and looking for some good seafood. This is one of our stops when we go. Good food. Good price. Good portions. ”
25 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Beachfront nature area providing a birding boardwalk, interactive exhibit room & Observation tower. ”
31 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Great place for breakfast and lunch, go early because it gets packed fast. They also have great cold coffees.”
38 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Right on the beach in San Padre Island. They have a local band Pelican West which plays live music. They always get the crowd involved in the entertainment. While at Wanna wanna you can walk right onto the beach and see the wonderful scenes .”
32 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Good afternoon spot to watch the sunset too! Good people watching and I've been there many times when the crowd dances.”
31 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“45 Minutes east of Donna in San Padre Island is a family owned and operated authentic Italian Restaurant. The meals are all fantastic. Good portions and good prices. If you are hungry for pizza their single pizza can serve two easily. well worth the trip to the island.”
29 locals recommend
Resort
“Nice little water park that's fun for something different if you get tired of the beach and pool and still want a water activity.”
15 locals recommend
Resort
“While you are on San Padre Island if you don't want to stay at the beach. Schlitterbahn is a good place to go for a water amusement park. ”
16 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good craft beer, try it! Good sandwiches, priced a little higher than Port Isabel restaurants but still more reasonable than most of the counter parts. Wait staff has always been friendly.”
18 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“We love the food, make sure to make a reservation in advance, and in high season try to make your reservation way in advance. The Red Snapper Rockefeller is our Fav, and as a side The Corn.”
10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“They have it all: great food, bar and water sprots including bay fishing charters.”
16 locals recommend
Café
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“Fabulous breakfast with gourmet coffee. Beans are imported and ground in-house.”
11 locals recommend
Resort
“Quarterdeck is a cool place to check out. Large dance floor and live music every night so enjoy. ”
12 locals recommend