Seaside you can enjoy a dolphin watch or a narrated cruise and eco tour of the surrounding Gulf waters of South Padre Island and the Laguna Madre bay.
And when you come ashore, visit Sea Turtle Inc, the sealife and dolphin research center, or the coastal studies lab and marvel at the aquatic life of the South Texas Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Ocean.
South Padre Island, the gem of the Texas coast boasts miles of tropical beach front resort shoreline and a warm family friendly atmosphere that is perfect for your beach vacation.And with planned activities and events such as surfing competitions where you can watch the states best surfers effortlessly ride the waves, sand castle days where the worlds top sand castle builders meet to battle it out with amazing artistic creations you can not only watch but join in on the fun with amateur sand castle competitions and free sand castle lessons.The ever popular Bike Fest also known as Roar by the Shore where you'll see thousands of Harleys and other decked out motorcylces parade down the boulevard, some of the nations biggest fishing tournaments including TIFT and LKT, pirate days, kite fest, sporting events, market days, and other seasonal events - there's always something going on in South Padre Island. South Padre Island EMS (956) 761-5454 Cameron County Park System (956) 761-5494 U. Coast Guard Station South Padre Island (956) 761-2668 Cameron County Parks Police (956) 761-5283Rip currents (mistakenly called rip tides or undertows) are common and can be found almost daily on all South Padre Island Beaches. DON'T DRINK AND SWIMCALL 911 first for any emergency. Rip currents Typically, strong wind and swell waves push water over a sandbar allowing excess water to collect. RIP CURRENTS KILL SWIMMERS EVERY YEAR HERE AT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf. Undertow is a concern mostly for weak swimmers or the unfortunate non-swimmer. Wind and/or wave conditions support dangerous rip currents.High tide will cause more powerful waves to break closer to shore and deeper water near shore..Many people have been swept off the rocks and injured or swept out to sea in the strong rip next to the jetty while attempting to walk out the jetty during high surf.