When you’re looking for the best place to enjoy a beach vacation we have an incredible number of reasons why South Padre Island is the place to visit. Many of those reasons are obvious – the clean white beachfront, the awesome weather, beautiful ocean water, the friendly people, plus you can relax to your heart’s content! But to really get you excited we’ve come across the following little known facts that we want to share with you. These will surely make you want to come and visit us for an extended stay. Besides, it’s gorgeous here this time of year!
- Windsurfing and kite boarding are popular water sports here. The Laguna Madre Bay is noted as one of the best sites in the country for windsurfing and kite boarding.
- The average annual temperature on South Padre Island is 74 degrees. We think that’s pretty close to perfect!
- Spanish explorers first came to “Isla Blanca” (the white island) in 1519.
- The Laguna Madre Nature Trail, located adjacent to the South Padre Island Convention Centre, attracts thousands of visitors and over 300 species of migratory birds annually.
- The last battle of the Civil War was fought within 20 miles of South Padre Island one month after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant. The Confederates won this battle.
- The island annually hosts more than one million visitors and has more than 5,000 inhabitants.
- The Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) annually attracts more than 1,400 anglers. This tournament has taken place for over 75 years.
- The South Padre Island Convention Centre showcases the “Whaling Wall” – an outdoor mural by noted marine artist Wyland.
- South Padre Island is the same latitude as Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
- South Padre Island is 34 miles long and at its widest point is just a half-mile wide. Only five miles of the entire island is developed.
- As the official “Fireworks Capitol of Texas,” we have a fireworks show every Friday and Saturday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
And just to make sure you remember you’re on vacation, the last of the interesting facts is really true….
• It is illegal to wear a tie on South Padre Island.