South Padre Island, TX Hotels
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Looking for the perfect getaway on the Gulf of Mexico without breaking the bank? Take a trip to South Padre Island at the southern tip of Texas. Not only is the island home to a variety of cheap hotels but it also boasts warm weather, extensive beaches, and plenty of water-related activities, making it a popular year-round destination. Over spring break college students flock to places like Wanna Wanna Inn, but during summer South Padre is a family paradise thanks to upscale resorts like Schlitterbahn and Pearl South Padre.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in South Padre Island, TX

Pearl South Padre
Pearl South Padre
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3.8
310 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island
from $87
La Copa Inn Beach Hotel
La Copa Inn Beach Hotel
350 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island
from $65
Wanna Wanna Inn
Wanna Wanna Inn
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4.0
5100 Gulf Blvd, South Padre Island
from $79
Motel 6 South Padre Island
Motel 6 South Padre Island
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3.3
4013 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island
from $25
WindWater Hotel
WindWater Hotel
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3.4
5701 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island
from $25
Schlitterbahn Beach Resort and Waterpark
Schlitterbahn Beach Resort and Waterpark
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4.1
100 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island
from $84
La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Island
La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Island
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4.1
7000 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island
from $80
Padre South Hotel On The Beach
Padre South Hotel On The Beach
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3.5
1500 Gulf Blvd, South Padre Island
from $60
Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island
Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island
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4.3
7010 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island
from $85
Summit by South Padre Condo Rentals
Summit by South Padre Condo Rentals
900 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island
from $0
More About South Padre Island, TX Hotels...

Discover Sea Life Up Close

With plenty of water activities such as jet-skiing, surfing, parasailing, and kite-boarding, you won't find yourself bored in South Padre. However, if there is one sight to see, it is the Dolphin Research and Sealife Nature Center, a treat for the whole family. Another excursion that appeals to both children and adults is Sea Turtle Inc., where visitors can not only see large turtles up close but also support their rescue and rehabilitation. If this is on your must-do list, think about staying at the affordable Motel 6 South Padre Island, just a mile and a half away. If romance is what you seek, nothing beats a sunset horseback ride down the beach.

Enjoy (Nearly) Free Outdoor Fun

Isla Blanca Park is a perfect place to cool off in the water as well as an ideal destination for surfing and body-boarding. The park is a great family destination thanks to its mile-long, seashell-littered beach that is guaranteed to keep kids occupied. It features bathrooms, showers, and even concession stands. Those wishing to stay dry can cast a fishing line off the jetty and relax. Check out the Padre South Hotel on the Beach for budget rooms within 2 miles of the park.

Visitors should also visit the Laguna Madre Nature Trail. This elevated boardwalk is the perfect way to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the sounds and sights of nature. A must for all bird lovers, the boardwalk is also an amazing place to watch the sunset.

Feel Right at Home in an Airbnb Rental

If traveling as part of a group of family or friends, Airbnb has plenty of affordable options available right in the heart of the South Padre strip. They are around the same price as a hotel but allow guests to live the life of a local rather than a tourist. Being around people familiar with the island is also a great way to find those hidden hotspots that most visitors never stumble upon.

The Best Hotel Bang for Your Buck

Although there are no hostels in South Padre, there are several inexpensive alternatives. Blue Bay Inn & Suites and WindWater Magnuson Hotel are located in the north and south hearts of the island, respectively, and both have all the amenities needed at unbeatable prices.

What Time of Year is Best?

Optimal weather and wildlife viewing season runs from May to August; however, that is also when the hotel rates are at their highest. Budget-savvy travelers should consider visiting in April or September, when the seasonal crowds have started to diminish and prices are decreasing but all the entertainment options still prevail.

Thanks to warm temperatures even in the winter off-season, South Padre is an ideal destination for those seeking to escape the cooler climates up north. Many of the local hotels run off-season specials, and the slightly more subdued vibe makes for a relaxing, slower pace of life. Paradise!

 

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Relax on the Beach at South Padre Island

The resort town of South Padre Island, Texas is located on the Gulf of Mexico. The warm temperatures, sandy beaches and cheap hotels of the area make it a popular destination for college students during spring break and families during the summer.

Best Time to Visit South Padre Island

The peak season for this area runs from March until the beginning of September, while the off-season is late September to February. During peak season, weather is pleasant, but hotel rooms are more expensive and harder to find. Hotels like BeachSide Inn will often have cheaper rates in the winter to encourage more visitors to come.

Enjoy the Warm Beach on South Padre Island

The 34 miles of coastline on South Padre Island make it a beach lover's dream. Guests staying at Motel 6 South Padre Island are just a few blocks from the sandy beach. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island is another popular choice for visitors because of its great location and cheap prices.

Splash Around at Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark

Families love staying at Pearl South Padre because it's conveniently located near Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. This 25-acre indoor and outdoor waterpark is consistently voted one of the best in the country.

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