The beautiful resort town of South Padre Island has been a favorite destination for water sport enthusiasts and fishermen for years, thanks to its great conditions for kiteboarding and multiple fishing tournaments held throughout the year.
More and more tourists are starting to discover the beauty of this Texas town, and some great boutique hotels have sprung up throughout the island to house all the incoming guests. If you are planning a trip and are unsure which of the many South Padre Island hotels you should stay at, check out the list of comfortable and affordable boutique hotels below.
Padre South Hotel on the Beach
For tourists traveling to South Padre Island with their family in tow, Padre South Hotel on the Beach is a great choice. The hotel features a children’s pool and beach quarters with their own kitchen to make great family meals. For parents who want to enjoy a night out on the town after the kids are in bed, Laguna BOB, one of the area’s top bars and live music venues, is next door.
Pearl South Padre
If you want an upscale hotel on the island, book a room at Pearl South Padre. The rooms include 37″ LCD TVs, private balconies with great views, and beautifully designed writing desks. Children and adults can enjoy nearby Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park, just a few minutes away on foot. At $220 a night in the summer, and about $100 a night in the winter, Pearl South Padre might be a bit more expensive than most hotels in the area, but you will get great value for your money.
Schlitterbahn Beach Resort and Water Park
Your children will love Schlitterbahn Beach Resort and Water Park, as they get to stay just a few feet away from carousels, pools, and Schlitterbahn’s own water park! Furthermore, the hotel is a great place to stay year-round, as the water park is indoors, there are five restaurants to choose from on the premises, and plenty of activities including aerobics, spa services, poker nights, and dinner shows. The rooms range from just under $100 a night, to almost $300 for the more spacious rooms, making Schlitterbahn one of the best value hotels on South Padre Island.
Wanna Wanna Inn
If you want to find a hotel with a personal touch, Wanna Wanna Inn is your best bet. This hotel has just 15 rooms, and all of them come with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and plenty of amenities (refrigerator, king beds, cable TV). Best of all, you will be just a short drive or long walk away from South Padre Island’s natural attractions, including Sea Turtle Rescue Center and Laguna Madre Nature Trail.
Beach lovers should stay at WindWater Hotel, where the beach is literally right at your doorstep. Most of the rooms enjoy stunning views of the sea, as well as free Wi-Fi and cable TV. You can always head out to the outdoor pool or hot tub for a quick dip. Travelers should keep in mind that minimum check-in age is 21 years old, so WindWater Hotel is not a choice for families.
Photo by W. Ross Wells.