South Padre Island is located on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico with pristine beaches, beautiful clear water, and a tropical climate! Our destination has the best beaches in Texas! Tourism, real estate development, construction, restaurants, retail trade, and the service industry are the key components of the economy on South Padre Island. Over 5 million visitors a year vacation on SPI! South Padre Island, Tx has continued to grow in popularity. The city has a wide range of activities, bars, nice restaurants, and ecotourism adventures to keep friends and families busy and enjoying this slice of paradise. With the addition of SpaceX, there’s never been a more exciting time in space exploration and never more opportunities to have a front seat to rocket history being made right here in South Padre Island.Whether you want to go fishing, shopping, relax on the beach, eat fresh seafood, or enjoy the nightlife, South Padre Island is the place to be! You will love spending time on this beautiful tropical island!