When thinking of South Padre Island, your thoughts may not initially jump to the winter season. South Padre Island has always been a spring break or summer destination but offers just as many exciting adventures when you visit during the winter. Expect incredible temperatures and access to activities that many destinations can’t offer during winter. Take a look at the South Padre activities this winter you can enjoy:
Enjoy the Cool Weather
The winter season is short and dry here in South Padre Island. While winter may continue on for the season in other parts of the country, it will only last a few short months here. Expect daily high temperatures to be around 70 degrees. Yes, you read that right; winter in South Padre Island features what can be considered summer temperatures for some. This means you can pack light and still enjoy all of the outdoor activities on the island. South Padre Island will often see an influx of “winter Texans” who are the equivalent of snowbirds who often head to Arizona or Florida from the Midwest during the winter. Make sure to bring a jacket as the evening temperatures can drop in the high 50s.
Relax at the Beach
While relaxing on a beach may not sound adventurous, you will have more than your fair share of fun here on South Padre Island. All of the local beaches remain open during the winter so you can kick back and relax. A variety of county beach access points features nice, clean beaches where you can easily set up a beach chair and umbrella and listen to the sound of the waves. You can take to the water for a swim or grab a SUP (stand up paddleboard) or kayak and explore the shoreline on your own.
See the Migrating Birds
During the winter season over 300 different types of birds will migrate to South Padre Island to escape the cold. Some truly unique birds such as the Great Kiskadee and Green Jay can be spotted around the island. Avid birdwatchers know this fun detail and often spend their winters here on South Padre Island with us. Several different bird sanctuaries can be found nearby where you can enjoy a birding tour, including Fins to Feathers and SPI Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary.
Enjoy the Unique Holiday Decorations
Everyone loves seeing the holiday decorations put up at their winter destinations and South Padre Island is no different. Here you will find festive decorations mixed in with tropical attire such as Hawaiian shirts and golf carts, especially when you hit up nearby golf courses. Don’t miss out on the Lighted Boat Parade that takes place in early December if you make the early visit!
Take the Polar Bear Dip
You have probably heard of the Polar Bear Plunge, an annual event where contestants will jump into extremely cold areas of water to bring in the new year. Here in South Padre Island, you can join in on the festivities with the Polar Bear Dip found at our local bar, Clayton’s Beach Bar. As the name suggests, Clayton’s is located right on the beach where you can grab your favorite tropical beverage and relax on the sand. On New Year’s Day, join them starting at 10:00 AM for the Polar Bear Dip. Yes, the water will be very cold, but you will be enjoying this annual tradition with the locals of South Padre Island.
Spend the Day in Mexico
Visitors to South Padre Island will be excited to hear that Mexico is just a short drive away. South Padre Island is found at the southernmost tip of Texas, making it an extremely easy drive to reach the border. Head over to Mexico to enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine along with the tourist shops set up for daily travelers. You can now say you are an international traveler!
Visit Our Local Restaurants for Fresh Seafood
South Padre Island is located right off the Gulf of Mexico, where much of our country’s seafood is caught. Local restaurants have early access to the freshest seafood for a delicious meal. Check out local restaurants such as Sea Ranch for an incredible fine dining experience. More casual restaurants such as Blackbeards’ and Daddy’s Seafood & Cajun Kitchen continue to offer dine-in and takeout services so you can grab your meal anyway you like.
South Padre Activities Are Waiting for You
As you can see, there is plenty to enjoy here in the winter in South Padre Island. Reserve one of our exclusive vacation rentals that can keep you just steps away from the beach. There is no better place for a winter journey than South Padre Island!