If you are looking for the next destination for your family vacation, consider booking a trip to South Padre Island. The island is located off the coast of Texas and is known for its miles of sandy beaches stretching along the warm, calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre.
South Padre Island is a popular destination year-round because the island is full of fun activities for your whole family. You could spend the day relaxing on the sand and breathing in the salty ocean air. If you are looking for more adventurous activities you can take a boat trip around the island, go deep sea fishing, or explore the island by kayak.
Adventures in Kayaking South Padre Island
Kayaking on South Padre Island is a popular activity: the weather is warm and sunny year-round and the shallow waters of the Laguna Madre Bay provide ideal conditions for kayaking and viewing sea life. You can also paddle through the marine estuary of the South Padre Island Birding Center where you can see hundreds of species of birds, and there are many bars and restaurants on the island that you can paddle your boat up to for a lunch or a quick drink. Many of the homes on South Padre Island have docks as well so you can kayak from your home.
Air Padre Kiteboarding
Air Padre offers kayak rentals on South Padre Island. Rentals for a single kayak start at $30 for 2 hours or you can rent it for the day for $89. They also rent double kayaks, glass bottom kayaks, surf kayaks, single fishing kayaks, and tandem fishing kayaks. All rentals come with life preservers and paddles.
U.B. Captain Kayaks
U.B. Captain Kayaks is another kayak rental business on the island. Kayak rentals start at $25 a day and they offer free drop off and pick up from their store. If you don’t feel comfortable in a kayak, they also offer classes so you can learn to be an expert at Kayaking on South Padre Island TX.
More Fun on the Water
In addition to the kayak specialists mentioned above, visitors can find all types of different outfitters that have their own unique attributes. For example, the popular company, Windsurf the Boatyard not only rents kayaks, but the owners also teach visitors how to harness the wind and sail on a surfboard. The knowledgeable and skilled professionals teach all ages and the prices by half day or full day for both windsurfing and kayaking are extremely reasonable.
If you and your crew have experience aboard a kayak, try the exhilarating South Bay Paddling Trail. This 8-mile paddling “trail” departs from Dolphin Watch Point on South Padre Island and then kayakers can meander along Clark Island to the entrance of the South Bay Pass. After the pass, the open waters of the South Bay come into view. From here, kayakers can float across the bay and visit Boca Chica State Park or Brazos Island State Park. Both parks offer an innumerable amount of activities, in which you can go fishing, swimming, surfing or simply rest on the beach. If you go further south towards Verdolaga Lake, Elon Musk and Tesla fans can spot the SpaceX South Texas Tracking Station as well as the accompanying SpaceX Launch Control Center from the water.
If satellite and rocket launches fail to impress you, the natural attractions around the South Bay will undoubtedly leave everyone astonished, with its magnificent tidal flats filled with seagrass and black mangroves. Moreover, since you are in a kayak, why not bob along the waves to a bayfront café and have a sunset cocktail or bite to eat? If you happen to be in a kayak above the Queen Isabella Causeway, visit the all-in-one establishment, Parrot Eyes, where guests not only have the opportunity to rent kayaks, jet skis and paddle boards, but also enjoy some of the best gulf coast seafood on the island.
Two other kayaker’s favorite haunts located on the shores of Laguna Madre Bay include Louie’s Backyard and Tequila Sunset. Louie’s has its own mini dock that allows for easy access and Tequila Sunset has live music throughout the week. Both spots are perfect for happy hour and if you are here during the summer, the fireworks over the bay seem more spectacular from these vantage points. Nevertheless, with your very own kayak, there is no shortage of landing spots all throughout South Padre Island.
Planning Your Stay
If you are looking for accommodation on South Padre Island after kayaking on South Padre Island TX, consider renting one of our vacation homes. Our homes range from one bedroom condos to large four bedroom homes. All of our vacation homes are high-quality furniture and are decorated using beach decor. Many of our homes also have stunning views of the ocean and surrounding island are just steps away from the beach.