top of page

South Padre Island

SPI sunrise

When the kids are on my last nerve and we all need a quick little beach getaway. we just shoot right down 35 and head to SPI. I think the pandemic has us all in our feels right now. We just have this need to live without restrictions... Lol well within reason! The kids are tired of looking at each other and me, (transparent mommy moment) and I'm tired of looking at them. In perspective I now work from home and the kids are completely homeschooled (Also done by me). I get off work/school and I still have to mom!!! Homework(yes, homeschool still has homework after the regular work). I then have to be Molly the maid.. Chef.. Nanny.. Everybody! Its ridiculous!! I say all that to say... That we really needed a vacation this year. A real one!

Read More: 7 Affordable Beach Vacations in the U.S.

The drive from Oklahoma City is 10.5 hours. We rented this cute Toyota Sienna from Budget. It was a hybrid, I think it took about $90 gas there and back and we didn't even need gas in town because it ran electric! As spacious and efficient as the mini van was I'm not switching cars anytime soon!

We stayed at La Copa Inn. The rooms were nice and the staff was friendly. My top 3 highlights for this hotel:

1) The Location of this hotel is Everythinnggggg.

2) The Poolside Bar makes amazingly strong drinks and the hotel serves Starbuks!

3) Hearty breakfast included with the stay and the pizza from the restaurant in the hotel is amazing and and makes an awesome beach snack

Read More : The Ultimate Beach Vacation Packing List for Families

Sunrises on the beach!

We try to wake up every morning and watch the sunrise. The pictures look like post cards. The golden hour also yields some phenomenal selfies!

Read More: 7 Affordable Beach Vacations in the U.S.

SpaceX rocket landing!

While we were lounging by the pool all of a sudden the hotel windows the deck and everything started to rumble. It was overcast that day so we couldn't see past the clouds but it sounded like a plane was passing over very low and slow. The sound was continuous and it it went on for almost 5 minutes. and by the look on all the other guest faces it was like the world was ending and we couldn't move. We later found out by watching the local news that SpaceX had successfully landed some new high tech rocket at their base near the island. My kids thought it was so cool that they were actually in South Padre when it happened. Hindsight, it was super cool but in the moment we were kind of shook!

Pier 19 Restaurant

Before we headed out on our excursion we had lunch at Pier 19. This place has the best Ceviche! Ever! Annnnndddd its conveniently located where the Osprey Eco Crusie launches from.

Oszprey Eco tour

We took a dolphin watch and eco on one of our free days. The kids absolutely loved this! The tour is chartered by Osprey Cruises located on Pier 19. During the first 15 minutes of sailing the crew drags a new through the gaby to catch some sea life. When they pull the net its full of whatever was crawling on the ocean floor. Each creature is explained and passed around, its like a hands on sea life course. Its super affordable around $20 per person, just call and reserve your spot before you go. The 2:00pm tour is the most popular.

Read More : The Ultimate Beach Vacation Packing List for Families

Other Places to Dine

We ate at this bayou grill named Dirty ALs. The Shrimp there is pretty good and they have patio seating with a great view of the bay. Disclaimer: if you have school aged children that can read this may not be the best place to dine. It's called Dirty Al's for a reason. I will just say that there is a lot of questions decor on display. Dine at your own risk!

End of the Road Beach

If you drive all the way to the north end of the south padre island. There are no hotels just a few attractions like a petting zoo and horseback riding. Other than that the gem that is at the end of the road is indescribable! its crystal clear, the sands are so untouched and so beautiful. The shells are bigger and the sun even shines brighter. Obviously there is less traffic but the remtoteness is just what we needed to un-lug all the way and just enjoy the beach. If you want to hang out here make sure you bring you own beach chairs, umbrellas and snacks. There are about 2 beach access to get to the serine paradise. Please make sure your vehicle of choice at least has 4 wheel drive. If you don't have a vehicle with good traction don't worry you can access this hidden treasure from the road but be prepared to hide the dunes. You are welcome in advance.

Read More: 7 Affordable Beach Vacations in the U.S.

A day at the Beach

We started our vacation mid week so the beach was low traffic on our first few days. We didn't have to rush to grab a spot at the crack of dawn. The weekends are another story. If you want a good spot on the beach you have to get up early and get your tent put up. Spread you kids toys out in front of your spot so people with poor beach etiquette don't set up their tent obstructing your view. Our last full vacation day we spent the whole day on the beach. We got out at about 10am. There were already multiple families set up. I opted not to bring a tent this year since it was just me and the kids. There are always vendors on the beach that rent chairs and umbrellas. The company we used this year was Jim's Beach Service . We stayed on the beach all day or at least until 6pm when our rental expired. We ate pizza for lunch and built a sandcastle just like the pros. The kids were exhausted, no body had sunburn it was a great day. We were so sad when it was time for us to head back home.

South Padre Island is ranked high on the list of most beautiful beaches in the United States. If you've never been I highly recommend you make the trip.

Read More : The Ultimate Beach Vacation Packing List for Families

29 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All
bottom of page