South Padre Island a family vacation

This past year I spent Halloween in South Padre Island, Texas with my family. South Padre Island is known as a resort town just across the bridge from Brownsville, Texas.

If you have ever heard of South Padre Island then you know it’s a popular place for college kids to go during their spring break. So if you have ever wanted to go with your family then I advise you not to go during that time. During spring break rentals on the island can get quite pricey.

Instead, go during the off season like the winter months. Texas can get really hot during its summer season so if you go during the winter season the temperature is still really nice. We went in late October and the temperature ranged from 80 F to 90 F. I’m from the north and we wear shorts when it’s 60 F. So the weather was perfect.

We got to stay in an amazing rental house (really a mansion). It was big enough to house 18 people comfortably and it really was a stroke of luck that we were able to stay there. My sister and her husband arrived a day before everyone else and called the realtor to get the keys for the house we were supposed to stay in. Imagine their surprise when they found out the house they had already paid for had been lifted off its foundation and was under construction. They spent the day with the realtor going around the island looking at available houses. The last one they saw was the beauty you see in the pictures below. We were able to stay in this house for our family vacation for the original amount of money they had paid. It was fabulous!!!

But where do you eat? Everywhere of course! The island offers plenty of food options all over. However, there are no grocery stores on the island so plan ahead. The drive across the bridge to the island can take about 25 minutes depending on the traffic. Luckily the island has plenty of Stripes. Stripes is a convenience store chain and they have everything. My mother and I are early risers so we spent our mornings walking to the closest Stripes to get enough breakfast tacos for the house. By the time we would get back everyone would just be waking up. So it worked out perfectly.

South Padre Island offers plenty of things to do by yourself or with the family. Check out their website for more information at


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