1 . Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites South Padre Islands

South Padre Island, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 772 - 3222

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Laguna Madre Bay looks like a million bucks from the rooms of Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites South Padre – and it certainly won’t cost you that much to enjoy it! Or No. 2 pick makes vacationing on the island easy, and very convenient to some of Texas’ best must-sees, like Sea Turtle, Inc.!

No, Sea Turtle, Inc. isn’t the title of a new children’s Disney movie or a big factory spewing out little green reptiles on conveyor belts. It’s a rescue, rehabilitation and education center dedicated to helping sea turtles and to teaching people about them. And when you stay at Holiday Inn Express, you are just a turtle’s crawl away from it! To get you geared up to see the lil’ guys in the flesh – err, shell – this new South Padre Island hotel boasts a gigantic, 500-gallon aquarium full of the finest fishies from the Gulf. If you’d rather don your own pair of flippers, then head to the nearby beaches. Or, check out the manmade waves at Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park, just minutes from Holiday Inn Express!

Highlights

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites South Padre is also just minutes from Port Isabel Lighthouse and Historical Museum and Laguna Madre Nature Trail and Whaling Wall!

Related Onsite Offerings

Laundry facilities, dry cleaning services, outdoor pool, whirlpool, convenience store and business services.

Address

6502 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas 78597

2 . Queen Isabel Inn

Port Isabel, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (956) 943 - 1468

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Known as Rio Grand Valley’s first and oldest seaside resort, Queen Isabel Inn has had more than a few lifetimes to create the premier South Padre vacation destination you’ve dreamt about. And if your coveted envisions include utter peace and quiet on the lovely Laguna Madre Bay, then our No.4 selection is your hotel!

While we know Queen Isabel Inn isn’t exactly on the South Padre Island, we just couldn’t leave it behind. This Texas Historic Landmark is an intimate alternative to the more crowded resorts on the island. Built at the turn of the century, it was originally an exclusive hunting and fishing club at Point Isabel. Withstanding the test of time, it is now one of the only surviving historic inns on the South Texas coast, and your much-desired southern retreat! Once you’ve enjoyed the solitude of the peaceful pool area and sufficiently banished jetlag, take a glance at your guestroom or suite’s décor. Historic photos of the inn and its surroundings suggest a simpler time and an interesting look at the bayside. And for you history junkies who just can’t get enough, the oldest lighthouse in Texas is just two minutes away!

Fun facts

Queen Isabel Inn was Isabel Point’s first and only hotel for more than 20 years.

Highlights

Queen Isabel Inn is just two blocks from the Queen Isabella Causeway, providing you with quick access to South Padre Island beaches and attractions.

Address

300 Garcia Street, Port Isabel, Texas 78597

3 . Peninsula Island Resort and Spa

South Padre Island, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 761 - 2514

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Impeccably-decorated suites, private balcony Jacuzzis overlooking Laguna Madre Bay and a sparkling infinity pool – what more could you ask for in a Southern Texas retreat? Location, for one. And proximity to cool attractions is another. Thank gosh our No. 5 choice has got those covered – and so much more!

Peninsula Island Resort and Spa is certainly the most conveniently-placed hotspot on our list. Located right at the end of Queen Isabella Causeway, this South Padre prize is the first resort you’ll see on the island and the only resort you’ll want to stay at once you’ve stepped your sandal-bearing foot through the lobby doors. It doesn’t really matter which condo-like accommodations you choose to stay in, because they are all suites here. Families will love the multiple bedrooms and roomy atmosphere, while lovebirds gone south for the winter will adore the more intimate studio suites. Even more refreshing than the glistening gulf waters you can gaze at from the comfort of your suite is the oversized infinity pool down below. You just may be tempted to pull on your swim cap and swan-dive off your balcony, but we wouldn’t recommend it – really. Instead, take the 30-second hike down to the pool deck and safely enter the wavy waters or soak up the South Texas rays as you soak in the bubbling whirlpool.

Related Onsite Offerings

Las Olas Restaurant, swim-up pool bar, concierge service, valet parking, fitness center and maid service.

Highlights

A Botanical Mud Wrap does the body good at the Aveda spa at Peninsula Island Resort and Spa!

Address

340 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas 78597

4 . Isla Grand Beach Resort

South Padre Island, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 292 - 7704

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When we hear the term “living in a glass house,” we expect it to be followed up with a scolding about throwing stones, not a reference to the type of accommodations we could experience at our No.6 South Padre Island resort. Glass houses here translate into floor-to-ceiling glass windows and ridiculously beautiful views!

Formerly the Radisson Resort, Isla Grand Beach Resort just completed a multi-million dollar renovation – meaning you’ll happily reap the benefits in the form of cushy Sleep Number beds and marble countertops. Regardless where your room is on the property, you’ll wake to a riveting South Padre panorama. Lush foliage, sparkling pools and the Gulf of Mexico create a seamless backdrop on your Southern Texas vacation! After a casual stroll down the sandy pathways to the gurgling gulf, we recommend a nap under one of the many outstretched beach umbrellas lining the coast. But if you prefer to get your heart pumping, the oceanfront tennis courts are a must! And at night, the onsite Quarterdeck Lounge turns into a full-blown dance bonanza with bands from Las Vegas, Reno, Nashville, Chicago, New York and more!

Highlights

Isla Grand Beach Resort’s internationally renowned La Jaiba Downs crab races take place weekly on the Quarterdeck Lounge Raceway.

Related Onsite Offerings

Activity Director, children’s activities, business center pool, gift/sundry shop and The Windjammer Beachfront Café.

Address

500 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas 78597

5 . Comfort Suites South Padre Island

South Padre Island, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (956) 772 - 9020

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Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up to the distant swooshing of waves against the coast and know that just outside the door awaits pearly-white sand, warm surf and a host of some of the most inspiring attractions on all of South Padre Island? When you stay at our No. 7 spot, you can have it all!

No need to inhale fumes from a rusty ol’ cab as it putters from place to place when you stay at Comfort Suites South Padre Island. Instead, deeply breathe in the fresh ocean air as you patter from the resort grounds to Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Isla Blanca Park and much more. With so much to do and see and skip gleefully to, we were hesitant about spending too much time mentioning the miles of glorious gulf beach, rife with sunbathing and wave splashing opportunities. But then we came to our senses. It’s South Padre Island, for crying out loud! If spending your entire vacation as a beach bum is what you yearn to do, then so be it! For those moderate sunbathers, indoor attractions like the South Padre Island Convention Center are also nearby. And when the day finally turns into night, you’ll be happy there’s a generously-proportioned bed waiting in your guestroom or suite to escort you to dreamland.

Highlights

The Mexican border is just minutes away!

Related Onsite Offerings

Meeting rooms, laundry facilities, pool, whirlpool, continental breakfast and a gift shop.

Address

912 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas 78597

6 . Blue Bay Inn and Suites

South Padre Island, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (956) 761 - 8775

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Who ever said spending a bundle is necessary when you go on vacation? Because let’s face it; chances are if you’re headed to South Padre Island on your college spring break vacation, you’ve probably scoured all the couch cushions looking for some extra dough on more than one occasion.

And you don’t have to be a broke student to appreciate a deal. That’s why we think our No. 8 pick is right up your alley. Besides Blue Bay Inn and Suites’ budget-friendly accommodation prices, this place is really one of the best on the island, hence its spot on our list of Top 10 South Padre Island Hotels and Resorts. The location itself is worth much more than the meager price you’ll pay. Close to all the top attractions, this Texas spot is just minutes away from the wet n’ wild Schlitterbahn Waterpark and the pristine beaches of Isla Blanca Park. And the guestrooms and deluxe suites? You better believe they are comfortable! And that’s pretty important, especially if you succumb to a night of nearby beach partying. If a morning in the sack doesn’t chase away your night-before blues, then certainly a daylong lounge near the sparkling pool will!

Highlights

The Blue Bay Inn and Suites is just minutes away from Dolphin Watch tours and Lighthouse Square, too!

Related Onsite Offerings

Complimentary breakfast, outdoor pool, 24-hour front desk and a bar.

Address

901 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas 78597

7 . La Copa Inn and Suites

South Padre Island, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (956) 761 - 6000

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Forget those bland hotel packages that offer nothing but standard accommodations and boring add-ons. At La Copa Inn and Suites, the only thing standard about its packages is the ear-to-ear grin you’ll have once you see the loads of options and money-saving deals you’ll get on your Texas getaway!

Gone are the plainly titled “Romance,” “Family” and “Spa” packages and in their place are clever monikers like the Magic Fingers Massage Package. Not only are the names of this Best Western hotel’s deals unlike usual resort offerings, the packages themselves are a far cry from typical. We were more than thrilled when we heard about the Sandcastle Lesson Package that includes not just an hour of building the coolest beach home fit for a crab, but also free meals to delicious nearby restaurants. And get ready for this one: The ESCAPE of the Black Dragon. This package gives you the opportunity to set sail on a modern-day replica of a 17th-century galleon resembling those of centuries-old pirates, thieves and characters of folklore. When you’re not indulging in La Copa Inn and Suites’ specials, check out the hotel itself and nap on your guestroom or suite’s delightfully comfortable TempurPedic bed!

Highlights

Spend your holidays at La Copa Inn and Suites with its Gobble on the Gulf Thanksgiving Package and Christmas on the Beach Package.

Related Onsite Offerings

Outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast, banquet facilities, conference rooms, fitness center and activity desk.

Address

350 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas 78597

8 . South Beach Inn

South Padre Island, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (956) 761 - 2471

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Among the clusters of sea grape trees and lanky palms sits South Beach Inn, the final pick on our list of Top 10 South Padre Island Hotels and Resorts. While this pint-size historic haven may be the smallest of the bunch, it certainly packs a powerful punch on your trip to this tiny Texas barrier island!

Originally built as the Sea Grape Motel in 1961, South Beach Inn is among the oldest resorts on the island. Don’t fret, though; that doesn’t mean you’ll be given the keys to a cobwebby room in a crusty ol’ building. In fact, it means just the opposite. Practically 50 years looks great on this South Texas inn, especially the cheery coats of yellow, orange and blue paint that decorate the exterior walls. The pet-friendly ground floor efficiencies are ideal for anyone who fancies the idea of stripping down into their bathing suit and scurrying to the pool in 30 seconds flat. But if you prefer a bird’s eye view of the island surroundings, then we recommend a second-level suite.

Highlights

South Beach Inn is only a two-minute walk from the ocean’s edge!

Related Onsite Offerings

Looking for a wedding destination? South Beach Inn is partners with Beach Bride Guides!

Address

120 East Jupiter, South Padre Island, Texas, 78597

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