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Best Times to Visit South Padre Island

The best time to visit South Padre Island is from September through February. Unless you are planning to join in on the Spring Break fun -- rowdy partying at all hours of the day -- you'll find this tiny town rather unbearable. However, during the other ten months out of the year, SPI exudes a relaxed aura perfect for sun-seekers and families. Plus hotel rates are reasonably low compared to other beach destinations. Just be advised that, if you're planning a summer trip, there's a slight chance you'll encounter some unfriendly hurricane weather.


It's no wonder why South Padre has become a Spring Break haven: Average spring temperatures range from the mid 60s to the mid 80s. As the ice and snow begins to thaw and mid-terms come to an end, countless numbers of college students flee southward for some much needed reveling. And because many college students squeeze upward of 10 people into one room, the hotels are forced to jack their rates to turn a profit. So if you're looking to save, now is not the time. May, however, offers a tiny sweet spot for visitors: The college kids have come and gone and the hurricane season has yet to arrive.

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Summers in South Padre are hot: Average highs hover in the upper 80s, making the beach and water-centric attractions like Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark seem even more inviting. You'll find plenty of bargain-priced hotel rooms, but make sure you prepare for the heat: Pack plenty of sunscreen and make sure to drink lots of water. It's also a good idea to keep an eye on the weather: Although it's rare, South Padre has been known to experience hurricane weather during this season.

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As temperatures drop back into the mid 80s, it becomes much more comfortable to explore South Padre (and the historical sites across Laguna Madre in Port Isabel) on foot. However, make sure to bring an umbrella. September is known as the rainiest month -- although this tiny town sees barely any precipitation -- and the threat of hurricane weather (albeit slight) still prevails. But don't let that deter you from visiting. October and November are particularly great: You'll have missed the summer heat and the winter vacationers will have yet to arrive. Plus, there are plenty of fun and family-friendly events that take place during these months.

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Winter might be a little too chilly to dive into the bay -- average temperatures rest in the 50s and 60s -- but the weather is perfect for a stroll along the Laguna Madre Nature Trail, a picnic in Isla Blanca Park or a dolphin cruise. There are also several special events held during this time. However, SPI is a popular winter getaway spot for northern Texans, so make sure to book your hotel room at least a week in advance.

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