For me, the best place on South Padre is Kelly's Irish Pub. It is a local bar, but it has that small island atmosphere with great pub grub and very reasonable priced pints (Guinness that is).
The thing to do is rent some kind of buggy, there are many places to choose from, and cruise up and down the island.
At the beach you can do all the normal water sports; water-skiing, parasailing, boating, riding the dunes with a dune buggy or a horse, etc... The water is a nice blue, and warm.
Fishing is great down there. They have many good piers to fish from or the jetties are a great place too.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Padre is fishing on the pier one night when a water spout went right through us. It was wild. A squall blew in real fast and we watched this water spout form right in front of us and then it picked up speed and went right over the pier. It was too violent, but man what a sight. We ended up in the bait house watching the rain and wind blow like hell. It was all over in about an hour. That is a great memory!
Steeped in the heritage of the Rio Grande delta, Brownsville is a perfect travel destination with Mexico at the doorstep and Gulf of Mexico beaches close by.
Unhurried southwestern charm plus a unique bicultural mystique amidst Texas’ best overall climate creates a great setting for a two-nation vacation.
Brownsville is accessible by air with Continental Airlines servicing Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport and additional options at nearby Harlingen airport.
By road, Brownsville is located at the beginning of Expressways 77 & 83 on the Mexico border, 272 miles from San Antonio, 352 miles from Houston, or 517 miles from Dallas.
Be assured that your travels will have many more comforts than did the Spanish explorers in centuries past.
Fondest memory: Got drunk on cocktails and played golf the next day in 90 degree heat because I HAD PROMISED MY TWO NEPHEWS I WOULD.
South Padre Island, certainly a hot spot to travel, no matter what time of year.
Fondest memory: Away from the area, miss being with the one I love.