The granite boulders are barnacle encrusted and urchin infested.
bring some type of flotation device to be used for rescue in case someone falls into the surf.
Check live South Padre weather conditions and forecasts, pictures, video, and daily updated surf and beach report. Wind and/or wave conditions support stronger or more frequent rip currents.
Book South Padre hotels, condos, and vacation rentals, check out South Padre real estate listings, watersports and activities, dolphin watch, parasailing, restaurants, RV parks, or charter a fishing trip. Only experienced surf swimmers should enter the water. High Risk - Wave Heights 6' and/or Wind Speed greater than 20kts.
While off of the beach you can indulge in some of the freshest seafood (if you've never had the lobster sized Gulf Coast Shrimp you really ought to try! Nightlife is plentiful featuring beach front cabanas or bayside tropical bars where you can have a cocktail and watch the sunset, dance, join in for some karaoke, or watch your favorite sports at the local sports bar.
Each year during the month of March, the small quiet seaside town of 2,400-population fills in with ten times that many college girls and boys as the beaches of South Padre Island has become one of the most popular Spring Break destinations in the nation.
RIP CURRENTS KILL SWIMMERS EVERY YEAR HERE AT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND.
South Padre Island EMS (956) 761-5454 Cameron County Park System (956) 761-5494 U. Coast Guard Station South Padre Island (956) 761-2668 Cameron County Parks Police (956) 761-5283Rip currents (mistakenly called rip tides or undertows) are common and can be found almost daily on all South Padre Island Beaches.
You will notice the longshore current as you enter the water, causing you to drift along the beach. Not a hazard for swimmers, unless there is a north wind, the longshore current will sweep you towards the jetty where it will become a rip current sucking out to sea.
An undertow occurs when a wave is about to break on a shallow sandbar where a swimmer might be standing.
The water will suck underneath the wave as it breaks.
There is a strong rip current located next to the jetty.
This rip current is the strongest and most dangerous on the entire Texas coast, and on big days it can suck you out to the end of the jetty into the "pit" where the biggest waves will break, and likely wash you back onto the rocks.