Winter in South Padre Island TX: 7 Fun Reasons to Visit Tropical Texas

Some fantastic reasons to visit South Padre Island in the winter include subtropical weather, abundant fresh seafood, enviable outdoor activities, and fun holiday celebrations. Whether you visit southeast Texas to escape the frigid weather or to make friends jealous, for a few weeks or a long weekend, here are seven fun reasons for your South Padre Island winter vacation.

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Winter in South Padre Island TX: 7 Fun Reasons to Visit

colorful lifeguard stand on South Padre Island

enjoy the warm and colorful winter scenes on South Padre Island

1. South Padre Island Winter Weather is Amazing

With average winter temperatures in the 60s and 70s, sub-tropical South Padre Island is an ideal escape for most USA residents looking to flee those cold conditions back home. You will not be the only one doing so though because there is a phenomenon called Winter Texans—like Snow Birds flocking to Florida and Arizona. Visit SPI, take and post those enviable selfies to make your friends and neighbors jealous.

colorful dining room of Painted Marlin SPI

Enjoy tropical Texas winter weather and al fresco dining at Painted Marlin SPI

2. SPI Local Flavor

Year-round residents of South Padre Island treasure the winter months before the throng of visitors return between Spring Break and Labor Day weekend. I see this phenomenon in many popular tourist destinations—from the “no left turn until Labor Day” to “wake me when September arrives” mentality. Visiting South Padre Island in winter means finding more local hidden gems and off the beaten path places to eat, explore, and have fun.

seafood ceviche on a bed of sand at F&B SPI

be sure to try fresh ceviche while in South Padre Island

For more input, I tapped into the mind of a Texas gulf coast local — from Luke Els, former Pastry Chef at Black Marlin in Port Aransas, Texas (and my cousin!)—and was told,

What’s definitely cool about winter as a tourist is that you get a real sense of what the community is like. Locals have more time to have a chat and get friendly with tourists and winter Texans (our equivalent to snow birds in Florida)—and you kind of get the island as the locals get it.

dessert at Painted Marlin Grille SPI

try the “Padre Pie” at Painted Marlin Grille

3. Abundant and Fresh Texas Gulf Seafood

Is there anything better than fresh grouper, shrimp, and snapper directly from the Gulf of Mexico? Well, in terms of seafood, the correct answer is NO! While fresh seafood is caught in the Gulf all winter and shipped all over the United States, you can be among the lucky and smart ones to eat it fresh! If you spend time on the water, you can even choose a “Cook Your Catch” option at many local South Padre restaurants.

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US Gulf Coast Travel tip: This handy Bay and Offshore Fishing chart shows best times to catch various local fish and average air and water temperatures throughout the year, along with fishing events and resources.

Luke, a restaurant industry veteran, told me more:

Fish is a big thing in the winter! Redfish, Sheepshead, Black Drum are in abundance. Oysters are a huge deal as well! Oyster season runs September to April; so everyone is selling em hand over fist during the winter season. A lot do come from Galveston Bay—and Aransas Bay is making huge strides to rebuild their oyster production since the storm—but you can get gulf oysters locally on much of the Texas coast.

colorful red grouper entree at F&B SPI

this red grouper at F&B SPI was caught that morning

4. Outdoor South Padre Island Winter Activities

The amazing subtropical Texas winter weather in Rio Grande Valley means you can enjoy a plethora of South Padre Island winter activities. Fishing, bicycling, boating and water adventures, golf, tennis, strolling the beach sand—anything to do with outdoors will be convenient and popular. Try SUP with Eh Brah SUP, skydiving with Skydive SPI, or a charter fishing excursion.

Charles McCool on SUP on South Padre Island

SUP is a wonderful South Padre Island winter activity. Photo credit: Eh Brah SUP SPI

5. Bird Migration

South Padre Island sits along two major migratory flyways—Central Flyway and Mississippi Flyway—and is a major migration route destination for real birds (not just snow birds). Nearly 500 species have been identified at the nine World Birding Center locations throughout Rio Grande Valley. Avid birders visit South Padre Island in winter months to see over 300 bird species—including some found nowhere else in the USA, from the Green Jay and the Buff-bellied Hummingbird to the Great Kiskadee and the Altamira Oriole. Try a birding tour at SPI Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary or with Fins to Feathers.

US Gulf Coast Travel tip: Reserve a room at Casa Mariposa—their patio borders the Valley Land Fund Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

boardwalk at SPI Birding, Nature Center, & Alligator Sanctuary

boardwalk at SPI Birding, Nature Center, & Alligator Sanctuary

6. South Padre Island Winter Holiday Celebrations

From the Lighted Boat Parade (this year on December 7, 2019) to SPI Kitefest (January 31, 2020 – February 1, 2020) to SPICE Chili Cook-Off (February 8, 2020), winter holiday celebrations on South Padre Island are fun, fun, fun! Experience and enjoy tropical Christmas decorations (including golf carts, of course) while wearing flip flops, Hawaiian shirts, and sunglasses. And if you dare, the Polar Bear Dip on January 1 is not quite as intense in the Gulf of Mexico water as it is in, perhaps, Michigan!

7. Two Nation Vacation

Visitors to South Padre Island are only a few miles from Mexico and should allow time to visit our neighbor to the south. In addition to eating amazing authentic food, visitors can explore authentic Mexican culture, shop for relatively inexpensive products, and pursue high quality healthcare options at lower costs. Yes, it is entirely possible to take a vacation and save money compared to staying at home.

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Visit South Padre Island this Winter

Have you ever been to South Padre Island during the winter months? If you haven’t then you must hear why spending the winter on the island is the best. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will allow you to enjoy the island more. Let’s take a look at why you need to visit South Padre Island this winter below.

Texas Weather

Visit South Padre Island this Winter

The weather on South Padre Island is something that will make you want to never leave to go back home. January’s temperatures are just what everyone loves with the highs around 69 degrees, lows around 55 degrees and it rains around 3 days during the month. February is another great month that has some wonderful weather. The days are about 74 degrees and the nights are around 57 degrees with it raining around 2 days. Not only are you able to enjoy some of the sand and sun but can also enjoy some of the other fun things to do around the island.

Become a Winter Texan

Have you ever heard of the term “snowbirds” before? Winter Texans are also known as “snowbirds” who have decided to make Texas their home for the winter. The best part about being a Winter Texan is you get to come south for the winter months and enjoy the nice warm weather we have down here. We have plenty of winter rentals that you can choose from to be able to stay for longer than 30 days. Come and explore what there is to do during the off-season and become an official Winter Texan every winter!

Experience South Padre Island

Visit South Padre Island this Winter

Staying during the winter months which would be from December through February, will allow you and the family to enjoy living on South Padre Island. There are many things that you can do to experience what it’s like to be a resident. Not only will you have the opportunity to choose which winter rental you want to stay in, but you can also bring the whole family. Some of the fun things that you can do during the off-season would be fishing, watching dolphins in the distance and golfing. No matter where you are on the island, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

While there are many other reasons as of why you should visit South Padre Island this winter, these are the few things we wanted to share. If you haven’t booked your next winter vacation to the island, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you come and stay with us this winter!

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Visit South Padre Island this Winter

Have you ever been to South Padre Island during the winter months? If you haven’t then you must hear why spending the winter on the island is the best. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will allow you to enjoy the island more. Let’s take a look at why you need to visit South Padre Island this winter below.

Texas Weather

Visit South Padre Island this Winter

The weather on South Padre Island is something that will make you want to never leave to go back home. January’s temperatures are just what everyone loves with the highs around 69 degrees, lows around 55 degrees and it rains around 3 days during the month. February is another great month that has some wonderful weather. The days are about 74 degrees and the nights are around 57 degrees with it raining around 2 days. Not only are you able to enjoy some of the sand and sun but can also enjoy some of the other fun things to do around the island.

Become a Winter Texan

Have you ever heard of the term “snowbirds” before? Winter Texans are also known as “snowbirds” who have decided to make Texas their home for the winter. The best part about being a Winter Texan is you get to come south for the winter months and enjoy the nice warm weather we have down here. We have plenty of winter rentals that you can choose from to be able to stay for longer than 30 days. Come and explore what there is to do during the off-season and become an official Winter Texan every winter!

Experience South Padre Island

Visit South Padre Island this Winter

Staying during the winter months which would be from December through February, will allow you and the family to enjoy living on South Padre Island. There are many things that you can do to experience what it’s like to be a resident. Not only will you have the opportunity to choose which winter rental you want to stay in, but you can also bring the whole family. Some of the fun things that you can do during the off-season would be fishing, watching dolphins in the distance and golfing. No matter where you are on the island, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

While there are many other reasons as of why you should visit South Padre Island this winter, these are the few things we wanted to share. If you haven’t booked your next winter vacation to the island, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you come and stay with us this winter!

Related Posts:

Like Area Info? Read more to learn all about what Padre Getaways has to offer!

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