High tides and good vibes: South Padre Island enters the summer season

Condominiums line the shores of South Padre Island. The beaches were recently voted among the best in Texas. By Diana Eva Maldonado, Valley Morning Star

After more than a year of missing spending time with family and friends because of the pandemic, a sense of normalcy is returning.

From near and far, many families are starting to celebrate the start of summer with vacations to South Padre Island.

According to South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) personnel, South Padre Island had many families visit the area during the Memorial Day weekend from around the Valley and as far away as San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.

“We are very happy and excited to see that there are a lot of families coming back to the Island as we are open and have experienced the Memorial Day weekend,” senior marketing and communications manager Teresa Rodriguez said.

According to Rodriguez, the Island had a wonderful turnout with a lot of people.

“The hotels and vacation rentals were full and we had different activities,” she said. “We had fireworks on the bayside and also the beachside. People were enjoying it and having a good time here on the Island.”

Rodriguez said the Island is expecting the same kind of turnout throughout the season.

Labor Day marks the end of summer, and between now and then, there are many events scheduled to be held on the Island.

July and August will be filled with an array of tournaments and events, such as a Pro-AM Beach Soccer Tournament, Texas International Fishing Tournament, Ladies Kingfish Tournament, United States Lifesaving Association National Championship and a Shallow Sport Owners Fishing Tournament.

Vacationers and visitors of the Island will be able to enjoy fireworks on both sides of the Island throughout the summer.

Every Friday and Saturday at 9:15 p.m., a firework show is held on the pier behind Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill and the Courtyard Marriott.

In celebration of the Fourth of July, a special Fireworks Over the Bay show will be held on the bayside at 9:15 p.m.

A firework show will be held on Sept. 6 at Louie’s Backyard in celebration of Labor Day.

“South Padre Island is a beach destination and we’re ready for families to come and have a great time outdoors,” Rodriguez said. “This is a time to create memories and rediscover our island.”