South Padre Travel Info


Flying to SPI is a piece of cake, most flights will connect through Houston or Dallas.  We recommend flying into HRL on SOUTHWEST (kiter friendly luggage policy), and picking up a car or catching a ride on the Shuttle Service.   BRO is also an easy airport with a shuttle, although the shuttle is not to your door but it will get you close enough to walk typically.  HRL Shuttle is $40 round trip, reservation required, and is to your door.  Rental Cars are recommended, however SPI is do-able without one.

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Brownsville (BRO)  aka  South Padre Island International Airport

30minutes to SPI

United,  American,  USair

Free Shuttle to SPI.  Although not door to door, it is via “The Wave” which is SPI’s free public shuttle running up and down the Island.

It is recommended to book a rental car if flying into here.

Rental Cars Available

Harlingen (HRL)  aka  Valley International Airport

45minutes to SPI

SouthWest, United, Delta

$40 Round Trip Shuttle, door to door.  Advanced Reservation Required  SPI SHUTTLE: (877) 774-0050

Rental Cars Available


McAllen  (MFE)  aka  Miller International Airport

This is a little further and not typically used for kite trips, but is an option (90minutes is not that far)

90minutes to SPI

United, American

Rental Cars Available


Stock up on beef jerky, trail mix, veggies, fruits, and plenty of energy drinks.  Head South.  Gas up before crossing long deserted stretches of Texas (and Southern New Mexico if coming from the NW) to avoid stressing out.  Buy cowboy hats, belts, more beef jerky, and tacos along the way.  See you in a few days.

77 palms

… and when you finally see this on 77S, you know you are almost here.  Welcome to the Rio Grande Valley!!






RV CAMPING (and Car / Tent Sites)

KOA  (956) 761-5665koa sign

A great RV camping site, with the nicest facilities, a pool, and an excellent restaurant on site ‘Pier 19’.  Tent sites and Cabins available also. Located on the South end of the Island, and although on the water, there is no easy access to either flatwater or ocean riding, a rental car or taxi ride would be best.




Isla Blanca Park and Andie Bowie Park are 2 other great RV camping options both are managed by Cameron County Parks Dept

Isla Blanca Park(956) 761-5494isla blanca park

Located on the Southern tip of the Island, Isla Blanca is a big RV park, get a spot as close to the ocean as possible for an easy walk to great surf riding in the Ocean.  Advanced riders can launch into flatwater at Dolphin Cove as well.





Andy Bowie Park(956) 761-3704andybowiepark

Located on the Northern end (of town) Andy Bowie Park is a small RV park with a path to the ocean for surf riding AND within walking distance to flatwater riding at the South Flats.

more info on Isla Blanca and Andy Bowie Parks:


Off The Grid RV and Tent Camping

Ocean Front and On The Beach:  North of town at beach access 5 you can drive onto the beach and park and camp overnight.  Long term camping is discouraged but short term is no problem.  Find a flat spot behind high tide line and before vegetation / dune line.  Fires are ok (encouraged), just keep it clean!

On The Road Up North:  An alternative to parking on the beach itself is simply to park along the side of the road anywhere North of beach access 5 is ok (the further north the better usually, the very end is a great spot).  Keeps the car (and everything else) cleaner than parking on the beach and is easier in general (imo).

In The Flats:  Its probably not technically ok to park and camp in the flats, so dont.  However if you were to look you would find many nice flat, quiet, private, out of site spots from which you could let your dogs run and enjoy great peaceful camping.  Anywhere North of SPIW North Flats would be where you might find such a spot if said spot was ok to camp at…


 Recommended Hotels, Condos, and VRBO’s

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