Fan Favorites – You Said It Best!


We asked all of our fans and followers on social media to tell us what it is that they love about Padre Island. We reached hundreds of people and received some great responses. People mentioned favorite activities and places from every part of the island from Port Aransas and Corpus Christi to South Padre Island. Let’s dive in and see what everyone had to say!

Based on our fans’ comments, the most popular activities and places on Padre Island are: Schlitterbahn, Clayton’s Beach Bar, fishing, and just spending time on the beaches. If you haven’t had a chance to visit these places or do any of these activities, you definitely need to!

Based on our fans’ responses, the most popular beach and water activities are:

  • Dolphin watching
  • Boogie boarding
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Laying on the beach getting a tan
  • Hanging out with friends and family
  • Watching the sun rise and set
  • Riding bikes
  • Renting boats
  • Surfing
  • Sea Turtle hatchings
  • Horseback riding at sunset
  • Beach soccer

Our fans love fishing all over the island. Whether you hit the high seas for some deep-sea fishing, fight the waves from the shore, drop a line from a pier, or skip over to the calm Bay, you will have a great time! Visitors and residents are continually reeling in all types of big and small fish, sharks, stingrays, and more.

Restaurants, Bars, and Candy Shops:

“Go to Clayton’s and drink turbo piña coladas with friends.”

  • Tom and Jerry’s Bar and Grill
  • Winton’s Candy
  • JB’s German Bakery and Café
  • Schlitterbahn brunch
  • Clayton’s Beach Bar
  • Dirty Al’s Seafood Restaurant
  • Blackbeards’
  • Padre Island Burger Company
  • Coconuts Bar and Grill
  • Yummies Bistro

“Going to eat at JB’s for Sunday Brunch on the island. MMMM.”

Other Attractions and Events:

  • Farmers Markets
  • Turtle, Inc.
  • UME
  • Padre Island National Seashore
  • Fire It Up
  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark
  • Calypso
  • Cinco de Mayo Longboard Pro.
  • Sand Fest
  • Fireworks


“On North Padre, the Cinco de Mayo Longboard Pro. is the best place to go if you love surfing and hanging out on the beach.”

Additional Quotes:

“Watching my granddaughter’s love of sand and sea grow as she experiences the many joys of Port Aransas.”

“When we visit Padre Island, the turtle rescue, dolphin watch, and eating at Black Beards is a must!”

“My favorite places I have to stop while in Port Aransas are Winton’s Candy and the ice cream shop that’s down the street from it. My favorite part of the beach is right next to the Horace Caldwell Pier.”

Thanks to our fans that told us all about their favorites, we have an insider view on what is hot in Padre Island. As you can see, Padre Island has so many places to see, things to do, and activities to participate in all year long. Next time you visit, pick a place or activity on one of these lists and go for it! Explore what Padre Island has to offer from North to South.

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