South Padre Island Beach Named a Best Texas Beach by USA TODAY’s

 South Padre Island, Texas – South Padre Island‘s beach was named a winner in the Best Texas Beach category of USA TODAY’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Award contest. The island ranked second in a competitive list of 20 nominee destinations across the state.

USA TODAY’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards took place over four weeks, with voting polls closing March 28. Winners, which were announced April 6, are being promoted across all USA TODAY media platforms.

“We are honored to be near the very top of the USA TODAY’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Award list for the Best Texas Beach,” said Keith Arnold, director of the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our city beach is 5 miles of uninterrupted, vehicle-free, light and soft sandy shoreline and clear, emerald-blue tropical water. The county beaches to the north of the city offer the same, with four-wheel drive access to miles and miles of natural shoreline. With moderate temperatures and an abundance of family-friendly offerings, we’re eager to host our summer and fall visitors on Texas’ only tropical island.”

South Padre Island boasts 34 miles of inviting beaches and easy travel by air, land, or sea. It also offers more than 5,000 lodging options and more than 40 local dining spots and entertainment venues. For family fun, visitors can swim, snorkel, and explore the barrier island. Or they can take a kiteboarding lesson and catch a wave. Fishing enthusiasts are invited to charter a boat, reel in a big fish, and then cook their catch at a local restaurant. Nature fans can birdwatch and explore along the boardwalk at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Lastly, visitors can complete their stay with an unforgettable experience of bay and beachside fireworks.

USA TODAY is a multiplatform news and information media company that delivers high-quality and engaging content across print, digital, social, and video platforms., acquired by USA TODAY in January 2013, provides users with original travel content for top destinations, such as South Padre Island Beach, in the United States.

To see the complete list of winners, visit For more information on South Padre Island, please visit or call 800-SOPADRE.

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