South Padre Island

South Padre Island offers dependable bookings and affordable vacation rental real estate in a multi-season market that shows no signs of slowing down.


Located at the southern tip of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island attracts vacation rental guests with 34 miles of gorgeous shoreline, glittering turquoise waters, and family-friendly attractions. Thanks to its position on the Gulf, South Padre Island boasts moderate winter temperatures, making it a favorite retreat for Texans looking to escape the snow. Between spring breakers, summer vacationers, Northerners heading south for the winter, and wealthy families from Mexico, this popular four-season vacation rental destination keeps heads in beds all year round.

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On South Padre Island, properties on the east side of Padre Boulevard are considered beachside and units on the west side are considered bayside. All homes on the island are within walking distance of the beach, though eastside units generally rent for higher amounts. Three- to four-bedroom homes with pools do very well here, and are usually booked all summer long with back-to-back reservations. If you buy a condo, look for a unit in a complex that has top amenities (pool, hot tub, family-friendly activities, etc.) and a reputable HOA. Gulfpoint and Gulfview Condominiums are great options, as are La Playa and Ocean Vista, which sit right on the beach.

Learn more and compare South Padre Island with other top markets in our insider's guide to the best places to buy a vacation rental.

Market size

1,500+ rental units

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