Episode 18 – South Padre Island, Where Mañanaville Meets Margaritaville

Originally, I made plans to visit South Padre Island for spring break years ago. Plans shifted and we traveled elsewhere, but South Padre Island always intrigued and I finally just recently made my way and visited the Gulf of Mexico island destination for episode 18 – Exploring South Padre Island, Texas. What did I find on the other side of the causeway bridge from the mainland?


Photo taken from my parasail adventure

Would I find spring break in the summer? Would I want to cross the border and get into Mexico, a country I love?

No, I discovered a great destination, a wonderful beach and a place filled with many activities for visitors of all ages to appreciate. I found the place where “Mañanaville meets Margaritaville.”

Staying Adventurous Episode 18

Listen in as I explore the island, interview many of the locals including;  the CVB Director, a local bagel shop owner, people working with the Sea Turtle Inc and the Osprey Dolphin Cruise, and a new friend met over late night Karoke. Listen in and discover mySPI experience and my South Padre Island travel tips and advice for you when making your plans to visit the island.

showing off speckled trout caugh in laguna madre on trip to south padre island, texas

Staying Adventurous Show Notes

Stay Adventurous SPI Links

Sunset at Pier 19
Parasailing in South Padre
Adventure in South Padre  via  the Stay Adventurous YouTube channel
#StaySouthPadre – images via  @StayAdventurous on instagram

Places and Activities in South Padre Island

Captain Dave  SPI Fishing Trips (Always a Catch)
Bada-Bing Bagels
Pier 19
Las Marinas Condos
Air Padre
Sea Turtle Inc
Osprey Cruises (Dolphin Cruise)
Breakaway Cruises (parasailing)
Louie’s Back Yard
Convention & Visitors Bureau for South Padre Island
Kelly’s Bar (facebook page)
Wanna Wanna (the beach bar recommended via the United help desk)

Staying Adventurous, Craig

Special thanks again for Texas Tourism for providing passage to South Padre and hosting my experience with Visit South Padre. As always the thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • http://leahtravels.com/ Leah Walker

    I’m so happy you didn’t cross the border. So much to see and do in SPI. It’s a great family destination, especially in the summer. Spring break is legendary, but only needs to be experienced once. :-)

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Leah, I am so happy too… dare I say I loved my visit to Texas 😉 Great spot, plenty to do and definitely great for families and I heard some legendary spring break stories too…. but as I learned that’s just one month of the year in SPI. Stay TexasTwoStepping, Craig