I live on South Padre Island. You cannot drive on the beach within the city limits but if one drives north through the town to the county park entrance you can drive all the way north on undeveloped beach, to the jetty at Port Mansfield (about 25 miles). There is a fee for the park and depending on the time of year there may be a trash bag deposit which is refunded upon leaving the beach with the provided trash bag returned full.
It is a beautiful beach with many secluded spots great for fishing, beachcombing, shelling, hunting for sea beans, sandcastle building and any other great beach activities. Check out Sopadre.com for deals on rooms. Depending on the time of year you can find lodging for as low as 19.99 a night.
If you decide to visit SPI, please visit some of our great small shops and restaurants, we love our guests and can give you information on what is happening while you are here.
So come on down, have a great time exploring our beaches in your Jeep, respect our dunes and always remember to unlitter! Welcome to SPI!!