Disclosure: This family trip to South Padre Island was hosted by Kampgrounds of America. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are mine alone.
South Padre Island is one of the great gems of the Gulf Coast. This island paradise is just minutes from Port Isabel and a short drive from major Texas metropolises like McAllen, Laredo, Corpus Christi, Houston, and San Antonio.
Because South Padre Island is situated on the Gulf Coast, it benefits from a tropical climate, gorgeous weather and some amazing wildlife and plant life. During our recent stay at on South Padre Island, we had the opportunity to see so many different varieties of birds, sea turtles, fish, and even flamingos (yes, we saw a couple in the marshes on our way to Port Isabel!).
Why South Texas is the Ultimate Getaway for Winter Break
South Texans are lucky to enjoy beautiful weather year round. That’s why it’s the perfect destination for Winter Texans or Snowbirds visiting from the Northern states, who want to escape the snow or flock to warmer places. Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a family holiday, South Padre Island is a great destination for your next trip. Warm weather, pristine beaches, glossy Instagram-worthy scenic views and plenty of things to do on South Padre Island, make it the ultimate destination for a tropical vacation close to home.
We recently had the opportunity to stay at a weekend rental on South Padre Island and we were glad to find lots of fun things to do with families on the island. Public parks, beaches, restaurants, shops and nature centers and just some of the activities you’ll find around South Padre.
There’s so much to do on the island, that there’s hardly a chance you’ll get bored. But if you’re into that sort of thing and want to enjoy a lazy day by the water, there are so many great spots to relax, soak up the sun and just be. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get our upcoming posts featuring some of our favorite South Padre Island activities family activities.
Deluxe Cabin Rentals at South Padre Island KOA Holiday
Our staycation started at South Padre Island KOA Holiday, where we were hosted for a weekend of activities and fun with the family. Special thanks to Kampgrounds of America for hosting us!
While at South Padre Island KOA Holiday, we stayed in their gorgeous Waterfront Deluxe Cabin Rentals. These beach-style bungalows are positioned right on the Laguna Madre Bay and include a full porch, BBQ grill and an outdoor dinette area where you can enjoy a meal together while taking in the amazing view. We spent hours out on the patio and deck, just soaking in this beautiful scenery.
KOA Holiday Deluxe Cabins are conveniently located next to Pier 19 Restaurant & Bar and various fishing and dolphin watch boat cruises. And there a ton of amenities and activities included with your stay at the campgrounds, like a pool (open year-round), hot tub/sauna, a full gym, laundry facilities, fishing, playground for the kiddos, K9 park, RV/camper lots, snack bar, cable tv, and even private KOA events, like aqua Zumba classes, outdoor movies, community barbecues and campfire s’mores nights with other KOA campers. View a full list of amenities and activities.
Here’s an outside look at our cabins. This gorgeous, beachy blue and white color palette is one of my favorites. And every cabin is beautifully landscaped with tropical plants, palm trees, and a small garden, complete with a water feature, lighting, and benches where you can relax and take in the view or enjoy a good book.
Our waterfront deck also included an outdoor glider with side tables. It was the perfect spot to enjoy our breakfast at sunrise. We had one day where a gentle rain descended on the bay in the early morning hours. Sitting on the deck and enjoying that misty sunrise with a hot mug of coffee was a little piece of heaven. The patio area and bay view are absolutely amazing. Multiple times I considered moving right into this spot permanently. We’ll definitely be heading back to soak in more of this incredible view very soon.
Inside our South Padre Island KOA Holiday Deluxe Cabins
The inside of our Waterfront Deluxe Cabin was just as nice, well manicured and stocked with enough coffee and linens for the whole weekend. And if you need anything or planned a longer stay, a quick call or stop at the KOA office will get you all taken care of.
The lighting in this space is absolutely amazing and it’s one of my favorite things about staying in these cabins. I loved waking up each day to feel the warm rays of the sun through sliding glass doors and big, bright windows. And those gorgeous wood plank vaulted ceilings? I’m in love!
A full kitchen and dinette area mean that you can enjoy meals together as a family and stick to a budget during your trip by eating in. Table seating for four and a sofa/sofa bed offer plenty of room for everyone to dine together, but you only need to open sliding glass doors to reveal a large deck and additional seating if you’re entertaining or just want more options.
The bedroom and bathroom are a good size and comfortable compared to most cabins. There is a main bedroom with a queen size bed, side tables, a full-length mirror, nightstand, and cable tv.
There’s also a set of bunk beds for the kiddos or any guests who might join you. They’re super sturdy and plenty strong enough to accommodate adults as well.
Under the bunks, there are storage bins filled with fresh linens and blankets. You’ll also find plenty of pillows and a ladder to help you access the top bunk.
And if you need even more space, there’s a queen size sofa bed in the main living space ready to use, with its own set of linens.
Each cabin has a fully stocked bathroom (including linens and toiletries) with a locking pocket door, storage cabinets, mirror, hairdryer, towel racks, and enclosed shower. We really enjoyed having the camping experience with our kids, without having to give up the modern luxuries of a hotel or resort. I’m personally not one for “roughing it,” so this was the perfect compromise for me. At South Padre Island KOA Holiday, you can have your campfires and BBQs, while still enjoying all the comforts of home.
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