Despite the name, South Padre Island is not in and of itself an island. It is a town on – appropriately – the southern end of Padre Island, off the coast of Texas. Its location on the Gulf of Mexico has made it a popular vacation destination just about any time when the weather is nice enough to lie on a beach, but this town gets particularly during Spring Break. Still, it is a great place to spend a beach holiday whether you are a Spring Break student or not – and there are lots of cheap hotels in South Padre Island for you to stay in, too.

Not only are there several options for you to choose from when you are looking for cheap hotels in South Padre Island, you can also select from several different locations in the area in which to base yourself. You can enjoy bay front or beach front hotels if you really want to be super close to the water and the beaches, or you can look at the hotels away from the water in the “inner island” parts of town. Depending on the season, you may find the inner island hotels to be a bit cheaper precisely because they are not right on the water.

Clearly, the primary attraction on South Padre Island is the beach and the water – so it should not be surprising that most of the activities and sights are beach- or water-related. Even if you have no experience in some of the water sports before, your South Padre Island vacation is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at parasailing, jet skiing, or windsurfing. If you would prefer to take things a little slower, there is ample hiking and cycling in the area, or you can even take a boat tour out to see the dolphins.

A few of the cheap hotels in South Padre Island you can look into are Knights Inn & Suites on the Bay (on the bay, free continental breakfast, outdoor pool, internet access available, free WiFi access, laundry facilities), Wanna Wanna Inn (on the beach, 28 rooms, on-site restaurant & bar, outdoor pool, Spring Breakers welcome, some rooms available as one-bedroom condos), Surf Motel at South Padre Island (on the beach, some rooms with kitchens and living areas, outdoor pool, on-site bar & grill, live music weekends & holidays), South Padre Travelodge (inner island, walking distance to beach front, internet access available, free WiFi, continental breakfast available, laundry facilities, outdoor pool & hot tub, room front parking), and Comfort Suites (inner island, near Schlitterbahn Waterpark, walking distance to many shops & restaurants, 74 rooms, free full hot breakfast buffet, outdoor pool & hot tub, laundry facilities, parking available, internet access available).

Map of South Padre Island Hotels