South Padre Island is a tropical barrier island in southeast Texas flanked by the Gulf of Mexico to the east and the Laguna Madre Bay to the west. A popular spot for destination weddings, the area offers 34 miles of white sand shoreline, crystal clear waters and over 300 days per year of sunshine. Area event spaces take advantage of the Gulf or Bay views, and offer everything from peaceful seaside ceremonies, to courtyard dinners, to nightclubs and dance floors that can take the after party well into the night.
1.Namar Event Center
© Namar Event Center
South Padre’s Namar Event Center was built with entertaining in mind. The wedding venue offers panoramic views of the Laguna Madre bay and spectacular evening sunsets. While the flexible indoor event space hosts up to 200 guests for dining and dancing, outdoor spaces include the wrap-around porch and brick patio, which is perfect for ceremonies and cocktail receptions. The venue is rented as a blank slate, and couples may select approved vendors for tables, linen and chair rentals, music, lighting and décor to create a one-of-a-kind event. Pre-approved food and beverage vendors include South Padre Island’s finest caterers, bakers and bar services.
8505 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, Phone: 956-761-2350
2.Casa Mariposa Event Venue and Villas
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Casa Mariposa is a unique wedding and event venue featuring Mexican style adobe architecture, an interior colonial courtyard surrounded by fountains and tropical gardens, and hand carved mahogany doors. The villa includes three private bedrooms with private baths, and a master suite in the main home. Weddings can host up to 200 guests, and unique packages include oceanfront ceremonies on the sand. Reception spaces include an upstairs terrace for small parties, the patio and courtyard space for larger groups. Guests can lounge indoors in the villa, or swing in the hammocks surrounding the courtyard. The villa backs up to the Valley Land Fund Birding Sanctuary, and a variety of colorful migratory birds frequently visit the home’s back porch.
112 W Corral Street, South Padre Island, TX 78597, Phone: 956-433-5806
3.Chapel by the Sea
South Padres Island’s Chapel by the Sea is a multi-denominational place of worship that has been serving the community since 1980. The non-profit Christian chapel is managed by a board of directors, rather than church members. The chapel invites couples of any Christian denomination to have their ceremony there. All music at before, during and after the ceremony is under the direction of the church’s organist. The presiding Chaplain may also travel to beach weddings, or any other location. Couples must apply The light-filled church seats up to 200 guests, and is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows for a panoramic views of South Padre on each side, even behind the main altar.
33425 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, Texas 78597, Phone: 956-761-5636
4.Clayton’s Beach Bar
Clayton’s is home of the “biggest beach bar in Texas.” The bar and grill serve casual burgers, seafood and Mexican food. Popular drinks include their signature margarita and turbo pina colada. The bar is known for its live music and hosts concerts nearly every night of the summer, spring break and major holiday weekends. Clayton’s hosts the country’s largest free springs break music festival. Additional signature events include Run the Jailbreak, a 5k obstacle race with traditional afterparty at Clayton’s. Sandcastle Days is a sand-castle building tradition dating back 30 years, now attended by over 30,000 guests who enjoy live music at Clayton’s all day. The Polar Bear Dip takes place each New Year’s Day with live music and a costume contest.
6900 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, Texas 78597, Phone: 956-761-5900
5.La Copa Inn Beach Hotel
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La Copa Inn is among South Padre Island’s top rated hotels. Situated on the waterfront, the hotel offers pet-friendly accommodations, free breakfast daily, and water activities such as parasailing and jet-skiing. The Copa Cabana Bar and Grill serves lunch, dinner and cocktails for guests to enjoy by the pool or at the beach. Weddings and private events can host up to 300 people. Flexible indoor banquet space offers banquet style or reception style arrangements. Wedding ceremonies may take place on the patio surrounding the outdoor pool, or on the beach, just steps from the hotel and banquet hall. In-house services include wedding planning, catering and bar service, audio-visual and décor rentals.
350 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, Phone: 956-272-0114
6.Longboard Bar and Grill
Longboard Bar and Grill is a restaurant and night life hot spot in South Padre Island’s south entertainment district. The 9,000 square foot open air venue on the Laguna Madre bay offers spectacular South Padre sunset viewing, and in the summer months, guests can enjoy a view of the fireworks over the water. Ongoing events include Country Music Saturdays and LatinNights on Sundays. The casual bar menu serves burgers, seafood and specialty drinks. The bar’s local owners have restaurant experience from the nearby Meatball Café, and own and operate Southern Wave Catamaran Charters as well. Sailboats may pull into the dock directly in front of the Longboard Bar and Grill.
205 W. Palm Street, South Padre Island, TX, 78578, Phone: 956-772-7022
© Louie’s Backyard
Louie’s Backyard is a unique South Padre Island sports bar and nightclub, also available for private events. Banquet rooms are suitable for parties of 25 to 500. Outdoor space includes several decks overlooking Laguna Madre Bay, a perfect location for sunset or fireworks viewing. The facility may be rented in part or in whole. South Texas’ largest sport’s bar, Louie’s offers 65 high definition televisions and ten extra large screens. The dance floor opens nightly at 9pm where guests DJ’s perform to the crowd’s on the island’s most popular nightspot. The menu is popular for its all-you-can-eat seafood and prime rib buffet, and the Death by Chocolate cake.
2305 Laguna Blvd, South Padre Island, Texas 78597, Phone: 956-761-6406
8.Pearl South Padre
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At the southern tip of South Padre Island is the Pearl, a resort hotel offering sandy beaches, tropical breezes and views of the ocean from every room. Weddings take advantage of the beachfront location for seaside ceremonies on the Gulf of Mexico. Elegant ballroom space can accommodate up to 500 guests when combined. The Blue Marlin is a 2,000 square foot space with views of the Gulf, while the Sand Dunes offers 3,500 square feet of space filled with natural light. The 250-room hotel offers condos for use as bridal suites, and has an on-site spa offering a full menu of treatments and salon services.
310 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, Phone: 956-761-6551
9.South Padre Island Convention Center
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South Padre Island’s Convention Center is a contemporary 45,000 square foot event space with a central downtown location. The facility can accommodate group of 20 to 2,500 for events and is best know for hosting an annual college basketball tournament, the South Padre Island Invitational. The convention center is managed by the island’s visitor’s bureau, which offers assistance planning weddings and events. From permits for beach weddings, to marriage license information and officiants, to venues, hotels and caterers, the convention and visitor’s bureau offers a comprehensive listing of suggested vendors. South Padre Island offers outdoor fun for couples, families from thrill-seeking to lazy days at the beach.
7355 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, Phone: 956-761-3000
10.SPI Equestrian and Events Center
South Padre Island’s Equestrian and Events Center offers horseback riding on the beach at sunrise and sunset, polo lessons, and The Stables, a membership-based polo club. The center offers classes on horsemanship, including general horse care, grooming and safety, as well as polo lessons for members of The Stables. The public is welcome for beach rides or classes, from ages 6 and upward. Groups are kept small for the safety of the guests, and the well-trained quarter horses are suitable for riders of all levels. The center is host to several equestrian events year round, including the USPA Women’s Challenge Polo Tournament and Polo on Padre each spring.
8805 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, Phone: 956-761-7743
11.The Inn at South Padre
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The Inn at South Padre is a family and pet-friendly hotel centrally located within walking distance to many of the area’s beaches, shopping areas, restaurants and bars. The hotel offers a pool and hot-tub with free outdoor movies showing nightly, breakfast, and all-day coffee service. Flexible indoor meeting space can seat up to 75 while leaving room for a small dance floor. Tables, chairs and linens in a variety of colors are available. Many of the suite-style rooms come equipped with kitchens, and all have an in-room wet bar and private patio or balcony.
1709 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, Phone: 956-761-5658
12.Venezzia the Venue
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Venezzia The Venue offers five wedding and event venue spaces throughout South Padre Island. Two elegant indoor spaces include the Main Ballroom and Petit Venezzia. Both offer ample natural light through floor to ceiling windows. The Veranda is a partially covered open air patio with views of a grassy lawn. The kiosk is an outdoor venue suitable for ceremonies, adjacent to a fountain, with a white wooden platform and pergola. the adjacent gardens may be configured to seat up to 600 guest. Certified event designers make each event unique, as the blank slate space can be decorated to suit any taste or fancy.
5 Event Center Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78526, Phone: 956-455-8259
13.South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center
The South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center is the premier bird watching destination within the Rio Grande Valley. The coastal island and Laguna Madre bay are home to a variety of native and migrating species. Attractions at the center include a 3,300 foot long board walk for walking among the marshes and wetlands, bird blinds, and a 5-story bird viewing tower. The location may be rented for weddings, parties and events that wish to take advantage of the beautiful sunsets and breathtaking scenery. Ceremonies and receptions may be staged outdoors along the boardwalk and the center’s back deck, or indoors in the auditorium, which can seat up to 100 guests. A list of pre-approved vendors makes for a hassle-free planning experience.
6801 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, Phone: 956-761-6801
14.Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island
South Padre Island’s Hilton Garden Inn is an ocean-front hotel with swimming pool, restaurant and bar, and over 12,000 square feet of space for weddings and events. The hotel is centrally located near South Padre’s outdoor recreational activities, birding center, turtle sanctuary, and nightlife. A grand ballroom that seats up to 750 guests, three conference rooms and boardroom are available to host events. Outdoor ceremony space is available by the hotel’s pool. Events are catered by Barry’s International, the on-site restaurant. Entrees range from casual pizza and burgers to steak and seafood for formal dinners. The 150 room hotel offers rooms and suites, each with a sleep system bed, MP3 jack, complimentary WiFi and made-to-order breakfast.
7010 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas, 78597, Phone: 956-761-8700
14 Best Wedding Venues on South Padre Island
- Namar Event Center, Photo: Namar Event Center
- Casa Mariposa Event Venue and Villas, Photo: Casa Mariposa Event Venue and Villas
- Chapel by the Sea, Photo: Rawpixel.com/stock.adobe.com
- Clayton’s Beach Bar, Photo: Kateryna/stock.adobe.com
- La Copa Inn Beach Hotel, Photo: La Copa Inn Beach Hotel
- Longboard Bar and Grill, Photo: Ivan/stock.adobe.com
- Louie’s Backyard, Photo: Louie’s Backyard
- Pearl South Padre, Photo: Pearl South Padre
- South Padre Island Convention Center, Photo: Andrew Bayda/stock.adobe.com
- SPI Equestrian and Events Center, Photo: wandee007/stock.adobe.com
- The Inn at South Padre, Photo: The Inn at South Padre
- Venezzia the Venue, Photo: Venezzia the Venue
- South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center, Photo: Olga/stock.adobe.com
- Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island, Photo: mikola249/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Boggy/stock.adobe.com