RIP CURRENTS KILL SWIMMERS EVERY YEAR HERE AT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND.

The granite boulders are barnacle encrusted and urchin infested.

bring some type of flotation device to be used for rescue in case someone falls into the surf.

An undertow can drown a person just feet from safety.

Riptides are found in channels, passes and cuts through which large volumes of water travel from the bay to the surf during the tidal exchange. Rip currents are commonly and mistakenly called riptides.

Seaside you can enjoy a dolphin watch or a narrated cruise and eco tour of the surrounding Gulf waters of South Padre Island and the Laguna Madre bay.

And when you come ashore, visit Sea Turtle Inc, the sealife and dolphin research center, or the coastal studies lab and marvel at the aquatic life of the South Texas Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Ocean.

Welcome to South Padre Island, the Tropical Tip of Texas! Even the best Olympic swimmers are not able to successfully swim toward shore in the strongest rip currents., especially in the vicinity of groins, jetties, and piers.

Enjoy live cam views of our beautiful beaches with the South Padre Beach Cam™, the surf in the Gulf of Mexico with the South Padre Surf Cam™, and the sunset over the Laguna Madre with the South Padre Bay Cam™! Moderate Risk - Wave Heights 3-5' and/or Wind Speed 10-20 kts.

Eventually, the excess water starts to return seaward through low areas in the sandbar, "ripping" an opening.