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Pearl South Padre 3.5

South Padre Island, Texas Gulf Coast, Texas

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  • Nice location on a quiet stretch of beach
  • Simple rooms with private balconies and beautiful gulf views
  • Huge pool and ample lounge chairs next to the ocean
  • Rooms offer flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and mini-fridges
  • Spacious condos are also available
  • Full-service Sapphire Spa with lovely beachfront setting


  • Inconsistent quality between condos and hotel rooms
  • Mold issues due to subtropical location near the ocean
  • Slippery floors in lobby due to humidity on tile surface
  • Limited equipment in fitness center

Bottom Line

The Pearl South Padre is located on the southern tip of the island. This 251-room resort is flanked by a wide, sandy beach and offers a huge outdoor pool with plenty of lounge chairs. Rooms are comfortable and spacious and some are renovated, while all offer private balconies and excellent views of the Gulf of Mexico or outdoor pool. In-room amenities include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and mini-fridges, but some guests complain about mold issues and inconsistent quality between condos and hotel rooms. The sprawling, lagoon-like swimming pool, spa, and beach location are all very appealing features, although the fitness center has limited equipment.

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Comfortable, high-rise hotel flanking a pretty beach

The Pearl South Padre is located on the southern tip of the island on a pretty beach. This relaxing environment is enhanced by a lagoon-like outdoor pool and seasonal swim-up bar. Kids also have their own separate outdoor pool. The beach here is cleaner and quieter than other locations on the island, but many guests choose to stay by the pool for poolside drink service. The scene here is a relaxed one, as guests soak up the sun and enjoy a variety of water sports.


On the southern end of the hotel sprawl beside a quiet stretch of beach

The Pearl South Padre's location on the southern end of the island makes it feel somewhat quieter than other options in the middle of the hotel sprawl. It is also close to local restaurants, although a car is required to reach them. The long, scenic driveway leading in to the property requires a 7 minute walk before even reaching the main road. The towering Pearl South Padre is hard to miss, as it's the first building to notice upon crossing in from the mainland on the Queen Isabela Causeway.

  • 63-minute-drive to Rio Grande Valley International Airport
  • 15-minute-walk to Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark
  • 8-minute-drive to Port Isabel Lighthouse & Museum
  • 11-minute-drive to South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center
  • 11-minute-drive to Sea Turtle, Inc.
  • 12-minute-drive to South Padre Island Convention Center
  • 45-minute-drive to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge


Simple rooms with wonderful views from private balconies

Spacious rooms feature wonderful views of the Gulf of Mexico from private balconies that are equipped with lounge chairs. Many rooms have been recently renovated and feel fresh and clean, although there have been some complaints of dampness or mold issues as a result of South Padre's near constant humidity and subtropical climate. Condos feature multiple bedrooms and decor can vary dramatically.

  • Private balconies with patio furniture
  • Some rooms face the beach and sea.
  • Spacious bathrooms with granite countertops and tile floors
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Comfortable beds
  • Large flat-screen TVs
  • Coffeemakers with Starbucks coffee
  • In-room mini-fridges
  • Condos can vary widely in quality and newness.
  • Condos are spacious and good for families.


A sprawling swimming pool, a spa, and small fitness center

The outstanding feature at the Pearl South Padre is the huge, lagoon-like pool next to the beach. There is also a separate kids' pool.


A good lobby restaurant and bar, and seasonal poolside service

  • Beachside Bar & Grille serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual atmosphere. It offers indoor or outdoor patio seating overlooking the beach.
  • Palapa Bar & Grill (seasonal) serves light fare, and has swim-up bar and poolside drink service.
  • Room service until late
  • Several good restaurants nearby

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310 Padre Boulevard, Texas Gulf Coast 78597-6501, United States


(956) 761-6551

Room Types

  • Deluxe Rooms
  • King Parlor Suites
  • Luxury King Parlor Suites
  • One Bedroom Condominium
  • Premier Rooms
  • Two Bedroom Condominium

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