Your Guide to South Padre Island & More...
Est. 2012
...and more!

History

Explorers first arrived to the shores of Padre Island sometime around 1519.  A Spanish explorer by the name of Alonso Alvarez de Piñeda surveyed the area as he charted the Gulf of Mexico for Spain.  Padre Island first appeared as a dot on a map drawn by Piñeda that was given the name "Isla Blanca"  which translates to "White Island".  Isla Blanca still exists today on the southern most part of South Padre Island as part of the Cameron County Park system.


Fun Facts:


Hurricanes Near SPI

1967 Beulah - 136 mph winds - 920 mb - 18 foot storm surge - death toll 15 - 10 to 20 in. of rain - extensive damage

1980 Allen - 129 mph winds - 945 mb - 12 foot storm surge - death toll 2 - moderate damage

1988 Gilbert - 116 mph winds - 888 mb* - death toll 318 - 5 to 10 in. of rain - extensive damage
* lowest sea level pressure ever recorded in the western hemisphere

1999 Bret - 115 mph winds - 951 mb - 8 to 10 foot storm surge - death toll 0 - 12-14 in. of rain - minimal damage

2008 Dolly - 85 mph winds - 963 mb - 6 to 8 foot storm surge - death toll 22* - 16 in. of rain - extensive damage
* 1 direct 21 indirect.  No U.S. deaths reported

2010 Alex - 97 mph winds - 946 mb - 3 to 4 foot storm surge - 4 to 8 in. of rain - minimal damage