General Info: The location and the Village
Texas is the second-largest U.S. state in both area and population, and the largest state in the contiguous United States. Located in the South Central United States, Texas is bordered by Mexico to the south, New Mexico to the west, Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas to the northeast, and Louisiana to the east. Texas has an area of 268,820 square miles (696,200 km2), and a growing population of 24.6 million residents
South Padre Island is a town in Cameron County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,422 at the 2000 census. The town is located on South Padre Island, a barrier island along the Texas Gulf Coast accessible via a causeway from the town of Port Isabel.
The seasons and Hotel info
There is wind all year round on South Padre Island. There is plenty of accommodation for all kind of budget. An avarage hotel will cost you $30-250.
Possibilities besides kiting
Besides kiting you can do all kind of other things like:
-Enjoy the beach/swimming/surfing/boogie boarding
-Shopping/try out restaurants
-Bird and nature watching/dolphins
-Horseback riding on the beach
-Visit the zoo, the lighthouse, museums etc.
-Enjoy the party's
South Padre Island experiences a humid subtropical climate, similar to that of the Tampa Bay Area of Florida but with less precipitation and slightly higher summer maximum temperatures. The average high in January is 19°C (67°F) and the average low is 11°C (52°F). The average high in July is 35°C (95°F), and the average low is 25°C (77°F). The warm season is long, as average high temperatures are 32-37°C (90-99°F), and average low temperatures typically around 25°C (77°F).
Spot conditions: The beach
The sandy beach is big enough for a save launch. Watch out for the shells.
The water conditions
You can kite on the ocean or on the lagoon. The laguna madre is miles and miles of waist to neck deep water. On the ocean you can enjoy the nice waves that hit the Gulf of Mexico. The avarage water temperature is 18-23°C.
The wind conditions
The thermal wind blows all year round from the southeast. June and july are the best month of the year.
There are some kiteboarding schools on South Padre Island. Some have their own rescue boats.
Downwinder and trip possibilites
You can practise you tricks or learn the basics on the Laguna Madre. In the Gulf of Mexico are plenty of endless downwinder opportunities, just take a taxi back.
You can fly on three aiports:
-Bwonsville (30 min)
-Harlingen (45 min)
-McAllen (90 min)