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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near South Padre Island, United States

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about South Padre Island...

South Padre Island is a surf spot in the United States. The water temperature around South Padre Island changes significantly during the year. The temperature ranges from 15.6°C (60°F) in February up to 30°C (86.1°F) in the month of September, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 23°C (73°F) and the best time for water activities is early fall, since South Padre Island is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature at South Padre Island?

The current water temperature in the month of September at South Padre Island is about:
30°C (86°F)

Are there any other surf spots close by?

There are not too many surf spots in proximity to South Padre Island. A spot, which is not too far away, is Mansfield Jetty, which is 33.3km (20.7miles) away from South Padre Island. Click here for directions and for more information on Mansfield Jetty and its water temperature. Another fun surfspot near South Padre Island is Bob Hall Pier, which is roughly 102.9km (63.9miles) away.

Are there beaches close by?

Yes, there are a few other gorgeous beaches in proximity to South Padre Island. The closest one is South Padre Island, which is 1.3km (0.8miles) away from South Padre Island. Another gorgeous beach near South Padre Island is Del Mar Beach, which is approximately 4.5km (2.8miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit thickness is recommended for South Padre Island?

The water temperature at South Padre Island is extremely warm, reaching up to 30°C (86°F) in the months of August, September, and October. During this time, in the early fall, a wetsuit is typically not required for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving . Nevertheless, during January, February, and March, sea temperatures drop down to 16°C (60°F). During these months, a 4/3 wetsuit is recommended to be able to stay in the water for extended hours, but some might even be fine with a good-quality 2/3mm suit . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to carry a pair of boots and a hoodie.

How is the scuba diving and fishing close to South Padre Island?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes during the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions vary a lot depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 16 to 21°C (60-69°F) during January, February, and March. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog are typical fish that can be found in waters of this temperature range. However, the conditions change during fall when water temperatures go up to 25 to 30°C (77-86°F). Fish that can frequently be found in waters with these temperatures include: Bonefish, Permit, Red Drum, and Tarpon.

Directions to South Padre Island: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about South Padre Island...

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