Looking for the best places to take pictures on South Padre Island? Whether you want to find a great place for an engagement shoot or fill up your social media with colorful, Instagrammable spots, some of these South Padre photography locations are for you!
South Padre Island Welcome Sign
As soon as you cross over the causeway to the island, you’ll be greeted by this colorful welcome sign.
There’s an easily accessible pull-off between two sections of the median and a paved path that will lead you directly to the front of the sign. This is an easy place to stop for photos to commemorate the start of your beach vacation!
Of course, no list of the most instagrammable places in South Padre would be complete without mentioning the stunning beach.
For excellent light, consider pulling yourself out of bed for the beautiful sunrises for an amazing experience.
If you’re staying at a beachfront hotel, an oceanfront room that allows you to admire the beach from above is also a fantastic South Padre photoshoot opportunity.
Horseback Riding on the Beach
Taking a horseback ride along the island’s incredibly long, wide beach is the perfect opportunity to take some of your most memorable South Padre photos!
We actually did this to celebrate our first wedding anniversary years ago, and it’s an experience we’ve never forgotten.
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Set on a series of boardwalks that make their way to the bay, the Laguna Madre Nature trail is short and peaceful, with great birdwatching.
It’s also a fantastic place to watch–and snap photos of–the sunset on South Padre Island.
One of the most popular restaurants in South Padre, Pier 19 is known for its fried fish and the fact that you can dine directly over the bay.
Come at sunset to experience one of the most Instagrammable South Padre photo spots at its best!
Kitschy Souvenir Shops
Without a doubt, the island is home to some truly tacky, colorful, over-the-top souvenir shops–and they make for excellent (and memorable) Instagram photo spots on South Padre Island.
SPI Convention Center Murals
The South Padre Island Convention Center, located right next door to the Laguna Madre Nature Trail, is home to some truly incredible murals of sea life, and a few other interesting pieces of artwork as well, like a colorful sea turtle statue!
You’ll find plenty of photography locations on South Padre Island by strolling around the grounds.
Parasailing (or Skydiving)
Want to admire SPI from a hard-to-reach angle? One of the best places to take pictures on South Padre Island is above it, on a parasailing or–for the most adventurous souls–skydiving trip.
Port Isabel Lighthouse
Unlike the rest of these Instagrammable places in South Padre Island, this one isn’t technically on the island at all–but a quick climb up the 19th-century Port Isabel Lighthouse will give you a great view of the bay and South Padre beyond that!
The lighthouse itself is also beautiful, and well worth snapping a few pictures of.
Kitschy Gravity Park is located right on the bay, and features a Ferris wheel, a go-kart course, an arcade, and more–the perfect place for Americana-style photos on South Padre Island!
Want to get an excellent view of the whole island? Consider heading up on the giant swing!
Heading out to admire wild dolphins in their natural habitat will give you a chance to get some truly unique photos while visiting South Padre Island–and the experience itself is simply incredible.