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Live views of Starship, SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Pad, Isla Blanca Beach Park, and the Beaches of South Padre Island.

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The beaches of South Padre Island are simply the best beaches in Texas! There are no privately owned beaches in Texas, so everyone is welcome to enjoy every inch of the entire coast line. There are beach access points every few blocks along Gulf Blvd, or you can go to one of the county beach parks where you'll find pavilions with picnic tables, playgrounds, restrooms, and showers. Travel Channel names South Padre Island as one of America's best beaches for family beach travel. South Padre Island is the finest coastal resort in Texas, with beautiful clean beaches, tall sand dunes, and warm clear clean Gulf waters.

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Overlooking Isla Blanca Beach Park and the South Padre Island Jetties, fishermen, beachgoers and surfers can check daily conditions. Well known as the best surf in Texas, South Padre Island has the biggest, most powerful, most consistent and best shaped waves than anywhere else on the Texas Gulf Coast. Fun surf year-round, with clear water and uncrowded waves make South Padre the #1 surfing destination for Texas surfers. Surfing lessons and surf camps are a popular family activity. If you want to catch the best surf in Texas here at South Padre Island, live surf cams and updated surf report gives you the up-to-the-minute report on conditions, and surf outlook for 3-5 days out.

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Overlooking the Laguna Madre from Louie's Backyard, The waters surrounding our barrier Island provide for many unique opportunities. Swimming, fishing, dolphin watching, sailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, wind surfing, and kite boarding are just a few of the activities taking place daily in the Laguna Madre here at South Padre Island. The Island boasts some of the best fishing in the country. Whether you are going fishing off of the jetty, wade fishing along the beach or bay, going on a bay fishing or offshore fishing charter, you are likely to hook into some red snapper, grouper, redfish, snook, flounder, trout, tuna, marlin and more.

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South Padre Island Beach and Surf Report

by Gene Gore of South Padre Surf Co. Surf School

Date: Monday, December 9, 2019
Island Weather: Partly cloudy and warm
Wind: S @ 10-20
Air Temp: 70's
Water Temp: 70
Water Clarity: Clear green
Rip Current Risk: Low
Seaweed: None
Jellyfish: None
Sunrise: 7:04am Sunset: 5:38pm
Tides: Low 6:53am 0.0' / High 4:38pm 1.3' / tide chart / USCG Station SPI
Wave Size: 1-2'
Wave Direction: SSE
Mansfield Buoy 42020: 4' @ 6 seconds from SSE / Wind: S @ 15-19kts
200 Mile Buoy 42002: 4' @ 5 seconds from S / Wind: S @ 15-17kts
Dolphin Cove Buoy: Wind: S @ 8-12kts
Beach Driving Conditions: Fair
Surf Conditions: 1-2' surf today with increasing S wind. Pipe Masters begins today from 12-8pm with building swell, epic battle for Olympic team between JonJon and Kelly. Check our twitter feed for pics from Florida, shared some incredible Monster Hole and Spanish House with the most sharks I've ever seen in the surf.
Surf Forecast: Surf building overnight, light variable wind Tues morning before a very strong cold front blasts through mid morning.
Boating and Marine Forecast: Low level pressure gradient will increase today leading to moderate winds and seas across the adjacent gulf waters and Laguna Madre. Cautionary headlines are expected. There may be a brief improvement late tonight as winds decrease out ahead of the approaching frontal boundary due into the region midday on Tuesday. This brief improvement will quickly be replaced with strong winds and rapidly building seas. Frequent gusts to gale force are anticipated and a Gale Watch has been issued for all Lower Texas Coastal Waters including the Laguna Madre. Beyond late Tuesday night, Small Craft Advisory conditions will persist through much of Wednesday before more favorable marine conditions arrive overnight Wednesday and especially during the day Thursday.
Island Weather Forecast: Great beach day today, chilly weather returns for the rest of the week. Much warmer for the weekend.
Fishing Report: Click here for the latest South Padre Island fishing reports and pictures from local fishing guides

South Padre Island Fishing Charters With Blast to Cast Captain Mike Knox

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To book your South Padre Island Bay Fishing Charter with Captain Mike Knox, call 1-956-243-0039
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The bay fishing has been decent on the warmer days. Recent cold fronts have pushed fish into deeper water. Warmer weather should push fish back out on the adjacent flats. Catching redfish on fresh cut bait either Ballyoo or Mullet. Speckled trout are hanging in deeper water and are hitting slow moving soft plastics. Port of Brownsville is turning on and fishermen are catching a number of species.



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Christmas Parade

December 6. The City of South Padre Island Parks and Keep SPI Beautiful Committee will host its annual Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. The parade will begin at Mars Lane and end at Kingfish Street, traveling south along Padre Boulevard. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be rescheduled for Dec. 13.

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Lighted Boat Parade

December 7. Designated viewing areas throughout the route offer FREE public viewing, as the bay sparkles from the decorated boats! The route begins at South Point Marina in Port Isabel at 6 p.m. and judging will take place at The Painted Marlin Grille on South Padre Island.

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Christmas Surf Camp

December 27 & 28. Looking for something different to do this holiday season? Join South Padre Surf Co. for a fun family experience! Holiday surf camps are a great way to spend the Christmas and New Years vacation. Call South Padre Surf Co. at (956)772-7272 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Holiday Sand Castle Village

November 25 - Jan. 13. Come visit our Holiday Sandcastle Village filled with unique Holiday Sand Sculptures built by incredibly talented sand artists. From a Sand Snowman to Sand-ta, and much more, this exhibit will include a lighted musical performance.

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SpaceX STARSHIP Testing

Watch Starship test launches at SpaceX Boca Chica Spaceport live from the Starship Cam.

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Live view of Starship at the SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Pad.

About SpaceX video
Space X Brownsville Launch Pad is located at Boca Chica Beach, just across the Brownsville Ship Channel near South Padre Island
Space X Launch Viewing Areas on South Padre Island include Isla Blanca Beach Park and all beaches along South Padre Island
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Space X Rockets include the new BFR, Falcon Heavy, Falcon 9, Dragon Capsule and Crew Dragon

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Starship Updates

November 18, 2019 - STARSHIP COMES TO LIFE!

SpaceX Starship MK1 testing begins, with the first pressurization and venting, in preparation for upcoming 20km flight possibly by the end of the year. You can watch and listen to upcoming Starship launches live on the Live 4K Starship Cam. Latest news and updates on Twitter here.



SpaceX Starship MK1 was transported to the Boca Chica launch pad in preparation for upcoming flight tests, and the inaugural flight possibly by the end of the year. You can watch and listen to upcoming Starship launches live on the Live 4K Starship Cam. Latest news and updates on Twitter here.


August 27, 2019 - STARHOPPER'S 150 METER HOP!

SpaceX Starhopper successfully completed its 150 meter and final test flight on Tuesday August 27, 2019. You can watch and listen to upcoming Starship launches live on the new 4K Starship Cam.



SpaceX successfully flew the Starship prototype "Starhopper" on its first ever "hop" on Thursday July 25, 2019 at 10:44pm. ! You can watch and listen to upcoming launches live on the new Starship Cam. Watch replay here.


March 29, 2019 - First Raptor Engine / Hopper Test Fire finally happened!!

The first static test fire of the SpaceX Starship Hopper Raptor occured in the dark at 7:36pm on Wednesday April 3. Watch the video replay on SPadre Youtube Channel. You can watch all tests and launches live on the Starship Cam.


March 17, 2019 - First Raptor Engine / Hopper Test Fire Monday or later this week.

The first static test fire of the SpaceX Starship Hopper engine will occur Monday March 18 or the following days. Boca Chica will not be accessible to the public for these tests, you can watch all tests and launches live on the Starship Cam.


March 15, 2019 - First Raptor Engine Arrives at Launch Pad Launch Pad

The first Raptor engine was transported by flatbed trailer to the SpaceX Boca Chica launch pad pre-dawn, but the large crews assembled were quickly sent packing by heavy rain and lightning. Installation of the Raptor in the next few days will be followed by the first staic fire engine tests! Boca Chica will not be accesible to the public for these initial tests, you can watch all tests and launches live on the Starship Cam.


March 8, 2019 - Starship Hopper moves to Boca Chica Launch Pad

Starship Hopper prototype was transported by crawler to the SpaceX Boca Chica launch pad early Friday morning, taking only approx 1 hour for Starship's first of many historical journeys! We were the only people there to film this, watch the full video on Youtube


February 4, 2019 - Raptor Engine Test Firing Successful

Starship's new Raptor methalox rocket engines are currently being tested in Texas, and will be installed in Starship soon, then launches will begin! Youtube video


January 31, 2019 - Launch Pad Construction

Preparations under way to move Starship to the launch pad, with the launch ramp being paved and a new road being constructed near Starship to begin transport to the launch pad! Much new construction currently under way at the launch pad as well. Youtube video


January 23, 2019 - Strong Winds Topple Starship Upper Nose Cone

Just before sunrise on Wednesday, a strong cold front blasted through South Texas bringing wind gusts of 50-55mph. The Starship nose cone fairing collapsed to the ground after the mounting blocks failed from the stress. The lower half containing the fuel tanks and engines was undamaged. Elon Musk stated that it would be rebuilt quickly, with little if any delay to upcoming launches. Youtube video of damage .


January 20, 2019 - Starship Cam

Watch ongoing construction of Starship and the Boca Chica launch pad live on the new Starship Cam. All launches will be webcast live, and recorded for playback in case you miss it. Starship Cam also overlooks Isla Blanca Beach Park, the closest possible viewing area for Starship launches.


January 16, 2019 - Starship and Super Heavy

These scale renders by Kimi Talvitie of Starship Hopper, Starship, Super Heavy booster, Falcon 9, and the full Starship Super Heavy demonstrate the size of the incredibly massive space ship that will be launching here once Hopper tests are complete:


January 8, 2019 - Starship Completed

Starship Hopper assembly was completed at Boca Chica today! Youtube video The "Starhopper" is non-orbital, its purpose is only for low altitude vertical launch and landings for the purpose of testing the new Raptor, a staged combustion methane-fueled rocket engine that will power the Starship. Methane can be produced on Mars for refueling and colonization energy needs.

Coming soon! Starship Test Launch

January 5, 2019

Elon Musk announces first Starship Hopper tests at Boca Chica may occur in as little as 4 weeks. Come to South Padre Island and witness the beginning of a new age in space exploration! We will post SpaceX South Texas Starship Launch Schedule as soon as it becomes available.

SpaceX Test Starship Construction Begins

December 24, 2018

Construction of the STARSHIP at SpaceX Boca Chica Space Port this Christmas weekend has stunned the international space community. Elon Musk stated just hours after uploaded to Youtube the first ever views of the STARSHIP, the world's largest space ship, that indeed it was the first model of his Mars rocket, and will be launching much sooner than anticipated, as early as March 2019! Check back for more pictures, videos and articles as progress ramps up. Exciting times ahead for South Padre Island and all space enthusiasts!

FCC Application

December 10, 2018

SpaceX is looking to fly and operate a Research and Development (R&D) Vertical Takeoff, Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle at its South Texas location. The vehicle will take off, ascend vertically to a low altitude, and then descend back to its original landing spot. While the vehicle is in the air, it is important to have communications with the vehicle for two main reasons: 1. Downlink: SpaceX can view the data in real‐time and ensure that all parameters remain nominal. 2. Uplink: If there is an anomaly, SpaceX needs the ability to command the vehicle into a safe state (as a backup to its onboard safety systems). Thus, to ensure both a safe and useful test, it is important for SpaceX to maintain a bidirectional RF link between the control center and the vehicle. SpaceX wishes to use the same transmitters on the VTVL vehicle that it uses on its other vehicles. The major difference is that the ERP is reduced on this vehicle by two orders of magnitude. This transmitter has been demonstrated to be very safe and reliable under both flight and test conditions and the regulatory agencies involved (both FAA and FCC) are familiar with the hardware and frequencies. The tests themselves are divided into low‐altitude and higher‐altitude tests. The low‐altitude tests stay below 500 meters in altitude and last approximately 100 seconds. These tests will be run approximately three times per week during the initial portion of the program. The higher‐altitude tests can go as high as 5 km and will occur approximately once per week. These tests last approximately 6 minutes. Please note that SpaceX is also applying for an experimental permit from the FAA in order to gain permission to run these VTVL tests.

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When is the first SpaceX Starship launch?


September 28, 2019 - We were personally invited to meet Elon Musk at STARGATE Boca Chica in appreciation of our coverage of the SpaceX Boca Chica development since the beginning. Elon then presented the new design and plans for the first generation Starships. The Starship MK1 at Boca Chica is scheduled to begin flying possibly by the end of the year, with the first launch up to 20km altitude. Starship launch schedule and dates will be posted on

First Launch

July 25, 2019 - Starship Hopper's first hop occured on Thursday July 25 at 10:44pm. Higher altitude launches will occur shortly! Launch schedule and dates will be posted on

Where is the best place to watch the rocket launches?

Best Viewing Area

South Padre Island is the closest viewing area. Isla Blanca Beach Park on the south end of the Island is the closest possible public viewing area to the Boca Chica launch pad. Many hotels will have excellent viewing from south facing units. Free viewing is available to the public along all beaches. A new ampitheater has been constructed at Isla Blanca Beach Park for viewing rocket launches, and the entire park is currently undergoing massive renovations to a world class beach park.

Is there a live webcast of launches?

Launch Webcasts

All test launches will be live streamed on Starship Cam with live audio, and recorded for replay. SpaceX livestreams all launches of their orbital rockets, but its possible that these frequent Starship hopper tests may not be webcast.

Is there a launch schedule?

Launch Schedule

Test launches will be frequent and possibly unnannounced, but we will post the launch schedule and dates on According to the FCC application, the launch tests themselves are divided into low‐altitude and higher‐altitude tests. The low‐altitude tests stay below 500 meters in altitude and last approximately 100 seconds. These tests will be run approximately three times per week during the initial portion of the program. The higher‐altitude tests can go as high as 5 km and will occur approximately once per week. These tests last approximately 6 minutes.

What kind of rocket is launching?

Starship Hopper

The prototype Starship hop test vehicle will be the only rocket launched, until the full scale Super Heavy booster and full scale Starship arrive, possibly by the end of 2019

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