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Welcome To South Padre Island


There's almost always something going on here at South Padre Island and if the weather is less than ideal or you can't find something else to do there is always Mexico less than 30 miles away.

Matamoros is a strategic point on the Mexican- American border and receives thousands of visitors each year. Matamoros possesses several unique tourist attractions, all full of history and beauty.


Stuff you should know

Parking: Most people prefer to leave their vehicles on the US side of the bridge. There is metered parking as well as the parking lots of UT Brownsville and the Jacob Brown Auditorium Lot within walking distance of the bridge.Mexico dolls

Walking: It costs 25 cents to walk to Mexico and 35 cents to return to the US.

The Market: Is a couple of miles from the bridge. There are free buses, 35 cent maxi taxis or cabs that will take you there. Negotiate with the cabbie BEFORE you get in. $3 or $4 is acceptable and tipping is encouraged.

Drinking Age: In Mexico is 18.

Coming back into the US: All articles acquired in Mexico must be declared. You are allowed $400 exemption for gifts and personal articles. You may bring back 1 liter of alcoholic beverage and one case of beer per person over 21.


US Customs has recently changed its policy regarding intoxicated partiers returning on foot from Mexico. Please be aware that they can and will arrest you for Public Intoxication if you are visibly drunk.

What you can't bring back: switchblade knives, Sea turtle boots or articles of any endangered species (i.e. crocodile or elephant), most fruits and meats.

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