Transportation and Hotel


It is recommended that conference attendees arrive at Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas, which is served by Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines (Minneapolis), Sun Country (Minneapolis), and Frontier Airlines (Chicago/Denver/Las Vegas).

You can also arrive via Brownsville International Airport (20 miles) or Miller International Airport (McAllen – 70 miles), but a Uber, Lyft, or auto rental is necessary if you choose to arrive at one of these airports. Some people have asked about San Antonio International Airport, which is a viable option, but it is a 3.5 hour drive from SAT to SPI. Corpus Christi airport is 90 miles from SPI.


A non-stop round-trip shuttle is available from Valley International Airport in Harlingen to South Padre Island. Go to:


Auto rentals are available at all three regional airports. This mode of transportation is recommended if you arrive at Brownsville International Airport (20 miles) or McAllen International Airport (70 miles).


Please make hotel reservations directly with:
Isla Grand Beach Resort
500 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
Tel: 956-761-6511


Room Rates:

  • Cabanas $99 per night (accommodates 2 persons)
  • Condominiums $198 per night (accommodates 4 persons or more)

For more information about the hotel, see,


Average high temperatures are 71 Farenheit in February with average low temperatures of 55 in the evening, although highs in the 80s are not uncommon.

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Sunset over SPI Jetties