Coast Guard Station South Padre Island

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Coast Guard Station South Padre Island
Part of Eighth District
South Padre Island, Texas
TypeCoast Guard Station
Site history
In use1974 – present

United States Coast Guard Station South Padre Island is a Medium-sized Search & Rescue Station home to the Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) South Padre Island, and the cutter USCGC ALLIGATOR (WPB-87372). It belongs to the U.S. Coast Guard's 8th District, Sector Corpus Christi.


The Coast Guard has a long presence on South Padre Island. The original station, named Brazos Santiago, was established in 1881. A lifesaving station was established in 1918 on Boca Chica Beach named Station Brazos. A new location was opened in 1923 on the southern end of South Padre Island to a building that was used for 50 years.

The current station was constructed in 1974, which houses the main office spaces and duty crew berthing. In 1998 the station was named Coast Guard Station South Padre Island reflecting on the island geographic location of the station.


Coordinates: 26°04′23″N 97°09′58″W / 26.073°N 97.166°W / 26.073; -97.166