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  • RGV Walk of Fame
    Doyle Wells

    Each year nominations are received from chambers of commerce and cities across the Rio Grande Valley for recognition in the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame at State Farm Arena, sponsored by the City of Hidalgo in conjunction with BorderFest.  Nominees are considered for induction based on their life achievements and significant civic contributions.

    The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce nominated longtime chamber member and Island business owner Doyle Wells to the RGV Walk of Fame for 2019.  Wells was selected for this great honor and was recognized at the official induction ceremonies on February 27, 2019 at State Farm Arena.

    Doyle Wells is living proof that a person can grow up in the Valley, earn an education, serve in the military and become a successful family man and business entrepreneur. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LEAVE THE VALLEY TO BE SUCCESSFUL!!  In 1930, his family left Indiana and headed as far south as they could travel and ended their journey in Port Isabel, Texas.  Doyle was born 16 years later in Brownsville and was raised in Port Isabel/South Padre. He graduated from Port Isabel High School in 1964. 

    As a young man Wells acquired a strong work ethic working aside his family in a bait, tackle and fishing business. He earned his Captain’s license in 1965 and chartered at the Sea Ranch Marina. He came from humble beginnings saying “we had nothing, but we had everything” speaking of his supportive family and the vast opportunities the Valley provided.

    After four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, in 1970, Wells went to work for Solomar Lodge as a Charter Captain and Hunting Guide. In 1971, he became Ranch Operations Manager for the Harry Cullen Family for their holdings on South Padre Island.

    As a lifelong resident of the lower Rio Grande Valley, Doyle Wells has a strong pride in his South Texas heritage and is quick to promote the abundance of opportunities the Valley has available. Wells has contributed significantly to the development of our area’s tourism industry. He continues today to promote recreational and tourism development, leading by example to deliver “the best experience and the best service”. 

    1982 was the start of Wells Farm and Ranch Supply in Los Fresnos, and at the same time Wells opened Wells Stables. Then, in 1989, he opened Island Equestrian Center on South Padre Island. After moving his stables several times over the years, in 2012 Wells settled at his current location at the north end of the Island and expanded his services which now include horseback riding on the beach, zip lines, petting barn and beach events and activities limited only by your imagination. Recently Wells opened a second bayside location on Padre Blvd. where he offers go-cart racing and miniature golf.

    In the 1970’s Wells served on the volunteer fire departments for both Port Isabel and South Padre Island. Also, for much of the 1980’s Wells was a Director for the Texas International Fishing Tournament.   He was a founding Director for the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce in 1989 and served until 2000 when he was elected as an Alderman for the Town of South Padre Island, serving two terms through 2004. While Wells was Alderman he led a group of local business leaders on a cultural exchange to establish a Sister City relationship with Catamaco, Mexico. Additionally, Wells was actively involved with South Padre Island recovery efforts following the collapse of the Queen Isabella Causeway.

    Wells was appointed in 1999 by Cameron County Commissioners to serve on the Cameron County Beach and Dunes Commission and served until 2017. Commissioners also appointed him, in 2006, to serve on the Cameron County Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustments, where he continues to serve today.  Wells was elected to the Laguna Madre Water District where he served 2015 to 2018.

    Doyle and his wife Delores are active supporters of The Friends of Animal Rescue on South Padre Island and are loving pet owners. Doyle has served on the Regional Board for Equine Therapy, and over the years, has rescued many horses from slaughter, caring for them and returning them to a health.

    Wells also served on the Board of Directors for Sea Turtle Inc. about 1996-2000 where he worked closely with Founder Ila Loetscher to promote sea turtle conservation.

    Doyle is the son of Junior Wells and Bobby Wells. He is married to his beautiful wife Dolores Ferrentino Wells, and he has three adult children Doyle Wells IV, Brennan Wells and Kelsey Garcia.

  • Hotels / Motels

    Suites at Sunchase
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    1004 Padre Boulevard
    South Padre Island, Texas 78597
    Lighthouse Inn
    1701 Padre Blvd
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Beach Resort at South Padre Island
    100 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Courtyard by Marriott
    Courtyard by Marriott Beachfront Hotel is a luxury addition to South Padre Island. with over . This South Padre Island hotel features 200 large guest rooms, suites, and condo rentals, vast common sp
    6700 Padre Blvd
    South Padre Island, Texas 78597
    The Inn at South Padre
    1709 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Pearl South Padre Resort
    Premier Oceanfront Hotel and Condominiums on the island's southern tip. A full-service resort with one of the largest hotel swimming pools in South Texas.
    310 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Isla Grand Beach Resort
    500 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Wanna Wanna Inn
    Relaxing little beach bar Family and pet friendly Enjoy food, drink and live music on the beach
    5100 Gulf Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Palms Resort & Cafe on the Beach
    Discover paradise on the beaches of South Padre Island -

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    3616 Gulf Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Flamingo Inn
    Property/Guestroom Amenities 29 Units Jacuzzi Suites Family Suites Cable TV with HBO Microwaves Refrigerators Single cup coffee makers At-Door Parking Outdoor Swimming Pool Coin Laundry Handicapped ro
    3408 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Franke Realty
    The Island’s oldest and most prestigious Real Estate office—Est 1956
    8605 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Comfort Suites
    Your best vacation hotel option in South Padre give us a call 956-772-9020. *Private Beach Access *Free Hot Breakfast *Pool/Jacuzzi *Family Suites Look for us on Facebook for discount!
    912 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    La Copa Inn Beachfront Hotel
    Contemporary Beachfront Hotel located conveniently on South Padre Island. Starbucks Coffee, Free WIFI, and breakfast included.
    350 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Super 8 Motel
    4205 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Peninsula Island Resort & Spa
    At Peninsula Island Resort & Spa you will find 10fts ceilings, large windows and partial gulf view from the private balcony. Each studio or apartment has a seating area with a sofa bed, a kitchen or a
    340 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Island Inn
    Welcome to the Island Inn! The Island Inn Hotel is Situated in the heart of South Padre Island, easy access to the beach and many attractions. While staying at Island Inn Hotel, just walk to the beach
    3813 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Motel 6
    Founded in 1962 in Santa Barbara, California, Motel 6 is synonymous with a great travel value. The first Motel 6 in Santa Barbara still leaves the light on today, but a lot has changed for the motel c
    4013 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Surf Motel
    Surf Motel and Boomerang Billy’s Beach Bar Located ON the beach! The Surf Motel is your perfect choice. We have several room options. Enjoy relaxing on the beach or play beach volley ball, take it easy by our pool. Hang out at the Island's favorite beach bar Boomerang Billy's and enjoy live weekend music in the evenings. Good food and Cold Beverages. Everything you need is right here!
    2612 Gulf Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    La Quinta Inn & Suites Beach Resort
    At La Quinta by Wyndham, our everyday essentials, friendly staff, and contemporary accommodations shine bright. From our free Bright Side Breakfast® served every morning to pet-friendly rooms, we make
    7000 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Blue Bay Inn and Suites
    901 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Hilton Garden Inn Beach Resort
    Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island beachfront hotel. On-site Starbucks and free wifi internet. Located right on the beach next to Clayton's. In-house restaurant and meeting space.
    7010 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Holiday Inn Express and Suites
    6502 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Ramada Hotel Resort & Suites
    In the heart of the island, located next to the newest city park, with private beach access, heated Salt water pool, Picnic with grill, parking at your door. South Padre Island’s visitors are glad th
    6200 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Padre South Hotel
    Welcome to Padre South Hotel on the Beach Stay on the Beach at Padre South Hotel on the Beach.South Padre Island is Sub-tropical and semi-arid with mild & dry winters and warm & humid summers. From s
    1500 Gulf Blvd
    South Padre Island, Texas 78597
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