This Year Give the Gift of a Holiday Vacation Rental to that Special Someone

The holidays are here and we’re all getting in a festive mood like never before at Padre Getaways. We’ve been busy preparing for the season and readying our vacation rentals for holiday gift giving!

This Year Give the Gift of a Holiday Vacation Rental

Our holiday vacation properties are shined and polished and ready for giving to that special someone on your list! If you’re looking for a gift for a person that has everything, why not give them an all-expenses-paid vacation to come and stay with us over the holidays! It will leave a lasting impression!

This Year Give the Gift of a Holiday Vacation Rental

The annual Lights Over South Padre Island begins Friday, December 1 and runs through Sunday, December 3. This is a weekend not to be missed! Treat yourself to a South Padre Island holiday getaway where twinkling lights reflect on warm, tropical waters and delicious culinary delights and abundant shopping options help make for a festive and memorable getaway for all ages. Without a doubt, you’re sure to find plenty to do, see and celebrate this holiday season!

Friday, December 1

Tree Lighting Ceremony will be from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at South Padre Island City Hall.

SPI Christmas Parade from 6 – 8 p.m. Route goes form Mars Street to Kingfish Street on Padre Boulevard.

Children’s Wonderland will take place from 6 – 9 p.m. at The Greens at Jim’s Pier.

Saturday, December 2

Children’s Wonderland will take place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Greens at Jim’s Pier.

Lighted Boat Parade at 6 p.m. The route begins at South Point Marina with judging at The Painted Marlin Grille.

Sunday, December 3

Breakfast with Santa is from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Schlitterbahn Beach Resort.
Children 11 and under eat free, $3 ages 12 and over.

All of us at Padre Getaways would like to wish you and yours a very happy and funfilled holiday season!

 

 

Making Holiday Travel Plans Now Can Save You Money

Right now is the ideal time to make your holiday travel plans. Whether you’re going away for Thanksgiving or for Christmas when you make your reservations early it can save you a bundle!

Take advantage of inexpensive travel options including less expensive airline tickets and reduced prices on rentals by making your reservations now. When you’re looking for accommodations, be sure to check out the Specials we have on our Padre Getaways holiday rentals.

Making Holiday Travel Plans Now Can Save You Money

To help you save on your holiday travel plans to South Padre Island, TX, this year we’re providing the following tips.

  • Save big when you book properties found on our Special Deals page and our Winter Rentals page.
  • Be flexible as to when you are willing to travel and add a few days to your trip before and/or after any peak holiday travel days.
  • Travelers can often take advantage of significant savings by flying on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or early New Year’s Day.
  • Consider connecting flights rather than non-stop flights and you can save as much as $100.

Making Holiday Travel Plans Now Can Save You Money

  • Consider flying part way then driving the rest of the way to your destination or drive to a different airport and fly from there. Compare prices from flying out of and into different airports.
  • If you are sure of your travel plans, many places offer discounts for making non-refundable reservations.
  • Do you really need to rent a car? If you’re visiting perhaps they can pick you up and return you to the airport. If most of the places you want to visit are within walking distance consider renting bicycles for the week to get around.

Making Holiday Travel Plans Now Can Save You Money

With all the money you’ll save using these useful tips and taking advantage of the specials deals we have on Padre Getaways holiday rentals you can stay and enjoy your vacation for another day or two!

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Time to Buy Your Own Piece of Paradise

If you’ve only ever dreamed about owning a vacation home don’t you think it’s time to make that dream a reality? At Padre Getaways we have many gorgeous vacation homes that are just waiting for someone to come along and make them your forever-after-home.

The Perfect Time to Invest in Your Own Piece of Paradise
Whether you’re purchasing a piece of paradise to live in full time after retirement, as a second home for vacation use, or as an investment property to rent out when you’re not there, you’re sure to find the perfect property among our inventory of vacation homes.

Look For a Good Track Record

If you plan on renting your property out you’ll want to be sure it has a good track record when it comes to its rental history. If it’s never been rented out before then take a close look at its potential. Is it in a good location to appeal to vacationers? Is it a home that’s easy to walk to shopping, dining and the beach from?

You’ll want to set a realistic rental fee on the home in line with what it has been renting for and what the neighborhood rates are. If you’ve updated the property you may be able to increase the amount of rent that’s been charged on the property in the past.

Vacationers look for properties that are well kept, up-to-date, and have lots of amenities for the money. Keep that in mind when looking at properties. Will you need to invest a lot of extra money into the property after you buy it?

Are you a property manager?

Are You a Property Manager?

Have you ever managed a vacation property where families are coming and going week after week? Do you know what’s involved in creating a timely departure and arrival? How about the secret to keeping your property rented when you’re not there and available when you want to be? At Padre Getaways we know these things and can be the property manager for any home you purchase from us.

Unless you decide to manage your property yourself, a management company such as Padre Getaways will be instrumental in the success of your property. You’ll want your piece of paradise to give high returns as any solid investment should.

Management Fees

Management companies charge fees and provide certain owner services. You should ask what these are before committing yourself in writing. A management or rental company typically handles routine repairs but will obtain your approval for repairs that exceed an agreed upon amount. They will be responsible for securing reservations, collecting rents and disbursing net rents to you (net of management fee, hotel tax, credit card fees, and routine maintenance).

Choosing a Property Manager

Have a property management company that you’re considering? Take a close look at their website and ask to see any promotional materials they have. Check the functionality of their website by doing some general searches for vacation property on South Padre Island. If you hire them then your property will be among their search results. Ask to see the check-in paperwork for the property or others you’re considering. And especially ask about the guest services they offer.

A property manager is going to be representing you so you want to make sure you like how they treat people, reply to requests, and overall present themselves as well as your property.

We Can Help

At Padre Getaways we will be happy to assist you with all of these steps from finding your piece of paradise to helping you select a management company to care for your property. Please gives us a call at 855-412-4805 and we can work with you to start the process.

 

Benefits of an Off-Season Vacation to South Padre Island

We understand there are many events a family has to plan around in order to find some time to get away. School, holidays, work responsibilities and vacation days dictate many people’s travel decisions. But if you’re retired or otherwise have a little more flexibility in your schedule, you can reap the benefits of an off-season vacation to South Padre Island.

 

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Booking a vacation during the “off peak season” results in better rental rates, easier air travel, better deals on dining and shopping and even better customer service. From the moment you start making reservations until you return home, the savings can be huge for an off-season vacation.

August is the true peak season when school is out and families travel to the coast for summer holidays. The rental rates are at a premium during this time, the restaurants are full and the parking can sometimes be quite a challenge.

Benefits of an Off-Season Vacation to South Padre Island

Autumn is an off-peak season with great weather and excellent rates. This period lasts from September through early December. It’s a preferred time to be here by golfers and many others.

From January through early March is “Winter Texan” season. Retirees from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Canada converge on South Padre for a couple of months of warm climate and relaxation. They are able to take advantage of our inexpensive monthly rates on condos.

Benefits of an Off-Season Vacation to South Padre Island

Spring Break sees a boost in rates mid-March. But, there are some rentals that are restricted and do not rent to spring breakers during this time. Therefore families and couples over 25 yrs old can get some pretty good rates on rentals at this time.

Any time between October and early May is sure to provide you with phenomenal weather. The weather is at its absolute best without the heat of summer. During this period of time the beaches are mostly empty. The restaurants have ample tables and servers are eager to please. The stores often have sales and special pricing and even the spas have availability.

Benefits of an Off-Season Vacation to South Padre Island

Other benefits of off-season vacations are that you can also take advantage of some great deals on airfare. Watch for specials on Southwest and American or enjoy daily service from Dallas and choose the best time that will suit you for that off-season getaway.

We look forward to having you stay with us at Padre Getaways for your off-season vacation this year!

 

 

Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

South Padre Island is full of fascinating facts. Did you know that the first residents of South Padre were the Karankawa Indians? The last of this native tribe disappeared around the 1850s. Local legend states that they were an aggressive people of great height and strength. Some stories suggest that they may have been cannibals. They protected their territory with huge bows and great arrows that most men weren’t capable of drawing back or using.

Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

Shipwrecks
In the 1500’s the South Padre area was used to export riches from Mexico to Spain. The most famous wrecks occurred in 1554 when millions of dollars of silver was lost. You can learn more about the 1554 shipwrecks at the Museums of Port Isabel.

Over the centuries many ships were lost on the shallow sandbars and South Padre treasure hunters still flock to the area looking for long lost treasure. Please know that any treasure found belongs to the State of Texas and state law dictates that it must be turned over for historical preservation.
 
Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

Laguna Madre Bay
The Laguna Madre Bay is a hyper-saline lagoon. Saltier even than the Atlantic Ocean. There are only a half dozen hyper-saline bays in the world. The only saltier body of water in the country is the Great Salt Lakes.

This unique bay provides a special ecosystem that is perfect for some sea life. Many creatures including dolphins, sea turtles and fish migrate to the Laguna Madre Bay to hatch or raise their young. Protecting this unique area is crucial to the health of the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

Port Isabel Lighthouse
The Port Isabel Lighthouse stands on the smallest state park in Texas. It is one of the few lighthouses in Texas which is open for the public to climb and enjoy a great panoramic view.

The lighthouse is closed until late August 2017 as Texas Parks & Wildlife undertakes some much needed renovation on the historic structure. The Visitors Center in the Keepers Cottage is still open to the public.
 
Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

Coast Guard Station, Then and Now
The South Padre Island Coast Guard Station was constructed in 1974 and houses the main offices and duty crew quarters. In addition, there is an older station building on the south end of Padre Island. This building was put up in 1924 and is still in occasional use by the University of Brownsville. Occasionally, a local will tell the story of the ghost of an early station worker rumored to still haunt the old station after his suicide by hanging.
 
Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

Port Isabel Yacht Club
In the 20’s and 30’s the area was popular with the rich and famous. During the time of prohibition Port Isabel Yacht Club was built to provide the elite with a yachting destination. The guest list included Amelia Earhart, Al Capone, President Harding and President Eisenhower and Charles Lindberg.

Today, the building is in need of restoration. Having the club condemned in recent years, The City of Port Isabel is working to acquire the building and seeks to adapt it for office, educational and cultural uses.
 
Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

Accommodations
When you’re planning a visit to South Padre Island TX check out the comfortable and affordable accommodations we can provide you with at Padre Getaways.

We have rental properties located near the area’s best attractions, finest dining establishments, and the hottest nightlife around. Then there are the condos and homes located directly on the Gulf of Mexico offering phenomenal views and tropical breezes. We’ll see you soon!

 

Vacation Rentals vs. Hotels on South Padre Island

Padre Getaways is pleased to offer some of the very best vacation rentals on South Padre Island. All of our condos and homes must meet strict standards for quality, luxury, and value to ensure your vacation experience is nothing short of perfect.

We know when it comes to vacation rental companies you’ll have a few to select from, so at Padre Getaways we try harder because we want to be your #1 choice for vacation properties when you visit South Padre Island. Our properties will provide you with a wide variety of options with regard to location and amenities.

We also know it can be hard to choose, but we’re sure we’ll have exactly what you’re hoping for. When you let our professional and experienced staff at Padre Getaways assist you in making your vacation plans, you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Take a look at some of the various vacation rentals we have on our website. We look forward to seeing you soon!

More Space in Rentals from Padre Getaways

More Space

The additional space of our vacation rentals enable family and friends to travel together and split lodging costs, offering more budget friendly “per night” rates overall. Our vacation rentals average over 1,000 square feet as opposed to hotel rooms that average 400 square feet and, typically, a 1,000+ square foot vacation rental can accommodate six or more guests. No more cramming into a single hotel room or trying to arrange adjoining rooms.

Rentals with Lots of Room at Padre Getaways

Sharing a vacation rental lets you strike a compromise between togetherness and privacy. Groups can share a rental, enjoying time together in the communal areas, yet maintain privacy with ample space for everyone to come and go as they please. Imagine everyone under one roof in one our vacation rentals spacious living rooms as opposed to 68 people sitting on one bed. The kids can be put to bed in one room, while the adults enjoy their private bedrooms and bathrooms. Some of our rentals even feature multiple master suites.

Lots of Sleeping Quarters in Vacation Rentals

Convenient Amenities

While our vacation rentals don’t offer room service, daily housekeeping, or a concierge, you may find that the amenities that our rentals do offer may be worth making your own bed on vacation. Amenities vary by building, but typically include washers, dryers, full kitchens, and free WiFi, plus pools, boat slips, fitness rooms and different sports facilities.

Nicely equipped and roomy kitchens in our vacation rentals!

Aside from being very convenient, many of these amenities also help keep more money in your pocket. Having a fully equipped kitchen with a full-sized fridge, stove, and microwave, enables you to cook some of your own meals to avoid pricey restaurants, but also bring back leftovers if you do choose to dine out. On average, one person can easily spend $50 per day on meals alone. In one of our vacation rentals, you’re sure to cut that amount in half. A washer and dryer in or very near your rental also allows you to pack more lightly and avoid expensive dry cleaning services while on vacation. And while there is no daily maid service, we can offer scheduled housekeeping at a reasonable extra cost when prior arrangements are made.

Swimming Pools and Weight Rooms

As animal lovers ourselves, we also know that it is not always possible to leave a pet behind during vacation. Fortunately, Padre Getaways offers 20 pet-friendly options that make it possible to bring your fur baby along. Keep in mind that there are certain weight restrictions and we do require a $50 non-refundable pet fee.
Link to FREE mobile appFREE mobile appUnlike any other vacation rental company on South Padre Island, Padre Getaways has also designed a FREE mobile app that provides tons of helpful information to our guests throughout their vacation. You can scan the app for local events, activities, GPS directions, and much, much more!
condo rentals to private homes, beachfront resorts to bayside residential townhomes

Unlimited Variety

Since our vacation rentals are individually owned, they are all unique. They come in all shapes and sizes, from condo rentals to private homes, beachfront resorts to bayside residential townhomes. You can choose from more than 70 Padre Getaways vacation properties with different locations and prices that are sure to suit all travel group sizes and needs.

Studio and penthouse condos on Padre Island

South Padre Island is approximately ½ mile wide and is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on the east and the Laguna Madre Bay on the west. Our rentals are available on or within walking distance from both. We have condos from studio size to 4 bedrooms up to 2,800 square feet and penthouse condos even larger. Or we have private homes from 2 bedrooms to 4 bedrooms up to 3,500 square feet. With so many different options to choose from, there is no better time to try a vacation rental and catch on to the trend.

Eco-Friendly Spots Around South Padre Island

If you’re into ecology you’ll really enjoy the many eco-friendly spots around South Padre Island! There is so much wildlife and nature around our island that you want to be sure not to miss any of it while you’re staying with us at Padre Getaways.

Sea Turtle Inc.
In 1977 the “Turtle Lady of South Padre Island,” Ila Loetscher, started taking in sick and injured sea turtles. She launched a movement that has saved thousands of turtles of turtles over the years. While Loetscher is gone now, the center carries on her mission of rehabilitation, conservation and public education.

One of the rarest reptiles on earth can be found right here on the beaches of South Padre Island. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles lay their eggs between April and August. Each year crews from Sea Turtle, Inc., set out on foot and all-terrain vehicles to look for nesting mothers. When they find them they wait for the mother to leave the nest for good and head back out to sea. Crews will then carefully dig up hundreds of ping-pong ball shaped eggs, load them into Styrofoam ice coolers, and take them to headquarters where the eggs are counted and recorded.

Afterwards the eggs are taken back to the beach where they’re buried inside a protected corral on the beach. This keeps the eggs safely away from the prying teeth of the island’s resident badgers and coyotes. An estimated one in 300 will make it to adulthood.

Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; 6617 Padre Blvd.; 956-761-4511; seaturtleinc.org. Suggested donation of $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children.

This is just one highlight of what to expect on an eco-themed trip to South Padre Island, where you can also explore a birding center, take an eco-tour boat ride or learn about the impact of pollution at a marine research lab.

For a vacation that you’ll never forget, whose focus is on ecology, be sure to visit the following local businesses:

Check Out These Eco Hot Spots Around South Padre Island
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
Walk more than half a mile along a boardwalk over the wetlands, watching ducks fledge, fish spawn, butterflies flutter by and exotic-looking birds make an appearance. Then climb the five-story observation tower for a bird’s-eye view of the bay. Bring your camera!

Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; 6801 Padre Blvd.; 956-761-6801; spibirding.com. Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 4 to 12.

 

Check Out These Eco Hot Spots Around South Padre Island
Breakaway Cruises
Board the Getaway at Sea Ranch Marina and head out to the bay, where the crew drags a net behind the boat. The booty during an average day may include squid, small butterfly ray, blue crab, starfish, flounder and plenty of slimy-looking sea slugs called Spanish dancer. Because approximately 200 dolphins call this bay home, you’re sure to enjoy seeing them as well.

Tours take place at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily; 33384 State Park Road 100 (Padre Boulevard); 956-761-2212; breakawaycruises.com. Cost: $18 for adults, $16 for children.

 

 

Fun Activities You Can Count on at South Padre Island

When you choose South Padre Island, Texas, as your vacation spot there are some things you can just count besides all the fun activities. At the top of that list has to be our comfortable and affordable beachside rentals at Padre Getaways. You won’t find a better place to stay where you can feel right at home while you’re here. But there’s more!!

Fun Activities You Can Count on at South Padre Island

Guided Nature Walks are held every day of the week, year round, on South Padre Island at the Birding and Nature Center, 6801 Padre Blvd. Schedule is as follows: Mondays at 9:30, 1:30 and 3:15; Tuesday 9:30; Wednesday 9:30 and 11; Thursday and Friday at 9:30; Saturday at 9:30 and 1; and Sunday at 1.

Fun Activities You Can Count on at South Padre Island

And a real treat is the South Padre Island Farmer’s Market that is held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 8605 Padre Blvd. Stop by for the freshest produce, meat, cheese, juice and lots more.

Fun Activities You Can Count on at South Padre Island

Did you know that South Padre Island is the Fireworks Capital of Texas? Join us every Thursday and Friday night for a spectacular fireworks display over the bay. The best place to view the show is around the South Padre Island Entertainment District. Sponsored by the City of South Padre Island. Hope to see you there!

What to Pack for a Day at the Beach

If you’re the one that does the packing for your beach vacation every year it might be time to update your list. The items required to bring with you for a day spent on the beach is certainly different than they were in the not so distant past. When you’re packing for your family’s summer beach vacation to South Padre Island this year, be sure not to forget the following items for that relaxing day on the beach. It could be the difference between a happy and relaxing day vs. being miserable.

What to pack for a day at the beach

Important Info to Bring

Money and Credit Cards
Car Insurance and Registration
Rental Confirmation
Health Insurance card
AAA Phone Number & Card
Phone and Camera

Beach supplies

Specific Beach Items

Beach Towels
Large Blanket to Lay On
Beach Chairs & Beach Umbrella
Chest Cooler with Ice
Beach Cart on Wheels to Carry Gear
Float Toys, Sand Toys, Kites & Water Goggles
Beach Bag for Each Person
Sunscreen & Lip Balm
Sunglasses & Hat for Sun Protection
Food, Snacks and Beverages
Plenty of Bottled Water
Long Sleeve Shirt & Pants for Sun Protection
That book you’ve been meaning to read.

While the list could really be endless, these are the basics to have with you when you’re heading to the beach for the day. Of course the list varies if you have children or pets with you, too. Pay attention to local ordinances regarding having pets on the beach and the use of beach umbrellas.

When you’re ready to make your reservation for a vacation rental at South Padre Island, give Padre Getaways a call at 855-412-4805 and we’ll set you up in accommodations you’re sure to love! For help with packing for your trip, check out another list for What to Bring on Vacation.

 

5 Tips to Remember When Booking Vacation Rentals

When you’re planning that much needed vacation to South Padre Island TX and you’re planning to stay with us at Padre Getaways there are some things to keep in mind to ensure you have a fabulous time. Enjoy knowing there won’t be any tiny hotel rooms or bumping into strangers in the hall. The money you save and the privacy you’ll enjoy will change your vacation expectations forever!
Our vacation rentals on Padre Island are the best and we prove it to you when you stay here. Following are 5 tips that will help you to have the best vacation of the summer.

Book your reservations early
1. Make Your Reservations Early
The longer you wait to reserve your vacation rental the higher the risk of having to settle for less than the ideal spot. Do you have your heart set on arriving on a certain date? Then make your reservations early!

2. Check the Weather Forecast
What is the weather forecasted to be like during your visit? In tropical locations the rainy season may have warm and sunny days with pop-up showers in the late afternoon. One benefit of traveling early in the season is that the weather is more temperate.

3. Do Your Research
Everything you need to know about the area and your vacation destination can be found online. How big are the rooms? Are housekeeping services included or are they extra? Does the price include taxes? Don’t rely on photos alone. When in doubt, just ask us.

check the online reviews

 

4. Use Online Resources
Be sure to look at photos of the vacation rental online. Read testimonials posted by previous guests. Do a Google search just for kicks. There are many online resources you can take advantage of.

5. Trust Your Gut
Are you not “clicking” with the homeowner or rental agent? Are you getting vague answers to your questions? At Padre Getaways we listen to what you say when you tell us about your ideal accommodations and we work hard to give you what you want. We are knowledgeable about both our rentals and the surrounding areas and would be happy to share that information with you.