It’s Rip Tide Awareness Week

Rip tides cause more deaths every year than hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning strikes combined. A common myth is that rip tides pull swimmers underwater, but that isn’t accurate. The powerful part of rip tides is on the surface and close to it. The danger with getting caught in rip currents is being pulled out to sea. Many people who drown in a rip tide do so because they panic and don’t know how to free themselves from it.

We’re posting information from the NOAA site about rip tides and rip currents because Rip Tide Awareness Week is from June 4-10, 2018. It’s important to know what to do if you or a family member encounters a rip current.Rip Tide Awareness Week
Rip tides can occur in any body of water that has waves. That includes oceans, bays, gulfs, seas, and even large lakes. The stronger the waves, the stronger a rip current will be. Offshore storms can also have an effect on rip tides, making them more dangerous at low tide.

Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore and are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers, especially for non-swimmers. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, 80 percent of surf beach rescues are a result of rip currents.

Rip currents form when waves break near the shoreline, piling up water between the breaking waves at the beach. One of the ways this water returns to sea is to form a narrow current of water that moves swiftly back out to sea, roughly perpendicular to the shoreline. Under most tide and sea conditions the speeds are relatively slow, however when wave, tide and beach conditions are just right, the speed of the current quickly increases and become dangerous to anyone unfortunate to be caught up in it.

Some things to watch for to identify rip tides and currents include:
~ a channel of churning or choppy water,
~ an area having a notable difference in water color,
~ a line of foam, seaweed or debris moving steadily out to sea,
~ an area of calm and/or muddy water,
~ or any break in the incoming wave pattern.

Rip currents are often not readily or easily identifiable to the average person so watch for these clues. If you are concerned about the possibility of rip currents, ask a nearby lifeguard. If there is no lifeguard present don’t swim at that location.

If you are ever caught in a rip current, remain calm. Never fight against the current. Swim out of the current in a direction parallel to the shore. Then swim at an angle away from the current and toward the shore. If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float on your back or calmly tread water. When safely out of the current, return to shore. If you are unable to reach shore, wave your arms and call for help.

If you see someone in trouble, don’t become a victim yourself. Many people drown each summer while trying to save someone else from a rip current. Call to a lifeguard if one is available. If not, have someone call 9-1-1. Throw the rip current victim something that floats such as a life jacket or inflatable ball. Do not enter the water to assist them!

It’s a good idea to always swim where lifeguards are stationed and don’t swim alone. If you’re not a strong swimmer, wear a flotation device. Whether you’re a good swimmer or not, make sure you and your family understand the methods of escaping a rip tide.

 

 

 

Where to Experience Wildlife Tours In South Padre Island

If you’re a nature lover you will love vacationing on South Padre Island, TX! There are so many things to do here besides playing miniature golf, walking along the beach, and going bike riding. This area is full of so much nature and wildlife that it will take your breath away. The following businesses offer fun-filled nature tours the family is sure to love.

The Original Dolphin Watch offers an assortment of tours, among those being the Ecology Tour. This tour will include a presentation on live specimens of marine life caught right in front of you. It continues on, following the dolphin pods along the Devil’s Elbow. Check their site for an online coupon to save. Location: 1 Padre Blvd., So. Padre Island. Phone: (956) 761-4243.

The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is one of nine World Birding Centers located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. This birding and nature center has a gift shop and is open year round. Butterfly gardens, presentations, birding boardwalk, and more. Check out their live web cam. Location: 6801 Padre Blvd., So. Padre Island. Phone: (956) 761-6801.

Air Padre offers guided jet ski, water bike, kayak, and standup paddleboard tours on Laguna Madre. The Laguna Madre has some of the best sunsets in all of the U.S. because of the sunsets over the main land. During the Sunrise tours there are many days that dolphins will come up the channel and frolick around your kayak or SUP. Location: 5709A Padre Blvd, South Padre. Phone: (956) 299-9463.

At Sea Turtle Inc., their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species. Field trips, summer camps, school outreach, and academic scholarships. Location: 6617 Padre Blvd., South Padre. Phone: (956) 761-4511.

Osprey Cruises offers tours as well as charter fishing trips, dinner cruises and happy hour cruises. Take the Sea Life Safari eco tour and enjoy the dolphins while sightseeing and learning about the ecology of the Laguna Madre narrated aboard the 70′ Osprey luxury passenger cruiser. Location: Pier 19, 1 Padre Blvd., South Padre. Phone: (888) 867-7739.

Captain Murphy’s Charter Service and Isla Tour offers Eco-Tours, Dolphin Watch Cruises, Sunset Cruises, as well as Bay Fishing and Deep Sea Fishing. The Eco-Tour takes you through the Laguna Madre. You will see native sea life, Bottlenose Dolphins in their natural habitat, local and migratory birds and the surrounding Texas beaches. The tour includes views of the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Boca Chica Beach, and the original Queen Isabella Causeway. Location: 1 Padre Blvd., South Padre. Phone: (956) 761-4752.
 
 

Where to Rent Bikes on South Padre Island

The easiest and most fun-filled way to get around South Padre Island is on the seat of a bicycle. When you arrive for your summer vacation plan on leaving your car behind and rent a bike for the duration of your stay from any of the following businesses. Giving your car a vacation from travel is a green idea.

 

Air Padre
5709A Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (956) 299-9463
Website: http://www.airpadrekiteboarding.com/rentals/water-bike-rentals-south-padre-island.html

Air Padre is the only place on South Padre Island where you can rent state-of-the-art water bikes. There’s water access directly behind their water sports shop. Water bikes are floating bicycles on the water. They are easier to balance than regular two wheeled bicycles. These double pontoon water bicycles are meant for easy cruising on the open waterways.

 

Where to Rent Bikes on South Padre Island
Beach Bikes on Padre
220 W. Oleander St., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (512) 658-3766
Website: beachbikesonpadre.com

Choose from 26” Women’s or Men’s Beach Cruiser, 29” Men’s Beach Cruiser, 29” Fat Tire Bike, Women’s or Men’s 7 Speed, 24” Women’s Beach Cruiser, Medium Frame Touring Bike, Tandem, Trikes, 20” girl’s bike, 16” and 20” boy’s bikes. Free delivery and pickup anywhere on South Padre Island. Free roadside assistance during daylight hours. Bikes come with locks, lights, helmets and a basket. Call or go online to reserve your bike. Open 7 days/wk.

 

Island Surf Rentals
1314 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 761-9999
Website: https://www.beachrentalssouthpadreisland.com/

Our bicycle rentals are affordable and great for the entire family. We offer a range of fun ways to get around, including golf car, jeep, kayak, and the vacation classic scooter rental service.

 

Paradise Fun Rental
904 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 371-4424
Website: https://www.funrentalspi.com/

Providing golf carts, bicycles, scooters and more to vacationers of South Padre Island. Book your rental on our website.

 

Where to Rent Bikes on South Padre Island

SPI Activities Bike Rentals
1414 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (956) 521-1844
Website: https://spiactivities.com/bicycle-rentals/

Bicycling is fun for the whole family. Stop in and see their large selection of golf carts, bicycles, quadro cycles, surf boards and more.

 

Wheels On Padre
2500 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 299-4562
Website: http://www.wheels-onpadre.com/

We offer personalized golf cart, bicycle & scoot coup rentals. Let us plan your daily, weekly or monthly stay. Besides bike rentals, we also have other activities available, like watersports, and dinner cruises. Just give us a call and talk to one of our Island activities directors.

 

What To Bring On Your Beach Vacation to South Padre Island

Our guests often ask us what they should bring with them when vacationing on South Padre Island. While the beach vacation rentals at Padre Getaways provide you with everything you need for a comfortable stay, guests will want to bring additional things that we don’t provide, for their fun times on the island.
 
What To Bring On Your Beach Vacation to South Padre Island

What To Bring

Sunscreen for Time in the Sun
Be sure to bring sunscreen for the whole family as well as protective clothing for the beach. The ultraviolet rays in this area are intense and days spent near the water mean even more exposure. A painful sunburn can ruin anyone’s holiday so please remember to protect yourself and your loved ones.
 
Coolers For Those Beach Picnics
Bring coolers if you’re planning on eating and or drinking while at the beach. In addition, for maximum enjoyment, we recommend beach blankets or towels, chairs and plenty of beach toys.
 
Rainy Weather Entertainment
Nobody wants to plan on rain but if you’re vacationing and it rains more than a little you’ll be glad you did! Bring cards, a board game or book, and just spend any rainy days relaxing with your family. If you have a lap top computer you can find internet service in either your condo or a nearby internet café.
 
Food and Beverages
If you’re planning on eating-in to save some money you’ll need to make a stop at a local store for groceries. You will also need basics like oil, coffee, butter and seasonings, in addition to your meals. If you prefer to shop locally, the island grocery store, The Blue Marlin, is great for basics and offers an excellent meat department. There are also two larger grocery store chains on the mainland in Port Isabel.
 
Additional Paper Products
Our properties will have a starter roll of paper towels, toilet paper and a trash bag. If you are staying for several days you will need additional supplies.
 
 
What Not To Bring On Your Beach Vacation to South Padre Island

What Not To Bring

Bed Linens and Towels
All properties come complete with bed linens and pillows. We also make sure there are plenty of towels for you to use in the property. If you require additional towels for pool or beach use then you will want to bring your own.
 
Cleaning Supplies
All of our properties are supplied with dish soap and basic cleaning equipment. Guests are asked to remove trash and run the dishwasher before checking out. The rest of the cleaning will be done by the Padre Getaways housekeeping staff. If you are staying for a longer period of time, you may wish to bring some laundry soap or additional supplies.
 
Cooking and Dining
All rental properties come with all the basic cooking equipment including plates, glasses, silverware, pots and pans, spatulas, etc. You will also find a microwave, coffee maker, and toaster in each unit. We expect that the needs of most guests are met. However, if you have specific culinary equipment beyond the basics, you may wish to bring it.

 
 

There’s Still Time to Take Advantage of Off-Season Rates

Just because spring is in sight promising even warmer days to come, doesn’t mean you can’t still take advantage of off-season deals and specials on our vacation rentals. South Padre Island is well known for mild winters and providing total relaxation and recreation on 34 miles of uninterrupted coastline in southeast Texas. This is where you’ll find a large assortment of South Padre winter rentals located both on and off the waterfront.

Still Time to Take Advantage of the Off-Season Deals

Great Winter Rentals

Snowbirds are treated to oceanfront access and gorgeous coastal views every day they’re here. If you’ve been dreaming of escaping the cold of winter, our accommodating vacation rentals can be rented by the month in winter. Besides winter rates being much lower than in-season rates, you care exempt from the 14.5% hotel tax when you stay for 30+ days.

Plenty of Winter Activities

The same things that attract people to South Padre Island during the summer months is still here during the off-season months. Fun-filled watersports, a fired up nightlife, breathtaking fireworks, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, dolphin watches, and more await not matter when you get here.

Still Time to Take Advantage of the Off-Season Deals

Why a Winter Stay

This time of year it’s still the perfect place to come where you can leave those winter parkas and boots behind! When you stay with us during the winter months you’ll be able to relax, spend time on the beach, play golf, and go fishing, no matter what day or month it is! You’re going to wonder why you didn’t come sooner!

Winter Monthly Stays

We typically rent winter monthly stays during the months of December to February, but we know some people like to arrive as early as November and stay as late as April. Just ask us what properties we have available and we’d be happy to set you up in comfortable accommodations at super rates! Check-in is typically on the first of the month and check-out on the last, but we may be able to accommodate special circumstances.

Book your South Padre Island vacation with Padre Getaways today! If you need assistance we can be reached by calling 855-412-4805.

Don’t Miss Out On Your Best Vacation! Book Direct!

With so many new travelers searching for vacation rentals every day, it is time to get educated! Vacation rental managers and homeowners are joining forces to educate travelers on the advantages of booking direct with management companies and homeowners rather than major third-party channels.

Better Rates

If you are booking your vacation rentals on a site that charges a service or travelers fee, you are paying too much! Sites like Airbnb, Expedia, Booking.com, VRBO, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, FlipKey, and more add hundreds of dollars of fees to your booking total and take a big bite out of your vacation budget. Book direct to avoid all the middleman fees these sites charge.

Better connections
Many of the major travel sites also take away your ability to contact managers and owners directly, as well as their ability to contact you!  With direct communication with managers and owners, you get insider knowledge about your destination. They can recommend the best rental for your needs and the best activities, restaurants, and local favorites. By limiting your search to third-party sites, you may be missing out on the best vacation home for your group.
Book Direct
We encourage you to book properties through individual websites like www.padregetaways.com. We can assure you that you won’t find additional travelers fees tacked onto the price of your rental when you book direct with Padre Getaways by phone or on our website.
Don’t delay! Join the Book Direct movement today!

The Best Seafood Restaurants in the South Padre Island Area

South Padre Island has plenty of fine seafood restaurants on the island no matter how you like it prepared. You won’t be disappointed by the quality of food and the number of places you’ll have to choose from. At Padre Getaways we don’t want anyone to go away hungry so below are the top rated best seafood restaurants you should know about in the area in no particular order because you’ll want to try them all!

Where to Find the Best Seafood Restaurants on the IslandLiam’s Steak House & Oyster Bar
Address:
3409 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island
Phone: (956) 772-4700
Hours: Sun-Thurs 5-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 5-11 p.m.
Menu: http://www.liamssteakhouse.com/food-menu

 

Where to Find the Best Seafood Restaurants on the IslandSea Ranch Restaurant and Bar
Address: 33330 State Park Rd 100, South Padre Island
Phone: (956) 761-1314
Hours: Sun-Thurs 4:30-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 4:30-10 p.m.
Menu: http://searanchrestaurant.com/

 

Where to Find the Best Seafood Restaurants on the IslandJoe’s Oyster Bar
Address:
207 E Maxan St, Port Isabel
Phone: (956) 943-4501
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Menu: https://m.facebook.com/Joes-Oyster-Bar-119713921405778/

 

Where to Find the Best Seafood Restaurants on the IslandBlackbeard’s Restaurant
Address:
103 E Saturn Ln, South Padre Island
Phone: (956) 761-2962
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Menu: https://www.blackbeardsspi.com/Pages/Menu.aspx

Where to Find the Best Seafood Restaurants on the IslandPelican Station
Address:
201 S Garcia St, Port Isabel
Phone: (956) 943-3344
Hours: Sun-Thurs 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Menu: http://pelicanstation.co/food-menu

How to Find the Perfect Family Vacation Rental

Everyone wants to find that perfect family vacation rental for their trip to the beach. We can offer some ideas on what you should consider when you are ready to start your search. Once you know what you’re really looking for, it’s so much easier to recognize it when you find it.

How to Find the Perfect Family Vacation Rental
Here are some guidelines to follow to help you find the perfect vacation rental for your family, no matter what size family you may have.
 
1. First, determine your price range.
Know how much you can afford to spend before you start looking for a vacation rental, then use that as a guideline.
 
2. List your non-negotiable needs for a vacation rental.
It’s important to determine the size of the home you need before you begin looking. Are you bringing children? Babies? Pets? You’ll need a rental with lots of amenities that appeal to them and provide the gear you’ll need for a comfortable stay.
 
How to Find the Perfect Family Vacation Rental
3. Choose the right location.
We have accommodations close to the ocean and some within view of it. Do you want to be able to walk to play golf? Do you want to be set off by yourselves close to nature or would you prefer to be located oceanfront? Keep in mind the location of the home often determines the price.
 
4. What amenities matter most?
Our vast inventory of vacation rentals include furnished homes that are beautifully decorated, fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryers, swimming pools, tennis, free high speed Internet, and in some cases, hot tubs, Jacuzzis and more. Make sure the amenities that matter most are listed in the description for the vacation home that appeals to you.
How to Find the Perfect Family Vacation Rental
5. What do the reviews say?
Take a look at what other people have said about their past experiences and browse through the photos. Then you’ll have a better idea of what you’re getting. If, after you’ve enjoyed your stay, be one of those guests that goes online and posts a positive review for others to read.
 
It’s never too early to make vacation plans no matter what time of the year you’re coming. Check out our special deals and winter rentals for some super good rates! If you have any questions, give Padre Getaways a call at 956-761-8888. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
 

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!