Plan Your Thanksgiving Vacation to South Padre Island Today

Make a new tradition this year with the family and spend your Thanksgiving holiday on South Padre Island. The first of November marks the start of the holiday season, where everyone is making their holiday plans and finding out whose house Thanksgiving will be at. Now is the time to plan your Thanksgiving vacation to South Padre Island today and stay one of our Bayside vacation rentals. Soon after Thanksgiving, Christmas music will play on the radio as people go shopping on Black Friday. There are plenty of things you and your family can do while you vacation here for the holidays.

Quality Time with Family

Plan Your Thanksgiving Vacation to South Padre Island Today

When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of spending as much quality time with your family. South Padre Island is one of the best places to visit each Thanksgiving because if you are staying in one of our vacation rentals, there is plenty of space for the whole family. If you have a family that is larger than 10 people, then give one of our large group vacation rentals a try. When you spend a holiday at South Padre Island, it’s more relaxing and you will want to spend more time with the ones you love. Head to one of the local grocery stores such as HEB, Blue Marlin Super Market (IGA) or Walmart. Walmart does offer delivery just in case you forget something at the store, or you can pick it up at the store. Cook your Thanksgiving dinner at the vacation rental or go out to eat as a family. Make this Thanksgiving holiday a special one for years to come.

Perfect Weather

The weather on South Padre Island is beautiful every fall. With the highs in the 70’s, who wouldn’t want to spend the holidays there? While the weather isn’t as warm as it is during summer, it sure makes for a wonderful day to spend it on the beach with the family. If you want to spend the day soaking up the rays on the beach instead of worrying about Thanksgiving dinner, go ahead. It’s your holiday vacation and you can do what you want to. Spend the evening collecting seashells with the family and kids and make it a vacation that you will remember for years to come.

Breathtaking Views

Plan Your Thanksgiving Vacation to South Padre Island Today

Even during the off-season, South Padre Island is nothing but beautiful to visit. Spending Thanksgiving watching the waves roll in and out or watching the sunset with your loved ones. You may even happen to see some dolphins in the ocean as they folic along or you may see people taking pictures on the beach to use as their Christmas cards. Take a nice long walk while watching the sunset or have your family’s pictures taken by a local photographer on the beach. Two local photographers we recommend are Freddy-Rodriguez Photography & To The Sea Photography. There is a ton of things you can enjoy while you vacation with us.

Black Friday

After Thanksgiving, while the Christmas music begins to play, go shop for some of those Black Friday deals. We know that most people like to make sure they get the best deals while shopping for those Christmas lists. While you can find some pretty amazing deals at the outlets an hour away, you can also find some great deals at some of the local shops too. Purchasing something from one of the local stores or artists can make some of the best gifts to give. South Padre Island is known for having some of the best gifts to give to others during the holidays or to take home as a souvenir. Don’t miss out on any of the deals this year!

There are many other reasons why you should spend Thanksgiving here on South Padre Island, but these are just a few we thought you’d enjoy. If you and your family would like to spend Thanksgiving here, please look at our Bayside vacation rental inventory today. We hope to see you this Thanksgiving season making new memories with your family!

Don’t Miss These Fun Events Happening on South Padre Island

Are you and your family heading to South Padre Island for your vacation soon? If the answer is yes, then we must tell you all about the events that are happening on the island. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will keep your family close to the fun. Let’s look below at what some of the events are in the area.

32nd Annual Sandcastle Days

Don't Miss These Fun Events Happening on South Padre Island

Does your family love to build sandcastles when you go on vacation to the beach? You’re in luck because on October 4th to 6th will be the 32nd Annual Sandcastle Days. This event is a way to see many of the local residents put on a show for you with their sand sculptors. This event is free to attend, and you will be able to see some of the best sand sculpting around the State of Texas. Your family will also be able to enjoy live music, food, art vendors and more. Don’t miss this fun event as you enjoy South Padre Island!

SPI Fishing Days

For many families who vacation on South Padre Island, they like to take advantage of the great fishing conditions. Fishing off a pier or from a boat, they will get their fair share of fun in the sun. On October 19th & 20th bring the family out to the South Padre Island Convention Center for the Fishing Days Expo. Fishing a great sport to do here on the island it can be done year-round. Admission for the expo is $5 per person including kids 12 & under and the kids’ admission will come with a kids catch tank fishing pass. From seeing new fishing gear, demonstrations and boats, there is something for everyone. Spend the day at the expo as you explore the wonderful world of fishing on SPI!

Trick or Treat with the Sea Turtles

Don't Miss These Fun Events Happening on South Padre Island

Come and spend Halloween on South Padre Island as you explore the fun events going on. Head over to Sea Turtle Inc and spend some time with the sea turtles. Not only will you and your family get to trick or treat but they will also have the chance to win prizes and enjoy snacks. Admission is $5 for adults, Seniors & Military and $4 for kids (5-17). This is an event that many locals love to take their kids to because they also get to learn about the turtles. Don’t miss this one with the family while you are vacationing on South Padre Island!

While there are many other fun events happening around here locally, these are ones we wanted to share with you. If you are looking for a South Padre Island vacation rental, we still have availability. We hope to see you and the family as you enjoy these fun events while on vacation to SPI!

Fun Adventures Your Family Can Do While Vacationing on South Padre Island

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to South Padre Island soon? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you about some of the fun adventures your family can do in South Padre Island. While staying in one of our Bayside vacation rentals you will be close to where the fun is at. Let’s look below at a few of the fun adventures that your family can do while vacationing on South Padre Island.

Fun in the Sky

Fun Adventures Your Family Can Do While Vacationing on South Padre Island

Have you and your family ever wanted to do something that you’ve never experienced before? If you answered yes, then this is the perfect adventure that you can do.  South Padre Island Watersports has many different fun things that your family can do. Whether it’s kayaking or parasailing there is something fun for everyone. The prices are very affordable so that your whole family can get in on the action together. This can be an adventure of a lifetime by parasailing and seeing the views like you’ve never seen before!

Banana Boating

If you have ever vacationed here on South Padre Island before you may have seen those funny looking boats on the water. This is a fun activity that the whole family can partake in together while enjoying your time on the water. Parrot Eyes on South Padre Island is where you can head to catch a ride on this fun adventure. Be sure to bring with you plenty of sunscreen, your waterproof camera and more. Just enjoy your time together on the water making new memories!

Riding the Waves

Fun Adventures Your Family Can Do While Vacationing on South Padre Island

This is a fun adventure that doesn’t cost anything and can be done on the beach as a family. Boogie Boarding is something that many kids love to do whenever they visit the beach, but why let the kids have all the fun. Everyone in the family will be able to join in on the fun and ride the waves together. Make sure to bring a camera with you to the beach as you can have someone in the family take pictures of each other riding the waves!

There are many other fun and exciting different adventures that your family can do while on vacation to South Padre Island. The island is full of things that your family can do while staying in one of our Bayside vacation rentals. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to come and enjoy the sand and the water, now is the time. We can’t wait to see your family on your next trip to South Padre Island as you make new memories together!

Kid-Friendly Activities to do on the Beach

Do you have a family vacation planned to South Padre Island soon? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about some kid-friendly activities to do on the beach. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will keep you close to where the fun begins. Let’s look below at a few kid-friendly activities they can do on the beach.

Soccer

Soccer can be played anywhere you have a ball and some friends or family. This game is a good one to play at any time of the day on the beach. Just bring a ball that you can pass back and forth with your siblings, friends or parents. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to play the game, you can make up a new game using the ball. Just have a great time playing it and you will want to continue to play on each new vacation.

Beach Ball Volleyball

Kid-Friendly Activities to do on the Beach

This game is a classic game played with a beach ball which can be more fun than an actual volleyball. All that is needed is a beach ball that your kids have picked out at the store. And then your kids can hit this back and forth between each other. Not only is it a fun activity to do, but it can be quite comical too. And if you want to join in on the fun and memories that will be made by playing this as a family.

Pass the Water

What a fun little activity that will keep the kids busy. All you need are disposable cups or plastic cups and water. This activity can be played with music or without music and can be who doesn’t spill the water at all. Everyone in the family can play this just like you play musical chairs and have the best time of your lives.

Beach Scavenger Hunt

Kid-Friendly Activities to do on the Beach

Gather the kids and hit the beach to go on a scavenger hunt together. Before you hit the beach for the day, make a list of things that each kid can hunt for. Not only can they learn about what they can find on the beach, but they can have a good time too. Some of the things that you can have them look for are shells, crabs, driftwood and more. After each child has completed their list you can reward them by giving them a small prize such as ice cream or a special meal. No matter how long it takes it will still be a fun activity that everyone will love!

There are so many other activities for kids to do on the beach, these are there few we wanted to share. If you still haven’t made your South Padre Island vacation, now is the time. We still have plenty of availability for the rest of the summer. We can’t wait to see your family as you vacation here on the island!

Celebrate July 4th on South Padre Island

Are you and your family coming to South Padre Island this coming week to celebrate the 4th of July? If the answer is yes, then you are in for a treat this year. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will keep you close to where the fun is at. There are many local events that are happening to help celebrate the festive holiday and you won’t want to miss any of them.

South Padre Islands 4th of July Parade

Celebrate July 4th on South Padre Island

Don’t miss this year’s Annual 4th of July Beach Parade as we celebrate our country. Hosted by the City of South Padre Island Parks and Keep SPI Beautiful will present a beach parade like you’ve never experienced before. And our friends over at Schlitterbahn and the Friends of Animal Rescue will be the start of the parade. Bring everyone in the family including your pets as this is a family & pet-friendly event. At the end of the parade your family can enjoy watermelon, water and other fun goodies. The parade will begin at 10:00 am, so get there a little early to get yourself a great spot!

Fourth of July Celebration

Head over to Sea Turtle, Inc for a fun kid-friendly 4th of July party. This is a fun event begins at 10:00 am and has something for everyone in the family to take advantage of. From crafts to activities to special treats, your family will not be bored one bit. There will also be a special adoption for any hatchlings that you can pay $20 and you get to name that hatchling a patriotic name. What a fun event to join in on as you help celebrate the 4th of July. These activities are included with the purchase of general admission to Sea Turtle, Inc for the day. Don’t miss out on this fun event that will be perfect for the whole family!

Fireworks over the Bay

Celebrate July 4th on South Padre Island

To end a great day of celebrating our country, head over to Louie’s Backyard around 9:15 pm to grab a spot to view the fireworks. This year your family can watch the light show in the sky over the bay and it’s something you will never experience before. If you don’t feel like cooking dinner, then head over to several different restaurants where you can sit and eat while you view the fireworks. Make this a new tradition in coming to the beach and watching the fireworks with the family. Think of all the new memories that you will experience together while vacationing to South Padre Island this year.

If you still haven’t made your reservations to stay with us at Padre Getaways, we can help you book it today. We can’t wait to see you and your family this coming up week for your fun, family vacation to South Padre Island. Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July from all of us at Padre Getaways.

What You Need to Know About the Sea Turtle Nesting Season on South Padre Island

Did you know that May happens to be sea turtle nesting season on South Padre Island? Every year many sea turtles come to our beaches beginning in April to build their nest along the shore. And when you stay with us in one of our Beachside vacation rentals, you may get to see a sea turtle or two. Let’s look at what our guests need to know about the nesting season below here on South Padre Island.

When Does Nesting Season Start?

What You Need to Know About the Sea Turtle Nesting Season on South Padre Island

May is a great time to visit South Padre Island since the temperature is warmer and in hopes of seeing a sea turtle. Nesting season began on April 1, 2019 and is one of the most magical times in Texas. This is the start of the sea turtles nesting season and it’s something you don’t want to miss on your next vacation to South Padre Island. During the night is when you will have the chance to see the sea turtle mothers come to shore to lay their eggs in the nest they built. Along the coast of Texas is where you will find the most Kemp Ridley sea turtle’s nests and hatchlings. Sea turtle nesting season doesn’t end until the beginning of August every year so while on vacation to our island this summer, please know that it’s nesting season.

What to Expect During Nesting Season on South Padre Island

When you visit our beautiful island, you may not know what to expect during the nesting season. The first thing you may notice is the many volunteers who come and check the shoreline each morning looking for a new nest. Next the volunteers will move the nests to a protected area and covered with a protective netting until they hatch. We do this on the island to avoid the turtle nests from getting crushed. Each nest is monitored until the eggs are ready to hatch. We here on South Padre Island know that it can be exciting if you happen to see a sea turtle nest or even a sea turtle, but here are a few simple rules to follow:

  • Please refrain from using a flashlight on the beach at night and be sure to turn off the outdoor lights on your Beachside vacation rental. Each sea turtle use the moonlight to help guide them back to the ocean.
  • Don’t leave any holes along the beach that you may dug for fun during the day. If a sea turtle mother is coming to shore to lay her eggs, we don’t want her to fall in and injury herself.
  • Don’t leave any of your beach equipment at the beach during the night. Take it back to your vacation rental until your next day at the beach.
  • Be sure to keep the beaches clean from any trash or plastic on the days you spend on the shore.
What You Need to Know About the Sea Turtle Nesting Season on South Padre Island

There are many other ways that you and your family can watch the sea turtles on the shore, these are the most important ones to know. If you haven’t made your vacation reservations yet, check out our South Padre Island vacation rentals today. We hope to see you and your family on your next vacation to South Padre Island this summer!

Don’t Miss the Grand Opening of the Alligator Sanctuary on South Padre Island

Do you and your family like going and seeing nature and even more alligators? If the answer is yes, then you must visit this amazing new addition to the South Padre Island Nature Center. They have opened up an open Alligator Sanctuary that will open on May 11th at 9:00 am. And when you are staying with us in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals, then you will be close to where the action is happening.

About the Gators

Don’t Miss the Grand Opening of the Alligator Sanctuary on South Padre Island

This addition to the South Padre Island Nature Center has been a work in progress and is finally opening up to the public. There will be more than 100 American Alligators that will call this sanctuary “home”. The alligators are all rescued juvenile ones and they can’t wait to make this their new place to live. They will be in the safety of caregivers and there will even be a 50-year-old alligator named, “Big Padre” who is 700 lbs and is 12 feet long. That is something that not every person in the country can say they have met before.

Where Did the Gators Come From?

Many will want to know where these alligators have come from and they have all been rescued from around Texas. Gary and Shannon Saurage are apart of Gator Country Rescue and holds the only license in the state that are allowed to rescue alligators. They have been rescued from backyards, pools or who were stranded from weather like floods. The Gator Country Rescue have decided to bring these alligators to the Nature Center. The gators now have a safe haven so they will no longer be in danger to the outside world.

Opening Day of the Alligator Sanctuary

Don’t Miss the Grand Opening of the Alligator Sanctuary on South Padre Island

On Saturday, May 11th starting at 9:00 am, you and your family will be able to come over to the Alligator Sanctuary to see what the excitement is all about. Some of the fun opportunities that you will be able to experience are holding baby alligators, wading in a wading pool with them and even get to see other animals such as non-venomous snakes. There will be overflow parking available over at Clayton’s Beach Bar and the South Padre Island Convention Center. Admission into this attraction is $8 per adult (13-54), $7 per Senior (55 & up) & Military, $5 per child (4-12) and Free for kids 3 & under. What a fun event to be a part of on it’s grand opening day!

While there are other things that will be happening at the South Padre Island Nature Center, we thought that you would be interested this event. If you haven’t made your summer vacation plans to South Padre Island yet, now is the time to do it. Summer is just around the corner and before you know it, it will be time for summer break with the kids. We can’t wait to see you and your family this Spring and Summer!

Best Coffee Shops on South Padre Island

Are you headed to South Padre Island this year and are wondering where the best coffee shops are on the island? If the answer is yes, then we at Padre Getaways know where you can go and grab a cup of coffee in the area. Many locals love to get a cup of coffee on their way into work or just to have as a pick me up from many of these local coffee shops. If you are staying with us in one of our Bayside Waterfront vacation rentals, then you won’t be too far from some good coffee. Let’s look at our top picks for where you can get a cup of coffee at while on vacation to South Padre island.

The Grapevine Café & Coffee House

Best Coffee Shops on South Padre Island

The Grapevine Café & Coffee House is located in the heart of South Padre Island and is a favorite among many of the locals. Here you are able to grab a hot cup of bottomless coffee or a 32 oz. French Press along with a great meal. One of the favorites among the locals would be a Belgian Waffle or the Eggs Benedict Grapevine. You are also able to grab a different espresso drinks that are available when you sit down for your meal.  Don’t miss heading here with your family on your next vacation to the island.

Yummies Bistro

Just after you get onto the island, you will find a quaint little shop called Yummies Bistro. Here you will be able to grab yourself a cup of coffee and a few breakfast treats. They have several different coffee options for you to choose from such as a hot cup of coffee, Coconut Zesta, Café Padre or even a Spanish Macchiato. You can also enjoy some cold coffee options such as a Chilled Island Coffee, Coffee Float, Red Eye or a Banana Chocolate Cooler. Some of the breakfast items you can get off the menu are Spanish Omelet, Pancakes, Fruit & Yogurt Plate and more. What a great start to your vacation by stopping by and enjoying some coffee with your friends and family.

Café Karma

Best Coffee Shops on South Padre Island

Café Karma is another favorite for the locals here on South Padre Island and has a unique vibe to it. Here it is located not far from the water and is where you will be able to grab a cup of coffee or another specialty drink. Some of the drinks you are able to find here are a House Coffee, Macchiato, Café Mocha and Iced Coffee. Some of the other drinks you can grab would be a Chai Latte, Hot Chocolate, Hot Tea and more. Don’t miss their amazing snacks you can grab while you enjoy your coffee in the shop. Many visitors love to head here for their coffee and the peaceful area of being a coffee shop.

Groovi Smoothi

Groovi Smoothi is not like any other coffee shop you have been to in the past. Here you are able to find other kinds of drinks as well as coffee for the adults and a few sweet treats. For those who love coffee then you are in for a treat as you can get an Americano, Red Eye, Lattes, Iced Coffee and more. You are also able to grab a fruit smoothie such as a PB&J, Saturday Morning and Tropical Smoothie. And for those who just want a drink to quench your thirst you can get a Lemonade, Orange, Tea and a Veggie Drink. Don’t miss out on the sweet treats you can grab to munch on while you enjoy your coffee here with the family. What a great place to go and enjoy the cool air while the warm air is outside!

While there are other options for coffee shops in the area, these are the few we’d thought you would enjoy. If you are still on the hunt for a place to stay on your next vacation to South Padre Island, then check out our Bayside Waterfront vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you vacation here on the island this year

Get Your Beach Bag Ready for Vacation

Are you headed to the sandy beaches of South Padre Island this spring for vacation?  If the answer is yes, then we understand that spending the week sitting on the beach soaking up the rays is just what you need.  Staying in one of our Beachside vacation rentals will keep you close to the beach but having the right things in your beach bag will allow you to enjoy your vacation. We have come up with a small list to help get you and your family ready for your next trip to South Padre Island below.

Beach Bag Items

Beach Towels

Get your Beach Bag Ready for Vacation

When you are on vacation making sure you have packed everything before you leave home is essential. So be sure to pack a towel for everyone in your family whether you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you. Having a beach towel with a different design can help each member in your group remember which one theirs is. Another great thing that you can do to each towel is sew pockets onto the end of the towel. This way you can keep your sunglasses, phone and sunscreen close by.

Sunscreen

The sun is hot on South Padre Island so sunscreen is a must for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists recommend that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. And don’t forget to Reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first day your here with a sunburn. If you happen to get a little too much sun while you are on vacation, remember to pack a bottle of aloe as well.

Mesh Bag for Sand Toys

Get your Beach Bag Ready for Vacation

Anytime you go on vacation with kids, you have to bring a ton of sand toys with you. We understand bringing sand back with you into your vacation rental is not necessary and can be quite a hassle. So, if you pack a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach.

Hats & Sunglasses

Having sunglasses and hats can be very useful for anyone who visits the beach. The sun is much hotter than it is in the north, so we want to make sure that your eyes and face are protected. Having sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun bright rays and will offer you some relief when trying to keep an eye on your little ones playing. Whether you have a floppy hot or a baseball cap, you will be happy that you brought these along with you. Don’t forget to pack one for everyone in the family.

Reading Material

Get your Beach Bag Ready for Vacation

One way that you can improve your tan and your mood is by bringing a book or magazine to the beach. We understand that bringing your children to the beach means less time to read a book, but maybe bring a few of their books too. This way when you are ready to read a little, have them come play in the sand near where you are or have them sit under the umbrella and read a little bit of their own book.

There are many other things that you can pack into your beach bag, but these are the must have items for your next vacation. If you haven’t made your vacation to South Padre Island yet, check out our Beachside vacation rentals today. We can’t wait for your family to come and vacation with us!

Don’t Miss South Padre Island’s Kite Fest this Year

Have you ever been to South Padre Island when the Kite Fest is going on? If not, then you are missing out on one of the biggest kite festivals in the country! What once started out as just a “fun fly” has now become one of best festivals you can attend especially if you love to fly kites. If you happen to be staying with us in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals you will be close to where the action is happening for this festival. This is an event that you can’t miss this year with your family!

Let the Fun Begin

Beginning on January 31st at 6:30 pm, you and your family can head over to the South Padre Island Convention Centre for the kick off of the festival. They will be doing some indoor kite performances that will host an array of internationally known kite fliers. One of the people that you will be able to meet is John Barresi who holds more than 30 national championship titles and was the 2018 Open Individual Unlimited Ballet champion. The indoor fliers dedicated their choreographed routines with one passion in mind, “creating peace through kiting worldwide.” If you have never been to an indoor kite performance before you are in for a treat! Tickets for the Indoor Kite Performance is $6 per person and can be purchased in advance only as they will not be available at the door. You can call B & S Kites today to reserve your tickets for this event at 956-761-1248. 

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Don't Miss South Padre Island's Kite Fest this Year

The kite festival doesn’t end on Thursday night, instead you get a few more days to enjoy it. On Friday and Saturday, the festival will move outdoors from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the flats just north of the Convention Centre. Here you will be able to see many kite fliers from all over the United States bring their beautiful ‘show kites’ that will be on display throughout the day. And of course, no kite festival is complete without seeing the mesmerizing performances of individuals and team performances. Some of the best kite fliers have come to South Padre Island for you and your family to watch their beautiful performances with their beautiful kites. Admission to the event on Friday and Saturday is free for you to enjoy.

What to Bring

Many families who come and enjoy the kite festival like to be prepared to stay all day. We suggest that you bring a cooler, beach chairs, sunscreen, drinks and snacks. There will be food and concession stand there at the festival so if you do not want to bring snacks you will be able to grab some. South Padre Island is the prefect destination for your families next family vacation!

Don't Miss South Padre Island's Kite Fest this Year

This festival is a show like no other that you may have attended, and we recommend you heading there next weekend with your family. If you are still searching for the perfect place to stay in South Padre Island, then check our inventory out today or give us a call at 855-412-4805. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next vacation with us and enjoy the South Padre Island 2019 Kite Fest!