Take a Fall Vacation to South Padre Island

Going to South Padre Island in the fall is a great time to come and explore the island. With the temperatures usually around the mid-80’s during the day and the high 60’s-low 70’s at night. And if you pair that with a light breeze, you will have weather that is perfect for walking along the beach or discovering a new adventure on the island. And when you are staying in one of our Padre Island beach rentals, you will love the area even more in the fall time. Look below at what great adventures you can discover while staying with us this fall.

Fishing for Days

Fall on South Padre Island this Year

Fall fishing is something that every fisherman loves to do around South Padre Island. With being able to fish year-rounds that means that you will be able to fish for different kinds of fish in the fall. During the fall you will be able to fish for snook, redfish and kingfish and not have to deal with the large fishing contests. That only means more fish for you and your family as you enjoy your day fishing. The winds will be calmer and with the temps being cooler you will be able to enjoy being out on a fishing trip with your loved ones. And if you want a little more adventure, then you can take a charter fishing boat and enjoy some deep-sea fishing.

Enjoy the Beach

Since school is back in session and the weather is still nice out, you will be able to enjoy a nice day or week out on a near empty beach. There is nothing better than listening to the sound of the sea while reading a book or possibly napping on the beach. You will miss the summer beach crowds and you will feel like this paradise is your own with very little interruptions. Fall is just as good as coming in the summer and springtime since it will still be warm enough for you to soak up those rays. Just take the time to relax while you vacation here this fall!

Sandcastles for Days

Fall on South Padre Island this Year

Every fall for the past 31 years there has been a wonderful festival called “Sandcastle Days”. This festival will be taking place from October 3rd to October 7th, 2018 and you will be able to join in on the fun. This is where you can learn to build a sandcastle, watch sand masters sculpt sand into beautiful sculptures and enjoy some live music. The children can also get involved in this and you and your family can enter into the amateur competition on Friday, October 5th. There will be also water slides for the kids to enjoy, a bouncy house and even bull riding. What a wonderful way to begin and end your vacation than to visit this amazing festival!

There are so many other wonderful things you can do while you vacation in South Padre Island this year. Staying with Padre Getaways will keep you where you want to be for your vacation. And if you still haven’t decided when to come, make fall your new time to visit. We can’t wait to see you and help you make new memories with your family!

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.

 

5 Family-Friendly Activities To Do While You Vacation in South Padre Island

Everyone looks forward to taking a family beach vacation that offers time away from home and work. It’s a time that you can enjoy the time spent with your family from the youngest to the oldest member. And when you are wanting to do something other than head to the beach there are plenty of family-friendly activities to do in the South Padre Island area. Staying in one of our Padre Island beach rentals will help you be right where the action happens. Since South Padre Island is one of the most popular beach destinations in Texas, we’d figure that you’d like to know what there is to do!

Tour the Port Isabel Lighthouse

Port Isabel Lighthouse near South Parde Island, TX.

What is known to many locals on the southern Texas Coast as the “beacon” is in a tiny coastal community of Port Isabel.  Port Isabel Lighthouse is just across the Laguna Madre Bay from South Padre Island, you will see it guides tourists into seeing the history of the lighthouse. It’s always fun to learn a little history while you vacation and this is an option where you feel like you are back in time. You can go check it out 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.

Visit Sea Turtle, Inc.

5 Family-Friendly Activities To Do While You Vacation In South Padre Island

Who doesn’t love sea turtles? And what a perfect place for you to head to even on a hot summers afternoon is to the Sea Turtles Rescue Center. They have made it their mission to educate the public about sea turtles, how to save these beautiful animals, and all about their work. Their hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. Please note that their last ticket sales are at 4:15 pm daily to help with the crowd control before closing time.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

5 Family-Friendly Activities to do while you vacation in South Padre Island

Looking for a little more adventure, then head on over to Schlitterbahn Waterpark for the day! Sometimes riding down a lazy river or riding some rides will help your family bond. And for the younger kids who want to be like the big kids, there are plenty of things for them to do. Even venture a little bit and do the Soaring Eagle Zip line for extra fun! Be sure to check the hours of operation before you head to the park for the day!

Visit the Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center

5 Family-Friendly Activities to do while you vacation in South Padre Island

The Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center is located at the base of the bridge heading into South Padre Island. It offers visitors an up-close look at several locally sea creatures and has daily educational programs. If you are looking for a great attraction for the whole family to enjoy, then this is the spot. There are Dolphin and bird watching boat tours nearby for you to take advantage of. The hours of operation are 10 am to 4 pm and you can even help feed the animals. What more could a kid ask for while on vacation?

Island Adventure Park

5 Family-Friendly Activities To Do While You Vacation in South Padre Island

Have a need to be adventurous on one of your outings? Then head on over to Island Adventure Park for you to enjoy some pretty amazing things to do. They have horseback riding, zip-lines and even a petting barn for you to take part in. There is also the Island Fun Park which include family fun with mini golf and go carts. Many new memories can be made here at this park.

 

And if you are just wanting to relax, then take advantage of the beach which offers you sand, sun and a little fun for everyone. These listed activities above are just a few that are available to you while you vacation in South Padre Island. Staying with Padre Getaways can offer you more activities within the resort that you stay in. Let us help make those new memories with each visit to the island!

 

Labor Day Weekend in South Padre Island this Year

Before the last days of summer slip away you might want to think about heading to South Padre Island for a weekend. Labor Day weekend will be here sooner than you think so now is the time to plan your trip. With endless activities to do in the area and when staying in one of our Padre Island beach rentals there is something for everyone. Look below at what is happening this Labor Day weekend in the area. 

Fireworks on the Beach

If you are on the hunt for fireworks this Labor Day weekend then you won’t want to miss this display. Located at 6900 Padre Blvd is where you and your family can head for some nighttime fireworks. On August 31st at 9:15-9:30 pm see the fireworks while enjoying some quality time on the beach. This is at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Event Venue so while you are there grab you a drink and enjoy your time. 

Attend Surf Day Camp

Labor Day Weekend in South Padre Island this Year

If you have ever wanted to learn to surf, now is time! Fun for all ages, attending the South Padre Surf Co. Surf School, is where you can learn to surf. From 9 am – 12 pm on August 31st & Sept. 1st, you and your family can get in the groove of surfing for fun. Make this an activity that will have you enjoying the surf and waves in no time. Also, if you’d like to have your picture taken the whole day it’s an additional $10 but we think that’s worth it for the memories. The cost of the camp is $90 per person but for a lifetime event that will make you feel happy we think it’s worth it. Don’t miss out on the fun for the whole family to do.  You must reserve your spot so check out their website today and book it!

Art is Fun for Everyone

If you like to paint or you’d consider yourself artistic, then maybe heading over to Art Space on September 1st from 10 am to 2 pm is what you need. From painting, knitting, weaving or whatever art you’d like to do you are welcome. Please not that you must bring your own supplies for this but you can have fun with everyone in your family. There is a $10 per person charge to do for 2 hours but if it happens to be raining what a great opportunity to take advantage of this. Located at 1817 Padre Boulevard, Suite 1, South Padre Island, TX 78597

Labor Day Bayside Fireworks

Labor Day Weekend in South Padre Island this Year

And if you are wanting to help close out the weekend with some more fireworks this display is for you. Located at 2305 Laguna Blvd, South Padre Island, TX you will get to enjoy some fireworks over the bay. If you want to be a little more adventurous then you should see the fireworks from a kayak or a Stand-Up Paddle board. What a better way to end a great weekend then to do this. Be sure to book your kayaks or paddle boards early as they book up quickly for the weekends. 

Hit the Beach

And before heading home on Monday, September 3rd head to the beach for some quality time with the family. Sit on the beach with a chair, book and a cold drink in your hand just to soak up those rays. Enjoy the kids playing in the water or building sandcastles for the day. Be sure though to pack plenty of sunscreen as it is still hot in the Texas sun. Looking for a quick stroll on the beach or collecting seashells with the kids, is just what every family is looking to do. Don’t let this vacation end without going to the beach!

Labor Day Weekend in South Padre Island this Year

With so many other activities happening on Padre Island, this is what every family wants. They just want some fun quality time before the kids head back to school. Let this Labor Day weekend be just as memorable as every family summer vacation. If you are still looking for somewhere to stay, we at Padre Getaways can help you. We can’t wait to see you this summer! 

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.

 

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