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!

4 Must Eat at Restaurants on South Padre Island

South Padre Island has been blessed with sunshine year-round and has the longest stretches of white sand for you to enjoy. It’s been known to be one of Texas’s most prized beach destinations around and we don’t want you to miss out on some of these amazing restaurants while you are on vacation. And when you are staying with us at Padre Getaways, you will still be close to several of these restaurants for you to enjoy. Let’s look at our 4 must eat at restaurants on South Padre Island below.

Dirty Al’s

If you are looking for a pretty neat restaurant, then head on over to Dirty Al’s. What was once a bait shop that turned into a restaurant, this is a must visit on many of our guests’ vacations. Here you will be able to get plates of fresh seafood including Gulf oysters, peel & eat shrimp, king crab, and more. And the fried shrimp is the most popular pick that Dirty Al’s serves that you must try! From all other amazing dishes these will sure make you want to come back and visit Dirty Al’s just for their food.

Chilitto Pikin

4 Must Eat at Restaurants on South Padre Island

Are you a family who loves Mexican food, then come to Chilito Pikin on your next vacation to South Padre Island? What is known to many locals as the mom-and-pop hang out you can get the most amazing Mexican food. Here you can get an assortment of fish tacos, shrimp tacos, handmade flour tortillas and enchiladas served with refried beans and rice. They also serve “monster” portions and if you are able to finish the whole monster torta in one sitting then you will get it for free. Don’t miss this restaurant on your next visit.

Pier 19

Pier 19 is a family-friendly diner that is known for its generous portions and their friendly service. When you eat during breakfast or brunch, you can get the Texas sized cinnamon roll and Texas shaped strawberry-pecan waffle. If you are looking for lunch or dinner you won’t be disappointed in their coconut shrimp or whole fried fish. And if you have been fishing and you’d like for your own catch to be prepared, they can do it. We have never known of any other restaurant to cook what you brought in, so this is why this is a favorite among our guests and locals.

Blackbeards’

4 Must Eat at Restaurants on South Padre Island

Blackbeards’ is another favorite among the locals because of the fried jalapeños stuffed with various things such as lump crab meat and cheese. If you are searching for a fun restaurant to visit, then this is the one to go to. From their handcrafted sandwiches to their Giant chocolate cake there is something for everyone. And they have the perfect kid’s menu too which includes chicken strips, burgers, shrimp baskets and fish baskets. Open 7 days a week, you can’t miss this restaurant on your next vacation to South Padre Island.

While there are many other restaurants that are around South Padre Island, these were the few that we’d thought you’d enjoy. South Padre Island has many different restaurants that are known all around Texas and too many to name them all. If you have already made the decision to come this winter, then check out our Winter Rentals today. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful New Year’s and can’t wait to see you in the New Year!

2018 South Padre Island December Events

Are you and your family looking for a few fun things to do while you vacation on South Padre Island in December? If the answer is yes, then we can help you find the perfect Beachside vacation rental. Staying in one of our vacation rentals in December can help you be near where the fun is happening. Instead of worrying about cleaning your home, come on vacation, sit back and relax. Many families love to come to South Padre Island during the holiday season because they want to make new memories to share. Let’s look at why you shouldn’t miss these fun events happening on the island.

Annual Christmas Parade

2018 South Padre Island December Events

When you think of the holidays, you think of a Christmas Parade. Who starts the holiday season without one? So even though this event happens on November 30th it’s one you can’t miss! Beginning at 5:00 pm head over to the South Padre Island City Hall where you and your family can watch the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree. It’s always such an honor to be a part of seeing that happen and who loves Christmas lights? After the tree lighting will be the Annual Christmas Parade of South Padre Island. Beginning at 6:00 pm you and your family will be able to see all of the beautiful holiday decorated floats just floating in front of you. What a wonderful fun event that you can make a part of your traditions when you come to the island for your family vacation.

It’s a Winter Wonderland

Just when you thought the fun lasted at the Christmas parade, there’s more. If the parade isn’t something that your family would enjoy, then head over to The Green’s at Jim’s Pier at 6:00 pm. Beginning on November 30th at 6:00 pm the kids can enjoy a Wonderland just for them! There will be plenty of things for them to do from bounce houses to obstacle courses to a trackless train. And if you’d like to come back for another round, then come on Saturday, December 1st from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm for more fun. What a fun way to enjoy your vacation!

Holiday Sandcastle Village

2018 South Padre Island December Events

For those families who love looking at sandcastles, have we got a treat for you! Head on over to the South Padre Island Convention Centre where you and your family can see some holiday-themed sand sculptures along with a lighted musical performance. This event is happening from now until December 16th from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please note that the Holiday Sand Castle Village will be open to the public every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. What a fun event this can be for the whole family!

Schlitterbahn Christmas Buffet

Don’t feel like cooking on Christmas day while you are staying in one of our Beachside vacation rentals? Have no fear because you and your family can head over to Schlitterbahn and enjoy a Christmas feast. Reservations are recommended so that you and your family can enjoy the amazing food that will be served there. From She Crab soup to a carving station there is something for everyone including the kids. And don’t stop there because you and your family can enjoy a day inside the heated indoor waterpark for some extra fun. Don’t forget to pick up those tickets today to enjoy the day at the waterpark. To make reserve your plate today, call 956-761-1160. What a fun and exciting Christmas this will be to remember!

There are many other events happening on the island for the month of December, but we thought these might help make your decision a little easier. The weather is perfect on South Padre Island during the month of December and we don’t want you to miss out on the fun. We hope to see you and your family as you travel to spend your Christmas vacation with us at Padre Getaways!

Plan Your Thanksgiving Vacation to South Padre Island Today

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. 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 on the beach. 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!

 

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.