Do you and your family have a summer vacation planned on South Padre Island? If you are, we at Padre Getaways can tell you how you can enjoy the island on your vacation. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the action. Let’s look below at how you can enjoy your vacation this summer on the island.
Enjoy Time on the Water
One thing that many families love to do is spend their time
on the water here on South Padre Island. There are many businesses on the
island that allow you to enjoy time on the water. Some of the things that you can
do are cruises for eco-tours and dolphin watching to parasailing and doing a
little standup paddleboarding. With access to the water and so many different
things, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy!
Biking on the Island
Another great way to explore the island is to rent bikes and
explore. Many places do rent bikes, and there are even places that offer beach
bikes and tandem bikes. If you can bring your bikes with you, then you will be
able to enjoy the island as a family. Bike your way to the beach or to a
restaurant to eat at. Enjoy spending the time outdoors as South Padre Island
offers you beautiful beaches and weather as well.
Did Someone Say Waterpark?
Spending your days at the Beach Park at Isla Blanca is perfect
for everyone who loves excitement. Located on South Padre Island is one of the
best waterparks that you may visit in the area. From Sandcastle Cove to
waterslides, kid areas, and even a watercoaster, there is something for
everyone at this waterpark. They are open, and they have several different
ticket options to choose from. We promise that this is a great park to check on
this summer while on your vacation.
While there are many other things to do in the area, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your summer vacation to stay in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and hear all about the adventures you did as a family here on the island!
It’s hard to believe that Father’s Day is just a few short weeks away, and it only means summer is almost here. Surprise the dad in your life with a family vacation to South Padre Island for Father’s Day. We at Padre Getaways have some great vacation rentals that everyone in the family will enjoy, including the dad in your life. Let’s look below at how you and your family can enjoy Father’s Day together here on South Padre Island this year!
One of the good things when it comes to vacationing on South
Padre Island is the weather. We can say that is one thing that we will never
tire of because we do have good weather most of the time. Summer is usually a
little hot for many, but when you have access to the beaches and even the
pools, you will find it easier to cool off easier. Be sure to bring with you a beach
bag with several things in it like sunscreen, a hat, towel, extra clothes, beach
toys and more. We know that spending your time together on the beach is just
what the doctor ordered.
Shopping on the island is another great way to spoil dad
this year. Treat him to a few new outfits or get him something that he can
bring home as a keepsake. Bring a mason jar and add some sand in it along with
a little water from the Gulf of Mexico and take it home. This can be a great memory
of the trip that even dad can remember. Remember that dad wants to get
something that may seem like it’s out of this world, this is his day and so
treat him and spoil him a little.
Game Night or Day
Another great thing that you can do on your next vacation to
South Padre Island is to start a game night or day with the family. Ever since
the “stay at home,” orders were placed, finding things that didn’t include
electronics is what many parents strived for. They, in return, found a love for
board games and card games. We know that we saw many stores locally run out of
games for others to play, and we hope that you and your family can play a
friendly game of Monopoly or how about UNO. We know that many families can be
competitive but just have a good time together.
While there are many other fun things that your family can enjoy while you spend Father’s Day on South Padre Island, we wanted to share these. If you haven’t booked your next family vacation to stay in one of our many South Padre Island vacation rentals, now is the time. We hope to see you and the family make new memories this Father’s Day together!
We are excited to share with our guests and future guests that Padre Getaways and the beaches are open again! This has been a very trying time for everyone in the country, and we know that while the beaches are back empty, you will still have to follow many of the new restrictions for COVID-19. Staying with us in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will allow you to sit back and relax after not being able to travel for a good month or so.
We are just as excited as our guests that the beaches are
back open! But we do have to let you know that things may be a little different
when you come on vacation. We do still have to maintain social distancing even while
on the beach, and you may notice the set up on the beach is a little different.
South Padre Island wants to continue to keep their visitors safe during their
next visit, and it means that the chairs located on the beach must be spaced at
least 6 feet apart from one another. But this doesn’t mean that you still can’t
have a good time! Let the kids play in the sand and enjoy the surf a little
bit. Build sandcastles and just have a good time together on the beach!
Book your Next Vacation Today
Depending on where you live will depend on when you will be able to travel again, but we here at Padre Getaways are ready when you are. We know that many different states will be allowing their residents to start traveling again, beginning on either May 1st through May 15th. When you and your family are ready to travel and relax some after being home for the past month, we are waiting to see you! Book your next vacation today to take a relaxing and well-deserved vacation on our beautiful island!
We know that while we don’t know if this will become a part of our world for years to come, it’s something we must abide by now. Our staff at Padre Getaways can’t wait to see you and your family as you go and enjoy the area and our vacation rentals!
One of the best things about visiting the SPI Birding and Nature Center is getting to see birds that you may not see at home. They have several different attractions that you and the family can experience on your next visit. To get a great view of some pretty amazing birds is to head over to the 5 Bird Blinds where you and the family can see birds up close and there is even a 5-story tower that has some pretty spectacular views of the island. Seeing both birds and nature is easy since you will be able to walk on over 3,300 feet of boardwalk. Just think of the wildlife, birds, and nature that you can see with all of these amazing attractions.
Is That a Gator?
If you have someone in the family that has a love for reptiles, then look no further. Over at SPI Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary are where you can get an up-close view of an Alligator. This is like no other sanctuary that you’ve ever been to. Think of a local zoo that you may have visited within the past year or so, did you get to see a gator up close? Probably not, but when you visit the Alligator Sanctuary you will see more than that. One of the main things that make this sanctuary even better than others in the area is that they will be released back in the wild in Gator Country in Beaumont once they reach 6 ft. The Texas Parks & Wildlife will toe-tag the Alligator and will keep an eye on them. You don’t want to miss seeing Big Padre & Lady Laguna either as they are both “famous” here on the island!
See Nature from Home
One thing that you and your family can enjoy during this time that most of the country is under the “stay at home” ordinance, is to check out the live webcam. This webcam will show you live views of the South Padre Island Laguna Madre Bay which happens to be from the 5-story tower at the Birding and Nature Center. Who wouldn’t want to check it out and see what the water looks like, the nature center looks like and well the weather? You may even get lucky and see a bird or two while you are viewing the camera.
While there are many other reasons as of why you should visit the SPI Birding, Nature Center and the Alligator Sanctuary, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your summer trip to stay with us in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals, give us a call today! We look forward to seeing you and your family this summer and hearing all about your visit to the SPI Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary!
Padre Getaways is pleased to offer some of the very best vacation rentals on South Padre Island. All of our condos and homes must meet strict standards for quality and value to ensure your vacation experience is nothing short of perfect.
We know when it comes to vacation rental companies you’ll have a few to select from, so at Padre Getaways we try harder because we want to be your #1 choice for vacation properties when you visit South Padre Island. Our properties will provide you with a wide variety of options with regard to location and amenities. We also know it can be hard to choose, but we’re sure we’ll have exactly what you’re hoping for. When you let our professional and experienced staff at Padre Getaways assist you in making your vacation plans, you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Take a look at some of the various vacation rentals we have on our website. We look forward to seeing you soon!
The additional space of our vacation rentals enable family and friends to travel together and split lodging costs, offering more budget friendly “per night” rates overall. Our vacation rentals average over 1,000 square feet as opposed to hotel rooms that average 400 square feet and, typically, a 1,000+ square foot vacation rental can accommodate six or more guests. No more cramming into a single hotel room or trying to arrange adjoining rooms.
Sharing a vacation rental lets you strike a compromise between togetherness and privacy. Groups can share a rental, enjoying time together in the communal areas, yet maintain privacy with ample space for everyone to come and go as they please. Imagine everyone under one roof in one our vacation rental’s spacious living rooms as opposed to 6 to 8 people sitting on one bed. The kids can be put to bed in one room, while the adults enjoy their private bedrooms and bathrooms. Some of our rentals even feature multiple master suites.
While our vacation rentals don’t offer room service, daily housekeeping, or a concierge, you may find that the amenities that our rentals do offer may be worth making your own bed on vacation. Amenities vary by building, but typically include washers, dryers, full kitchens, and free WiFi, plus pools, boat slips, fitness rooms, and different sports facilities.
Aside from being very convenient, many of these amenities also help keep more money in your pocket. Having a fully equipped kitchen with a full-sized fridge, stove, and microwave, enables you to cook some of your own meals to avoid pricey restaurants, but also bring back leftovers if you do choose to dine out. On average, one person can easily spend $50 per day on meals alone. In one of our vacation rentals, you’re sure to cut that amount in half. A washer and dryer in or very near your rental also allows you to pack more lightly and avoid expensive dry cleaning services while on vacation. And while there is no daily maid service, we can offer scheduled housekeeping at a reasonable extra cost when prior arrangements are made.
As animal lovers ourselves, we also know that it is not always possible to leave a pet behind during vacation. Fortunately, Padre Getaways offers pet-friendly options that make it possible to bring your fur baby along. Keep in mind that there are certain weight restrictions and we do require a $50 non-refundable pet fee.
Unlike any other vacation rental company on South Padre Island, Padre Getaways has also designed a FREE mobile app that provides tons of helpful information to our guests throughout their vacation. You can scan the app for local events, activities, GPS directions, and much, much more!
Since our vacation rentals are individually owned, they are all unique. They come in all shapes and sizes, from condo rentals to private homes, beachfront resorts to bayside residential townhomes. You can choose from more than 70 Padre Getaways vacation properties with different locations and prices that are sure to suit all travel group sizes and needs.
South Padre Island is approximately a ½ mile wide and is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on the east and the Laguna Madre Bay on the west. Our rentals are available on or within walking distance from both. We have condos from studio size to 4 bedrooms up to 2,800 square feet and penthouse condos even larger. Or we have private homes from 2 bedrooms to 4 bedrooms up to 3,500 square feet. With so many different options to choose from, there is no better time to try a vacation rental and catch on to the trend.
As a CPA and a finance executive, I was trained to look at net income, cash flow, return on investment (ROI), cap rate and other quantifiable measures when evaluating a potential investment in real estate.This is necessary but not necessarily fun. It is simply number crunching with very little emotion. The necessary and relevant questions are:
What is the historical rental income?
What are occupancy rates?
What is the potential future rental income?
What are the taxes and insurance, maintenance and HOA fees?
What is the mortgage payment?
Can the rental income from the property cover the operating expenses and mortgage payment?
When the property is sold, how much will it have appreciated?
How much gain will be realized?
What are the tax implications?
Is this a PRACTICAL investment?
Amidst all the number crunching, I looked forward to our annual escape to South Padre Island with our best friends. I always loved to come to the island, and I always hated to leave. Eventually my husband and I decided to purchase a condo and combine the place we enjoyed the most with a practical investment.
We made our “practical investment in fun”. In evaluating an investment from this different point of view, there is a whole new set of questions:
Do you like the property?
Can you picture yourself sitting on the balcony watching the Gulf, taking in the sunrise each morning…or watching the sunset over the bay each evening?
Will you enjoy a walk on the beach within steps of our front door?
Will you enjoy being able to jump in a car or on a plane without having to even carry on a bag because your owner’s closet has all you need?
Will you treasure special moments with family and friends when they stay at your “Beach Home”?
How much will you gain by being able to escape the usual more often to go to a place that you love?
Is this a FUN investment?
The answers to these questions are always easy.
So, after 30 years in the big city business world, I landed (intentionally) on South Padre Island with a real estate license. Now it is my job to help others make practical investments in fun. The same property can meet both needs. Whichever approach you use to evaluate your investment, there are properties that fit. And I stand ready to help you evaluate your South Padre Island real estate investment from either point of view….or both!
Do you and your family have a family vacation planned for
this year and are looking for new restaurants to try out? South Padre Island has
got it all from the sunshine year-round to the beautiful sands of the beaches.
But did you know that we also have some of the best restaurants around as well?
Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will allow you to
cook at home, but you will be close to several of the restaurants too. Let’s
look at where you can experience and taste our top restaurants to eat on your
next vacation to South Padre Island below.
Opening up on South Padre Island a little over a year ago, F&B has proved to be one of the best dining experiences on the island. The menu has amazing food and the drinks are some like you’ve never tasted before. Some of the food that you can enjoy are Raviolo al Uovo, Yellow Edge Grouper, Smoked Duck Breast, and Dry Aged Rib Eye. The drinks that you can enjoy our Garden Party, Rye Smash and Housemade Sangria. Let’s not forget about the desserts that you must try like Adult Cookies & “Milk”, Key Lime Pie and Profiteroles. This is the only real fine dining in South Padre Island and one you don’t want to miss on your next vacation.
Are you looking for a restaurant where you can get some great Italian food on your next vacation? Then look no further and head over to Meatball Café. This is where you can go to grab some of the best pizza on the island. Some of the food that you can get is an Antipasto, Bruschetta, Pizza, Mama’s Ravioli Special and we can’t forget about the Spaghetti & Meatballs. They even have food that the kids will enjoy such as Chicken Fingers & Fries, Grilled Cheese, Alfredo Fettuccine & Spaghetti & Meatballs. We can’t forget about the amazing Italian desserts that your family enjoy such as Tiramisu, Italian Cheesecake, Cannoli, and Gelato. What a great meal that your family can enjoy on your vacation to the island.
Café on the Beach
When you think of going on vacation, you think of the restaurants you can eat at while enjoying the beach. But have you ever eaten at a restaurant that is on the beach? Café on the Beach is just that has an amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner menu that will make you want to enjoy every trip. The breakfast menu includes Corned Beef Hash, Breakfast Taco, Eggs Benedict and even Smoked Atlantic Salmon. The Lunch and Dinner menu includes soups, salads, Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Maple Glazed Salmon and Lobster Tail. They also have an extensive Wine & Specialty Drink menu that you don’t want to miss either. Just enjoy the day on the beach while enjoying a wonderful meal on the beach too!
Marcellos Ocean Grille
Marcellos Ocean Grille is not located on the island, but it is one that we wanted to let you know about. They feature some of the best fresh Gulf Coast cuisines around and use local produce in their restaurant. They also have a new outdoor patio that is overlooking the Port Isabel Lighthouse, so you get beautiful views as you eat. Some of the items that you will find on the menu are Corn Flake Chicken & Waffle, Snapper Ceviche with Avocado and Mango, Steamed Mussels and Cajun Shrimp & Grits. They also offer their guests a Bar Menu & an extensive drink menu as well. Be sure to visit this amazing restaurant run by Chef Bettina who is a Cordon Bleu Trained Chef on your next visit.
Lobo del Mar
Lobo del Mar which used to be Palm Street Pier offers families a casual dining experience here on the island along with living entertainment. Some of the items you may find on the menu are Ceviche, Fried Oysters and Calamari, Parasail Burger, Lobo Burger, and Hula Chicken Sandwich. There is even a children’s menu that offers Chicken Nuggets, Hotdogs and Grilled Cheese for the kids to enjoy. Some of the live entertainment that you won’t want to miss are the Lobo Family Jam, Jeff Crocker and Rock Island with Chuck & Tom. What a great way to experience how the locals live too while you are on vacation!
While there are many other fun restaurants on the island, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you experience these top restaurants on the island and live as the locals do!
Are you and your family coming to South Padre Island and are looking for a fun thing to do? Golfing on the island is one of the highlights that many of our guests love to take advantage of. Staying with us in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will allow you to bring along your golf clubs to enjoy a day or two on the greens. Let’s look below at where you can head to golf and enjoy a game or two of golf while on vacation.
South Padre Island Golf Club
Have you ever wanted to play on a golf course that has amazing views of the water? If you have, then head over to South Padre Island Golf Club where you will be able to play round or two of golf. This golf club is located on the mainland but is a short drive from your vacation rental. And if you didn’t bring your golf clubs, then have no fear because they have golf club rentals available too.
Valley International Country Club
Valley International Country Club is located in Brownsville but is still within an hour’s drive from your vacation rentals here on South Padre Island. This is open to the public and often times offers some great promotions that you can take advantage of. This is a Championship 3 course and is one that will make you want to come back for more rounds of golf. This is an 18=hold course that has more than 1000 acres that you can explore as you play golf with your family or your buddies. Don’t miss heading here on your next adventure to South Padre Island.
There are many other golf courses that are located within an hour or two of South Padre Island, but these we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to come stay with us at Padre Getaways give us a call today. We look forward to seeing you and your family as you come and see why golfing while on vacation is the best!
Have you ever been to South Padre Island during the winter months? If you haven’t then you must hear why spending the winter on the island is the best. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will allow you to enjoy the island more. Let’s take a look at why you need to visit South Padre Island this winter below.
The weather on South Padre Island is something that will
make you want to never leave to go back home. January’s temperatures are just
what everyone loves with the highs around 69 degrees, lows around 55 degrees
and it rains around 3 days during the month. February is another great month
that has some wonderful weather. The days are about 74 degrees and the nights
are around 57 degrees with it raining around 2 days. Not only are you able to
enjoy some of the sand and sun but can also enjoy some of the other fun things
to do around the island.
Become a Winter Texan
Have you ever heard of the term “snowbirds” before? Winter Texans are also known as “snowbirds” who have decided to make Texas their home for the winter. The best part about being a Winter Texan is you get to come south for the winter months and enjoy the nice warm weather we have down here. We have plenty of winter rentals that you can choose from to be able to stay for longer than 30 days. Come and explore what there is to do during the off-season and become an official Winter Texan every winter!
Experience South Padre Island
Staying during the winter months which would be from December through February, will allow you and the family to enjoy living on South Padre Island. There are many things that you can do to experience what it’s like to be a resident. Not only will you have the opportunity to choose which winter rental you want to stay in, but you can also bring the whole family. Some of the fun things that you can do during the off-season would be fishing, watching dolphins in the distance and golfing. No matter where you are on the island, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
While there are many other reasons as of why you should visit South Padre Island this winter, these are the few things we wanted to share. If you haven’t booked your next winter vacation to the island, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you come and stay with us this winter!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!