The ‘Dallas Morning News’ says Fall is the Time to Padre!

Fall Rentals in South PadreFall is a great time of year to visit South Padre Island and enjoy the coast without the big crowds. A recent article in the Dallas Morning News agrees! Our weather is perfectly pleasant, the water temperatures still warm, and the island is a tranquil beach destination. The beaches are quiet and beautiful for long walks and there are some great weekend events to enjoy.

In the off season, you’ll have no trouble getting fed at one of the many year-round restaurants on South Padre Island that serve anything from fresh seafood to traditional Mexican favorites. (Some of our favorites include Blackbeard’s, Gabriella’s, and Cap’ N Roy’s.)

There are also plenty of activities to keep all members of the family busy throughout your stay. Be sure to take advantage of inexpensive family-friendly fun at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, South Padre Island Birding Center, and Sea Turtle Inc. Evening entertainment for the grown-ups can be found at bay bars like Coconut’s, Louie’s Backyard, and Laguna Bob’s.

Even better, the rates are very reasonable on lots of wonderful getaways. Give Padre Getaways a call and we will help you plan a fall trip to the coast. Come and explore all that South Padre Island has to offer!

Read the full article in Dallas News

First Annual South Padre Island Open Water Festival to be Held Nov 5-6 

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Event will raise funds for the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation

South Padre Island TX (Aug 1, 2016) – The South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and

Open Water Planet, an open water event production company, have teamed up to host the first annual
South Padre Island Open Water Festival, an open water swimming based event, in the bay area Nov. 5-6
2016.

“Hosting an event like this in South Padre Island is such a great opportunity to promote open water swimming and competitive swimming to a community that is very supportive of our sport” said NBC Olympic Commentator Rowdy Gaines, who will be emceeing the event. “This is a city completely surrounded by water. Swimming, and water based sports in general, are a way of life for everyone in this area. We are excited to bring a unique event like this to an area like South Padre.”

The South Padre Island Open Water Festival will feature a kid’s sprint, A one mile race, A five kilometer race, and a military veterans event. Open Water Planet will also be hosting a special screening of the Olympic Movie The Last Gold and multiple other events scattered throughout the weekend for the participants.

The South Padre Island Open Water Festival is also proud to announce a partnership with the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation. ( www.francrippen.org) “Part of the FCEF mission is to act as a central voice for safety in open water swimming. With water quality and temperature being such a big issue right now in Rio and other locations across the world, OWP is excited to bring an event to an area that has won awards for having some of the cleanest water in the country. The ability to partner with Elevation allows us to provide educational information to our participants that can be applied, not only to this event but also how to monitor environmental factors in everyday training,” said Bobby Brewer, CEO of Open Water Planet.

What should people expect at this event? “A weekend of activities, a course that fosters fun and participation from the youngest swimmers to the most experienced veterans, all in a festival style atmosphere complete with vendors, entertainment and music. This event will be a great celebration of the sport of swimming and all the South Padre Island area has to offer.” said Lenny Krayzelburg, four time Olympic gold medalist and CFO of Open Water Planet. “This is truly an event for all swimmers whether you are 9 or 89.”

For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, donations to the FC Elevation Foundation and/or to register to participate or volunteer please visit www.southpadreswim.com

About South Padre Island
South Padre Island is a 34-mile long barrier reef island located on the tropical tip of Texas. On the same latitude as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the Island is known for its white, fine-sand beaches, tropical blue waters and consistently warm temperatures year-round. It’s been ranked as one of the country’s top beaches by publications from Men’s Fitness to Conde Nast Traveler. For more information on accommodations, attractions and family-friendly activities, visit www.sopadre.com.

About Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation

The Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation (FCEF) is a national nonprofit created by athletes, for athletes. It is the mission of the FCEF to pay it forward by supporting athletes while they pursue their athletic dreams. The FCEF acts as a central voice for safety in open water swimming, provides financial support through annual grants and encourages the personal development of athletes through our humanitarian exchange program. Our branches work together to provide a full range of support to athletes who are committed to WORK THE DREAM.

About Open Water Planet

Open Water Planet is a division of the Triton Collective, a world leader in aquatic marketing, consulting, event management and travel services. Open Water Planet is an event management and lifestyle specific brand, dedicated to supporting the open water swimming and open water sports community. Open Water Planet operates under the mantra of “Open Water. Open Mind. Open Planet.” This encompasses the OWP belief that there are no barriers to those that are willing to open their minds and make the journey into the unknown.

Red Tide Update: Dramatically Down Since Beginning of the Week

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX (September 16, 2016)

Across South Padre Island, red tide cell concentrations have dramatically decreased since the beginning of the week.

Water samples collected this morning by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Coastal Studies Lab Red Tide Rangers have confirmed that there are no cell counts at the South Padre Island Convention Centre flats, and low cell counts along beach access 5.

No respiratory issues or extensive fish kills have been reported at this time.

“If it were me, I wouldn’t cancel any plans to come to the island,” said Brigette Goza, Coastal Studies Lab Senior Program Coordinator and Red Tide Ranger.

The vast, beautiful beaches of South Padre Island remain open for everyone to enjoy during this holiday weekend!

For more information and updates regarding red tide you can visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at: http://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/water/environconcerns/hab/redtide/status.phtml or the General Land Office Beach Watch at: https://cgis.glo.texas.gov/Beachwatch/#loc=33

No Evidence of Red Tide on South Padre Island

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX (September 9, 2016)

Misleading rumors have spread about South Padre Island’s red tide status following recent reports of moderate red tide rates around the northern sections of the (North) Padre Island National Seashore, roughly 70 miles north of the City of South Padre Island.

“At the moment there is no evidence to suggest there is red tide anywhere near the City of South Padre Island,” said Patrick Barrineau, Shoreline Management Director for the City of South Padre Island. “Shoreline management staff keep a weekly log book of red tide measurements during the fall in case the data are needed and have not noticed anything unusual.”

(North) Padre Island National Seashore staff investigated a small fish kill between mile markers 0 and 20, finding moderate rates of red tide isolated to that portion of the national seashore.

We are pleased to report that our vast and beautiful South Padre Island beaches are clean, clear and open for everyone to enjoy!

For more information and updates regarding red tide you can visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at: http://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/water/environconcerns/hab/redtide/status.phtml or the General Land Office Beach Watch at:  https://cgis.glo.texas.gov/Beachwatch/#loc=33

City Of South Padre Island Announces Water Tests Are Normal

The City Of South Padre Island released an important press release today about the water levels around our beaches. We are happy to say that the waters along the SPI coast are tested and are completely normal. For more details read the information below from the city’s official press release.

South Padre Island, TX – In the wake of recent reports regarding high levels of bacteria in waters along several Texas beaches, questions began to arise about the safety of Texas Gulf Coast beaches. “The bacteria Vibrio vulnificus has recently caused health scares in two Texas coastal towns, Galveston and Port Aransas. The City of South Padre Island regularly checks the Texas Beach Watch website for bacteria levels in both the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre,” said City of South Padre Island Shoreline Management Director Patrick Barrineau. “Since the beginning of this summer season, there haven’t been any high or unusual readings. There is no reason to believe the events further up the coast would repeat themselves here, so we look forward to seeing you this summer!” The City of South Padre Island encourages its visitors to check surf conditions by using the flag system, which indicates daily conditions on the beach. Swimmers and beachgoers can also keep up to date with water quality by visiting the Texas General Land Office’s beach watch website at: https://cgis.glo.texas.gov/Beachwatch/.

Welcome to the New Padre Getaways Blog

With this posting, the first on our new Padre Getaways Blog, we’re announcing the launch of our newly designed web site that is both stunningly beautiful as well as super easy to navigate.

You’re going to really like what you see here. We’ve made it easier than ever to search for the type of property you want with the amenities that matter most to you – and then you can book it online! Instantly!

We’d like to invite you to peruse our new site then come back often to stay in touch with our Padre Getaways Blog and the getaway specials we have on our vacation rentals. We hope to see you soon!