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.


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!

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!


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.


Eco-Friendly Spots Around South Padre Island

If you’re into ecology you’ll really enjoy the many eco-friendly spots around South Padre Island! There is so much wildlife and nature around our island that you want to be sure not to miss any of it while you’re staying with us at Padre Getaways.

Sea Turtle Inc.
In 1977 the “Turtle Lady of South Padre Island,” Ila Loetscher, started taking in sick and injured sea turtles. She launched a movement that has saved thousands of turtles of turtles over the years. While Loetscher is gone now, the center carries on her mission of rehabilitation, conservation and public education.

One of the rarest reptiles on earth can be found right here on the beaches of South Padre Island. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles lay their eggs between April and August. Each year crews from Sea Turtle, Inc., set out on foot and all-terrain vehicles to look for nesting mothers. When they find them they wait for the mother to leave the nest for good and head back out to sea. Crews will then carefully dig up hundreds of ping-pong ball shaped eggs, load them into Styrofoam ice coolers, and take them to headquarters where the eggs are counted and recorded.

Afterwards the eggs are taken back to the beach where they’re buried inside a protected corral on the beach. This keeps the eggs safely away from the prying teeth of the island’s resident badgers and coyotes. An estimated one in 300 will make it to adulthood.

Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; 6617 Padre Blvd.; 956-761-4511; seaturtleinc.org. Suggested donation of $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children.

This is just one highlight of what to expect on an eco-themed trip to South Padre Island, where you can also explore a birding center, take an eco-tour boat ride or learn about the impact of pollution at a marine research lab.

For a vacation that you’ll never forget, whose focus is on ecology, be sure to visit the following local businesses:

Check Out These Eco Hot Spots Around South Padre Island
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
Walk more than half a mile along a boardwalk over the wetlands, watching ducks fledge, fish spawn, butterflies flutter by and exotic-looking birds make an appearance. Then climb the five-story observation tower for a bird’s-eye view of the bay. Bring your camera!

Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; 6801 Padre Blvd.; 956-761-6801; spibirding.com. Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 4 to 12.


Check Out These Eco Hot Spots Around South Padre Island
Breakaway Cruises
Board the Getaway at Sea Ranch Marina and head out to the bay, where the crew drags a net behind the boat. The booty during an average day may include squid, small butterfly ray, blue crab, starfish, flounder and plenty of slimy-looking sea slugs called Spanish dancer. Because approximately 200 dolphins call this bay home, you’re sure to enjoy seeing them as well.

Tours take place at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily; 33384 State Park Road 100 (Padre Boulevard); 956-761-2212; breakawaycruises.com. Cost: $18 for adults, $16 for children.



Fun Activities You Can Count on at South Padre Island

When you choose South Padre Island, Texas, as your vacation spot there are some things you can just count besides all the fun activities. At the top of that list has to be our comfortable and affordable beachside rentals at Padre Getaways. You won’t find a better place to stay where you can feel right at home while you’re here. But there’s more!!

Fun Activities You Can Count on at South Padre Island

Guided Nature Walks are held every day of the week, year round, on South Padre Island at the Birding and Nature Center, 6801 Padre Blvd. Schedule is as follows: Mondays at 9:30, 1:30 and 3:15; Tuesday 9:30; Wednesday 9:30 and 11; Thursday and Friday at 9:30; Saturday at 9:30 and 1; and Sunday at 1.

Fun Activities You Can Count on at South Padre Island

And a real treat is the South Padre Island Farmer’s Market that is held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 8605 Padre Blvd. Stop by for the freshest produce, meat, cheese, juice and lots more.

Fun Activities You Can Count on at South Padre Island

Did you know that South Padre Island is the Fireworks Capital of Texas? Join us every Thursday and Friday night for a spectacular fireworks display over the bay. The best place to view the show is around the South Padre Island Entertainment District. Sponsored by the City of South Padre Island. Hope to see you there!

Cool Places To Visit In SPI When It’s Just Too Hot

Everyone looks forward to a beach vacation that offers time away from work, family bonding time, and trying new things. It’s a time to have fun — from the youngest member of the family to the oldest. When what you planned is a beach vacation to South Padre Island then the ocean and the beachfront take center stage. But what happens when you’ve overdone it in the sun or it’s just too darn hot? There are plenty of other things to do and Padre Getaways would like to suggest some cool places to visit when it’s just too hot outdoors.

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotVisit the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center at 6801 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (956) 761-6801 with questions. South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is one of nine World Birding Centers located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Checkout their birding center cam here.

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotA water park isn’t air conditioned but it will surely cool you off! Visit the Schlitterbahn Water Park. According to the Texas Family Magazine, this water park is the best among kid-friendly attractions in the entire state. Aside from the beach, it’s South Padre Island’s main attraction. This 25-acre paradise is where you can enjoy nearly two dozen world-class attractions, roar down 13 amazing indoor and outdoor water slides, and float on any one of the multiple river systems.

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotSea Turtle, Inc., 6617 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, offers educational presentations about rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured sea turtles. “Turtle Talks” teach families about the species of sea turtles found in the area and the organization’s mission. Depending on the time of year and the number of visitors present, presentations may be held in the outdoor amphitheater or a staff member will lead a tour around the tanks. Self-guided tours of the outdoor facility are also available. Phone (956) 761-4511 for more information.

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotWe promise you won’t be thinking about the heat when you take your first tandem skydiving jump! Skydive South Padre Island, 2500 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, will challenge your courage as you jump into thin air and free-fall for 60 seconds while reaching speeds of 150 mph! Call (956) 744-5867 for reservations.

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotGuided jet ski sightseeing tours are offered from Parrot Eyes Watersports, 5801 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island. Enjoy a 30 mile, 1.5 hour Jet Ski Water Tour Adventure around the entire island that’s sure to cool anyone off! Phone (956) 761-9457 for more information.

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotEnjoy the air conditioned environment as you take in a movie at Island Cinema, 4700 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island. Check online for the current shows and times or call the Movie Hotline at (956) 761-7828. Catch the latest and best summer films while on vacation!

Cool Places To Visit When It's Just Too HotAfter a day in the sun, you’re sure to enjoy a dinner cruise excursion aboard Breakway Cruises, 1 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, next to Dirty Als. Their fleet of boats are best on the Gulf of Mexico and crews are fully trained and Coast Guard licensed. Call (956) 761-2212 for more information or visit them online.

South Padre Island Fishing Adventures

If you’ve never fished in the deep ocean waters before, taking one of the South Padre Island fishing adventures is guaranteed to be a fun-filled time for you. This is the type of event that promises to make lasting memories. While you could decide to go out on your own, there’s a lot you need to know, not just to have fun, but also for your safety. Keep these details in mind when choosing a fishing charter boat to take you out for a day of fishing.

There are many things involved when fishing out in the ocean water on a charter boat. It’s best to go on a boat with a knowledgeable captain sailing the waters for you, especially one that knows where the fish are! Following are some of the local fishing charter companies on South Padre Island.
Captain Murphy’s Charter Service
South Padre Island Fishing Adventures
1 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (956) 761-2764
Opens at 8 a.m.
Offering full and half day deep sea fishing, bay fishing and seasonal fishing charters. We provide all bait, tackle, rods, and reels. Fish cleaning services are available. Guests can bring their own food and drink, alcohol is allowed. Bench seating, restroom, and covered areas are all onboard.
Crystal Flats Guide Service
South Padre Island Fishing Adventures
2580 Gulf Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (956) 320-0556
Offering fly fishing, shallow water fishing, deep sea fishing and sightseeing trips. Private fishing charters are available with destinations as varied as the near shore waters, the crystal clear “Flats,” Lower Laguna Madre Bay, Ports Brownsville, Port Mansfield, or wherever the fish are biting at any given time. Half-day, 8-hour day, and 10-hour day trips. Rods and reels, bait and tackle, and ice, are all provided.
Osprey Cruises
South Padre Island Fishing Adventures
Pier 19, 1 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (888) 867-7739
Offering deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and bay fishing in the shallow waters of the Laguna Madre. In addition, there are Black Dragon Pirate Ship Cruises offering interactive entertainment and adventure, high speed adventure on the Thriller Speedboat Tour, eco tours and dolphin watch on both the Sea Life Safari and Dinner Cruise.
South Padre Island Fishing Adventures
South Padre Island Fishing Adventures
1 Padre Blvd., SeaRanch Marina, South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (956) 433-6469
Lower Laguna Madre fishing guide. Fishing trips include deep sea, South Bay and Lower Laguna Madre. From fly-fishing to spin casting, trolling, bottom fishing, using top water lures, artificial lures, live or cut bait, catching fish will be both fun and easy with the areas top fishing guide on your side. Every fishing trip is supplied with everything you need to fish with, and ice and ice chest for keeping things cool.
Austin’s Fishing Service
South Padre Island Fishing Adventures
102 Garfield Ave., South Padre Island, TX
Phone: (800) 943-6282
Captain Lou Austin is the originator of the “clicking” popping cork and is an expert in the use of “live” bait in the waters around South Padre Island. His knowledge of fishing the Laguna Madre and waters around South Padre Island assures those interested in fishing of the best inside tips and local hot spots! He is highly regarded as one of the South Padre Island Fishing charter captains that will catch fish when no one else does.

Come Fly With Us On A Zip Line

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it felt like to fly, now is your chance and it can happen right here in South Padre Island. The South Padre Island Adventure Park has added a Zip Line! For those not familiar with the term zip lining, check out what Wikipedia says about it in detail.

Come Fly With Us On A Zip Line

As the park’s newest and most adventurist attraction to date, you can take in the view of the entire adventure park as you careen down the cables to the next platform. While it might sound scary, it’s more fun than not.

A fully certified Zip Line technician gets you strapped into a safety harness and sends you off on your ride. You’ll definitely have the sense of flying through the air and complete freedom.

If you’re at all curious, go to the far north end of the island where the road is almost covered in sand dunes. There you can see the Zip Line towers in the distance.

According to Valley Morningstar News, owners Doyle and Dolores Wells made sure to maximize the adventure park experience when they brought zip-lining to South Padre Island.

“When Dolores and I traveled the United States and the Caribbean islands zipping and researching different zip-line designs, we soon learned that we liked zipping more than hiking long distances,” Doyle said.

“We decided to provide you with maximum zip-lining time possible so we designed large tower structures that accommodate six zip-lines for a fast round-trip zip-lining experience without leaving the towers.”

The zip-line towers are built from recycled telephone poles. “We’re pretty proud of it,” Hollinger said. With their unique quick zip-line transition system guests can go around the zip-line circuit as fast or slow as they want. Park officials don’t limit your number of zips.

Nearby, a group of people on horseback made their way back to the park. This is one of the many options of fun and adventure just waiting to be experienced at the park.