Spend your Summer Vacation on South Padre Island

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

Spend your Summer Vacation on South Padre Island

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!

South Padre Island Birding, Nature & Alligator Sanctuary

Have you ever visited the South Padre Island Birding, Nature & Alligator Sanctuary before? If you haven’t, then you are in for a treat on your next vacation. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals this summer will keep you and your family close to the fun. Let’s look below at what you and your family can experience this summer at the South Padre Island Birding, Nature & Alligator Sanctuary.

SPI Birding & Nature Center

South Padre Island Birding, Nature & Alligator Sanctuary

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?

South Padre Island Birding, Nature & Alligator Sanctuary

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

South Padre Island Birding, Nature & Alligator Sanctuary

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!

Top Restaurants to Eat at on South Padre Island

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.

F&B

Top Restaurants to Eat at on South Padre Island

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.

Meatball Café

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

Top Restaurants to Eat at on South Padre Island

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!

Golf on Your Next Vacation to South Padre Island

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

Golf on Your Next Vacation to South Padre Island

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

Golf on Your Next Vacation to South Padre Island

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!

Fun Adventures Your Family Can Do While Vacationing on South Padre Island

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to South Padre Island soon? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you about some of the fun adventures your family can do in South Padre Island. While staying in one of our Bayside vacation rentals you will be close to where the fun is at. Let’s look below at a few of the fun adventures that your family can do while vacationing on South Padre Island.

Fun in the Sky

Fun Adventures Your Family Can Do While Vacationing on South Padre Island

Have you and your family ever wanted to do something that you’ve never experienced before? If you answered yes, then this is the perfect adventure that you can do.  South Padre Island Watersports has many different fun things that your family can do. Whether it’s kayaking or parasailing there is something fun for everyone. The prices are very affordable so that your whole family can get in on the action together. This can be an adventure of a lifetime by parasailing and seeing the views like you’ve never seen before!

Banana Boating

If you have ever vacationed here on South Padre Island before you may have seen those funny looking boats on the water. This is a fun activity that the whole family can partake in together while enjoying your time on the water. Parrot Eyes on South Padre Island is where you can head to catch a ride on this fun adventure. Be sure to bring with you plenty of sunscreen, your waterproof camera and more. Just enjoy your time together on the water making new memories!

Riding the Waves

Fun Adventures Your Family Can Do While Vacationing on South Padre Island

This is a fun adventure that doesn’t cost anything and can be done on the beach as a family. Boogie Boarding is something that many kids love to do whenever they visit the beach, but why let the kids have all the fun. Everyone in the family will be able to join in on the fun and ride the waves together. Make sure to bring a camera with you to the beach as you can have someone in the family take pictures of each other riding the waves!

There are many other fun and exciting different adventures that your family can do while on vacation to South Padre Island. The island is full of things that your family can do while staying in one of our Bayside vacation rentals. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to come and enjoy the sand and the water, now is the time. We can’t wait to see your family on your next trip to South Padre Island as you make new memories together!

Kid-Friendly Activities to do on the Beach

Do you have a family vacation planned to South Padre Island soon? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about some kid-friendly activities to do on the beach. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will keep you close to where the fun begins. Let’s look below at a few kid-friendly activities they can do on the beach.

Soccer

Soccer can be played anywhere you have a ball and some friends or family. This game is a good one to play at any time of the day on the beach. Just bring a ball that you can pass back and forth with your siblings, friends or parents. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to play the game, you can make up a new game using the ball. Just have a great time playing it and you will want to continue to play on each new vacation.

Beach Ball Volleyball

Kid-Friendly Activities to do on the Beach

This game is a classic game played with a beach ball which can be more fun than an actual volleyball. All that is needed is a beach ball that your kids have picked out at the store. And then your kids can hit this back and forth between each other. Not only is it a fun activity to do, but it can be quite comical too. And if you want to join in on the fun and memories that will be made by playing this as a family.

Pass the Water

What a fun little activity that will keep the kids busy. All you need are disposable cups or plastic cups and water. This activity can be played with music or without music and can be who doesn’t spill the water at all. Everyone in the family can play this just like you play musical chairs and have the best time of your lives.

Beach Scavenger Hunt

Kid-Friendly Activities to do on the Beach

Gather the kids and hit the beach to go on a scavenger hunt together. Before you hit the beach for the day, make a list of things that each kid can hunt for. Not only can they learn about what they can find on the beach, but they can have a good time too. Some of the things that you can have them look for are shells, crabs, driftwood and more. After each child has completed their list you can reward them by giving them a small prize such as ice cream or a special meal. No matter how long it takes it will still be a fun activity that everyone will love!

There are so many other activities for kids to do on the beach, these are there few we wanted to share. If you still haven’t made your South Padre Island vacation, now is the time. We still have plenty of availability for the rest of the summer. We can’t wait to see your family as you vacation here on the island!

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!

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.