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.


There’s Still Time to Take Advantage of Off-Season Rates

Just because spring is in sight promising even warmer days to come, doesn’t mean you can’t still take advantage of off-season deals and specials on our vacation rentals. South Padre Island is well known for mild winters and providing total relaxation and recreation on 34 miles of uninterrupted coastline in southeast Texas. This is where you’ll find a large assortment of South Padre winter rentals located both on and off the waterfront.

Still Time to Take Advantage of the Off-Season Deals

Great Winter Rentals

Snowbirds are treated to oceanfront access and gorgeous coastal views every day they’re here. If you’ve been dreaming of escaping the cold of winter, our accommodating vacation rentals can be rented by the month in winter. Besides winter rates being much lower than in-season rates, you care exempt from the 14.5% hotel tax when you stay for 30+ days.

Plenty of Winter Activities

The same things that attract people to South Padre Island during the summer months is still here during the off-season months. Fun-filled watersports, a fired up nightlife, breathtaking fireworks, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, dolphin watches, and more await not matter when you get here.

Still Time to Take Advantage of the Off-Season Deals

Why a Winter Stay

This time of year it’s still the perfect place to come where you can leave those winter parkas and boots behind! When you stay with us during the winter months you’ll be able to relax, spend time on the beach, play golf, and go fishing, no matter what day or month it is! You’re going to wonder why you didn’t come sooner!

Winter Monthly Stays

We typically rent winter monthly stays during the months of December to February, but we know some people like to arrive as early as November and stay as late as April. Just ask us what properties we have available and we’d be happy to set you up in comfortable accommodations at super rates! Check-in is typically on the first of the month and check-out on the last, but we may be able to accommodate special circumstances.

Book your South Padre Island vacation with Padre Getaways today! If you need assistance we can be reached by calling 855-412-4805.

Don’t Miss Out On Your Best Vacation! Book Direct!

With so many new travelers searching for vacation rentals every day, it is time to get educated! Vacation rental managers and homeowners are joining forces to educate travelers on the advantages of booking direct with management companies and homeowners rather than major third-party channels.

Better Rates

If you are booking your vacation rentals on a site that charges a service or travelers fee, you are paying too much! Sites like Airbnb, Expedia, Booking.com, VRBO, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, FlipKey, and more add hundreds of dollars of fees to your booking total and take a big bite out of your vacation budget. Book direct to avoid all the middleman fees these sites charge.

Better connections
Many of the major travel sites also take away your ability to contact managers and owners directly, as well as their ability to contact you!  With direct communication with managers and owners, you get insider knowledge about your destination. They can recommend the best rental for your needs and the best activities, restaurants, and local favorites. By limiting your search to third-party sites, you may be missing out on the best vacation home for your group.
Book Direct
We encourage you to book properties through individual websites like www.padregetaways.com. We can assure you that you won’t find additional travelers fees tacked onto the price of your rental when you book direct with Padre Getaways by phone or on our website.
Don’t delay! Join the Book Direct movement today!

The Best Seafood Restaurants in the South Padre Island Area

South Padre Island has plenty of fine seafood restaurants on the island no matter how you like it prepared. You won’t be disappointed by the quality of food and the number of places you’ll have to choose from. At Padre Getaways we don’t want anyone to go away hungry so below are the top rated best seafood restaurants you should know about in the area in no particular order because you’ll want to try them all!

Where to Find the Best Seafood Restaurants on the IslandLiam’s Steak House & Oyster Bar
3409 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island
Phone: (956) 772-4700
Hours: Sun-Thurs 5-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 5-11 p.m.
Menu: http://www.liamssteakhouse.com/food-menu


Where to Find the Best Seafood Restaurants on the IslandSea Ranch Restaurant and Bar
Address: 33330 State Park Rd 100, South Padre Island
Phone: (956) 761-1314
Hours: Sun-Thurs 4:30-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 4:30-10 p.m.
Menu: http://searanchrestaurant.com/


Where to Find the Best Seafood Restaurants on the IslandJoe’s Oyster Bar
207 E Maxan St, Port Isabel
Phone: (956) 943-4501
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Menu: https://m.facebook.com/Joes-Oyster-Bar-119713921405778/


Where to Find the Best Seafood Restaurants on the IslandBlackbeard’s Restaurant
103 E Saturn Ln, South Padre Island
Phone: (956) 761-2962
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Menu: https://www.blackbeardsspi.com/Pages/Menu.aspx

Where to Find the Best Seafood Restaurants on the IslandPelican Station
201 S Garcia St, Port Isabel
Phone: (956) 943-3344
Hours: Sun-Thurs 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Menu: http://pelicanstation.co/food-menu

How to Find the Perfect Family Vacation Rental

Everyone wants to find that perfect family vacation rental for their trip to the beach. We can offer some ideas on what you should consider when you are ready to start your search. Once you know what you’re really looking for, it’s so much easier to recognize it when you find it.

How to Find the Perfect Family Vacation Rental
Here are some guidelines to follow to help you find the perfect vacation rental for your family, no matter what size family you may have.
1. First, determine your price range.
Know how much you can afford to spend before you start looking for a vacation rental, then use that as a guideline.
2. List your non-negotiable needs for a vacation rental.
It’s important to determine the size of the home you need before you begin looking. Are you bringing children? Babies? Pets? You’ll need a rental with lots of amenities that appeal to them and provide the gear you’ll need for a comfortable stay.
How to Find the Perfect Family Vacation Rental
3. Choose the right location.
We have accommodations close to the ocean and some within view of it. Do you want to be able to walk to play golf? Do you want to be set off by yourselves close to nature or would you prefer to be located oceanfront? Keep in mind the location of the home often determines the price.
4. What amenities matter most?
Our vast inventory of vacation rentals include furnished homes that are beautifully decorated, fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryers, swimming pools, tennis, free high speed Internet, and in some cases, hot tubs, Jacuzzis and more. Make sure the amenities that matter most are listed in the description for the vacation home that appeals to you.
How to Find the Perfect Family Vacation Rental
5. What do the reviews say?
Take a look at what other people have said about their past experiences and browse through the photos. Then you’ll have a better idea of what you’re getting. If, after you’ve enjoyed your stay, be one of those guests that goes online and posts a positive review for others to read.
It’s never too early to make vacation plans no matter what time of the year you’re coming. Check out our special deals and winter rentals for some super good rates! If you have any questions, give Padre Getaways a call at 956-761-8888. We look forward to hearing from you!

This Year Give the Gift of a Holiday Vacation Rental to that Special Someone

The holidays are here and we’re all getting in a festive mood like never before at Padre Getaways. We’ve been busy preparing for the season and readying our vacation rentals for holiday gift giving!

This Year Give the Gift of a Holiday Vacation Rental

Our holiday vacation properties are shined and polished and ready for giving to that special someone on your list! If you’re looking for a gift for a person that has everything, why not give them an all-expenses-paid vacation to come and stay with us over the holidays! It will leave a lasting impression!

This Year Give the Gift of a Holiday Vacation Rental

The annual Lights Over South Padre Island begins Friday, December 1 and runs through Sunday, December 3. This is a weekend not to be missed! Treat yourself to a South Padre Island holiday getaway where twinkling lights reflect on warm, tropical waters and delicious culinary delights and abundant shopping options help make for a festive and memorable getaway for all ages. Without a doubt, you’re sure to find plenty to do, see and celebrate this holiday season!

Friday, December 1

Tree Lighting Ceremony will be from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at South Padre Island City Hall.

SPI Christmas Parade from 6 – 8 p.m. Route goes form Mars Street to Kingfish Street on Padre Boulevard.

Children’s Wonderland will take place from 6 – 9 p.m. at The Greens at Jim’s Pier.

Saturday, December 2

Children’s Wonderland will take place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Greens at Jim’s Pier.

Lighted Boat Parade at 6 p.m. The route begins at South Point Marina with judging at The Painted Marlin Grille.

Sunday, December 3

Breakfast with Santa is from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Schlitterbahn Beach Resort.
Children 11 and under eat free, $3 ages 12 and over.

All of us at Padre Getaways would like to wish you and yours a very happy and funfilled holiday season!



Making Holiday Travel Plans Now Can Save You Money

Right now is the ideal time to make your holiday travel plans. Whether you’re going away for Thanksgiving or for Christmas when you make your reservations early it can save you a bundle!

Take advantage of inexpensive travel options including less expensive airline tickets and reduced prices on rentals by making your reservations now. When you’re looking for accommodations, be sure to check out the Specials we have on our Padre Getaways holiday rentals.

Making Holiday Travel Plans Now Can Save You Money

To help you save on your holiday travel plans to South Padre Island, TX, this year we’re providing the following tips.

  • Save big when you book properties found on our Special Deals page and our Winter Rentals page.
  • Be flexible as to when you are willing to travel and add a few days to your trip before and/or after any peak holiday travel days.
  • Travelers can often take advantage of significant savings by flying on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or early New Year’s Day.
  • Consider connecting flights rather than non-stop flights and you can save as much as $100.

Making Holiday Travel Plans Now Can Save You Money

  • Consider flying part way then driving the rest of the way to your destination or drive to a different airport and fly from there. Compare prices from flying out of and into different airports.
  • If you are sure of your travel plans, many places offer discounts for making non-refundable reservations.
  • Do you really need to rent a car? If you’re visiting perhaps they can pick you up and return you to the airport. If most of the places you want to visit are within walking distance consider renting bicycles for the week to get around.

Making Holiday Travel Plans Now Can Save You Money

With all the money you’ll save using these useful tips and taking advantage of the specials deals we have on Padre Getaways holiday rentals you can stay and enjoy your vacation for another day or two!





The Perfect Time to Buy Your Own Piece of Paradise

If you’ve only ever dreamed about owning a vacation home don’t you think it’s time to make that dream a reality? At Padre Getaways we have many gorgeous vacation homes that are just waiting for someone to come along and make them your forever-after-home.

The Perfect Time to Invest in Your Own Piece of Paradise
Whether you’re purchasing a piece of paradise to live in full time after retirement, as a second home for vacation use, or as an investment property to rent out when you’re not there, you’re sure to find the perfect property among our inventory of vacation homes.

Look For a Good Track Record

If you plan on renting your property out you’ll want to be sure it has a good track record when it comes to its rental history. If it’s never been rented out before then take a close look at its potential. Is it in a good location to appeal to vacationers? Is it a home that’s easy to walk to shopping, dining and the beach from?

You’ll want to set a realistic rental fee on the home in line with what it has been renting for and what the neighborhood rates are. If you’ve updated the property you may be able to increase the amount of rent that’s been charged on the property in the past.

Vacationers look for properties that are well kept, up-to-date, and have lots of amenities for the money. Keep that in mind when looking at properties. Will you need to invest a lot of extra money into the property after you buy it?

Are you a property manager?

Are You a Property Manager?

Have you ever managed a vacation property where families are coming and going week after week? Do you know what’s involved in creating a timely departure and arrival? How about the secret to keeping your property rented when you’re not there and available when you want to be? At Padre Getaways we know these things and can be the property manager for any home you purchase from us.

Unless you decide to manage your property yourself, a management company such as Padre Getaways will be instrumental in the success of your property. You’ll want your piece of paradise to give high returns as any solid investment should.

Management Fees

Management companies charge fees and provide certain owner services. You should ask what these are before committing yourself in writing. A management or rental company typically handles routine repairs but will obtain your approval for repairs that exceed an agreed upon amount. They will be responsible for securing reservations, collecting rents and disbursing net rents to you (net of management fee, hotel tax, credit card fees, and routine maintenance).

Choosing a Property Manager

Have a property management company that you’re considering? Take a close look at their website and ask to see any promotional materials they have. Check the functionality of their website by doing some general searches for vacation property on South Padre Island. If you hire them then your property will be among their search results. Ask to see the check-in paperwork for the property or others you’re considering. And especially ask about the guest services they offer.

A property manager is going to be representing you so you want to make sure you like how they treat people, reply to requests, and overall present themselves as well as your property.

We Can Help

At Padre Getaways we will be happy to assist you with all of these steps from finding your piece of paradise to helping you select a management company to care for your property. Please gives us a call at 855-412-4805 and we can work with you to start the process.


Benefits of an Off-Season Vacation to South Padre Island

We understand there are many events a family has to plan around in order to find some time to get away. School, holidays, work responsibilities and vacation days dictate many people’s travel decisions. But if you’re retired or otherwise have a little more flexibility in your schedule, you can reap the benefits of an off-season vacation to South Padre Island.


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Booking a vacation during the “off peak season” results in better rental rates, easier air travel, better deals on dining and shopping and even better customer service. From the moment you start making reservations until you return home, the savings can be huge for an off-season vacation.

August is the true peak season when school is out and families travel to the coast for summer holidays. The rental rates are at a premium during this time, the restaurants are full and the parking can sometimes be quite a challenge.

Benefits of an Off-Season Vacation to South Padre Island

Autumn is an off-peak season with great weather and excellent rates. This period lasts from September through early December. It’s a preferred time to be here by golfers and many others.

From January through early March is “Winter Texan” season. Retirees from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Canada converge on South Padre for a couple of months of warm climate and relaxation. They are able to take advantage of our inexpensive monthly rates on condos.

Benefits of an Off-Season Vacation to South Padre Island

Spring Break sees a boost in rates mid-March. But, there are some rentals that are restricted and do not rent to spring breakers during this time. Therefore families and couples over 25 yrs old can get some pretty good rates on rentals at this time.

Any time between October and early May is sure to provide you with phenomenal weather. The weather is at its absolute best without the heat of summer. During this period of time the beaches are mostly empty. The restaurants have ample tables and servers are eager to please. The stores often have sales and special pricing and even the spas have availability.

Benefits of an Off-Season Vacation to South Padre Island

Other benefits of off-season vacations are that you can also take advantage of some great deals on airfare. Watch for specials on Southwest and American or enjoy daily service from Dallas and choose the best time that will suit you for that off-season getaway.

We look forward to having you stay with us at Padre Getaways for your off-season vacation this year!



Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

South Padre Island is full of fascinating facts. Did you know that the first residents of South Padre were the Karankawa Indians? The last of this native tribe disappeared around the 1850s. Local legend states that they were an aggressive people of great height and strength. Some stories suggest that they may have been cannibals. They protected their territory with huge bows and great arrows that most men weren’t capable of drawing back or using.

Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

In the 1500’s the South Padre area was used to export riches from Mexico to Spain. The most famous wrecks occurred in 1554 when millions of dollars of silver was lost. You can learn more about the 1554 shipwrecks at the Museums of Port Isabel.

Over the centuries many ships were lost on the shallow sandbars and South Padre treasure hunters still flock to the area looking for long lost treasure. Please know that any treasure found belongs to the State of Texas and state law dictates that it must be turned over for historical preservation.
Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

Laguna Madre Bay
The Laguna Madre Bay is a hyper-saline lagoon. Saltier even than the Atlantic Ocean. There are only a half dozen hyper-saline bays in the world. The only saltier body of water in the country is the Great Salt Lakes.

This unique bay provides a special ecosystem that is perfect for some sea life. Many creatures including dolphins, sea turtles and fish migrate to the Laguna Madre Bay to hatch or raise their young. Protecting this unique area is crucial to the health of the Gulf of Mexico.
Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

Port Isabel Lighthouse
The Port Isabel Lighthouse stands on the smallest state park in Texas. It is one of the few lighthouses in Texas which is open for the public to climb and enjoy a great panoramic view.

The lighthouse is closed until late August 2017 as Texas Parks & Wildlife undertakes some much needed renovation on the historic structure. The Visitors Center in the Keepers Cottage is still open to the public.
Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

Coast Guard Station, Then and Now
The South Padre Island Coast Guard Station was constructed in 1974 and houses the main offices and duty crew quarters. In addition, there is an older station building on the south end of Padre Island. This building was put up in 1924 and is still in occasional use by the University of Brownsville. Occasionally, a local will tell the story of the ghost of an early station worker rumored to still haunt the old station after his suicide by hanging.
Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

Port Isabel Yacht Club
In the 20’s and 30’s the area was popular with the rich and famous. During the time of prohibition Port Isabel Yacht Club was built to provide the elite with a yachting destination. The guest list included Amelia Earhart, Al Capone, President Harding and President Eisenhower and Charles Lindberg.

Today, the building is in need of restoration. Having the club condemned in recent years, The City of Port Isabel is working to acquire the building and seeks to adapt it for office, educational and cultural uses.
Things You Should Know About South Padre Island

When you’re planning a visit to South Padre Island TX check out the comfortable and affordable accommodations we can provide you with at Padre Getaways.

We have rental properties located near the area’s best attractions, finest dining establishments, and the hottest nightlife around. Then there are the condos and homes located directly on the Gulf of Mexico offering phenomenal views and tropical breezes. We’ll see you soon!