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 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
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
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!
Are you and your family coming to South Padre Island this coming week to celebrate the 4th of July? If the answer is yes, then you are in for a treat this year. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will keep you close to where the fun is at. There are many local events that are happening to help celebrate the festive holiday and you won’t want to miss any of them.
South Padre Islands 4th of July Parade
Don’t miss this year’s Annual 4th of July Beach
Parade as we celebrate our country. Hosted by the City of South Padre Island Parks
and Keep SPI Beautiful will present a beach parade like you’ve never
experienced before. And our friends over at Schlitterbahn and the Friends of
Animal Rescue will be the start of the parade. Bring everyone in the family
including your pets as this is a family & pet-friendly event. At the end of
the parade your family can enjoy watermelon, water and other fun goodies. The
parade will begin at 10:00 am, so get there a little early to get yourself a
Fourth of July Celebration
Head over to Sea Turtle, Inc for a fun kid-friendly 4th of July party. This is a fun event begins at 10:00 am and has something for everyone in the family to take advantage of. From crafts to activities to special treats, your family will not be bored one bit. There will also be a special adoption for any hatchlings that you can pay $20 and you get to name that hatchling a patriotic name. What a fun event to join in on as you help celebrate the 4th of July. These activities are included with the purchase of general admission to Sea Turtle, Inc for the day. Don’t miss out on this fun event that will be perfect for the whole family!
Fireworks over the Bay
To end a great day of celebrating our country, head over to
Louie’s Backyard around 9:15 pm to grab a spot to view the fireworks. This year
your family can watch the light show in the sky over the bay and it’s something
you will never experience before. If you don’t feel like cooking dinner, then
head over to several different restaurants where you can sit and eat while you view
the fireworks. Make this a new tradition in coming to the beach and watching the
fireworks with the family. Think of all the new memories that you will experience
together while vacationing to South Padre Island this year.
If you still haven’t made your reservations to stay with us at Padre Getaways, we can help you book it today. We can’t wait to see you and your family this coming up week for your fun, family vacation to South Padre Island. Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July from all of us at Padre Getaways.
Did you know that May happens to be sea turtle nesting season on South Padre Island? Every year many sea turtles come to our beaches beginning in April to build their nest along the shore. And when you stay with us in one of our Beachside vacation rentals, you may get to see a sea turtle or two. Let’s look at what our guests need to know about the nesting season below here on South Padre Island.
When Does Nesting Season Start?
May is a great time to visit South Padre Island since the temperature is warmer and in hopes of seeing a sea turtle. Nesting season began on April 1, 2019 and is one of the most magical times in Texas. This is the start of the sea turtles nesting season and it’s something you don’t want to miss on your next vacation to South Padre Island. During the night is when you will have the chance to see the sea turtle mothers come to shore to lay their eggs in the nest they built. Along the coast of Texas is where you will find the most Kemp Ridley sea turtle’s nests and hatchlings. Sea turtle nesting season doesn’t end until the beginning of August every year so while on vacation to our island this summer, please know that it’s nesting season.
What to Expect During Nesting Season on South Padre Island
When you visit our beautiful island, you may not know what to expect during the nesting season. The first thing you may notice is the many volunteers who come and check the shoreline each morning looking for a new nest. Next the volunteers will move the nests to a protected area and covered with a protective netting until they hatch. We do this on the island to avoid the turtle nests from getting crushed. Each nest is monitored until the eggs are ready to hatch. We here on South Padre Island know that it can be exciting if you happen to see a sea turtle nest or even a sea turtle, but here are a few simple rules to follow:
Please refrain from using a flashlight on the beach at night and be sure to turn off the outdoor lights on your Beachside vacation rental. Each sea turtle use the moonlight to help guide them back to the ocean.
Don’t leave any holes along the beach that you may dug for fun during the day. If a sea turtle mother is coming to shore to lay her eggs, we don’t want her to fall in and injury herself.
Don’t leave any of your beach equipment at the beach during the night. Take it back to your vacation rental until your next day at the beach.
Be sure to keep the beaches clean from any trash or plastic on the days you spend on the shore.
There are many other ways that you and your family can watch the sea turtles on the shore, these are the most important ones to know. If you haven’t made your vacation reservations yet, check out our South Padre Island vacation rentals today. We hope to see you and your family on your next vacation to South Padre Island this summer!
Do you and your family like going and seeing nature and even more alligators? If the answer is yes, then you must visit this amazing new addition to the South Padre Island Nature Center. They have opened up an open Alligator Sanctuary that will open on May 11th at 9:00 am. And when you are staying with us in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals, then you will be close to where the action is happening.
About the Gators
This addition to the South Padre Island Nature Center has
been a work in progress and is finally opening up to the public. There will be
more than 100 American Alligators that will call this sanctuary “home”. The
alligators are all rescued juvenile ones and they can’t wait to make this their
new place to live. They will be in the safety of caregivers and there will even
be a 50-year-old alligator named, “Big Padre” who is 700 lbs and is 12 feet
long. That is something that not every person in the country can say they have
Where Did the Gators Come From?
Many will want to know where these alligators have come from and they have all been rescued from around Texas. Gary and Shannon Saurage are apart of Gator Country Rescue and holds the only license in the state that are allowed to rescue alligators. They have been rescued from backyards, pools or who were stranded from weather like floods. The Gator Country Rescue have decided to bring these alligators to the Nature Center. The gators now have a safe haven so they will no longer be in danger to the outside world.
Opening Day of the Alligator Sanctuary
On Saturday, May 11th starting at 9:00 am, you and your family will be able to come over to the Alligator Sanctuary to see what the excitement is all about. Some of the fun opportunities that you will be able to experience are holding baby alligators, wading in a wading pool with them and even get to see other animals such as non-venomous snakes. There will be overflow parking available over at Clayton’s Beach Bar and the South Padre Island Convention Center. Admission into this attraction is $8 per adult (13-54), $7 per Senior (55 & up) & Military, $5 per child (4-12) and Free for kids 3 & under. What a fun event to be a part of on it’s grand opening day!
While there are other things that will be happening at the South Padre Island Nature Center, we thought that you would be interested this event. If you haven’t made your summer vacation plans to South Padre Island yet, now is the time to do it. Summer is just around the corner and before you know it, it will be time for summer break with the kids. We can’t wait to see you and your family this Spring and Summer!
Are you headed to South Padre Island this year and are wondering where the best coffee shops are on the island? If the answer is yes, then we at Padre Getaways know where you can go and grab a cup of coffee in the area. Many locals love to get a cup of coffee on their way into work or just to have as a pick me up from many of these local coffee shops. If you are staying with us in one of our Bayside Waterfront vacation rentals, then you won’t be too far from some good coffee. Let’s look at our top picks for where you can get a cup of coffee at while on vacation to South Padre island.
The Grapevine Café & Coffee House
The Grapevine Café & Coffee House is located in the heart of South Padre Island and is a favorite among many of the locals. Here you are able to grab a hot cup of bottomless coffee or a 32 oz. French Press along with a great meal. One of the favorites among the locals would be a Belgian Waffle or the Eggs Benedict Grapevine. You are also able to grab a different espresso drinks that are available when you sit down for your meal. Don’t miss heading here with your family on your next vacation to the island.
Just after you get onto the island, you will find a quaint little shop called Yummies Bistro. Here you will be able to grab yourself a cup of coffee and a few breakfast treats. They have several different coffee options for you to choose from such as a hot cup of coffee, Coconut Zesta, Café Padre or even a Spanish Macchiato. You can also enjoy some cold coffee options such as a Chilled Island Coffee, Coffee Float, Red Eye or a Banana Chocolate Cooler. Some of the breakfast items you can get off the menu are Spanish Omelet, Pancakes, Fruit & Yogurt Plate and more. What a great start to your vacation by stopping by and enjoying some coffee with your friends and family.
Café Karma is another favorite for the locals here on South Padre Island and has a unique vibe to it. Here it is located not far from the water and is where you will be able to grab a cup of coffee or another specialty drink. Some of the drinks you are able to find here are a House Coffee, Macchiato, Café Mocha and Iced Coffee. Some of the other drinks you can grab would be a Chai Latte, Hot Chocolate, Hot Tea and more. Don’t miss their amazing snacks you can grab while you enjoy your coffee in the shop. Many visitors love to head here for their coffee and the peaceful area of being a coffee shop.
Groovi Smoothi is not like any other coffee shop you have been to in the past. Here you are able to find other kinds of drinks as well as coffee for the adults and a few sweet treats. For those who love coffee then you are in for a treat as you can get an Americano, Red Eye, Lattes, Iced Coffee and more. You are also able to grab a fruit smoothie such as a PB&J, Saturday Morning and Tropical Smoothie. And for those who just want a drink to quench your thirst you can get a Lemonade, Orange, Tea and a Veggie Drink. Don’t miss out on the sweet treats you can grab to munch on while you enjoy your coffee here with the family. What a great place to go and enjoy the cool air while the warm air is outside!
While there are other options for coffee shops in the area, these are the few we’d thought you would enjoy. If you are still on the hunt for a place to stay on your next vacation to South Padre Island, then check out our Bayside Waterfront vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you vacation here on the island this year
Are you headed to the sandy beaches of South Padre Island this spring for vacation? If the answer is yes, then we understand that spending the week sitting on the beach soaking up the rays is just what you need. Staying in one of our Beachside vacation rentals will keep you close to the beach but having the right things in your beach bag will allow you to enjoy your vacation. We have come up with a small list to help get you and your family ready for your next trip to South Padre Island below.
Beach Bag Items
When you are on vacation making sure you have packed everything before you leave home is essential. So be sure to pack a towel for everyone in your family whether you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you. Having a beach towel with a different design can help each member in your group remember which one theirs is. Another great thing that you can do to each towel is sew pockets onto the end of the towel. This way you can keep your sunglasses, phone and sunscreen close by.
The sun is hot on South Padre Island so sunscreen
is a must for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach
activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists recommend
that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the
sunshine. And don’t forget to Reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you
to ruin your vacation the very first day your here with a sunburn. If you
happen to get a little too much sun while you are on vacation, remember to pack
a bottle of aloe as well.
Mesh Bag for Sand Toys
Anytime you go on vacation with kids, you have
to bring a ton of sand toys with you. We understand bringing sand back with you
into your vacation rental is not necessary and can be quite a hassle. So, if
you pack a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys
can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a
good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach.
Hats & Sunglasses
Having sunglasses and hats can be very useful for anyone who visits the beach. The sun is much hotter than it is in the north, so we want to make sure that your eyes and face are protected. Having sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun bright rays and will offer you some relief when trying to keep an eye on your little ones playing. Whether you have a floppy hot or a baseball cap, you will be happy that you brought these along with you. Don’t forget to pack one for everyone in the family.
One way that you can improve your tan and your
mood is by bringing a book or magazine to the beach. We understand that
bringing your children to the beach means less time to read a book, but maybe
bring a few of their books too. This way when you are ready to read a little,
have them come play in the sand near where you are or have them sit under the
umbrella and read a little bit of their own book.
There are many other things that you can pack into your beach bag, but these are the must have items for your next vacation. If you haven’t made your vacation to South Padre Island yet, check out our Beachside vacation rentals today. We can’t wait for your family to come and vacation with us!
Have you ever been to South Padre Island when the Kite Fest is going on? If not, then you are missing out on one of the biggest kite festivals in the country! What once started out as just a “fun fly” has now become one of best festivals you can attend especially if you love to fly kites. If you happen to be staying with us in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals you will be close to where the action is happening for this festival. This is an event that you can’t miss this year with your family!
Let the Fun Begin
Beginning on January 31st at 6:30 pm, you and
your family can head over to the South Padre Island Convention Centre for the
kick off of the festival. They will be doing some indoor kite performances that
will host an array of internationally known kite fliers. One of the people that
you will be able to meet is John Barresi who holds more than 30 national
championship titles and was the 2018 Open Individual Unlimited Ballet champion.
The indoor fliers dedicated their choreographed routines with one passion in
mind, “creating peace through kiting worldwide.” If you have never been to an
indoor kite performance before you are in for a treat! Tickets for the Indoor
Kite Performance is $6 per person and can be purchased in advance only as they
will not be available at the door. You can call B & S Kites today to
reserve your tickets for this event at 956-761-1248.
Let’s Go Fly a Kite
The kite festival doesn’t end on Thursday
night, instead you get a few more days to enjoy it. On Friday and Saturday, the
festival will move outdoors from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the flats just north of
the Convention Centre. Here you will be able to see many kite fliers from all
over the United States bring their beautiful ‘show kites’ that will be on
display throughout the day. And of course, no kite festival is complete without
seeing the mesmerizing performances of individuals and team performances. Some
of the best kite fliers have come to South Padre Island for you and your family
to watch their beautiful performances with their beautiful kites. Admission to
the event on Friday and Saturday is free for you to enjoy.
What to Bring
Many families who come and enjoy the kite
festival like to be prepared to stay all day. We suggest that you bring a
cooler, beach chairs, sunscreen, drinks and snacks. There will be food and
concession stand there at the festival so if you do not want to bring snacks
you will be able to grab some. South Padre Island is the prefect destination
for your families next family vacation!
This festival is a show like no other that you may have attended, and we recommend you heading there next weekend with your family. If you are still searching for the perfect place to stay in South Padre Island, then check our inventory out today or give us a call at 855-412-4805. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next vacation with us and enjoy the South Padre Island 2019 Kite Fest!
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.
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.
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 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’ 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!
Are you and your family looking for a few fun things to do while you vacation on South Padre Island in December? If the answer is yes, then we can help you find the perfect Beachside vacation rental. Staying in one of our vacation rentals in December can help you be near where the fun is happening. Instead of worrying about cleaning your home, come on vacation, sit back and relax. Many families love to come to South Padre Island during the holiday season because they want to make new memories to share. Let’s look at why you shouldn’t miss these fun events happening on the island.
Annual Christmas Parade
When you think of the holidays, you think of a Christmas Parade. Who starts the holiday season without one? So even though this event happens on November 30th it’s one you can’t miss! Beginning at 5:00 pm head over to the South Padre Island City Hall where you and your family can watch the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree. It’s always such an honor to be a part of seeing that happen and who loves Christmas lights? After the tree lighting will be the Annual Christmas Parade of South Padre Island. Beginning at 6:00 pm you and your family will be able to see all of the beautiful holiday decorated floats just floating in front of you. What a wonderful fun event that you can make a part of your traditions when you come to the island for your family vacation.
It’s a Winter Wonderland
Just when you thought the fun lasted at the Christmas parade, there’s more. If the parade isn’t something that your family would enjoy, then head over to The Green’s at Jim’s Pier at 6:00 pm. Beginning on November 30th at 6:00 pm the kids can enjoy a Wonderland just for them! There will be plenty of things for them to do from bounce houses to obstacle courses to a trackless train. And if you’d like to come back for another round, then come on Saturday, December 1st from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm for more fun. What a fun way to enjoy your vacation!
Holiday Sandcastle Village
For those families who love looking at sandcastles, have we got a treat for you! Head on over to the South Padre Island Convention Centre where you and your family can see some holiday-themed sand sculptures along with a lighted musical performance. This event is happening from now until December 16th from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please note that the Holiday Sand Castle Village will be open to the public every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. What a fun event this can be for the whole family!
Schlitterbahn Christmas Buffet
Don’t feel like cooking on Christmas day while you are staying in one of our Beachside vacation rentals? Have no fear because you and your family can head over to Schlitterbahn and enjoy a Christmas feast. Reservations are recommended so that you and your family can enjoy the amazing food that will be served there. From She Crab soup to a carving station there is something for everyone including the kids. And don’t stop there because you and your family can enjoy a day inside the heated indoor waterpark for some extra fun. Don’t forget to pick up those tickets today to enjoy the day at the waterpark. To make reserve your plate today, call 956-761-1160. What a fun and exciting Christmas this will be to remember!
There are many other events happening on the island for the month of December, but we thought these might help make your decision a little easier. The weather is perfect on South Padre Island during the month of December and we don’t want you to miss out on the fun. We hope to see you and your family as you travel to spend your Christmas vacation with us at Padre Getaways!
Going to South Padre Island in the fall is a great time to come and explore the island. With the temperatures usually around the mid-80’s during the day and the high 60’s-low 70’s at night. And if you pair that with a light breeze, you will have weather that is perfect for walking along the beach or discovering a new adventure on the island. And when you are staying in one of our Padre Island beach rentals, you will love the area even more in the fall time. Look below at what great adventures you can discover while staying with us this fall.
Fishing for Days
Fall fishing is something that every fisherman loves to do around South Padre Island. With being able to fish year-rounds that means that you will be able to fish for different kinds of fish in the fall. During the fall you will be able to fish for snook, redfish and kingfish and not have to deal with the large fishing contests. That only means more fish for you and your family as you enjoy your day fishing. The winds will be calmer and with the temps being cooler you will be able to enjoy being out on a fishing trip with your loved ones. And if you want a little more adventure, then you can take a charter fishing boat and enjoy some deep-sea fishing.
Enjoy the Beach
Since school is back in session and the weather is still nice out, you will be able to enjoy a nice day or week out on a near empty beach. There is nothing better than listening to the sound of the sea while reading a book or possibly napping on the beach. You will miss the summer beach crowds and you will feel like this paradise is your own with very little interruptions. Fall is just as good as coming in the summer and springtime since it will still be warm enough for you to soak up those rays. Just take the time to relax while you vacation here this fall!
Sandcastles for Days
Every fall for the past 31 years there has been a wonderful festival called “Sandcastle Days”. This festival will be taking place from October 3rd to October 7th, 2018 and you will be able to join in on the fun. This is where you can learn to build a sandcastle, watch sand masters sculpt sand into beautiful sculptures and enjoy some live music. The children can also get involved in this and you and your family can enter into the amateur competition on Friday, October 5th. There will be also water slides for the kids to enjoy, a bouncy house and even bull riding. What a wonderful way to begin and end your vacation than to visit this amazing festival!
There are so many other wonderful things you can do while you vacation in South Padre Island this year. Staying with Padre Getaways will keep you where you want to be for your vacation. And if you still haven’t decided when to come, make fall your new time to visit. We can’t wait to see you and help you make new memories with your family!