Book Your Accommodations Now for the SPI Wahoo Classic

This year’s inaugural SPI Wahoo Classic is taking place Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, 2016 beginning at Jim’s Pier, 211 W. Swordfish St., South Padre Island. The Angler’s Challenge will be for Wahoo, Black Fin Tuna and Dorado/Mahi Mahi. If you’re attending the tournament this year and are looking for a place to stay, check out the amazing rentals we have available for the fishing tournament at Padre Getaways.

Registration for the tournament can be made on this online registration form. Payment by check must be made no later than September 1, 2016. Early registration by mail or online is $300. Entry fee paid at Captain’s Meeting on Friday, Sept. 9 is $350. Payment is accepted by check, credit card and Paypal.

There will be a whooping $15,000 in cash prizes handed out during the SPI Wahoo Classic this year. Prizes are as follows:

Largest Wahoo – $10,000
Second Largest – $3,000
Third Largest – $2,000

 

Tournament rules can be read here. For more information about the SPI Wahoo Classic or if you have questions, call (956) 761-5467.

 

City Of South Padre Island Announces Water Tests Are Normal

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

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

Don’t Miss the July 4th Beach Parade

When you want to celebrate a holiday like Independence Day there’s no better place to do it than right here on South Padre Island TX. We can throw a party like no other you’ve been to and won’t soon forget. Bring the whole family dressed in the spirit of the holiday and be a part of the fun! This holiday comes around just once a year so come out to walk, stroll or roll through this new shorter parade route and show your patriotism. You’ll be glad you did!
The July 4th Beach Parade in SPI starts at 9:30 a.m. (lineup at 9 a.m.) at Beach Access #20 (Gay Dawn) and proceeds to Beach Access #17 (Starlight Circle). This free event includes prizes for the best costume, and best group, bike, wagon or stroller. Enjoy free watermelon, beads and flags while they last. The kids will enjoy the new SPLASH Water Fun provided by the SPI Fire Dept.

If you want to be a part of this exciting event, volunteers are needed to help with the 4th of July Beach Parade. People are needed to help set up and work the event between the hours of 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. (or anytime in between). Come work a couple hours or stay all day or evening! If you’re available, call Debbie Huffman, chair of the Park & Rec Committee, at 817-925-4068.

This year’s parade and subsequent events are sponsored by the South Padre Island Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee.

5 Area South Padre Island Golf Courses

Vacationers to South Padre Island TX will enjoy knowing there are plenty of golf courses in the area to work on their game. Golf lovers know that when they’re looking for a vacation that is both relaxing and exhilarating at the same time they can find it right here in South Padre Island. If you’ve never visited the area you’re sure to be pleased with the layouts and challenges these courses will provide. Whether you’re traveling alone, with your family or with your best golfing buds, there is just nothing else quite as much fun (or relaxing) as playing on any of the following courses that are in close proximity to us at Padre Getaways.
 
5 Area South Padre Island Golf CoursesJim Paul Golf Course
950 S. Garcia Street, Port Isabel, TX
Phone: (956) 943-7520
Website: http://www.longislandvillage.com/liv-golf-course.html
Public course with 18 holes. Sunny seaside par three course that is part of the Long Island Village complex.
 
South Padre Island Golf Club
South Padre Island Golf Club
1 Golf House Rd., Laguna Vista, TX
Phone: (956) 943-5678
Website: http://www.spigolf.com/
Public course with 18 holes. Golf vacation packages, membership and golf lesson packages available.
 
Valley International Executive Course
Valley International Country Club – Executive
Fm 802 and Expy 77, Brownsville, TX
Phone: (956) 548-9199
Website: http://www.valleyinternationalgolf.com/
Semi-Private executive course with 9 holes. The par 3 Executive Course (1,052 yards) features small greens and narrow fairways lined by houses. Like the big course, this layout incorporates several small lakes. Ladies and men play from the same set of tees on this course
 
Valley International Country Club
Valley International Country Club
Fm 802 and Expy 77, Brownsville, TX
Phone: (956) 548-9199
Website: http://www.valleyinternationalgolf.com/
Semi-Private course with 18 holes spanning more than 1,000 acres. The Championship Course has been named the Reader’s Choice for Best Golf Course many times, and has won the award as recently as 2012, 2013 and 2014.
 
Brownsville TX Golf Center
Brownsville Golf & Recreation Center
1800 W. San Marcelo Blvd., Brownsville, TX
Phone: (956) 541-2582
Website: http://golfcenter.cob.us/
Public course with 18 holes. Pro Shop, golf lessons, tournaments and more. Summer rate specials.
 
 

Be Aware of Booking Fees on VRBO, HomeAway & VacationRentals.com

During this past February the vacation rental companies of VRBO, HomeAway and Vacation Rentals implemented a “traveler fee” to reservations booked from their websites. These booking fees vary from 4%-10% of the total value of the rental booking not to exceed $499. This can make a significant difference in the price of your vacation and in some instances, whether you can afford to even go.

 

We encourage you to book properties through individual websites such as our properties at www.padregetaways.com. You won’t find any additional fees such as a traveler fee being tacked onto the price of your rental when you purchase through us.

 

Although we cannot control this separate charge by VRBO, HomeAway and others, we can assure you that if you book with us at Padre Getaways by phone or on our website at www.padregetaways.com you will never be charged this service fee.

 

Please call Padre Getaways at 956-761-8888 and we will be happy to help you find the perfect property while saving you money at the same time.

 

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.
 
 

New City Ordinance – Registration of Short Term Vacation Rentals on South Padre Island

We are pleased to report that the City of South Padre Island has passed a new ordinance that requires the registration of all short term rental properties on South Padre Island.  Our broker, Eleana Jones, was a member of the Hotel Occupancy Tax Task Force that developed this new ordinance and was active in moving this ordinance forward because we believe that this ordinance is great for the island, great for rental property owners and great for rental guests visiting our island.

The ordinance requires that the registration number be posted on all advertising. This will bring creditability in the vacation rental marketplace for properties on South Padre Island.  The Island has seen a large volume lately of fraudulent listings that are “scraped” or extracted electronically from legitimate websites such as ours or the MLS sales listings.  Guests show up on the island only to find out that they paid for a rental that does not exist or is invalid which gives our island a bad reputation.  Guests can now have a way to identify vacation rental properties that are reputable and in good standing with the City. Once it is assigned, the registration number stays with your property even through transfer.

  • The ordinance requires a 24/7 contact number for a representative within one hour response time for all short term rentals. This will assist City authorities in enforcing our quality of life ordinances: noise, disturbance and fire code occupancy, by holding the rental owner or their rental agent accountable for the actions of their rental guests.  This will also contribute to the enforcement of the quality of life rules that so many building HOA’s have enacted.  Perhaps this will reduce the number of buildings that are turning toward extreme measures of severe rental restrictions.
  • The ordinance provides the City with a means to enforce the collection and remittance of hotel occupancy tax (HOT) by requiring that all short term rental properties be registered with the City and file HOT tax reports. Property owners who are renting their properties at a lower total price by not collecting hotel tax will no longer have an illegal competitive advantage (14.5% discount) over property owners obeying the law.   And of course, compliance will add to our tax base providing additional funds for promotion of our island.
  • If you are represented by a vacation rental management company or agent, they should register your property for you, requiring no action by you. But you must check to make sure because you as the property owner are liable for any penalties from failure to register.  At Padre Getaways, we take care of this for all of our property owner clients.

 

More information and registration forms are available online at <http://myspi.org/hottax>.  The final compliance date is July 1st 2015.  For questions you may call Customer Service: (956) 761-8382 or Email: HotTax@SoPadre.com<mailto:HotTax@SoPadre.com>

How to Have an Over-the-Top Exceptional Thanksgiving

How about treating yourself and your family to an over-the-top exceptional Thanksgiving this year! Pack your bags, load up the family and head on down to South Padre Island, TX where we can put a whole new spin on the holiday for you! Come for the entire weekend, make your reservations with us at Padre Getaways where you can take advantage of special holiday rates, and be sure to enjoy the local holiday events taking place in the area. It’s a fabulous way to start out this year’s holiday season.

How to Have an Over-the-Top Exceptional ThanksgivingWhen you’re looking for that Thanksgiving Dinner check out the Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Isla Grand Beach Resort. It’s held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the gourmet prepared meals, favorite sides, and scrumptious desserts. For just $28.95 adults, $25.95 seniors 62+ and $12.95 children age 10 and under, you can eat your fill from this huge holiday buffet. Make your reservations by calling (956) 547-5802. Located at 500 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island.

How to Have an Over-the-Top Exceptional ThanksgivingBeachside Bar & Grill will be holding a Thanksgiving Day Champagne Fiesta from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last seating for this popular event is 3 p.m. From fruits and salads to carving and seafood stations, breakfast and dinner entrees and plenty of desserts, nobody goes hungry with over 100 items available. Adults $34.95, Seniors $30.95, children age 6-12 $20.95. For reservations call (956) 761-6551 ext. 277. Located at 310 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island.

How to Have an Over-the-Top Exceptional Thanksgiving

Head over to The Stables after dinner and enjoy a spectacular horseback ride on the beach. Take advantage of $5 off on all Horseback Rides and Lessons. Rides start at $40 per person. The views of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico are stunning and the breeze refreshing. Bring the family to South Padre Island this holiday and make the most memorable holiday ever. Experience the Island on horseback for the memory of a lifetime. Call to make your reservations at (956) 761-7743

How to Have an Over-the-Top Exceptional Thanksgiving
If you’ve never experienced a Dolphin Watch Eco-Tour now is your chance! Take advantage of the $5 off deals going on now through the end of the year. Use discount code “SPDolphins” at Breakaway Cruises or ticket counter for a $5.00 discount for adult or child admission to any of three daily dolphin watch eco-tours. The whole family will enjoy watching some of natures most fascinating animals up close while aboard the 1-1/2 hr. cruise. Watch as they drag a net and bring on board a variety of sea life for you to see up close. Experienced crew will identify and explain the catch to you and your family. All creatures are returned safely to the bay. Be sure to bring your camera!

Halloween Events Happening Around South Padre Island

It seems like autumn has barely just arrived and here we are facing another Halloween – which much as it pains us to say, marks the end of October already! But when you live (or vacation to!) somewhere this warm, you don’t find yourself dreading what’s coming after the fall months. Halloween does arrive on schedule on South Padre Island and there are plenty of local Halloween events going on. Here’s the rundown on holiday specific activities:
Halloween Events Around South Padre Island
Bands on the Beach

Dress up in your best costume and come dance and listen to live music, eat some great food and enjoy fireworks on the beach, all starting at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.
Halloween Events Around South Padre Island
Halloween Dance Party at Quarterdeck Night Club

Get dressed in your favorite costume and come dance the night away in the Quarterdeck nightclub on Halloween night. Starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 and lasting until 1:30 a.m. this will be an exciting party! Drink specials, costume contest, cash and prizes. Don’t forget to dance and vote for best costume while grooving to the live music of Sweet Trouble.
Halloween Events Around South Padre Island
Port Isabel Day of the Dead Celebration at Port Isabel Historical Museum

From 4-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 come celebrate Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) with the community at the Port Isabel Historical Museum. This free family event features a street dance with live music, Halloween Costume Contest with cash prizes, and vendors, activities, presentations, exhibits and more.

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.