Don’t Miss the Grand Opening of the Alligator Sanctuary on South Padre Island

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

Don’t Miss the Grand Opening of the Alligator Sanctuary on South Padre Island

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 met before.

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

Don’t Miss the Grand Opening of the Alligator Sanctuary on South Padre Island

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!

Best Coffee Shops on South Padre Island

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

Best Coffee Shops on South Padre Island

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.

Yummies Bistro

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

Best Coffee Shops on South Padre Island

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

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

Get Your Beach Bag Ready for Vacation

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

Beach Towels

Get your Beach Bag Ready for Vacation

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

Get your Beach Bag Ready for Vacation

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.

Reading Material

Get your Beach Bag Ready for Vacation

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!

Take a Fall Vacation to South Padre Island

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 on South Padre Island this Year

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

Fall on South Padre Island this Year

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!