Padre Getaways is Ready for You

We are excited to share with our guests and future guests that Padre Getaways and the beaches are open again! This has been a very trying time for everyone in the country, and we know that while the beaches are back empty, you will still have to follow many of the new restrictions for COVID-19. Staying with us in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will allow you to sit back and relax after not being able to travel for a good month or so.

Social Distancing

We are just as excited as our guests that the beaches are back open! But we do have to let you know that things may be a little different when you come on vacation. We do still have to maintain social distancing even while on the beach, and you may notice the set up on the beach is a little different. South Padre Island wants to continue to keep their visitors safe during their next visit, and it means that the chairs located on the beach must be spaced at least 6 feet apart from one another. But this doesn’t mean that you still can’t have a good time! Let the kids play in the sand and enjoy the surf a little bit. Build sandcastles and just have a good time together on the beach!

Book your Next Vacation Today

Depending on where you live will depend on when you will be able to travel again, but we here at Padre Getaways are ready when you are. We know that many different states will be allowing their residents to start traveling again, beginning on either May 1st through May 15th. When you and your family are ready to travel and relax some after being home for the past month, we are waiting to see you! Book your next vacation today to take a relaxing and well-deserved vacation on our beautiful island!

We know that while we don’t know if this will become a part of our world for years to come, it’s something we must abide by now. Our staff at Padre Getaways can’t wait to see you and your family as you go and enjoy the area and our vacation rentals!

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!

Celebrate July 4th on South Padre 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

Celebrate July 4th on South Padre Island

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 great spot!

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

Celebrate July 4th on South Padre Island

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.

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!