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.

What You Need to Know About the Sea Turtle Nesting Season on South Padre Island

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?

What You Need to Know About the Sea Turtle Nesting Season on South Padre Island

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.
What You Need to Know About the Sea Turtle Nesting Season on South Padre Island

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!