Spend your Summer Vacation on South Padre Island

Do you and your family have a summer vacation planned on South Padre Island? If you are, we at Padre Getaways can tell you how you can enjoy the island on your vacation. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the action. Let’s look below at how you can enjoy your vacation this summer on the island.

Enjoy Time on the Water

Spend your Summer Vacation on South Padre Island

One thing that many families love to do is spend their time on the water here on South Padre Island. There are many businesses on the island that allow you to enjoy time on the water. Some of the things that you can do are cruises for eco-tours and dolphin watching to parasailing and doing a little standup paddleboarding. With access to the water and so many different things, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy!

Biking on the Island

Another great way to explore the island is to rent bikes and explore. Many places do rent bikes, and there are even places that offer beach bikes and tandem bikes. If you can bring your bikes with you, then you will be able to enjoy the island as a family. Bike your way to the beach or to a restaurant to eat at. Enjoy spending the time outdoors as South Padre Island offers you beautiful beaches and weather as well.

Did Someone Say Waterpark?

Spending your days at the Beach Park at Isla Blanca is perfect for everyone who loves excitement. Located on South Padre Island is one of the best waterparks that you may visit in the area. From Sandcastle Cove to waterslides, kid areas, and even a watercoaster, there is something for everyone at this waterpark. They are open, and they have several different ticket options to choose from. We promise that this is a great park to check on this summer while on your vacation.

While there are many other things to do in the area, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your summer vacation to stay in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and hear all about the adventures you did as a family here on the island!

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!

Visit South Padre Island this Winter

Visit South Padre Island this Winter

Have you ever been to South Padre Island during the winter months? If you haven’t then you must hear why spending the winter on the island is the best. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will allow you to enjoy the island more. Let’s take a look at why you need to visit South Padre Island this winter below.

Texas Weather

Visit South Padre Island this Winter

The weather on South Padre Island is something that will make you want to never leave to go back home. January’s temperatures are just what everyone loves with the highs around 69 degrees, lows around 55 degrees and it rains around 3 days during the month. February is another great month that has some wonderful weather. The days are about 74 degrees and the nights are around 57 degrees with it raining around 2 days. Not only are you able to enjoy some of the sand and sun but can also enjoy some of the other fun things to do around the island.

Become a Winter Texan

Have you ever heard of the term “snowbirds” before? Winter Texans are also known as “snowbirds” who have decided to make Texas their home for the winter. The best part about being a Winter Texan is you get to come south for the winter months and enjoy the nice warm weather we have down here. We have plenty of winter rentals that you can choose from to be able to stay for longer than 30 days. Come and explore what there is to do during the off-season and become an official Winter Texan every winter!

Experience South Padre Island

Visit South Padre Island this Winter

Staying during the winter months which would be from December through February, will allow you and the family to enjoy living on South Padre Island. There are many things that you can do to experience what it’s like to be a resident. Not only will you have the opportunity to choose which winter rental you want to stay in, but you can also bring the whole family. Some of the fun things that you can do during the off-season would be fishing, watching dolphins in the distance and golfing. No matter where you are on the island, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

While there are many other reasons as of why you should visit South Padre Island this winter, these are the few things we wanted to share. If you haven’t booked your next winter vacation to the island, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you come and stay with us this winter!

Don’t Miss These Fun Events Happening on South Padre Island

Are you and your family heading to South Padre Island for your vacation soon? If the answer is yes, then we must tell you all about the events that are happening on the island. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will keep your family close to the fun. Let’s look below at what some of the events are in the area.

32nd Annual Sandcastle Days

Don't Miss These Fun Events Happening on South Padre Island

Does your family love to build sandcastles when you go on vacation to the beach? You’re in luck because on October 4th to 6th will be the 32nd Annual Sandcastle Days. This event is a way to see many of the local residents put on a show for you with their sand sculptors. This event is free to attend, and you will be able to see some of the best sand sculpting around the State of Texas. Your family will also be able to enjoy live music, food, art vendors and more. Don’t miss this fun event as you enjoy South Padre Island!

SPI Fishing Days

For many families who vacation on South Padre Island, they like to take advantage of the great fishing conditions. Fishing off a pier or from a boat, they will get their fair share of fun in the sun. On October 19th & 20th bring the family out to the South Padre Island Convention Center for the Fishing Days Expo. Fishing a great sport to do here on the island it can be done year-round. Admission for the expo is $5 per person including kids 12 & under and the kids’ admission will come with a kids catch tank fishing pass. From seeing new fishing gear, demonstrations and boats, there is something for everyone. Spend the day at the expo as you explore the wonderful world of fishing on SPI!

Trick or Treat with the Sea Turtles

Don't Miss These Fun Events Happening on South Padre Island

Come and spend Halloween on South Padre Island as you explore the fun events going on. Head over to Sea Turtle Inc and spend some time with the sea turtles. Not only will you and your family get to trick or treat but they will also have the chance to win prizes and enjoy snacks. Admission is $5 for adults, Seniors & Military and $4 for kids (5-17). This is an event that many locals love to take their kids to because they also get to learn about the turtles. Don’t miss this one with the family while you are vacationing on South Padre Island!

While there are many other fun events happening around here locally, these are ones we wanted to share with you. If you are looking for a South Padre Island vacation rental, we still have availability. We hope to see you and the family as you enjoy these fun events while on vacation to SPI!

Fun Adventures Your Family Can Do While Vacationing on South Padre Island

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to South Padre Island soon? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you about some of the fun adventures your family can do in South Padre Island. While staying in one of our Bayside vacation rentals you will be close to where the fun is at. Let’s look below at a few of the fun adventures that your family can do while vacationing on South Padre Island.

Fun in the Sky

Fun Adventures Your Family Can Do While Vacationing on South Padre Island

Have you and your family ever wanted to do something that you’ve never experienced before? If you answered yes, then this is the perfect adventure that you can do.  South Padre Island Watersports has many different fun things that your family can do. Whether it’s kayaking or parasailing there is something fun for everyone. The prices are very affordable so that your whole family can get in on the action together. This can be an adventure of a lifetime by parasailing and seeing the views like you’ve never seen before!

Banana Boating

If you have ever vacationed here on South Padre Island before you may have seen those funny looking boats on the water. This is a fun activity that the whole family can partake in together while enjoying your time on the water. Parrot Eyes on South Padre Island is where you can head to catch a ride on this fun adventure. Be sure to bring with you plenty of sunscreen, your waterproof camera and more. Just enjoy your time together on the water making new memories!

Riding the Waves

Fun Adventures Your Family Can Do While Vacationing on South Padre Island

This is a fun adventure that doesn’t cost anything and can be done on the beach as a family. Boogie Boarding is something that many kids love to do whenever they visit the beach, but why let the kids have all the fun. Everyone in the family will be able to join in on the fun and ride the waves together. Make sure to bring a camera with you to the beach as you can have someone in the family take pictures of each other riding the waves!

There are many other fun and exciting different adventures that your family can do while on vacation to South Padre Island. The island is full of things that your family can do while staying in one of our Bayside vacation rentals. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to come and enjoy the sand and the water, now is the time. We can’t wait to see your family on your next trip to South Padre Island as you make new memories together!

Kid-Friendly Activities to do on the Beach

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

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

Kid-Friendly Activities to do on the Beach

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

Kid-Friendly Activities to do on the Beach

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!

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!

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!