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Welcome to Paradise 6 How to Get to South Padre 8 Visitor Information 11 South Padre Island Map 17 Our History 18 Attractions and Recreation 24 2021 Event Highlights 30 Things To Do! 35 Weddings In Paradise 38 Our Winter Texan Friends 39 Nature - Island Style 40 Quality Healthcare 44 South Padre Island Economic Facts 45 Our Neighbors 48 Education 54 Mexico Travel Tips 56 Rental Agencies & Accommodations 58 Eats and Treats 67 ©2021 South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce • All Rights Reserved • Printed in the U.S.A. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information herein. However, the authors and South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce are not responsible for any errors or omissions which might have occurred. This guide may not be reproduced in whole or in part by any means without the express written permission of the publisher.

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Welcome to Paradise

South Padre Island, a town with style - a folksy, warm, inviting style that welcomes people from all walks of life is located on the tropical tip of Texas, and is the premiere resort in Texas. This 34 mile long stretch of white sand is bordered to the east by the Gulf of Mexico and to the west by the Laguna Madre bay. The conveniences and attractions of a modern resort coupled with miles of pristine island terrain is what draws thousands of visitors to the area each year, and has brought many back to live. The natural beauty of its beaches, its vibrant business climate and the friendly people that call the Island home matches South Padre’s rich history. The white, sandy beaches of South Padre are known throughout the United States (ranked as one of America’s top 10 beaches), with the emerald water of the Gulf of Mexico serving as the perfect backdrop for spectacular sunsets. From sunrise to sunset, the Island is the perfect playground for sailing, fishing, windsurfing, skydiving, kiteboarding, diving, snorkeling, dolphin watching, horseback riding, shopping and golf, just to mention a few. As the day winds down with spectacular sunsets over the bay, the evenings come alive with dining, dancing and music. Large selections of fine restaurants are available for your choosing, and many will even cook your catch.

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While its many amenities make South Padre the premiere vacation spot in the state, the location of the Island also makes it one of the premiere spots in the state to observe wildlife in its natural state, and to find that allusive bird to add to your list. One of the best spots in the United States to see all of the regularly occurring rails, South Padre has over 350 recorded species to date, and the list continues to grow, as do the bird watchers. With year round moderate temperatures, South Padre Island is the ideal spot for everyone. Whether you are looking for a second home, searching for the ideal place to retire, a family looking for a week long get away, a winter visitor looking for a warm spot during the long cold winter months, or a college student looking for the best spot to relax during Spring Break, South Padre Island is your ultimate choice! Welcome to the Tropical Tip of Texas! î š


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By Air Brownsville South Padre International Airport Flybrownsville.com (30 minutes) American 800-433-7300 aa.com United Airlines 800-864-8331 United.com McAllen International Airport (1-1/2 hours) McAllenairport.com Aeromar 844-237-6629 aeromar.us Allegiant 800-432-3810 allegiant.com American Airlines 800-433-7300 aa.com United Airlines 800-864-8331 United.com Valley International Airport - Harlingen Flythevalley.com (50 minutes) American Airlines 800-433-7300 aa.com Delta Airlines Seasonal 800-221-1212 delta.com Frontier Airlines (801) 401-9000 Flyfrontier.com

Southwest 800-435-9792 southwest.com Sun Country Seasonal 800-752-1218 suncountry.com United Airlines 800-864-8331 United.com From the Airport to the Island: Go...With Jo! Tours & Travels (service to/from all airports) 800-962-8497 Gowithjo.com South Padre Shuttle Service (service to/from Valley International Airport) 877-774-0050 Southpadreshuttle.com Metro Connect (service to/from Brownsville SPI International Airport) 855-220-8827 Rgvmetroconnect.com Discovery Charter Buses (service valleywide for groups) 956-627-2260 Discoverycharterbuses.com Terri Latham, Private Transportation (service to/from all airports) 903-802-4778

By Land

Imagine a beautiful tropical Island with miles and miles of unspoiled beaches.

It lies in the sun beside the sparkling Gulf of Mexico. It is a place where sparkling beaches, warm water, friendly hospitality and relaxing activities come together. It’s not your imagination, it’s the ideal paradise to live or vacation in, it’s South Padre Island. Getting to South Padre Island is easy. Whether you fly, drive or arrive by boat, the Island is easily accessible. If traveling by air, there are three major airports that provide a variety of commercial carriers and one local airport for those flying themselves to the Island. Ground transportation is available from all four airports including car rentals, shuttle buses and taxi service. If traveling by car, the scenic route to the Island is made easy by well maintained four-lane highways, including State Highway 550 (SH 550), a toll route around the northern and eastern edges of Brownsville, Texas, which partly replaces and expands FM 511. SH 550 connects I-69E and US 77/US 83 southeastward giving residents and visitors the advantage of an easier, faster, and safer route to points of interest such as Port Isabel and South Padre Island. All vehicles can use SH 550 because no stops are required to pay toll bills—all tolls installed are electronic. If arriving by boat, the intercoastal channel provides access to all boats, from the smallest to the largest. 

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Visitor Information South Padre Island is a 34-mile long sub-tropical Island located on the Gulf Coast of Texas, 25 miles north of the Mexican border. The Island is a halfmile wide at its widest point and only the Island’s southernmost five miles are developed. More than 5,000 residents call South Padre Island home, with approximately five million overnight visitors each year. The Island is on the same latitude as Fort Lauderdale.

Metro Connect

TRANSPORTATION The summer of 2019 brought the opening of the new Island Metro Multimodal facility on South Padre Island. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $3.5 million to the City of South Padre Island for the project, which is a beautiful two story facility offering intermodal connections between automobile and bus; providing a better transfer location for visitors. The facility also provides riders the safety of a secured building with lighting and a security officer. People will be able to park their cars in one of 125 parking spaces – FREE of charge; get out to take pictures, park their car while on the Island and utilize the Island Metro buses, or catch a bus for a day trip to the upper Valley. Save yourself a little extra money for fun on the Island. Whether you are flying into Brownsville or Harlingen there is convenient transportation to the Island. From Brownsville you can board the Metro Connect Bus (855.220.8827) outside baggage pick-up. You will transfer to the Island’s FREE Island Metro shuttle at the Island Metro Multimodal facility on the Island, and be dropped off at the closest point to your lodging location anywhere along Padre Blvd. or Gulf Blvd. If you are flying into Harlingen make reservations with South Padre Shuttle by calling 877.774.0050. The South Padre Shuttle will drop you off anywhere on the Island. While on the Island enjoy the services of the Island’s FREE Island Metro shuttle bus. Leave your car at home or just parked upon arrival. Island Metro can pick you up and drop you off anywhere along the route on the Island, and there are routes that can take you back across the bridge to Port Isabel where you will use the bus stop closest to your destination. Island Metro runs 7 days a week 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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Island Metro and Metro Connect buses are also available if you would like to take a trip up the Valley to shop, eat or visit. Take Island Metro to the Island Metro Multimodal facility on the Island, and transfer to Metro Connect. Metro Connect will take you to the Brownsville Bus Station, Valley Transit Station in Harlingen, the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlet Mall in Mercedes, or the McAllen bus station for a small fee. For a downloadable copy of the Island Metro schedule go to www.myspi.org or for the Metro Connect schedule go to www.rgvmetroconnect.com - for more information about Island Metro you can call 956.761.8178, follow them on Facebook @Island Metro, Twitter @SPIIslandMetro or download the RIDE SYSTEMS APP which will provide live location of buses, arrival predictions, and other important bus route information.

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS Call 911 first for all emergencies.

South Padre Island EMS South Padre Island Police Dept. South Padre Island Fire Dept. U.S. Coast Guard Station - SPI Cameron County Parks Police

956-761-5454 956-761-5454 956-761-3040 956-761-2668 956-761-5283

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND OCEAN RESCUE

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The goal of the South Padre Island Ocean Rescue is to WATER TEMP JAN FEB monitor beach activities and provide rescue services South Padre Island 58 60 as needed on the City’s beaches. The long narrow Galveston, TX 54 55 beaches of South Padre Island do not lend themselves Freeport, TX 53 56 to traditional stationary lifeguard towers; therefore a “mobile patrol” is used to cover all of the City’s beach Pensacola, FL 56 58 area. However, there are lifeguard towers at the area hot spots such as Clayton’s Beach Bar, Wanna Wanna, AIR TEMP JAN FEB Boomerang Billy’s and the hotel area on the south end South Padre Island 67 70 of the Island. They not only respond to calls for assistGalveston, TX 62 64 ance and caution people on the beach about potentially hazardous actions, they also provide minor first aid for Freeport, TX 63 65 jellyfish stings, scrapes, cuts, etc. The Ocean Rescue Pensacola, FL 61 64 members also act as ambassadors for the City by providing information to our visitors on such far ranging topics such as “what kind of fish it that” to “where is a good place to watch the sunset”. Please feel free to flag them down for any questions you may have. The primary goal of the team is “PREVENTION”. The Ocean Rescue is an essential part of making our visitors trip to the beach a happy and safe experience.

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SPI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Located at 610 Padre Blvd., the SPI Chamber of Commerce provides information to tourist, local residents, and those looking to relocate to our beautiful Island, about services and supplies provided by their business members. For more information go to www.spichamber.com, email info@spichamber.com, follow them on Facebook and Instagram@spichamber, call 956.761.4412 or stop by their offices – staff members love to talk about things to do and places to go in Paradise (aka South Padre Island). Lobby hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

SPI VISITORS CENTER Located at the new Island Metro Multimodal Facility, the SPI Visitors Center has a selection of flyers, coupons, and brochures, along with digital marketing, and much more. Staff is always available to answer questions and provide any other assistance visitors and residents might need. 956.761.6433 Open 7 days a week 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

BEACH AND PARKING ACCESSIBILTY People come from all over the world come to enjoy the beautiful beaches on South Padre Island, and making them accessible is a top priority for the City. To promote accessibility the City has 25 beach access points along the less than 3 mile stretch of Gulf Blvd. Of the 25 beach access points, 21 are developed, and currently provide 267 parking spaces, of which 25 are accessible, and even the 4 undeveloped access points have mobi-mats to the beach. In addition to these parking spaces, there are an additional 310 public parking spaces along Gulf Boulevard, and 7 accessible parking spaces. 15 of the side streets off of Gulf Blvd. provide an additional 437 public parking spaces. There is also additional parking, not located on Gulf Blvd. On the south end of the Island there are 126 parking spaces, with 6 being accessible, at the Island Multi-Modal Facility. Across the street is the Pearl South Padre Resort which has an accessible walkover to the beach. A short distance north is a smaller parking lot with 27 public parking spaces across from La Copa Inn Beachfront Hotel. (continued on page 15) sopadre.com

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The City also provides Mobichairs to visitors, FREE of charge, on a first come first serve basis. Mobichairs are amphibious wheelchairs that are beach and surf accessible. They not only allow someone with special needs to get out and enjoy the beach, but also allow them to access the water. 13 of the 25 beach accesses have mobi-mats and 8 have walkovers for easier accessibility. To reserve a Mobichair contact the South Padre Island’s Fire Department at 956-761-3040. The City of South Padre Island also has accessible transportation. All Island Metro buses meet ADA requirements and are equipped with wheelchair lifts. Island Metro also offers the Paratransit service which allows passengers to be picked up and transported to any of our beach accesses. The passenger requesting the Paratransit service must complete an application, which includes a section for your physician to complete. Completed applications must be returned to City of South Padre Island, Transportation Department, 3401 Padre Boulevard, Suite C, South Padre Island, TX 78597. Upon receipt, the application will be reviewed by transportation department staff. To receive a copy of the application, or directions on how to download call the transportation department at 956.761.8178.

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BEACH RULES Beach days are precious, and too often they are few and far between. It is important to be aware of local beach rules and simple etiquette that will ensure everyone, you and those around you, enjoy their well-deserved beach vacation. • Please do not trash our beautiful beaches. Trash cans are provided for your convenience. In the event receptacles are full, please take trash with you for disposal. • Glass is not allowed on the beach. • While the use of small charcoal grills is allowed on the beach, open camp fires built into the sand are not. When cleaning your area at the end of the day, please take your coals with you. Do not bury your hot coals, as someone could come along and step on them and be burned; and please do not dump them into trash receptacles. • Be considerate of people around you in regards to language and music volume.

BEACH SAFETY The beaches of South Padre Island are here for your enjoyment. To help you get the most out of your beach vacation, the Island has implemented a flag system that gives you much needed information regarding surf conditions. Watch for these flags and heed their warnings: Red Flag - Heavy surf and dangerous currents. Yellow Flag - Calm to moderate water. Does not assume safe water. Blue Flag - Presence of venomous marine life (Jellyfish and Man-O-War). The absence of a flag does not guarantee safe water. In the event of an emergency dial 911.

RIP CURRENT SAFETY TIPS • Never swim alone. • Learn how to swim in the surf. It’s not the same as swimming in a pool or lake. • Be cautious at all times. If in doubt, don’t go out. • Obey all instructions and orders from the Beach Patrol. • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist along the sides of these structures. • Consider using polarized sunglasses when at the beach. They will help you to spot signatures of rip currents by cutting down glare and reflected sunlight off the ocean’s surface. • Pay close attention to children and elderly when at the beach. Even in shallow water, wave action can cause loss of footing. If caught in a rip current: • Remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly. • Never fight against the current. • Think of it like a treadmill that cannot be turned off, which you need to step to the side of. • Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim at an angle away from the current and towards shore. • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore. • If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waving your arm and yelling for help. If you see someone in trouble, don’t become a victim too: • Get help from a member of the Beach Patrol. • Call 9-1-1 if a member of the Beach Patrol is not immediately available. • Do not attempt to rescue the person in trouble. • Throw the rip current victim something that floats such as a lifejacket, a cooler or an inflatable ball. • Yell instructions on how to escape. • Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current. sopadre.com

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BEACH ACCESS AMENITIES There are 25 beach accesses located along the City’s beaches on Gulf Blvd. 21 of these beach accesses are developed and provide 242 public parking spaces, and 14 of the beach accesses provide 25 accessible parking spaces. Please refer to the map on the next page for parking access data. There are several accesses that provide other amenities to make our visitors visit to the beach enjoyable. Please see chart below for complete list of beach access amenities. In addition to the beach accesses, there are another 310 parking spaces along Gulf Blvd. with 7 of them being accessible. There are also 15 side streets off of Gulf Blvd. that provides 437 public parking spaces. See list of streets and available parking spaces to the right.  STREET

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Our History In 1519, Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda was on a mapping mission for the King of Spain when he discovered the Brazos Santiago Pass. He described treacherous sandbars and a shoreline littered with spars and rigging from ships that had wrecked many years before. Pineda also made contact with numerous groups of Indians (Coahuiltecans) living near the mouth of the Rio Grande. These same Indians gained notoriety when in 1554 three ships, part of a treasure fleet outbound for Spain, wrecked along the shores of Padre Island. Over three hundred people survived only to be hunted down and killed by local Indians while trying to walk southward for safety. Only two survived to tell the story. Lamenting the loss of human life, the pragmatic Spaniards sent ships and men who managed to salvage over 40% of the treasure that the three ships carried. The rest lay buried beneath the sands of Padre Island. It was the rediscovery and excavation of

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one of these ships by local treasure hunters in 1967 that led to the institution of the Texas State Antiquity Laws which covers all publicly owned property in the State of Texas. This jurisdiction also extends ten and 3⁄4 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. In 1749, Jose Escandon led an expedition of 600 men to explore the Rio Grande Valley. He reported a few scattered huts and the occasional shell midden as the only tangible evidence of man’s presence on the coast. Farther inland, he came upon many different tribes of Indians. Escandon’s report led to the successful colonization of the Lower Rio Grande Valley in 1751. Twenty years later, a military patrol found an abandoned village of mud huts near the southern tip of the Island. Also found, just across Brazos Pass, were skeletal remains of a twenty gun British warship long ago abandoned. Except for the yearly migration of local Indians,

the Island itself would remain largely uninhabited. Seventy years later, Captain Ben McCulloch, led a company of Texas Rangers down the Padre’s Island (as it was now called) from Corpus Christi at the onset of the Mexican War. “The island is uninhabited save by one old man,” McCulloch reported, “who follows the business of a wrecker, and lives not far from Point Isabel, in a wild-looking place, which he calls, after himself, Tilley’s Camp. Uncle Tilley lives there, and employs himself in gathering the wrecks of cargoes with which the beach is strewn, seeming perfectly happy in his loneliness, the undisputed lord of this desert isle.” Tilley became famous throughout the nation as, the “Hermit of Padre Island.” Shortly after he died his obituary was published in hundreds of eastern newspapers. Fifteen years later the sands of Padre Island once again felt the tread of marching men, except this time it was not the soldiers of one country bent on wresting

the land from another. Instead, it was the tread of fellow countrymen determined to maintain a union. Though most of the battles of that war were fought in far-away places, the depot at Brazos Santiago was home to the Northern Soldiers who sallied forth one rainy May night in 1865 in an effort to capture some Rebel positions westward towards Brownsville. Though boys in blue had superior numbers, the Confederates under the command of Rip Ford, carried the day and the last battle of the Civil War was won by the Southerners. Several hundred Union troopers were captured with 120 wounded and one killed outright. Unfortunately for the victorious rebels, the war had actually ended five weeks prior. The Battle of Palmetto Ranch, as it became known, was the last official battle of the Civil War. To visit the battle site drive west from Port Isabel on State Highway 48. Turn south on FM 511 at the Port of Brownsville and drive south until the road intersects with State Highway 4.


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4309 PADRE BLVD. SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX 956-761-4055

Turn east and the marker can be found a few miles down the road towards Boca Chica Beach. Padre Nicholas Balli, for whom the Island gets its name, was the first European to bring families to the Island. Twenty-six miles north of the Island’s southern tip, he and his nephew Juan, founded El Rancho Santa Cruz de Buena Vista (later known as the Lost City), where he kept cattle, horses and mules. The actual ranch and outbuildings were little more than thatched huts known as jacals. Because of its natural fences of water, the Island was a perfect spot for raising livestock. In 1811, Padre Balli stated in his will that he owned 1,000 head of cattle. He also built the first church on the Island for the conversion of the Karankawa Indians and for the benefit of the settlers. Ironically, Balli never lived on the Island that bears his name today. He left the day to day operations of the ranch to his nephew Juan, who also held title to a sizable amount of the Island, while he (the Padre) spent most of his time on the mainland ministering to the spiritual and material needs of his people. Padre Balli died on April 16, 1829, and was buried near Matamoros. A statue of Padre Balli stands sentinel at the eastern foot of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. Juan operated the ranch until the storm of 1844 after which he moved to the mainland. The ranch was abandoned, but only a few short years would pass before its new occupants arrived on the scene. John Singer’s lost treasure has been the subject of numerous stories; the stuff from which legends are born. During the final days of the Mexican War, John and Johanna Singer along with several sons, had been beating down the coast in their schooner, the Alice Sadell, when a severe storm drove their craft aground near the center of the Island. It was there the family discovered the remains of Santa Cruz, the old ranch owned by Padre Balli. The Singer’s bought the land from Juan Balli in 1851 paying $2,500 for a like amount of acres that included the headquarters of the old ranch. Wild cattle, left over from the Padre’s ranch, were easy to catch and by the time Lincoln was elected, the Singer’s herd numbered over 1500, but, this wasn’t the only source 20 spichamber.com

of income for the newcomers. It was rumored that John and his boys, who were by now avid beachcombers, had accumulated somewhere in the neighborhood of $60,000 worth of jewels, Spanish coins and gold bullion. When the Civil War broke out, John decided to move his family to Flour Bluff near Corpus Christi. But before leaving, figuring that his money would be safer buried on the Island, John and the boys filled several stone jars and buried them at a site where they believed they would easily be found in the future. After the War, the Singer’s returned for their treasure only to find that another great storm, much like the one that had wrecked them twenty years earlier had totally inundated the Island, destroying the ranch headquarters and washing away all the markers John had planted. Though he and his sons were noted beachcombers, the treasure would remain lost. By 1912, the southern part of Padre, now known as “Tarpon Beach,” was home to a hotel and a cluster of fishing camps. Visitors arrived by ferry boat and were offloaded near where Children’s Beach is located today in Isla Blanca Park. From there it was a long walk across a wooden boardwalk that led to the shores of Padre Island. One had to be at the landing to catch the return ferry at dusk or risk having to spend the night on the Island. Completion of the first causeway in 1954 finally opened Padre Island to development. In the ensuing years a second causeway replaced the first in 1974. The residents of the Island voted for incorporation in April 1973. Of the 158 votes cast, 128 were in favor of incorporation while 28 were against. Thus the Town of South Padre Island was born. In 2009, the proposed Home Rule Charter was approved by the voters and South Padre Island officially became a City.  Article contributed by Steve Hathcock www. southpadretv.tv, steve@southpadretv.tv


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Andy Bowie Park Located on the northern end of South Padre Island, this park provides beachfront picnic pavilions, concessions, children’s playground, shower facilities, 18 full hook-up RV spaces, and a ranger station. Group rental facilities are also available with prior arrangement for beach parties. Call 956.761.3704 for more information.

Beach Park at Isla Blanca Waterpark Splash into more than a dozen water attractions, including slides, tube chutes, uphill water coasters, the Sand Castle water fun house and the Boogie Bahn2 surfing ride. A river links the tube chutes and water coasters with the park’s beaches, so guests float between rides on water. There’s also the Shrimp Haus, a year-round, full-service restaurant. Open weekends beginning late April; open daily mid-May through late August, and open weekends only late August through mid-September. For more information call 956772-SURF or go to www.beach​ parktx.com Blue Star Memorial The Blue Star Memorial Highway Markers and By-Way Markers are dedicated to all the courageous men and women of the United States Armed Forces who so bravely have fought and gave their lives so that we may all be free. The City of South Padre Island is honored to have one of the By-Way markers located in front of the city hall building located at 4601 Padre Blvd. City Parks Butterfly Park, located at 4316 Gulf Blvd., is part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge initia-


tive. Mayor Barry Patel signed the pledge on October 22, 2016, declaring the City’s support for Monarch initiatives. The park features a covered picnic bench area, butterfly statue, many varieties of native Rio Grande Valley plants, and beautiful views of the Gulf. John L. Tompkins Park The John L. Tompkins Park is the core of the citywide system of parks and open space, and the diverse park facilities include playgrounds for tots and kids, a cultural exhibit area, basketball court, skate park, soccer field, exercise benches, walking trails, seating, public restrooms, and parking. Access is available from both Padre Boulevard and the beach creating a systemic connection between inland and onshore. The park is located in the 6200 block of Padre Blvd. Lis Memorial Park was made possible by a generous donation by Dr. Joseph C. and Jeanne K. Lis. This neighborhood green space consists of a bench that overlooks a wetland area. Queen Isabella Memorial Park is located in the median near the crossover at the foot of the Queen Isabella Causeway. Located on this site is a monument to the victims of the 2001 Causeway Collapse, and a bronze statue of Padre Balli, the Island’s namesake.

Turtle Park is dedicated to Ila Loetscher, also known as the “Turtle Lady”. She was a pioneer in Sea Turtle research and preservation as well as the founder of the Sea Turtle Rescue Center also located on South Padre Island. Turtle Park is located along E. Morn­ingside Street and consists of a small pavilion, two shade structures with tables, and an infant playground. Water Tower Park is located on the corner of Laguna Boulevard and W. Huisache Street at the base of the Water Tower. The park consists of a half basketball court, several modern children’s play structures, and shade structures with tables. Public restrooms are also available.

Commemorative Air Force Transportation Museum The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Transportation Museum features displays that include 8 flying WWII aircraft, and numerous vintage, operational ground and support vehicles. Most artifacts in the museum were provided by South Texas families, which provides an up-close and personal touch to the displays. Group and school guided tours are available yearround with advance notice. The museum is located at the historically significant Port Isabel – Cameron County Airport, directly across the Laguna Madre from South Padre Island. For more information, including directions to the museum go to www. rgvcaf.org, or call the Museum Director, David Christopher at 970.397.4604. Diving South Padre Island South Padre Island offers several diving locations including the vertical reefs of oil platforms, numerous wrecks along the Devil’s Elbow, the Liberty Ship Reef System, Texas Underwater Park and the Texas Clipper. For more information about diving South Padre Island go to www. divesouthpadre.com Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center The Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center, located at the base of the causeway in Port Isabel, is a great place for children and adults to learn more about dolphins and the many other species of marine life the beautiful Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico have to offer. For more information call 956.943.6626 Edwin K. Atwood Park Located 1.4 miles north of Andy Bowie Park on Park Road 100, Edwin K. Atwood Park has an elevated plaza with five pavilions, new restrooms, a community rinse station, two new beach dune walkovers for pedestrians to access the beach, an environmentally friendly permeable pavement parking lot, a parking area for four food truck concessions, and a beach novelties and umbrella concession. There is also a vehicular beach access road which opens up twenty miles of beach driving for the more adventurous. Call 956.761.3704 for more information.

Fishing South Padre Island is home to approximately 600 species of fish and boosts over 60 different charter companies and personal guides to take you on the fishing trip of your life. Best of all, the Island provides year round fishing opportunities from the Gulf of Mexico to the Laguna Madre Bay and of course the ever favorite surf fishing. If you bring your own boat, four bayside public boat ramps are available at Jim’s Pier, Palm Street Pier Restaurant & Bar, Parrot Eyes Restaurant & Watersports, and at the end of Polaris Street. For more information on fishing go to www.spichamber.com or call 956.761.4412 Geocaching With the numerous stories that have circulated over the years of the long lost treasure of the Singer family (Singer Sewing Machines), and the many people that have searched for treasure; South Padre Island is the perfect destination for your next geocaching adventure. Our Island knows how to treasure hunt! Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. On May 3, 2000, Dave Ulmer hid a bucket of trinkets in the woods outside Portland, Oregon and announced its location in a posting made to a USENET newsgroup. This announcement was remarkable for laying out the essence of the hobby that is still in place today. It’s all there; the container, the trinkets, the log book, and the rule of take something, leave something, and sign the logbook. Dave Ulmer invented geocaching in one fell swoop in that newsgroup posting. Within a day, the original stash had been found. Within days, more stashes had been hidden in California, Kansas, and Illinois. Within a month, a stash had been hidden as far away as Australia. The hobby was fast on its way to being a worldwide phenomenon. As of the writing of this article there are over 2.4 million geocaches worldwide and over 6 million people that refer to themselves as geocachers. On your next trip to South Padre Island check out over 25 sopadre.com 25


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caches, and when you have found them all take a walk on the beach and do a little exploring. You never know, you might be the one that finds the Singer hidden treasure. Golf The South Padre Island Golf Club is located a short 20-minute drive from the Island at Laguna Vista. The club offers an 18-hole 72-par championship course and provides a beautiful lateral view of the Island, and is decidedly different with rolling green hills and “wildlife corridors” of native brush. For more information call 956.943.5678 or go to www.spi golf.com Isla Blanca Park Located on the southernmost tip of South Padre Island, Isla Blanca Park is the crown jewel of the Parks system. Over one mile of pristine beach along the Gulf of Mexico that offers an abundance of beachfront recreational facilities. Major renovations in 2018 and 2019 included the addition of an event center and an amphitheater, new pavilions with concession areas, beachfront boardwalks, beachfront parking, walking trails and dune walkovers. Visitors can also enjoy fishing on the south jetty, restaurants, retails shops, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley marine exhibits, and the Beach Park at Isla Blanca. There is a full-service marina with a public boat ramp, daily fishing charters, dolphin watch cruises and watersport activities (snorkeling, diving, jet skis, parasailing, etc.). With close to 600 R.V. sites, Isla Blanca is not only one of the biggest parks in Texas, it is also the best. If you do not have an RV you can still enjoy an overnight stay at the park in one of eight cabanas. Each cabana sleeps 4 and has air conditioning, a shower and bunk beds. For more information call 956.761.5494. Land, Sky and Water Adventures South Padre Island is where dreams come true for those that love land, sky and water adventures. There are several places on the Island to rent just about anything you can think of that will let you propel through the water, swim with the fish or soar with the birds. Waverunners, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes

and banana boats, just to name a few, can be rented for as little as one-half hour to whatever your heart desires. Kiteboarding and windsurfing are also popular water sports and the shallow water of the Laguna Madre and the brisk winds provide the perfect playground for these activities. There is also a wide array of opportunities to tour the Island by land and water. From amphibious vehicles to catamarans and horseback riding — we have it all! Pick your favorites and make a day of it! There is nothing more breathtaking than the view of the Island from the sky, so for the more adventuresome don’t forget to try your hand at parasailing, ziplining or skydiving. Our birds are friendly and enjoy the company. Swimming with the fish on a half-day or full-day snorkel trip is another experience that should be had by all. Another favorite water adventure and big treat for the nature enthusiast is the dolphin. South Padre Island has its very own families of Bottlenose dolphins that live in the rich waters of the Laguna Madre bay and can be seen near shore playing and frolicking in the waves. Our dolphins are wild and free, can be seen year round, and live their entire lives here raising their babies and feeding on the rich food sources the surrounding waters of the Island have to offer. Please remember it is against the law to swim with, feed or touch wild dolphins. There are numerous dolphin watch boats that provide tours of our waters and our beautiful dolphin. Point Isabel Lighthouse Complex The Point Isabel Lighthouse Complex, located at 421 Queen Isabella Blvd., is home to the Point Isabel Lighthouse and the Keeper’s Cottage. The lighthouse is the only one on the Texas coast open to the public. The replica of the Keeper’s Cottage at the base of the lighthouse serves as a visitors center. The complex is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information call 956.943.2262 Port Isabel Historical Museum / Treasures of the Gulf Museum The Port Isabel Historical Museum is housed in the historic Champion Building which

was built in 1899. The museum is a state-of-the-art facility housing hands on exhibits, audio presentations and videos that commemorate the history of the area. The museum has two exhibit levels, a theater and gift shop. On the south end of the building is the famous “fish mural” painted in 1906 by a local fisherman. The Treasures of the Gulf Museum tells the story of the three ill-fated Spanish ships that wrecked off the northern end of the Island in 1554. Hands on displays allow visitors to try on period clothing and map out a treasure site. There is also a children’s section with a small scale ship and a Children’s Discovery Lab. Both museums are located at 317 E. Railroad and are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information and current admission prices call 956.943.7602 RGV Reef RGV Reef is a result of a vision to build a great place to fish 13 miles northeast of the South Padre Island Jetties. The goal of this amazing project is to put more fish back in the Gulf of Mexico than is taken out, primarily Red Snapper, by alleviating a juvenile snapper survival bottleneck caused by a lack of habitat. Mortality is high on the flat bottom of the Gulf. The idea came out of scientific research at the experimental level. RGV Reef will be the first reef to provide that habitat on a large scale. All deployments are positioned and spaced in ways and numbers that can be used for scientific research.

Most of the local research has been spearheaded by Dr. Richard Kline with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the projects primary science advisor. What is being done is on the cutting edge of marine science, and The Harte Institute of Corpus Christi and University of Texas Galveston also have research projects in the reef. What has resulted is basically a net-less aquaculture driven by creating a cradle to adult fish habitat for reef fish, primarily Red Snapper. It also turns out when you get it right for all the life stages of Red Snapper, you have a reef for all fish. Worms, shrimp, and turtles, too. At 1,650 acres, it’s the largest, and most complex, artificial reef off the Texas Coast. The large size is to accommodate the very first industrial scale reef fish nursery in the Gulf of Mexico. The people behind this amazing project, Friends of RGV Reef, are long time recreational , commercial and charter fishermen, scuba divers, marine biologists leavened with contractors, businessmen and ranchers, all working together, striving to create a self sustaining artificial reef with the steppingstones of habitat to actually increase the fish population. For more information about this project go to www.rgvreef.com Sandcastle Trail There is a reason we are the Sandcastle Capital of the Universe. Where else can you visit and see sandcastles year round? Not only can you see completed sand sculptures, but you might also catch one of the local masters working on their latest project on the Sandcastle Trail. Because our sand sculptures are made of sand and

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water, they are vulnerable to the time, weather and people. Our local masters, and their assistants, work year round to maintain our sand treasures. A longtime dream of South Padre Island Sandcastle Master Sandy Feet, work began on the individual sculptures that makeup the Sandcastle Trail in the summer of 2013 after a financial commitment in matching funds was received from the City of South Padre Island. Everyone loves to see a beautiful sandcastle created by a talented artist. There are currently 25 sandcastles located all over the Island just waiting for you to stop by to see, and of course take photos. Stop by the SPI Chamber Information Center at 610 Padre Blvd. or the Visitors Center at 321 Padre Blvd. to pick-up a copy of The Art Trails map of the locations, and while you are there be sure to take a look at the sandcastle located out front on the street. Do not forget your camera because you will want your picture with this one to share with friends and family. Please remember that while our sandcastles love to be viewed, and have their picture taken, they are vulnerable to human hands. Please look as long as you like and flash those cameras, but please do not touch.

Sea Turtle, Inc. Turtles have feelings too. Did you know that picking a turtle up by its shell without supporting the tummy is like being lifted by our finger, toe nails or hair? Founded by Illa Loetscher, affectionately known as the “Turtle Lady”, this enviro-friendly organization is dedicated to caring for and educating the public about endangered sea turtles. After 20 years of dreaming, planning and fundraising, a 30,000 square foot Education Center was added in 2018. A boardwalk connects the original rehabilitation center to the Education Center, which includes six aquarium-style tanks, an amphitheater, indoor museum display and larger gift shop. The Education Center not only enhances the Island, but potentially makes Sea Turtle, Inc. the premier sea turtle facility in the United States. Located at 6617 Padre Blvd., the facility is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information call 956.761.4511 or go to seaturtleinc.com. If you see a sea turtle, call the TURTLE HOTLINE at 956.380.9677. Sea Turtle Art Trail Sea Turtles are “hatching” all over the Island! Seven very talented local artists used their creative vision to transform fiberglass sea turtle forms, wearing nothing but a rough factory priming, into an amazing work of vibrant art that you do not want to miss see-

ing. And guess what? Our turtles LOVE to have their picture made with our visitors, so snap away and be sure to post and tag your location. You will be the envy of all your friends. Stop by the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Information Center at 610 Padre Blvd. or the Visitors Center at 321 Padre Blvd. to pickup a copy of The Art Trails map of all the locations. South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary Located 3.5 miles north of the causeway at 6801 Padre Blvd., the South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary facility includes a 10,000 square foot Nature Center with an exhibit hall that takes visitors on an educational voyage from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, through the dunes on our beautiful beaches and into the Laguna Madre Bay. The Center also features over 3,300 feet of boardwalk, 50 acres of wetlands, a 5-story observation tower, 5 bird blinds, a gator pond, Sulcata Tortoise exhibit, gift shop and butterfly garden. While you are there you definitely want to take time to meet Big Padre, the resident 12’7” alligator, and don’t forget to feed the gators in the Gator Pond. For more information about the South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary, see page 41, call 956761-6801 or www.spi​birding.com South Padre Island Convention Centre The South Padre Island Convention Centre, with its breathtaking view of the Laguna Madre Bay, offers 45,000 square feet of meeting space that can be utilized in a variety of configurations. The Convention Centre has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, which has strengthened the buildings structure, improved its functionality, and increased its aesthetic value. Primary facilities include an unobstructed 22,500 square feet of Exhibit Hall space with a clear ceiling height of 36 feet for large meetings and sporting events; a 2,633 square feet conference auditorium; with 8 breakout rooms for concurrent sessions and 9,000 total square feet of breakout space. The South Padre Island Convention Centre is a premier destination venue to book your

next meeting, convention, concert, special event, athletic competition or much more! Call 800-OK-PADRE or email info@ sopadre.com University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Coastal Studies Lab The Coastal Studies Lab located at Isla Blanca Park, on South Padre Island, was established in 1973, and is dedicated to providing educational opportunities, enhancing research, engaging in public service, and providing community outreach related to coastal and marine concerns in the Gulf of Mexico with special emphasis on the South Texas region. The lab exhibits marine life such as crustaceans and marine vertebrates, and plant life. Throughout the year, educational classes are held for both residents and visitors. Classes during the winter months are held for our Winter Texans, and classes during the summer include a very popular kid’s camp. The lab is open to the public for self-guided tours Monday through Friday 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., and is also open for group tours, by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. For more information, or to schedule a tour, call 956.761.2644, email coastal@utrgv.edu or go to their website at www.utrgv.edu/csl Whaling Wall #53 Another stunningly beautiful site to see at the Convention Centre is the famous “Whaling Wall #53” by acclaimed environmental artist Wyland. Wyland wanted to show homage to whales and other creatures of the sea by devoting his talent to painting 100 walls across the world. His “Whaling Walls” serve as a perfect way to capture the grandeur of his subjects since drawing giant whales on small canvases became extremely limiting. The walls of the South Padre Island Convention Centre provided the 53rd life size canvas for the Wyland project; the first of its kind in Texas, and along the entire Gulf Coast. Spanning 153 feet in length, covering 3 walls and 23 feet in height, it took over 111 gallons of paint, 100 volunteers, and nearly four days to complete. To view this magnificent wall 24 hours a day stop by the SPI Convention Centre at 7355 Padre Blvd.  sopadre.com

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Explore a diverse smorgasbord of events and festivals while enjoying the laid-back atmosphere of South Padre Island.

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2021 Fireworks

SisBoomBah! We are your fireworks destination every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning April 1st and going through the last week-end in October. From Memorial Day through Labor Day week-end, fireworks are shot from a barge located on the Laguna Madre between Marlin and Amberjack streets in the vicinity of Louie’s Backyard in the Entertainment District on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 9:15 p.m. From April 1st through October, you can watch fireworks on the beach in the vicinity of Clayton’s Bar & Grill on Friday and Saturday nights at 9:15 p.m. In addition to these nights, there are three special shows sponsored by the City of South Padre Island on the Saturday night before Memorial

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Day, on July 4th, and on the Saturday before Labor Day. These shows are located on the Laguna Madre between Marlin and Amberjack streets in the vicinity of Louie’s Backyard in the Entertainment District.

New Years Day Polar Dip Bring in the New Year with an ‘anti-freeze dip’ in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico by joining over 1,000 visitors at the Annual South Padre Island Polar Bear Dip. Each New Year’s Day a hearty crowd of young and old renew their spirit by celebrating with a short sprint into water with an average temperature of 66 degrees. Unlike many other Polar Bear celebrations this time of year, South Padre Island is blessed with a temperate climate and refresh-

ingly cold (never freezing) water. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the Dip starts promptly at Noon at Clayton’s Bar & Grill. Admission is FREE and t-shirts are available for purchase on site, while they last! For more information about the Polar Bear Dip go to Face​book.com/southpadrepolarbears

El Paseo Arts Foundation There is nothing better than a wonderful evening out while on the Island. Just imagine … dinner at one of the Island wonderful restaurants followed by a wonderful theater production. The El Paseo Arts Foundation serves the communities of the Lower Laguna Madre Area by bringing art, concerts, performances and plays to South Padre Island, Port

Isabel and the surrounding areas. Their mission is to encourage, support and promote the arts for the benefit and education both of area residents and visitors. They produce or support a year-long schedule of events including Community Theater, concerts, performances, local fine arts shows, cultural events focusing on area history and educational events. Check-out their current season at www.elpaseoarts.org

Sand Crab Beach Bike Ride and Beach Run The Sand Crab 5K and 10K Bike Ride done entirely on sand is a great way to get a little exercise on a beautiful South Padre Island Beach in the morning. Riding on sand is quite challenging if you have never done it, so remember - the fatter the tire, the better.

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The 5K run is very rider friendly with a 1hr cut off. The 10K riders must be at the 3.1 mile turnaround within 1/2 hour. The bike ride is a great way to see the run course if you participate in both events. The Sand Crab 5K and 10K Run is also run entirely on sand. Afterwards, have a couple of beers (with proper ID) while listening to great music with other runners on the deck at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill. The 5K run is very walker friendly with a 2hr cut off, and the 10K is walkable but will share the 2 hr cut off. The course will be lit with glow sticks and Flashing lights. Runners are required to run with a flashlight or head lamp in order to see foot placement. For more information and registration go to www.RunIn​ Texas.com/spibike for the Bike Ride and www.RunInTexas.com/ spicrab for the Crab Run.

CAF AIRSHOW! 2021 In early October the Rio Grande Valley Wing of the Commemorative Air Force produces the only airshow of its kind south of San Antonio. AIRSHOW! is a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) family friendly extravaganza featuring World War II era warbirds recreating famous air battles, aerobatic performances by some of the finest stunt pilots in the country and a variety of modern military aircraft, both flying and static. And that is not all. AIRSHOW! also features ground activities like food and drink concessions, a flea market, kiddie land and more. It is an expensive challenge to keep our aircraft flying, but we know it is worth it. With the proceeds from AIRSHOW!

the RGV Wing of the CAF has been able to restore and maintain a number of rare and unique vintage aircraft, all of which are in flying condition. AIRSHOW! provides a truly unique venue for reminding us of the many ways aviation impacts our lives. It has played a critical role in preserving the freedoms we all enjoy and in developing modern technology, and nothing reminds us of the special place aviation continues to have in our lives like seeing these majestic examples of our heritage where they belong … in the sky! For more information about AIRSHOW! 2021 go to www. rgvcaf.org, email airshow@rgv​caf. org or call 970.397.4604.

Ladies Kingfish Tournament

The 40th Annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament is scheduled for August 6-8, 2021. This ladies only tournament is divided into two divisions, bay and offshore. Qualifying fish include redfish, trout and flounder for the Bay Division and Blackfin tuna, dolphin and bonito for the Offshore Division. Both divisions fish for the kingfish and are eligible for the title Queen of the Kings. Trophies are awarded to the top three places in each category, including the kingfish, and Grand Champion in both divisions. For more information about the tournament call the SPI Chamber at 956.761.4412 or go to www.spichamber.com

SPI Wahoo Classic

Mark your calendar now so you do not miss your chance to participate in the fourth annual South Padre Island Wahoo Classic scheduled for the second

week-end in September. Fishing from Jim’s Pier, anglers compete in three categories for cash prizes: Wahoo, Black Fin Tuna, and Dorado/Mahi Mahi. The Gulf comes alive during September and October, so come join us during the best fishing weather of the year. Although this is a traditional off-shore tournament, “Go Fast,” trailerable, center console boats are invited, and encouraged to participate. The three-day event includes a mandatory Captain’s meeting on Friday, a full day of fishing on Saturday, and the awards ceremony Sunday. Not only do you get a great weekend of fishing, but you will have also contributed to the donation made by tournament officials each year to a local non-profit through your registration fee. For more information about the tournament contact spiwahoo​ classic@gmail.com

SPI Dive Week

An annual celebration of the sinking of the Texas Clipper; SPI Dive Week provides all divers an experience of a lifetime. Experienced open water divers can explore the A deck and the Promenade at 62 to 80 feet. Penetration divers experienced with overhead environments can tackle interior spaces at 70 to over 100 feet, and because much of the wreck is more than 60 feet above the bottom it can be explored by entry level divers. For more information about this September event, go to www. divesouthpadre.com

Sand Castle Days

For over 30 years, Sand Castle Days has been an annual event that showcases the unique art form of sand sculpture with the

help of amateurs and professionals. Currently being held on the beach in front of Clayton’s Resort, Sand Castle Days provides three fun-filled days of excitement in the sand. In addition to watching the masters create their masterpieces; attendees have the honor of casting their vote for the People’s Choice Award. Numerous demonstrations and opportunities for lessons from the master’s are also available. Other events during the day include music on the beach, kite exhibitions, vendors, artists and local non-profits providing education on our local environment and how to keep it healthy. For more information about this event, including dates and location go to www.sandcastledays.com

81st Annual Texas International Fishing Tournament

The largest saltwater fishing tournament is Texas is scheduled for July 28 - August 1, 2021, and provides an atmosphere of friendly fishing competition and wholesome family fun. Over 1,000 anglers from all other the United States join together to bring in fish that range from redfish, trout and flounder in the bay division to every species imaginable in the offshore division. Family fun is a must at TIFT and Kids Play Day kicks off the event each year. For more information on Texas’ oldest and most established fishing tournament call 956.943.8438, email info@tift.org or go to www. tift.org 

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THINGS TO DO! With Kids

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Amphibious Tours Beach Volleyball Bicycle Ride Birding Boogie Boarding Butterfly Gardens Butterfly Park Catch “The Island Metro” Shuttle Children’s Petting Barn Coastal Studies Lab Cristo de Los Pescadores Dolphin Watch Eco-Tours Fireworks Over the Bay (seasonal) Fireworks Over the Beach (seasonal) Fishing Geocaching Go Carts / 4-Wheelers Horseback Riding Kayaking Kite Flying Laguna Madre Nature Trail Miniature Golf Movies Padre Balli Statue Parasailing

Pony Rides Port Isabel Museums Port Isabel Lighthouse Square Sandcastle Building Lessons Sandcastle Trail Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark (seasonal) Sea Turtle, Inc. Sea Turtle Art Trail Skydiving (seasonal) Snorkeling Lessons SPI Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary SPI Dolphin Research and Nature Center Stand Up Paddleboarding Star Gazing Surfing Swimming Tompkins Park Turtle Park Valley Land Fund Birding Lots Water Tower Park Waverunners Windsurfing Zip Lining

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When It Rains Catch “The Island Metro” Shuttle Coastal Studies Lab Dining Health Club Internet Café Karaoke Movies Nightlife Entertainment

Port Isabel Museums Port Isabel Lighthouse Sea Turtle, Inc. Shopping Spa SPI Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary SPI Dolphin Research and Nature Center

Antique Shops Birding Dive the Texas Clipper Eco-Tours Laguna Madre Nature Trail Port Isabel Museums Port Isabel Lighthouse Queen Isabella Memorial Park Sandcastle Trail Sea Turtle, Inc. Sea Turtle Art Trail SPI Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary SPI Dolphin Research and Nature Center Theater

Banana Boat Rides Beach Buggy Rentals Beach Sports Bicycle Rentals Boogie Boarding Butterfly Park Children’s Petting Barn Dive the Texas Clipper Dolphin Watch Cruises Electric Car Rentals Fishing (bay, offshore, at the jetties, on the pier, surf and fly) Geocaching Go Carts / 4-Wheelers Golf Golf Cart Rentals Gravity Park (seasonal) Horseback Riding Kiteboarding Kayaking Laguna Madre Nature Trail Lis Memorial Park Miniature Golf Parasailing Pony Rides Queen Isabella Memorial Park Sandcastle Trail Schlitterbahn BeachWaterpark Sea Turtle Art Trail Skydiving (seasonal) SPI Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary Snorkeling South Padre Island Golf Club Stand Up Paddleboarding Sunbathing Sunset Cruise Surfing Tompkins Park Turtle Park Valley Land Fund Birding Lots Wake-Up Early and see a Gulf Sunrise Water Tower Park Waverunners Windsurfing Zip Lining

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Weddings in Paradise Let the magic of your love sweep you away on a journey of a lifetime.

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Whether you’re getting married, planning a honeymoon or renewing your vows, South Padre Island is the perfect destination. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Laguna Madre Bay, the locations and options are only limited by your imagination… South Padre Island quite simply is the destination of choice for your wedding. Surround yourselves in an atmosphere of tropical tranquility and breathtaking beauty as you pledge your eternal love. What is your idea of the romance this special occasion deserves? How high are your expectations for this special day, which should be nothing less than glorious? Spectacular sand dunes covered in native vine and flowers and a spectacular coastline along the Gulf of Mexico are perfect for romantic, barefoot weddings on a beautiful beach. If your dream wedding involves a sunset, several settings along the bay provide the perfect setting when the sun simmers into the vast and beautiful Laguna Madre Bay at the end of a beautiful day. For the more adventuresome person, rent anything from a fishing boat to a large catamaran and say those special vows while cruising on the beautiful Laguna Madre Bay. And how appropriate will it be when the moment arrives, and the most important words you will speak in your life – your wedding vows – will be carried from your lips to your loved one on a gentle warm breeze. Need help planning your special day? The Island has several wonderful wedding planners that can assist you with everything from location to flowers, cakes, equipment rentals and even someone to perform the wedding. For more information contact the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce at info@spichamber.com or 956.761.4412 Best of all, the requirements for getting married on South Padre Island are relatively simple and uncomplicated. Both religious and civil ceremonies can be performed at virtually any location on the Island.

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and non-residents of Texas can obtain a marriage license from any County Clerk’s office in the State. Both parties must be present and at least 16 years of age. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a certified copy of their birth certificate (long form) issued in the last 10 years as well as court-emancipated. One valid form of identification such as State issued driver’s license, military ID, passport, visa, or state issued ID. A certified copy of a birth certificate may be used along with one other form of ID. No blood test is required. The license is good for 90 days. There is a 72-hour waiting period between obtaining the license and holding the wedding. However, there is a 30-day waiting period following the judgment of a divorce being granted. The cost of a license varies by county ($71 - $88), and is subject to change. The current cost in Cameron County is $82 (subject to change – checks and credit cards are not accepted).

2 The closest Cameron County office

is located at 501 Hwy. 100, Port Isabel, Texas, 956.943.8101. Hours: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Monday – Friday.

3 To act as an officiant at a wedding within Texas borders, you must be an active or retired judge, a licensed or ordained priest, minister or rabbi, an officer ordained by a religious organization, or a justice of the peace.

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beach weddings held within the city limits of South Padre Island are required to have a permit. Anyone can pickup the permit, but it must be done in person. The permit informs all interested parties of the wedding details, helps ensure your wedding does not restrict the use of the beach to others, and provides you with state and local beach rules and laws. For ceremonies held on beaches within the City of South Padre Island, contact Public Works Department, 4601 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, Texas, (956) 761-3044. For ceremonies held on Cameron County beaches, contact Cameron County Parks System at (956) 761-5494. For ceremonies onboard a vessel, check with the captain to determine the rules and regulations he is governed by. 


Our Winter Texan Friends

When it’s sleet and snow season, join us in South Padre Island where the average winter temperature is a beautiful 65 degrees. “Winter Texans” as we like to call them in Texas, flock to all parts of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and many decide to stay on South Padre Island because of the warm, subtropical climate. As you can imagine, these Winter Visitors also have a significant impact on the area and the economy. Because of this impact, South Padre Island works hard to make their stay pleasurable in hopes they will return for years to come. Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre Bay, South Padre Island is home to the most beautiful beaches in Texas, and some of the best offshore and bay fishing along the Gulf Coast. Birding watching, dolphin cruises, horseback riding on the beach, swimming in the ocean, spending an afternoon on the beach in your favorite chair reading a book, watching the magnificent Laguna Madre sunsets, or just taking a night time stroll on the beach are just a few of the things that make South Padre Island the place to be when snow covers the ground at home. If you like to volunteer; South Padre Island has a number of possibilities including the Birding and Nature Center, Sea Turtle, Inc. and numerous others. There is never a shortage of something to do while on the Island. The months of January and February are filled with great events. The Rotary Fish Fry, Kelly Miller Circus, Longest Causeway Walk and Run, Market Days Arts and Craft Shows, art shows, El Paseo Arts Foundation Plays, and numerous concerts are just a few of the events our Winter friends can enjoy. You are sure to work up an appetite from all of the fun you are having, and will find there is no shortage of awesome places to eat (check out the restaurant list in the back of this guide) or places to join friends for a drink. Did you go fishing and bring home a good catch? Most restaurants on the Island will “cook your catch” for you. Give it a try – invite your friends along, and talk about how your dinner “slept in the bay, or the gulf, last night”. As your day draws to a close and it is time to get some rest, there is no need to look far for lodging. South Padre Island has an abundance of hotel rooms and condos, as well as over 800 RV sites (check out the lodging charts located in the back of this guide for a complete list). Many hotels and condos offer special rates for Winter Texans, and remember if you are staying over 30 days you do not pay hotel/motel tax; just one more reason to spend your winter months on the Island. For more information call 956.761.6433, 800.SO.PADRE or go to www.sopadre.com, and whatever you do, do not forget what Winter Texans do while they are on South Padre Island — They have FUN!  sopadre.com

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The natural surroundings of South Padre Island and the Rio Grande Valley give birders and wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to sneak a peek at a wide variety of unique species. On South Padre Island, nature lovers will appreciate and enjoy the last 34 miles of ecologically significant, unspoiled beaches and sand dunes along the Gulf of Mexico. Due primarily to its location, South Padre Island is a feeding ground for various migrating birds. The fall months, namely October and November, bring birds headed south for the winter. The changing winds bring them in for a landing on their favorite rest stop on the Gulf Coast. The spring months, notably March, April, and May, bring our feathered visitors to our Island on their way home. The wetlands that line the bay side of the island create an ideal habitat for numerous plants, animals and waterfowl. In fact, more than 300 species of birds, including a wide range of shorebirds and migratory birds make South Padre Island their home during part or most of the year. The South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center, and Alligator Sanctuary, provides access to the Laguna Madre bay for birders and other outdoor enthusiasts. From the boardwalks that extend across the wetlands, onlookers can see egrets, herons, oystercatchers, terns, and our own White-Morph Redish Egret wading in the shallow water of the Laguna Madre. The Black and Yellow Rail have also been sighted, along with the Yellowbilled Loon and the Brown Booby. The boardwalks also take nature lovers over wetlands and freshwater ponds, providing them with an excellent opportunity to view a variety of rails, soras, kingfishers, moorhens, and numerous other species. The decks over the bay at the Birding Center are a wonderful place to be at sunrise and sunset. The observation tower is a popular place because visitors can see the Gulf of Mexico, the Laguna Madre Bay, the salt and freshwater wetlands that surround the Center, and the skyline of the City of South Padre Island. South Padre Island’s location and geology make for a unique ecology — a perfect location for nature enthusiasts since we have such a rich variety of plants, insects, and land and sea animals; some of which are threatened or endangered. We can offer great birding opportunities year round, but since South Padre Island is located along the coast where the Central and Mississippi Flyways converge, we offer exceptional birding opportunities during the spring and fall migration periods, espe-

cially during “fallout” conditions. To birders a “fallout” is a large number of birds that land in any given area because of adverse weather conditions for their migration. When those conditions take place, visitors can see all sorts of beautiful songbirds everywhere! Birders from all over Texas converged on the Island in October 2018. An immature White-crowned Pigeon, more than likely brought in by a storm during hurricane season, was found at the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center on October 2nd and remained until October 14th. The Whitecrowned Pigeon, a tropical species, is a resident of the Caribbean and was hundreds of miles from its normal range. This was the 3rd Texas record, but the 1st time seen by more than one observer. As a wing of the World Birding Center, which was established in 1999 through cooperative partnerships between Rio Grande Valley Communities, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center, and Alligator Sanctuary is one of nine centers whose mission is to educate the public about nature conservation; especially bird conservation. The Center provides local and visiting families the opportunity to learn about our beaches, dunes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre; how important nature is to the development of our children and our existence; and how to protect and preserve nature in our own backyards and neighborhoods. The dedicated “Warbler Rest Area” adjacent to the boardwalk location closest to the South Padre Island Convention Centre, serves as an attraction for all winged friends, especially its namesake. Warblers consider the South Padre Island area their personal rest area on their trip to and from Central and South America. The native trees planted in the area were chosen for their insect habitat from which the birds can feed. The Fiddlewood bushes were chosen for their delectable berries, which are favorites among the Warbler and most birds. During spring and fall migrations, birders are delighted by the kaleidoscope of colors seen at the rest stop as the warblers are joined by tanagers, orioles, buntings, and many other varieties of birds seek ing refuge. It is also a haven for all types of butterflies. sopadre.com

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Most visitors to the Island become “accidental birders” before they even set foot in the sand. As you cross the Queen Isabella Causeway keep your eyes open for the Brown Pelican, and at the base of the causeway look to your left and right at the black mangrove flats for all types of shorebirds. Not only can you see more egrets, terns, and oystercatchers here, but you might also spot a few Roseate Spoonbills, plovers, and all types of herons. In May 2019 the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center added Alligator Sanctuary to their name. Because the wetlands around the Center provide the perfect safe haven for the alligators; the Center is now one of only two alligator sanctuaries in Texas approved by Texas Parks and Wildlife. The new Center opened with over 75 rescued juvenile American Alligators from around the great State of Texas. “Big Padre”, a 12’ 6”long - 700 pound alligator is also making the sanctuary his home, along with his wife “Laguna”. Visitors to the Center have the opportunity to learn about the incredible American Alligator through daily “Gator Talks”. Following the “Gator Talks” you can wade with the gators in the gator pond, hold a juvenile gator, learn about and hold a non-venomous snake, and don’t

forget to feed the Sulcata Tortoise before you leave. The South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center, and Alligator Sanctuary is truly A Wildlife Adventure! For more information go to www.spibirding.com or call 956-761-6801. The South Padre Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary located on West Sheepshead Street, is a project of the Valley Land Fund, and is open to the public. In 1999, six residential lots were purchased for the feeding and resting of neotropicals. In addition to offering habitat protection for migrants, these lots are also a showplace to educate Island residents and visitors in techniques for making their privately owned land “bird friendly”. The Migratory Bird Sanctuary was THE place to be in February 2008 when an “once-in-a-lifetime experience” flew into town. A Black-headed Siskin was spotted and photographed which was the first sighting of the bird in the United States. The Blackheaded Siskin, a type of Finch, is found in Mexico and northern Central America. They are typically found from southern Tamaulipas and southern Sonora to central Mexico to northern Nicaragua. The Migratory Bird Sanctuary was again THE place to be during spring migration 2018 when a juvenile Great Black Hawk was found on April 13th.

This was not only the first record for Texas, but also the United States of this tropical raptor species. The bird was later rediscovered all the way in Maine where it caused a nationwide sensation in the birding community. Definitely worth a google search! Many birding spots and nesting sites located on and around the Laguna Madre bay simply can not be seen by land. To bird watch from the water, check with the numerous dolphin watch companies on the Island. Birding by boat or by land is especially rewarding during the winter. The Island’s mild temperatures make it a sanctuary for White Pelicans, all kinds of ducks, avocets, loons, gulls, grebes, and the elusive Peregrine Falcon. Always exciting is the occasional sighting of frigatebirds, boobies, and other pelagic birds. Whether you tour South Padre Island by car, boat, or on foot, your birding experience will be a special one. A short 40-minute drive from South Padre Island is the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Located east of Rio Hondo and bordering the Laguna

South Padre Island Birding Facts • Home of the South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center, and Alligator Sanctuary — a World Birding Center site • 280 species recorded on South Padre Island based on the published World Birding Center checklist • The first sighting in the U.S. of a Black-Headed Siskin was on SPI in February 2009 • The only World Birding Center site where a visitor can possibly see a Magnificent Frigate or a Masked Booby • Spring and Fall migration brings large numbers of birds to South Padre Island • Home of the South Padre Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary • South Padre Island is home to the Brown Pelican and a wide range of shorebirds • Home of the best World Birding Center site for shore bird photography • 40-minute drive to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge (LANWR) • LANWR has 418 documented birds, which is more than any other national refuge • South Padre Island is visited by birding enthusiasts from England, Spain, the Netherlands, and Puerto Rio, as well as people from all over the United States

Madre bay, this 45,000-acre federal preserve is one of the jewels of the refuge system and has 418 birds documented which is more than any other national refuge. The most recent addition to the checklist is a male and female Blue Bunting. It is also home to endangered species such as the ocelot and jaguarundi. Other animals found at the refuge are javelinas, deer, Texas tortoises, indigo snakes, bobcats, coyotes and mountain lions. Admittedly, mountain lions are rare, but have been spotted none the less. Visitors can connect with nature through a variety of activities including fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and photography, bicycling, hiking and interpretive tours and programs. A Visitor Center with exhibits, restrooms, and a nature store is available. For more information, including hours of operation and tour schedules, please visit the website www.fws.gov/ refuge/laguna_atascosa or call the visitor center 956-748-3607 ext 111. From South Padre Island, take 100 west to Laguna Vista. Take a right on FM510 and follow signs to the visitor center. For more birding opportunities in the area, please contact the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce at (956) 761-4412 or the South Padre Island Visitor Center at 1-800-SOPADRE for a complete list of area birding attractions.  sopadre.com 43


Whether you live on South Padre Island or are visiting, convenient access to a vast array of health care services and facilities is close to home.

Quality Healthcare MEDICAL CLINICS

DENTAL CLINICS

Boys & Girls Pediatric Clinic 1710 Hwy 100, Port Isabel 956.943.2600

The Dentist – Emma L. Gavito, DDS 4912 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island 956.761.1012

Laguna Vista Health Clinic 723 Santa Isabel Blvd., Laguna Vista 956.296.5889 Pediatric and Adult Clinic 1200 Hwy. 100 #5, Port Isabel 956.943.6675

Port Isabel Dental Associates 215 Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel 956.943.4166

Valley Baptist Medical Center 2101 Pease St., Harlingen 956.389.1100

ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS Origins Recovery Centers 4405 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island 956.772.1558

CHIROPRACTIC CLINICS

Port Isabel Health Clinic 202 Second St., Port Isabel 956.943.1774

Laguna Madre Chiropractic 402 S. Garcia, Port Isabel 956.943.9943

Tropical Health Care 413 E. Railroad, Port Isabel 956.202.0111

Dr. Charlotte A. Romay-Paris 711 Santa Isabel Blvd, Laguna Vista 956.943.7002

R. Joe Ybarra, MD Healthcare Clinic 3401 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island 956. 616.5225

HOSPITALS

Luna Medical Clinic 112 W. Queen Isabella Blvd., Suite C, Port Isabel 956.524.0555

Harlingen Medical Center 5501 S. Exp. 77, Harlingen 956.365.1000

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Valley Baptist Medical Center 1040 W. Jefferson St., Brownsville 956.698.5400

Surge Mobile Physical Therapy 413 E. Railroad Ave. Suite A, Port Isabel 956.443.3844 ApexNetwork Physical Therapy 112 W Queen Isabella Blvd., Suite A, Port Isabel 956.410.1005

HOME CARE

Valley Regional Medical Center 100 Alton Gloor Blvd., Brownsville 956.350.7000

Angelitos Primary Home Care, Inc. 117 W. Queen Isabella, Port Isabel 956.943.3000

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STARTING A BUSINESS ON SOUTH PADRE ISLAND For the most current and up-to-date revenue figures, labor data and population trends go to www.southpadreislandedc.com. To learn more about required permits and city ordinances regarding the start-up of a new business or the purchase of an existing business, go to www.myspi.org or contact the City of South Padre Island Development office at 956.761.8113.

South Padre Island Economic Facts GOVERNMENT

South Padre Island is a council-manager form of government, which consists of the Mayor and five City Councilmen, all elected. They in turn hire a City Manager. The City Council meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. For more information go to www.myspi.org. Cameron County operates with five elected Commissioners, who meet every Tuesday afternoon to manage county affairs. For more information go to www.co.cameron.tx.us.

TAXES

The State of Texas has no State income tax and allows for local tax incentives and exemptions from State sales tax. Local taxing discounts include a $15,000 homestead exemption, and a 20% exemption on both the Laguna Madre Water District and City of South Padre Island taxes. Cameron County offers a $12,000 exemption to taxpayers over the age of 65. Ad valorem taxes are assessed and collected by Cameron County. The City of South Padre Island has a 8.25% sales tax (1⁄2 % to Economic Development, 11⁄2 % to City of SPI and 61⁄4 % to State of Texas), and a 17% Hotel/Motel Tax (6% to State of Texas, of which 1% is returned to the City for beach renourishment, 8.5% to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2% for City Venue projects, and 0.5% to Cameron County for County Venue projects). For information on property taxes, contact the Cameron County Appraisal District at 956.399.9322 or visit their website at www.cameroncad.org

UTILITIES

Water and sewer needs for South Padre Island residents and businesses are managed by Laguna Madre Water District (956.943.2626), waste disposal is provided by Republic Services (800.423.7316) and cable service is provided by Spectrum Cable (800.222.5355). Electrical service can be obtained from several suppliers (www.powertochoose.org), and land line telecommunication service is also available through multiple companies (www.connectmyphone.com). South Padre Island is serviced by numerous internet provider companies. Check with your current carrier regarding availability and options. 

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Old Scale House Visitors Center | 1700 E 6th St, Brownsville, Texas 78520


PARKS • Brownsville Bike Barn • Dean Porter Park • Edelstein Park • Memorial Park • Southern Pacific Linear Park • Tres Angeles Park • Washington Park

EVENTS & FESTIVALS • Brownsville Beerfest • Brownsville Farmers' Market • Crossroads Festival • Holiday Village • Mr. Amigo Walk of Fame • Sombrero Festival HQ • The Inclusion Caboose Project

MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS • Alonso Building • Brownsville Museum of Fine Art • Camille Playhouse Theater • Children's Museum of Brownsville • Costumes of the Americas Museum • Gladys Porter Zoo • Heritage Museum • Historic Brownsville Museum • Laureles Ranch House Museum • Market Square • Old City Cementery & Center • Stillman House Museum

GOVERNMENT FACILITIES • Brownsville Police Department • Brownsville Community Resource Center • Cameron County Courthouse • Dancy Building • Downtown City Hall • Downtown Recreation Center • Old Scale House Visitors Center • Ringgold Civic Pavilion • U.S. Federal Courthouse


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Our neighboring communities have plenty of sights and events to fit your every mood.

southern most City on the mainland United States. Located 23 miles from South Padre Island and directly across from Matamoros, Mexico, Brownsville dates from colonial days of Imperial Spain, covering periods of exploration, wars, revolutions, and colorful, though infamous banditry. To learn more about the fascinating history of Brownsville visit the Historic Brownsville Museum located at 641 E. Madison St. or call 956.548.1313. Brownsville’s history has developed a proud heritage of two cultures, which is celebrated every year at the end of February with Charro Days. Charro Days features carnivals, parades, dances and cultural events. Sombrero Festival throws a party for Brownsville the last weekend in February each year and features well-known Hispanic Artists, local music, unique food booths, and popular events such as the Jalapeño Eating Contest, Waiters Race, Grito Contest, Charro Days Classic Marathon, Tortilla Frisbee Toss, Hat-Stack Relay, and a Charro Bean Cook-off. Brownsville also provides numerous birding opportunities and is home to the one of the top 10 zoos in the United States, Gladys Porter Zoo, which is a 31-acre zoological preserve build on an old Rio Grande River channel. The zoo features more than 1,600 animals representing over 460 species, 47 of which are endangered. For more information call 956.546.7187. While visiting the zoo do not miss the opportunity to visit the other 11 cultural entities that make up the fabulous Mitte Cultural District - Dean Porter Park, Children’s Museum of Brownsville, Costumes of the Americas Museum, Ringgold Civic Pavilion, Camille Playhouse, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Linear Park, Historic Brownsville Museum, Old City Cemetery, Old City Cemetery Center and Washing­ ton Park. All are within walking distance of each other, and provide insight into the culture and great diversity Browns­ville has to offer. For more information go to www.MitteCulturalDistrict.org, or stop by the Visitors Center located in the district on the corner of 6th and Ringgold. For more information about Brownsville call the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce at 956.542.4341 or go to www.brownsville​ chamber.com, or call the Brownsville CVB at 800.626.2639 or go to www.brownsville.org

Harlingen

Located just 40 miles from South Padre Island, Harlingen is a great place for a break from the sun during your vacation. Rich in history, there are numerous buildings on Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, and “Silk Stocking” homes along East Taylor that stand as a testament to the city’s prosperity in the 1920’s and 30’s. The Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum is where South Texas history comes alive. The museum is located two blocks from the Valley International Airport. For more information call 956.216.4901 or go to www.harlingenmuseum.com You will not find a “Main” Street in Harlingen, but Jackson Street has been the focus of community life for over 100 years. Stroll through antique malls, home furnishing and collectible stores, jewelry, arts and one-of-a-kind gifts; just to name a few. Free parking and an ample number of restaurants and coffee shops make this a great afternoon adventure. Downtown also boasts several larger-than-life-size murals depicting aspects of the community’s history. For more information and a map of the murals contact the Harlingen CVB at 956.423.5440 or 800.531.7346. The Marine Military Academy is home to the original working model of the famous bronze statue at Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Memorial. A museum features Marine Corps memorabilia, a 30-minute film describing the The Battle of Iwo Jima, and a veteran’s Hall of Fame. The monument and museum are located next to Valley International Airport. For more information call 956.412.2207 or go to www.mma-tx.org/museum.htm As is most of the Rio Grande Valley, Harlingen is a paradise for birders, and home of two World Birding sites; Ramsey Nature Park on Loop 499 and Harlingen Thicket Bird Sanctuary, a 40-acre tract of native brush in the center of town. Make plans to attend the annual Rio Grand Valley Birding Festival in November, and rub elbows with and learn from top bird guides and birders from around the world. For more information about Harlingen, birding, and their many attractions contact the Harlingen CVB at 311 E. Tyler. They are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.. Call 956.622.5053, 800.531.7345 or go to www.visitharlingentexas.com

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Laguna Vista At the southern tip of Texas, just 20 minutes inland from South

Padre Island, lies the pleasantly unique town of Laguna Vista. Location and climate pave the way to a more laid-back atmosphere, with accommodations to meet a variety of lifestyles for residents and visitors alike. Dubbed the “Gateway to the Bay,” it is gently nestled along the Laguna Madre Bay, allowing gentle breezes to give the town an average yearly temperature of about 72 degrees. This temperate climate is not only appealing to valley locals, but is also a main attraction for many northerners, or “snowbirds,” looking to find relief from their harsher winter conditions. It is this mild weather that promotes a host of outdoor activities for all ages. The bay front location affords water enthusiasts of all kinds convenient launch sites, with the natural breezes making it one of the top US places for kite boarding and windsurfing during certain times of the year. However, all excitement is not limited to the bay. The town is also host to the South Padre Island Golf Community, a gated residential community, which includes a public 18-hole championship course and driving range. Encouraging fitness and town beautification, Laguna Vista’s Roloff Park provides a playground, exercise stations, covered basketball court, pavilion and more. Additional sites include a Sports Complex, Veteran’s Memorial Park and nature trails which provide greater opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, observe the native wildlife, and promote quality of life for the individual and family. Whether staying active in sports or in the many planned community events is your forte, or if simply basking in the tropical surroundings is more your style, Laguna Vista has it all in a friendly, secure neighborhood. Come, explore the possibilities! By H. Therése Eaton

Los Fresnos Located just 23 miles

west of South Padre Island on Texas State Highway 100 and 10 minutes east of Interstate Expressway 69E, the City of Los Fresnos is the fastest growing small city along the Lower Texas Coast and attracts travelers and visitors to its beautiful country-living, friendliness, and nature rich country-side. Los Fresnos features great Texas cuisine offering a tasty variety ranging from tamales and tacos to BBQ to seafood in Coastal Texican restaurants and drive-thru eateries. Los Fresnos guarantees to captivate you with its 4 miles of city limits lined with plazas, restaurants, Los Fresnos Inn, RV parks and business-

es to meet all your travel needs. Family attractions include renowned events such as the Los Fresnos Rodeo and Cameron County Fair & Livestock Show, South Texas Conjunto Festival, Commemorative Air Force Airshow & Museum, and Bobz World, open year-round. Los Fresnos is a magnet for nature lovers, birders and butterfly enthusiasts. The City, being the “Gateway to Ocelot Country,” is centrally located between Laguna Atascosa Nature Wildlife Refuge, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park, Resaca de Los Cuates Waterway, and South Padre Island. These sites represent thousands of acres of protected land, water sources, and road protective barriers for fish and wildlife migratory mammals, birds, and butterflies so that they can flourish and continue to enrich our Texas Coast. The center point of this magnet is the 23-acre Los Fresnos Nature Park which offers a children’s nature play area, walking trails, birding and butterfly blinds, and gardens located on the Resaca de Los Cuates Waterway. The Nature Park also includes Hike and Bike Trails that are an inner-city initiative designed to connect with the Palo Alto Battlefield and the City of Brownsville. Los Fresnos offers many birding sites which include multiple Resaca sites along highways and byways, Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge, Los Fresnos Nature Park and Casa Los Ebanos. Los Fresnos is also rich in history. The area played a significant role in both the US-Mexican War and the American Civil War in 1846. Years later, the Palmito Ranch located just southeast of town, was the site of the last battle of the Civil War, which occurred here after most Confederate armies had already surrendered in 1865. With this area having served primarily as ranch land for centuries, it is said that as early as 1770 a small ranch called Los Fresnos (ash trees) occupied a site near where Los Fresnos exists today. In 1907, Lon C. Hill, Jr. purchased 14,232 acres and parceled them into lots. This eventually evolved into the layout of the original town site of “modern” Los Fresnos. Settlers, mostly farmers from mid-western states, were attracted to the area. This new influx of people led to a diversification of land use in what had been almost exclusively ranch land. The Los Fresnos Whipple Memorial Library provides hundreds of historic and literary materials of this area for your enrichment. Overall, Los Fresnos - part cow town, part farm community, very Texan, is always a vibrant active city! Los Fresnos offers many living and economic opportunities that attract families, tourists, travelers, businesses and retirees. Los Fresnos is proud of our top-rated state recognized school district, known for its high standards of education and training. Our community offers easy access to jobs and affordable distribution and service centers strategically located to South Padre Island, the Port of Brownsville, the City of Brownsville, and many government centers. Los Fresnos is equidistant to the Brownsville and Harlingen International Airports, and 10 minutes to Interstate Expressway 69E. Affordable cost of living and the availability of quality of life assets such as parks, resacas and nature trails are the final pieces that make Los Fresnos a wonderful place to visit, live and do business. Whether you live in Los Fresnos or are visiting South Padre Island, mark your calendar for the numerous wonderful events held each year. There is a local saying in Los Fresnos, “when you stop at an intersection in town be sure to look both ways because a parade might be coming!” Yes, Los Fresnos loves a good parade, and hosting great events you will not want to miss, such as the Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo and Parade along with the Cameron County Fair & Livestock Show (February), Easter Festival & Egg Hunt (April), Independence Day Celebration (July), Homecoming Parade (September), Commemorative Air Force Airshow (October), Conjunto Festival (October), Halloween Festival (October), and the Christmas in the Park Celebration and Parade (December). Casa Los Ebanos, located on the northeast corner of Texas State Highway 100 and Interstate 69E, is a well-known wedding and entertaining venue offering a colonial home, resaca lake, and beautiful gardens. For the more adventurous, “Bobz World,” just east of Los Fresnos on Texas State Highway 100 on the way to South Padre Island, can offer an adrenaline rushing, heart pounding experience like no other attraction sopadre.com

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in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Filled with the latest robotic technology, Bobz World provides its guests with a voyage through time and space featuring alien beings, dinosaurs, marine animals and mummies from the ancient world. The arcade contains more than 40 games, 9 holes of Black Light Mini Golf and a Black Light Mini Bowling Alley. Bobz Jungle is filled with dinosaurs and other sculpted animals, plants, and waterfalls. The outdoor laser Tag Center is the largest in Texas. The Shopping Mall is stocked with an incredible variety of merchandise, and the Café offers Blue Bell Ice Cream, food, and drinks. For more informtion about Los Fresnos, come by our “1-stop service center” located in the Los Fresnos City Hall, 520 East Ocean Boulevard, Los Fresnos, Texas 78566. For tours and event information contact the Los Fresnos Chamber of Commerce at 956.233.4488, office@losfresnoschamber.com, or visit the Chamber’s website at www.losfresnoschamber.com. For business and economic opportunities contact the Los Fresnos Community Development Corporation at 956-233-6182 or visit our website at www.cdclf.us.

Port Isabel

Historic Port Isabel, the “Point of the Laguna Madre Bay”; land of history, legend and lore was originally inhabited by the Coahilitecan Indians prior to European settlements. This quaint fishing village’s strategic location, once having a 25-foot bluff in the area where the Point Isabel Lighthouse now stands, was a natural lookout for viewing both the Laguna Madre Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This natural formation was instrumental in the settlement and development of this area. Today, Port Isabel is a thriving community with many unique shops, restaurants, historic hotels, museums, and a new event center that make up this historic and colorful area. Spend a day discovering Port Isabel, and take advantage of the many places that are within walking distance of each other. If your vacation plans bring you to the Laguna Madre area during

the winter months, check out the World Championship Shrimp CookOff in November and the Longest Causeway Run held in January. The Shrimp Cook-Off features dozens of amateur and professional chef teams competing for the title of “World Champion”. Thousands of spectators’ line up to taste competing recipes of delicious Texas gulf shrimp. The Longest Causeway Run is a 6.2 miles race that starts in Port Isabel and takes participants across the Queen Isabella Causeway and ends on South Padre Island. There is also a 3 mile wellness walk which provides a casual stroll across the Causeway. Not here during the Winter months? Not to worry. Enjoy the Summer Longest Causewy Run and Walk held in June. This event is patterned after the January event except this one starts on the Island and ends in Port Isabel. For more information about Port Isabel go to www.portisabelchamber. com call 956.943.2262, 800.527.6102 or email director@portisabel.org We hope you enjoy your visit to Port Isabel. 

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Education Enlightening and engaging

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Point Isabel Independent School District

Point Isabel ISD serves approximately 2600 students from the communities of South Padre Island, Port Isabel, Laguna Heights, Laguna Vista and Boca Chica on two elementary campuses, a junior high and a high school. Home of the “Mighty Tarpons,” the district’s mission is to prepare skilled, life-long learners to responsibly contribute to our global society. Port Isabel High School is ranked in the top 10% in the state and was recently named one of America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report for the second consecutive year. The district has been designated a District of Innovation by the Texas Education Agency and is one of five demonstration sites for Raise Your Hand Texas Blended Learning grant program. The innovative five year business plan for implementation of Blended Learning will transform the education experience for students by providing a personalized approach to better meet each student’s individual academic goals. Point Isabel ISD students excel in academics and extra-curricular activities. The fighting Tarpon athletic teams consistently succeed in district, regional and state competitions. The award winning Silver Tarpon Band garners accolades from around the state in UIL marching and concert band contests. Derry and Garriga Elementary Schools provide a variety of activities including academic UIL competition for student participation. Further information about the school district can be found at www.pi-isd.net. If you want to learn more about the events in PIISD follow us on Facebook at Point Isabel ISD Tarpons and on Twitter Point Isabel ISD@tarponnews

Laguna Madre Christian Academy

The Laguna Madre Christian Academy is a private school located in Laguna Vista. The Academy teaches the A Beka Curriculum with a small class ratio to K-3 through 12th grade. Each and every child is given a Christian based educational curriculum. The program builds self-confidence within students due to the success of our phonetic reading course. Other studies offered include Bible Lessons, Mathema­tics, Science, Art, Social Studies, Computer Lab, Penmanship, English Language Arts,

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Music, Physical Education and Field Trips. Laguna Madre Christian Academy students have consistently scored higher than public school students testing on national standardized achievement tests. The Stanford Achieve­ment Test is annually administered to all students. Laguna Madre Christian Academy exists to help parents equip their children to become Christian men and women of character who excel academically, morally, and spiritually in every area of life and society. For more information contact the academy at 956.943.4446, office@ lmcatexas.org or www.lmcatexas.org.

Texas Southmost College

Originally established in 1926, Texas Southmost College (TSC) continues today to offer affordable and accessible quality education to everyone! It’s a great place to get a degree, earn credits and transfer them toward a four-year degree. It’s also a great place to enhance career skills, prepare for a career change and learn something new. TSC, a public community college, offers a wide-range of pathways and programs of study leading to a certificate or associate degree. As a learning-centered institution, TSC is fully committed to student success and innovation. TSC provides a digitally­-enhanced teaching and learning environment for students, including e-textbooks, personalized digital learning tools, and on-demand online tutoring services. A comprehensive curriculum consisting of general academic courses transferable to a baccalaureate degree program, career and technical training, and non-credit continuing education provide affordable and high-quality educational opportunities for all—from high school students to adults of all ages. Courses specializing in college preparatory and developmental education are available to assist students in developing necessary skills to ensure their academic success. Workforce training, adult literacy and non-credit continuing education meet individualized needs and support the evolving training needs of industry and economic development initiatives. Visit www.tsc.edu for additional information or call 956.295.3600.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the first public university in Texas in the 21st century. Its focus is on student success, educational opportunities, medical education, and research on issues affecting the South Texas region. UTRGV opened Aug. 31, 2015 to a student population of about 29,000. It is a “distributed institution” with two main campuses – Brownsville and Edinburg – and additional sites in McAllen, South Padre Island and Rio Grande City, and offers a broad array of powerful learning opportunities. With close proximity to the Gulf Coast, students studying the natural and environmental sciences benefit from an expansive living laboratory through the Coastal Studies program. The SpaceX private launch site planned in Brownsville and its partnership with the university will bring opportunities for students to explore the aerospace field up close and personal. Additionally, campus locations along the border with Mexico provide unparalleled venues to study international business and cultural border issues. The UTRGV School of Medicine opened in July 2016 with 50 students, and offers cutting-edge facilities and resources, including a 15,000-square-foot Smart Hospital and technology complex in Harlingen, a Medical Academic Building in Edinburg, and the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute, which includes two genome sequencing machines, in Brownsville. Following in the path of its legacy universities, The University of Texas Brownsville and The University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, UTRGV is pledged to be a “Gateway to the Americas,” a bilingual, bicultural and biliterate institution designed to prepare and empower students in all disciplines to become leaders and create positive change in their communities, the state, the country, the world — even into outer space. For more information, or if you are interested in applying for admission to UTRGV, call 888-882-4026 or visit www.utrgv.edu. 

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Stay Informed. Sign up for the free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest travel updates and information! When you sign up, you will automatically receive the most current information we compile about the country where you will be traveling or living. You will also receive updates, including Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts (where appropriate). You only need to sign up once, and then you can add and delete trips from your account based on your current travel plans! Enrolling in STEP provides the State Department the ability to assist you better in the case of an emergency, such as if you lose your passport or it is stolen while you are abroad. They also assist U.S. citizens in other emergencies, such as in natural disasters. The travel and contact information you enter into STEP will make it easier for consular officers in U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to contact you and your loved ones during an emergency—including situations where your family or friends in the U.S. are having problems trying to contact you with important news.

U.S. Consulate General - Matamoros Calle Primera #2002 Colonia Jardín Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México 87330 Phones: From Mexico: (868)-208-2000 From the U.S.: 52 11 (868) 208-2000 E-mail: MatamorosUSCitizens@ state.gov or MatamorosACS@ state.gov

Consulate of Mexico Brownsville, TX 301 Mexico Blvd, Suite F-2 Brownsville, TX 78520 Phone: 956-542-4431 or 956-542-2051 conbrownsville@sre.gob.mx

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Mexico Travel Tips

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection

There is an $800 exemption for gifts and personal articles, but all articles acquired in Mexico must be declared. Cuban cigars are prohibited. Check with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about importing any medications prior to crossing into Mexico. CBP has a zero-tolerance policy on illegal drugs. Any type, in any amount may result in serious fines, seizure of vehicle, federal record and/or imprisonment. It is also illegal to carry firearms or ammo into Mexico. Switchblade knives, sea turtle boots or any other articles of endangered species (i.e. spotted cats, coral, crocodile, elephant, etc) are prohibited.

What types of documents are accepted for entry into the United States?

U.S. citizens can present a valid U.S. Passport; Passport Card; Enhanced Driver’s License; Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST); U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders; U.S. Merchant Mariner document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business; or Form I-872 American Indian Card, or (when available) Enhanced Tribal Card. U.S. and Canadian citizen children under the age of 16 (or under 19, if traveling with a school, religious group, or other youth group) need only present a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship. The birth certificate can be original, photocopy, or certified copy. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) does not affect U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, who are still required to present their permanent resident card (Form I-551) or other valid evidence of permanent residence status. Canadian citizens can present a valid passport, Enhanced Driver’s License, or Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST). Bermudian citizens are required to present a valid passport. Mexican citizens, including children, are required to present a passport with visa, or a Border Crossing Card. Travelers without WHTI-compliant documents will be delayed at the border as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers work to verify identity and citizenship.


Importation of Alcohol

A person traveling into Texas from another state or country can bring a maximum of 1 gallon of distilled spirits, 3 gallons of wine; and 24 twelve-ounce containers of beer every 30 days. You must be 21 years of age to possess alcoholic beverages, if you are not 21, the alcohol will automatically be confiscated. If you show false or altered personal identification, the ID will be confiscated, and you will be prosecuted. There are no substitutions between the types of alcoholic beverages. The importation of alcoholic beverages must be for personal use, and the person making the importation must accompany the alcoholic beverages. Minors (persons under 21 years of age) or intoxicated persons may not bring alcoholic beverages into Texas. All alcoholic beverage containers imported into Texas are subject to the state liquor tax and a $3.00 administrative fee. This fee is included in the posted tax rates. Payment of the fees and taxes are documented by a tax stamp placed on the bottle. Please note that failure to pay the tax and obtain the appropriate stamp will subject violators to a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000 and/or a jail term of up to one year.

Importation of Cigarettes

TABC Ports of Entry personnel are also responsible for ensuring that the laws relating to cigarettes are observed. Persons 18 years of age or older may import one carton of both Mexican and duty-free cigarettes. A tax of $1.50 is due on each pack of cigarettes imported into the state, and a stamp is placed on each cigarette pack to indicate payment of the tax.

Bringing Food into the U.S.

Many agriculture products are prohibited entry into the United States from certain countries because they may carry plant pests and foreign animal diseases. All agriculture items must be declared and are subject to inspection by a Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialist at ports of entry to ensure they are free of plant pests and foreign animal

diseases. Prohibited or restricted items may include meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, seeds, soil and products made from animal or plant materials. For generally allowed food items please visit USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Declared agriculture items, in non-commercial quantities, that are found to be prohibited or restricted by the CBP Agriculture Specialists can be abandoned at the port of entry should the traveler wish to continue into the U.S. However, undeclared prohibited agriculture items will be confiscated, and can result in the issuance of a civil penalty to the traveler for failure to declare the prohibited item. All agricultural items that are abandoned or confiscated at ports of entry are destroyed in accordance with USDA approved destruction methods to prevent spread of pests and diseases. Agricultural pests and diseases are a threat to U.S. crop production and to the livestock industry. Some animal diseases can be highly contagious and could cause severe economic damage to livestock and result in losses in production, which could lead to increased costs for meat and dairy products. Plant pests and disease, as well as invasive plant material can cause crop loss and also damage lawns, ornamental plants, and trees. Plant pest infestations can result in increased costs to consumers due to pest eradication efforts as well as lower crop yields. High risk plant pest and animal disease outbreaks within the U.S. could also adversely affect the economy as a result of reduced trade of U.S. origin goods to countries around the world. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Homeland Security are partners in the effort to protect American agriculture against the introduction of pests and diseases at our nation’s ports of entry. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service determines what agricultural products are admissible into the U.S. and what products pose a risk and should be prohibited or restricted entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforce these agricultural rules and regulations at ports of entry. For more information regarding traveling to and from Mexico go to: http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/cbp-reqs-mexico î š

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Rental Agencies

TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE IN THE 956 AREA CODE UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

The alpha letter listed with each Rental Agency serves as the keycode for the agency. When reviewing the Condominium charts in the following pages, the keycode can be found in the far right hand column titled Agent. The agents listed handle one or more condo units at that property.

Property A Isla Management

2308 Gulf Blvd. 761-1066 islarealtor@gmail.com laplayaspi.com

26 B Latitude 3213 Padre Blvd.

761-9926 469-996-1134 info@latitude26.com Lat26spi@gmail.com latitude26.com

on Padre D Rent P.O. Box 3586

433-5650 Fax: 651-331-5987 info@rentonpadre.com rentonpadre.com

Rentals E SPI 2600 Padre Blvd., Suite R

Lifestyles K Coastal 5312 Padre Blvd., Suite C P.O. Box 3726 761-8900 Fax: 761-2284 Toll: 1-877-STAY-SPI info@vacationpadre.com vacationpadre.com

Getaways L Padre 700 Padre Blvd., Suite D-1

761-8888 wally.jones@padregetaways.com eleana.jones@padregetaways.com padregetaways.com

uth Padre Resort Rentals N So 1000 Padre Blvd. 761-6818 Fax: 761-1537 1-800-944-6818 sprr@gosouthpadreisland.com larry@gosouthpadreisland.com gosouthpadreisland.com

572-6656 info@spirentals.com spirentals.com

Inc. P Vacasa, 2100 Padre Blvd., Suite 4

761-2606 Fax: 761-2650 1-800-447-4753 info@frankerentals.com frankerealty.com

Padre Beach S South Houses & Condos

Rentals F Franke 8605 Padre Blvd.

Property G Furcron Management

4800 Padre Blvd. 761-6961 Fax 761-6966 1-800-892-6278 info@furcronrealtors.com furcron.com furcronrealtors.com

855-861-5757 mark.lehmann@vacasa.com vacasa.com

3800 Padre Blvd. P.O. Box 3759 761-6554 Fax: 761-7829 padrefun@sopadrerentals.com sopadrerentals.com

Isla Rentals T Bonita 200 W. Huisache

792-3550 Fax: 772-1798 inquiry@bonitaislarentals.com southpadreislandcondorentals.net

Realty, LLC Ocean Vacation Rentals H Chacon & Rentals U Blue 433-3151 2111 Padre Blvd., Suite 4

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761-5633, Fax: 761-2989 1-866-230-5633 chaconrealtyllc@aol.com chaconrealty.com

Island Services 1700 Padre Blvd. P.O. Box 2392 761-2649, Fax: 761-4251 1-800-426-6530 1-800-527-0294 mypadre1@aol.com mypadre.com

Island Rentals J Padre 3100 Padre Blvd.

574-5800, Fax: 832-201-7315 1-877-827-0712(US-CAN) reservations@pirentals.com pirentals.com

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info@bovr-spi.com bovr-spi.com

Affordable Beach House Rentals 105 E. Corral 761-8750 beachside@prodigy.net padrebeachhouses.com TurnKey Vacation Rentals 5208 Padre Blvd., Unit A 888-512-0498 Turnkeyvr.com Suncoast Properties 108 E Jupiter Lane, Unit 2 (Second Floor) 459-7929 suncoastspi@gmail.com suncoastspi.com

* Some rental agencies will not accept credit cards. * Minimum number of days may vary during holidays and special events. * Some rental agencies handle beach houses. **Peak Season: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.


Hotels & Motels

Telephone numbers are in the Locations of lodging are indicated by these colors

Accept Spring Breakers

Credit Cards

Min. Stay (days)

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

1

Dbl/King

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

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156

Sgl/Dbl/ King/Suites

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

1

221

Dbl,King, Ste

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

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128

Sgl/Dbl

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

1

146

Sgl,Dbl, Ste

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

1

147

Sgl,Dbl, Ste

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

1

63

Eff,Sgl,Dbl, Ste

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Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

1

30

Sgl,Ste

Y

N

V,MC,DIS

1

200

Sgl/Dbl, Ste

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

1

66

Eff,Dbl,2,3

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

146

Dbl

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

1

30

Dbl,Eff,Ste

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

1

15

Dbl,King

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

1

63

Sgl/Dbl, Deluxe

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

1

29

Dbl,Ste

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

1

Sgl/Dbl,Ste

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

1

91

Sgl/Dbl,Ste

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

1

60

Dbl

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

1

Lighthouse Inn 1701 Padre Blvd., 299-4154, Fax: 287-3715, stay@lighthouseinnspi.com www.lighthouseinnspi.com

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Dbl, King

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

Motel 6 4013 Padre Blvd, 761-7911, Fax: 761-6339 1-800-4MOTEL6 (466-8356) www.motel6.com

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Sgl/Dbl

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

1

South Beach Inn 120 E. Jupiter, 761-2471, Fax 761-2474 southbeachinn@gmail.com • www.southbeachtexas.com

12

Eff,Dbl

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

Sgl/Dbl,Ste

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

1

Sgl/Dbl

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

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Eff/Dbl

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Y

V,MC,DIS,AE

1

91

Suites

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

66

Sgl/Dbl, Ste,Eff

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

1

49

Sgl/Dbl, Ste

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

1

45

Sgl/Dbl

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

1

61

Sgl/Dbl,Ste

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

1

Comfort Suites South Padre Island 912 Padre Blvd 772-9020, Fax: 772-9022 • www.choicehotels.com/texas/ 74 south-padre-island/comfort-suites-hotels/tx467 hugo@enjoyspi.com Courtyard by Marriott 6700 Padre Blvd., 956-772-1816 205 courtyardsouthpadre.com • enjoyspi@gmail.com Hilton Garden Inn Beach Resort 7010 Padre Blvd., 761-8700, 877-782-9444 www.hiltonsouthpadre.com • Hershal.patel@hilton.com enjoyspi@gmail.com • jose.salazar@hilton.com Holiday Inn Resort Beachfront 100 Padre Blvd., 426-9066, gm@holidayinnpadre.com • www.beachresortspi.com Isla Grand Beach Resort 500 Padre Blvd, 761-6511, Fax: 761-5397, 1-800-292-7704, www.islagrand.com • info@islagrand.com La Copa Inn Beachfront Hotel 350 Padre Blvd., 761-6000 Fax:761-6013, 1-866-4-LACOPA (452-2672),lacoparesort.com southpadre@lacopainn.com, enjoyspi@gmail.com La Quinta Inn & Suites 7000 Padre Blvd, 772-7000, Fax: 772-9311, 1-800-531-5900 laquintasouthpadreisland.com lq0730gm@laquinta.com • enjoyspi@gmail.com Padre South Hotel 1500 Gulf Blvd, P.O. Box 2338 761-4951, Fax: 761-4954, 1-844-GoPadre www.padresouth.com • reservations@padresouth.com Palms Resort 3616 Gulf Blvd. 761-1316, Fax: 761-1310, 1-800-466-1316 palmsresort@sbcglobal.net • www.palmsresortcafe.com Pearl South Padre 310 Padre Blvd, 761-6551, Fax: 761-6552, 1-800-222-4010 pearlsouthpadre.com • craig.thomas@pearlsouthpadre.com Peninsula Island Resort & Spa 340 Padre Blvd. 761-2514, Fax: 761-6095, 1-800-761-2514, reservations@peninsulaislandresort.com www.peninsulaislandresort.com Ramada South Padre 6200 Padre Blvd, 761-4744, Fax: 761-3144, 1-866-601-6200, ramadaspi.com • ramadaspi@yahoo.com Surf Motel 2612 Gulf Blvd, 761-2831, Fax: 761-1292, 1-800-723-6519, www.surfmotelpadre.com surfmotel@ies.net Wanna Wanna Inn 5100 Gulf Blvd 761-7677, 1-866-761-7677 Fax: 761-2367, www.wannawanna.com • inn@wannawanna.com Best Western Beachside Inn 4500 Padre Blvd, 761-4919 Fax: 761-3924 www.beachsideinntexas.com reservations@beachsideinntexas.com 855-342-9927 Flamingo Inn 3408 Padre Blvd 761-3377, Fax: 761-3343, 1-888-761-3375 www.flamingo-spi.com • info@flamingo-spi.com

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 6502 Padre Blvd., P.O. Box 2891, 761-8844, Fax 761-8845, 1-888-772-3222 104 hie@holidayinnspi.com • www.hiexpress.com The Inn at South Padre 1709 Padre Blvd, 761-5658, Fax 761-5520, theinnatsouthpadre@theinnsouthpadre.com www.theinnsouthpadre.com Island Inn 3813 Padre Blvd, 761-8500, Fax 761-8882 www.southpadreislandinn.com info@southpadreislandinn.com

South Padre Island Inn 4109 Padre Blvd, 761-5531, Fax 761-4097, southpadreislandinn@gmail.com 49 www.hotelinnspi.com South Padre Island Lodge 3913 Padre Blvd, 761-7831, 57 Fax: 761-2033, www.southpadreislandlodge.com southpadreislandlodge@gmail.com South Padre Motel 204 W. Gardenia, 761-6701, 17 Fax: 761-6896, www.sopadremotel.com • spimotel@aol.com Suites at Sunchase 1004 Padre Blvd. 761-7711, Fax: 761-4371, 866-926-7711 www.suitesatsunchase.com • kevinsunchase@gmail.com Super 8 SPI 4205 Padre Blvd, 761-6300, Fax: 761-6083 1-800-800-8000, www.super8padre.com super8spi@yahoo.com Blue Bay Inn & Suites 901 Padre, 761-4350, Fax: 761-4808, www.southpadreinn.com bluebayinnreservations@gmail.com Casa Bella Hotel & Suites 5601 Padre Blvd., 761-7700, Fax: 761-2780, 1-877- 224-7700, www.casabellaspi.com • spicasabella@yahoo.com WindWater Hotel 5701 Padre Blvd, 761-4913, Fax: 761-2719, windwaterspi@gmail.com • www.windwaterspi.com Beach Rentals

Boat Ramp

Cable TV

Elevator

Exercise Room

Fishing

Heated Pool

INNER ISLAND

956 Area Code unless otherwise noted. BAY SIDE

Amenities

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Ste

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Bedrooms

GULF SIDE/BEACH ACCESS

Indoor Indoor Laundry Nightclub Pets Pool Heated Pool Facilities /Bar Allowed Restaurant

Conf. Center

Pets Allowed with Fee

Wheelchair Snack Swimming Tennis Accessible Wi-Fi Pool Bar

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Locations of lodging are indicated by these colors

Condominiums

1,2,3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

EIGJ LSPT

Bahia Mar Condos

32

2,3

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

JS K

The Beach House I, II, III

64

1,2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS DC

3

ELI JFU

The Breakers

12

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

F

30

1,2,3,4, Penthouses

N

N

V,MC,AE

3700 Gulf Blvd.

32

1,2

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

Continental

15

1,2

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

E HI GSU

35

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

FG JI

2600 Gulf Blvd.

30

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

3

G JI

Florence I

30

Eff,1,2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

EG IJP

Florence II

60

Eff,1,2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

IJ P

Franke Plaza

69

2,3,4

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

3

F

2

DE F IJ KU

6300 Padre Blvd 3400 Gulf Blvd. 708 Padre Blvd

Bridgepoint 334 Padre Blvd., 761-7969, Fax: 761-2844 1-800-221-1402 www.bridgepointresort.com bridgepointcondo@aol.com

Castaways

4908 Gulf Blvd.

Edgewater

2216 Gulf Blvd.

Embassy

5500 Gulf Blvd. 5700 Gulf Blvd. 708 Padre Blvd.

Inverness Resort

Agent

Amenities

Accept Spring Breakers

69

Min. Stay (days)

Mtg. Rooms

2000 Gulf Blvd.

Aquarius

Credit Cards

Bedrooms

GULF SIDE/BEACH ACCESS INNER ISLAND BAY SIDE

# of Units

Telephone numbers are in the 956 Area Code unless otherwise noted. Reservations for condominiums can be made directly with rental agencies if a phone number is not indicated.

2/4

92

1,2, 3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

600 Padre Blvd.

44

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

Isla Grand Beach Resort 500 Padre Blvd., 761-6511, Fax: 761-5397, 1-800-292-7704(US) www.islagrand.com • info@islagrand.com

65

2

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS.DC,CB

1

42

1,2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

E I PR

18

1,2,3

N

N

V,MC,DIS

3

AP

25

2,3

N

N

V,MC,DIS

2

66

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

F E FI J L PU

5600 Gulf Blvd.

Isla Del Sol

La Internacional 5008 Gulf Blvd.

La Playa 2308 Gulf Blvd.,

761-1066, 1-877-544-1066, rentals@southpadrebeach.com www.southpadrebeach.com

Marisol Condominiums

1700 Gulf Blvd., 761-1193, Fax: 761-5032 www.marisol-spi.com manager@marisol-spi.com

Ocean View 4700 Gulf Blvd.

Ocean Vista Towers

FIL

84

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

3

Fax: 761-4203, thepadregrand@aol.com • www.spadre.com/padregrand.htm

6

2,3

N

N

V,MC

5

Padre South Hotel 1500 Gulf Blvd, P.O. Box 2338 761-4951, Fax: 761-4954, 1-844-GoPadre www.padresouth.com • reservations@padresouth.com

18

2

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

1

40

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE

2

52

1,2

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

1

70

Eff,1,2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

1

EJ U

237

1,2,3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

BDEF IJKL PSU

Eff,1,2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE

3

60

2,3,Penthouse, Bungalow

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

A EF KP

80

1,2,3

N

N

V, MC

2

I

2800 Gulf Blvd., 761-1717

The Padre Grand 2100 Gulf Blvd., 761-7290,

Parkshore

7000 Gulf Blvd.

FI

Pearl South Padre

310 Padre Blvd., 761-6551, Fax: 761-6552 1-800-222-4010(US) www.pearlsouthpadre.com abdel.zouari@pearlsouthpadre.com

Royale Beach & Tennis Club

400 Padre Blvd., P.O. Box 2879, 761-1166, Fax: 761-5808 www.royale-spi.com • rbtc@sprynet.com

Saida Towers I,II,III,IV 410 Padre Blvd.

Sangria Condominiums 1400 Gulf Blvd., P.O. Box 2399, 761-2141,Fax: 761-2158 1-866-41-CONDO(412-6636) 30 www.sangriacondominiums.com Sapphire Condominiums 310-A Padre Blvd.

Sea Vista Condominiums 110 Padre Blvd. 761-5526, Fax 761-5529, www.seavistacondos.com seavistacondos@aol.com Beach Rentals

Boat Ramp

Cable TV

Elevator

Exercise Room

Fishing

Heated Pool

Indoor Indoor Laundry Nightclub Pets Pool Heated Pool Facilities Allowed Restaurant /Bar

Wheelchair Snack Swimming Tennis Accessible Wi-Fi Pool Bar

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Locations of lodging are indicated by these colors

Telephone numbers are in the 956 Area Code unless otherwise noted. Reservations for condominiums can be made directly with rental agencies if a phone number is not indicated.

1,2,3

N

N

V,MC,DIS

2

Seabreeze I Condominiums 4300 Gulf Blvd. 761-7734, Fax 761-2454, 1-800-221-6448 www.seabreeze1.net • seabreeze4300@sbcglobal.net

28

2,3,4

N

N

V,MC,DIS

2

D

Seagull

20

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

EG JL

Seville

36

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

GF JK

Summit

64

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

Sunchase Beachfront Condos 1010 Padre Blvd. 761-1660, Fax: 761-1401, 1-800-433-3702 www.sunchasebeachfrontcondos.com info@sunchasebeachfrontcondos.com

38

2,3,4

N

Y

V,MC

3

E

Sunchase IV

75

1,2,3

Y

N

V,MC,AE

2

AF LN

Suntide I

1912 Gulf Blvd.

13

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

Suntide II 4400 Gulf Blvd.,

34

2,3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

65

2,3, Penthouse, Corner

N

Y

V,MC,DIS

3

63

1,2,3

Y

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

2

Beachview

42

2

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

3

EF GI JP

Casa Del Sol

24

2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

IF ST

Cora Lee Gulfview

18

2

N

Coronado I,II

12

1,2

N

Y

Dolphin Condominiums

30

N

N

Fiesta Del Sol

45

2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

IP S

30

Eff,1,2

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

GI T

Gulfview II

78

Eff,1,2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

HIJ LP ST

Habitat

25

2,3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

DH LT

20

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

1

PT

Las Puertas Condominiums

12

2

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

LS

Las Verandas Condominiums

22

2

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

LIS TU

Morningside I,II,III,IV

24

1,2

N

Y

V,MC

3

BI

Padre Oasis

30

2

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

EI

Park Lane Resort 108 E. Coronado, P.O. Box 2257 761-7924, Fax: 761-2994, 1-800-874-8594

20

2

N

Y

30

2

N

N

4100 Gulf Blvd. 3900 Gulf Blvd. 900 Padre Blvd.

1000 Padre Blvd.

761-4959, Fax: 761-1303 1-800-237-4786, www.suntideii.com sunrise@suntideii.com

Suntide III

3000 Gulf Blvd. 761-1307, Fax: 761-1506, 1-800-847-5728 www.suntideiii.com • gm@suntideiii.com

Tiki Vacation Condominium

6608 Padre Blvd., 761-2694, Fax: 761-7538, 1-800-551-8454 www.thetikispi.com • info@thetikispi.com

2400 Gulf Blvd. 123 E. Amberjack 129 E. Cora Lee 5701 Gulf Blvd. 301 Gulf Blvd.

115 E. Amberjack

Gulfview I 120 Padre Blvd.,

772-1010, Fax: 761-5910, 1-877-772-1017 gv1_hoa@yahoo.com • www.gulfviewonecondos.com

130 Padre Blvd. 104 E. Parade

La Isla

150 Padre Blvd., 518-1254 www.laislasouthpadre.com reservations@laislasouthpadre.com

123 E. Carolyn

6410 Padre Blvd.

129 E. Morningside 111 E. Morningside

Seascape 117 E. Verna Jean, P.O. Box 3688, 761-7168, Fax: 761-8961 www.seascapespi.com goseascape@aol.com Beach Rentals

Boat Ramp

Cable TV

Elevator

Exercise Room

Fishing

Heated Pool

Agent

Amenities

Accept Spring Breakers

43

Min. Stay (days)

Mtg. Rooms

Seabreeze Beach Resort 5400 Gulf Blvd. P.O. Box 3169, 761-1541, Fax: 761-1551 1-800-541-9901, www.seabreezebeachresort.com office@seabreezespi.com

Credit Cards

Bedrooms

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Condominiums

GULF SIDE/BEACH ACCESS INNER ISLAND BAY SIDE

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3

LP T

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Wheelchair Snack Swimming Tennis Accessible Wi-Fi Pool Bar

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Locations of lodging are indicated by these colors

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

AD GP

31

2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

BH PS

24

1,2

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

P

110 E. Verna Jean

27

2

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

I PS

Vista Del Mar

44

2

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

ST U

Galleon Bay Club Condos

13

2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

3

GH DJL PS T

La Solana

31

2,3,4

N

N

V,MC,AE

2

BE HL

Landfall Tower Resort 6403 Padre Blvd

54

Eff,1,2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

BG S

Las Brisas 227 W. Morningside Dr., P.O. Box 2370 761-5111, Fax: 433-5899 • lasbrisasspi@gmail.com www.lasbrisassouthpadreisland.com

25

1,2,3,4

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

Las Marinas

14

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

Puesta Del Sol

42

2

N

N

V,MC,AE

7

Sand Castle

49

Eff,1,2,3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

1

South Padre Marina

49

1,2,3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

16

2,3

Y

N

DO NOT ACCEPT

30

35

2,3

N

N

N

Y

V,MC,DIS

612 RV 140 Tent 8 Cabanas

Y

Y

V,MC,DIS

209 RV, 3 Condos, 8 Waterfront Lodges, 11 Standard Lodges

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

Surfside II

5601 Gulf Blvd.

Ventura

119 E. Venus

Villa Del Sol 123 E. Pompano

4901 Laguna Blvd., 761-7808, Fax: 761-4757, gbc@icsmanagement.net

206 W. Red Snapper

5909 Padre Blvd. 201 W. Acapulco / 3113 Laguna Blvd 208 W. Kingfish 6201 Padre Blvd.

Sunset On The Bay 5101 Laguna Blvd., 761-1399, Fax: 761-7888, spisunsetcondos@aol.com Tierra Encantada 220 W. Cora Lee

Agent

Amenities

Accept Spring Breakers

1,2

108 E. Morningside

Min. Stay (days)

Mtg. Rooms

34

Surfside I

Credit Cards

Bedrooms

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GULF SIDE/BEACH ACCESS INNER ISLAND BAY SIDE

# of Units

Condominiums

Telephone numbers are in the 956 Area Code unless otherwise noted. Reservations for condominiums can be made directly with rental agencies if a phone number is not indicated.

DE JK LT

I PG

FI L

7

Camping Andy Bowie Park (Cameron County) 7300 N. Padre Blvd., 761-3704, Fax: 761-5382, victor.macias@co.cameron.tx.us www.co.cameron.tx.us/parks/index.htm

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Isla Blanca County Park 1/2 Park Rd 100, 761-5494, Fax: 761-5317, Pedro.garza@co.cameron.tx.us www.co.cameron.tx.us/parks/index.htm South Padre KOA 1 Padre Blvd 761-5665

Fax: 761-8851, 1-800-562-9724 www.southpadrekoa.com • southpadre@koa.net

Beach Rentals

Boat Ramp

Cable TV

Elevator

Exercise Room

Fishing

Heated Pool

6 MO

Indoor Indoor Laundry Nightclub Pets Pool Heated Pool Facilities Allowed Restaurant /Bar

Wheelchair Snack Swimming Tennis Accessible Wi-Fi Pool Bar

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Eats & Treats

On The Island Italics indicates Chamber Members Barry’s International at Hilton Garden Inn

Seafood, Steaks, Pasta

7010 Padre Blvd.

956-772-1087

Barry’s Tacos and Margaritas at Hilton Garden Inn

Tacos

7010 Padre Blvd.

956-435-7788

Bar Louie Deck Bar & Grill at Courtyard Marriott

Tacos, Burgers, Seafood

6700 Padre Blvd.

956-433-0590

Bar Louie Restaurant & Bar at Courtyard Marriott

Salads, Seafood, Burgers

6700 Padre Blvd.

956-433-0590

BBQ Haus at Beach Park at Isla Blanca

BBQ

33261 State Park Rd. 100

956-772-7873

Beach Club Bar & Grill at LaQuinta

Beachfront, Pizza, Burgers

7000 Padre Blvd.

956-772-7000

Beachside Bar & Grille at Pearl South Padre

Beachfront, Seafood, Steaks

310 Padre Blvd.

956-761-6551

Blackbeards’ Restaurant

Seafood, Burgers, Steaks

103 E. Saturn

956-761-2962

Blue Marlin Supermarket

Deli, Take-out

2912 Padre Blvd.

956-761-4966

Boomerang Billy’s

Beachfront, Burgers, Seafood

3201 Padre Blvd.

956-761-2420

BurgerFi

Burgers

5001 Padre Blvd.

956-433-5502

Café Karma

Specialty Coffee, Pastries

5200 Padre Blvd., #101

956-433-5042

Café on the Beach at Palms Resort

Beachfront, Seafood, Steak

3616 Gulf Blvd.

956-761-2703

Cap’n Roy’s

Seafood, Mexican

1313 Padre Blvd.

956-761-9990

Ceviche Ceviche

Customized Ceviche

1004 Padre Blvd.

956-772-1555

Chilitto Pikin

Mexican Food

3305 Padre Blvd.

956-433-5484

Clayton’s Beach Bar & Grill

Seafood, Burgers, Sandwiches

6900 Padre Blvd.

956-761-5900

Coconut Jack’s

Bayfront, Seafood, Burgers

2301 Laguna Blvd.

956-761-4218

Coffee Hut at Isla Grand Beach Resort

Pastries, Fruit, Starbucks

500 Padre Blvd.

956-761-6511

D’ Pizza Joint

Pizzas, Subs, Burgers

2413 Padre Blvd.

956-761-7995

Daddy’s Seafood & Cajun Kitchen

Seafood, Burgers

1808 Padre Blvd.

956-761-1975

Dairy Queen

Burgers, Ice Cream, Sandwiches

2401 Padre Blvd.

956-761-1072

Denny’s

Seafood, Steaks, Burgers

1110 Padre Blvd.

956-761-1887

Dirty Al’s

Waterfront, Seafood

1 Padre Blvd.

956-761-4901

Dolce Roma at Mirage

Ice Cream

4200 Padre Blvd.

956-761-1198

Dolce Roma at Wings

Ice Cream

904 Padre Blvd.

956-761-3418

El Chilango Taqueria

Mexican Food

1912 Padre Blvd.

201-616-1417

F&B SPI Restaurant

Seafood, Steaks, Pasta

3109 Padre Blvd.

956-772-8114

Gabriella’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria

Italian, Pizza

700 Padre Blvd.

956-761-6111

Grapevine Café

Steaks, Burgers, Mexican

100 E. Swordfish

956-761-8463

Isla Grand Grill at Isla Grand Beach Resort

Beachfront, Burgers, Hot Dogs

500 Padre Blvd.

956-761-6511

Island Market

Take-out

5012 Padre Blvd.

956-761-5171

Jake’s Restaurant & Bar

Seafood, Mexican, Burgers

2001 Padre Blvd.

956-761-5012

Jalapeños Mexican Restaurant

Mexican Food

1004 Padre Blvd., Ste. J-1

956-772-7337

Johnny Rocket

Hamburgers, Salads

410 Padre Blvd.

Josephine’s Kitchen

Breakfast, Salads, Sandwiches

3409 Padre Blvd.

956-299-4910

Ka Motion

Bayfront, Dinner Cruise

200 Pike St.

956-410-9945

Karla’s Katering

Catering

3311 Padre Blvd., Suite B

956-761-1644

Keko’s Su Casa Café at Ramada

Mexican, Seafood

6200 Padre Blvd.

956-299-2481

Kelly’s Pub

Authentic Irish

101 E. Morningside

956-433-5380

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Chicken

3201 Padre Blvd.

956-761-2392

KIC’s Ice Cream

Ice Cream

2500 Padre Blvd., Suite 4

956-426-9181

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Italics indicates Chamber Members Kohnami Sushi Japanese Restaurant

Teppanyaki Grill, Sushi

410 Padre Blvd.

La Copa Cabana Bar & Grill

Beachfront, Pizza, Burgers

350 Padre Blvd.

956-761-6000

Laguna BOB

Bayfront, Seafood, Burgers

2401 Laguna Blvd.

956-433-5499

956-761-2446

La Copa Cabana Bar & Grill

Beachfront, Pizza, Burgers

350 Padre Blvd.

956-761-6000

Laguna BOB

Bayfront, Seafood, Burgers

2401 Laguna Blvd.

956-433-5499

Las Olas at Peninsula

Beachfront, Seafood, Steaks

340 Padre Blvd.

956-761-3767

Liam’s Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

Steaks, Seafood

202 W. Tarpon

956-772-4700 808-640-4891

Lobo Del Mar

Bayfront, Seafood, Burgers

204 W. Palm

Longboard Bar & Grill

Bayfront, Seafood, Sandwiches

205 W. Palm

956-772-7022

Lookout Bar + Refuge at La Quinta Inn & Suites

American, Burgers, Pizza

7000 Padre Blvd.

956-772-7000

Louie’s Backyard

Bayfront, Seafood, Steaks

2305 Laguna Blvd.

956-761-6406

McDonald’s

Burgers

908 Padre Blvd.

956-761-4999

Margarita’s Beach Bar & Grill

Seafood, Chicken, Sandwiches

American, Seafood, French Fries Mahi Nic

1500 Gulf Blvd.

956-761-5555

33384 State Park Rd. 100

956-243-0279

(Sea Ranch Marina)

Meatball Café

Italian

2412 Padre Blvd.

956-299-4562

Montana’s Bar & Grill

Burgers, Fried Fish, Chicken

2700 Padre Blvd.

956-772-7002

Padre Island Brewing Co.

Burgers, Pizza, Ribs

3400 Padre Blvd.

956-761-9585

PadreRitaGrill

Seafood, Sandwiches, Salads

4001 Padre Blvd.

956-761-7482

Painted Marlin Grille

Seafood, Burgers, Sandwiches

202 W. Whiting

956-761-2977

Parrot Eyes Restaurant

Waterfront, Seafood, Sandwiches

5801 Padre Blvd.

956-772-9040

Paulino’s Restaurant

Italian

4600 Padre Blvd.

956-761-4000

Pier 19

Bayfront, Seafood, Sandwiches

1 Padre Blvd.

956-761-7437

Pizza Hut

Pizza, Italian

1905 Padre Blvd.

956-761-1361

Quarterdeck/Hammerhead Deck at Isla Grand Beach Resort

Beachfront, Appetizers

500 Padre Blvd.

956-761-6511

Russo’s New York Pizzeria

Pizza, Salads, Italian

410 Padre Blvd., Ste 101

956-299-4987

Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar

Waterfront, Seafood, Steaks

3330 State Park Rd. 100

956-761-1314

Seaside Bar & Grill at Holiday Inn Resort Beachfront Señor Donkey Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Beachfront, Seafood, Steaks

100 Padre Blvd.

956-426-9066

Mexican, Seafood

4215 Padre Blvd.

956-761-4843

Shrimp Haus at Beach Park at Isla Blanca

Beachfront, Seafood, Pizza

33261 State Park Rd. 100

956-772-9772 956-772-7245

Southern Wave Sailing Cruises

Bay, Seafood, Dinner Cruise

Wahoo Saloon Dock

Stripes

Take-out

Various locations

Subway

Sandwiches, Salads

2100 Padre Blvd.

956-761-6700

Taco Palenque at Holiday Inn Resort Beachfront

Mexican Food

100 Padre Blvd.

956-426-9066

Ted’s Restaurant

Seafood, Sandwiches, Burgers

3009 Padre Blvd.

956-761-5327

The Bistro at Courtyard Marriott

Breakfast, Salads, Sandwiches

6700 Padre Blvd.

956-433-0590

Tom & Jerry’s Beach Club Bar & Grill

Burgers, Steaks, Seafood

3212 Padre Blvd.

956-761-8999

Tropical Smoothie Café

Smoothies, Sandwiches, Salads

410 Padre Blvd.

956-433-5259

U-Mix Yogurt & Deli

Coffee, Frozen Yogurt, Deli

1004 Padre Blvd.

956-426-9037

Wanna Wanna

Beachfront, Seafood, Burgers

5100 Gulf Blvd.

956-761-7600

Whataburger

Burgers

105 W. Retama

956-761-7862

Williedean Bagels

Bagels, Sandwiches

1817 Padre Blvd, .#3

956-433-5119

Windjammers at Isa Grand Beach Resort

Beachfront, Seafood, Steaks

500 Padre Blvd.

956-761-6511

Wing Stop

Wings

2400 Padre Blvd.

956-761-1300

World Flavors Coffee House

Coffee, Specialty Drinks, Pastries

5009 Padre Blvd, Suite 4

956-772-8050

Yummies Bistro

Sandwiches, Salads

700 Padre Blvd.

956-761-2526

SPI Chamber Member Eats & Treats in Port Isabel H.E. Butt Grocery Co.

Deli, Take-out

1679 W. Hwy. 100 (PI)

956-943-1171

Marcello’s Ocean Grille & Spirits

Italian, Pizza, Seafood

110 N. Tarnava St. (PI)

956-943-7611

Pirate’s Landing

Bayfront, Seafood, Sandwiches

Lighthouse Square (PI)

956-943-3663

Quik Stop

Fresh Seafood

501 W. Hwy. 100

956-943-1159

SPI Chamber Member Food Trucks Located on South Padre Island Leimon’s Pizzeria & Big Tex Funnel Cake

Pizza, Funnel Cake

Beach Access 5

515-981-3845

Overpeck’s BBQ

BBQ

209 W. Whiting St.

210-730-6535

Porky’s Pit

BBQ

5401 Padre Blvd.

956-772-8143

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