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Inside This Guide Welcome to Paradise How to Get to South Padre Visitor Information South Padre Island Map Our History Attractions and Recreation 2017 Event Calendar 2017 Event Highlights Things To Do Weddings In Paradise Our Winter Texan Friends Nature - Island Style Our Neighbors South Padre Island Economic Facts Education Quality Healthcare Mexico Travel Tips Rental Agencies & Accommodations 71 Eats and Treats

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outh 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 half-mile 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.

TRANSPORTATION 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. At the present time, Metro Connect Bus connects with Island Metro (956.761.8178) in Port Isabel, and both of these buses are free to the public. On the Island you will be dropped off anywhere along Padre Blvd or Gulf Blvd, closest to your lodging choice. 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 Island Metro. Leave your car at home or just parked upon arrival. Island Metro can pick you up or 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 must use bus stops. Island Metro runs 7 days a week 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 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 Port Isabel and transfer to the Metro Connect Bus. This service will take you to the Brownsville bus station, Valley Transit in Harlingen, the Mercedes Outlets, or the McAllen bus station for a very small fee.

NEW Park and Ride Facility The next time you travel to the Island, the first thing you will see is the Island’s new Park and Ride Facility. The transportation hub is projected to be operational by Fall of 2017. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $3.5 million to the City of South Padre Island for the project. The two story facility will offer “intermodal” connections between automobile and bus, providing a better transfer location for visitors. It will also provide 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 new 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 in the upper valley. Upon completion of the new transportation hub, all bus transfers from Brownsville and Harlingen will take place at the new facility, and will offer passengers unloading/loading under bus canopies; protecting riders, drivers and buses from harsh elements. For a downloadable copy of the Island Metro schedule go to www.myspi.org or Metro Connect at www.rgvmetroconnect.com, or call the SPI Chamber at 956.761.4412. sopadre.com

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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

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BEACH PATROL The goal of the South Padre Island Beach Patrol is to monitor beach activities and provide rescue services as needed on the City’s beaches. The long narrow beaches of South Padre Island do not lend themselves to traditional stationary lifeguard stands; therefore a “mobile patrol” is used to cover all of the City’s beach area. They not only respond to calls for assistance and caution people on the beach about potentially hazards actions, they also provide minor first aid for jelly fish stings, scrapes, and cuts, etc. The Beach Patrol members also act as ambassadors for the City by providing information to our visitors on such far ranging topics as “what kind of fish is that”, to “where is a good place to watch the sunset”. The Beach Patrol is an essential part of making our visitors trip to the beach a happy and safe experience.

SPI VISITORS CENTER The SPI Visitors Center is currently located at 610 Padre Blvd., and will move into the new Island Park and Ride Facility in the Fall of 2017. The Visitors Center has a large selection of flyers, coupons, brochures, digital maps, public computers, and much more. Staff is always available to answer questions and provide any other assistance visitors and residents might need. 956.761.6433

SPI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Currently located in the SPI Visitors Center at 610 Padre Blvd., the SPI Chamber of Commerce will be moving to the new Island Park and Ride facility during the Fall of 2017. The Chamber provides information to tourist and those looking to relocate, about services and supplies provided by their business members. Upon moving to the Island Park and Ride facility, the Chamber will have the space needed to display and distribute flyers from business members to tourist coming through the facility. For more information, or to have information mailed to you go to www.spichamber.com, email info@spichamber.com, or call 956.761.4412.

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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 welldeserved 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.

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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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n 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 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.

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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 wildlooking 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. 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.

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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 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 x 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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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.spi chamber.com or call 956.761.4412

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 phe-

nomenon. 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 30 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.

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

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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

Historical Museum of South Padre Island

Welcome to the Historical Museum of South Padre Island. The Museum is dedicated to preserving and displaying the history of South Padre Island. A history that must be documented because at first glance, there does not seem to be anything here other than a sandbar; but in reality, there is a tremendous amount of interesting and enlightening history. A vivid, varied and unique history, starting with prehistoric creatures, Indians, shipwrecks, ranching, casinos, smugglers, bombings and enemy submarines to today’s high-rises, beach bars and tourists. The exhibits now on display show the period from 1900 through the 1930’s. This is the beginning of what will become a Museum of our History - South Padre Island. The Museum is on display at the South Padre Island Visitors Center located at 610 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island. The Museum welcomes historical materials, stories and donations. For more information please contact Dennis Franke at 956.761.0044 or Steve Hathcock at 956.238.9500.

Isla Blanca Park

Located on the southern tip of the Island, this park is the crown jewel of the Cameron County Park System. The park provides over one mile of beach that offers recreational facilities such as picnic and playground areas, fishing jetties, boat ramp, University of Texas Pan American Coastal Studies Laboratory and Chapel By The Sea, a non-denominational church. The park has over 600 R.V. spaces and is in close proximity to a full-service marina that offers daily fishing charters, dolphin watch trips, snorkeling, 26 spichamber.com

parasailing, boat sales and repairs, boat fuel and storage, and of course the world famous Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. For more information call 956. 761.5494

John L.Tompkins Park

The longtime dream of former City Councilman Sam Listi for a citywide Community Park became a reality in 2015 when grant money was received for Phase I, which was completed in 2016. The final phase, of the approximately 2-acre park, is projected to be completed by summer 2017. 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., immediately south of Ramada South Padre, and is the perfect place for both residents and visitors to take advantage of a healthy outdoor lifestyle.

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 onehalf 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, ATV’s 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 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

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 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. There are currently 28 sandcastles located all over the Island. Stop by the SPI Visitors Center at 610 Padre Blvd. to pick-up a map of the locations, and while you are there be sure to take a look at the largest sandcastle on the trail located out front on the street. This sandcastle was constructed during the fall of 2013 by local master, Andy Hancock. 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 do not touch.

Schlitterbahn Beach 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.schlitter bahn.com sopadre.com

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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. Located at 6617 Padre Blvd. For more information call (956) 761-4511 or go to seaturtleinc.com. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. If you see a sea turtle, call the TURTLE HOTLINE (956) 380-9677.

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is located on the north end just south of the South Padre Island Convention Centre at 6801 Padre Boulevard. The 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 an auditorium, a gift shop, a public meeting room, a five (5) story observation tower and over 3,500 linear feet of boardwalks with numerous observation decks that allow visitors to watch and photograph a host of birds, fish, turtles, butterflies, dragonflies and lizards, as well as our resident alligator— Allowishes. For more information about the South Padre Island Birding

and Nature Center, see page 44, call 956-761-6801 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 multimillion 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-OKPADRE or email info@sopadre.com

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

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. =

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

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

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SPI Polar Bear Dip SPI Penguin Plunge Longest Causeway Run & Wellness Walk 22nd Annual W.O.W.E. Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo Market Days Chili Cook-Off Winter Texan Adopt-A-Beach Clean-up Isle Ditter Dog Surfrider Adopt-A-Beach Clean-up Laguna Madre Art League Show & Sale SPI BikeFest “Roar by the Shore” Market Days

• Farmer’s Market is held each Sunday, year round, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at The Shores. • We are your fireworks destination! Refer to Event Highlights on page 32 for a complete listing

2017 Event Calendar

For a complete list of events, including seasonal events and concerts, call 800-SO-PADRE, go to sopadre.com, call the SPI Chamber of Commerce at 956-761-4412 or go to spichamber.com

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M&M Off Road Spring Break Jam Spring Break SPI - Texas Week UME Concerts

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Sand Crab Beach Bike Ride and Beach Run SPI Splash Texas Adopt-A-Beach Clean-up TGSA Surfing Championship

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Pedal to Padre Jailbreak SPI Fiesta Padre Turtle Days SPI Beach Volleyball Tournament Memorial Day Fireworks Over the Bay

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Island of Praise Concert 4th of July Fireworks Over the Bay Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) Ladies Kingfish Tournament (LKT)

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Isla Del Sol Fest SPI Beach Volleyball Tournament Labor Day Fireworks Over the Bay Texas Adopt-A-Beach Clean-up Ruffrider Regatta SPI Dive Week

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Fireworks

SisBoomBah! We are your fireworks destination every 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 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 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.

last! For more information about the Polar Bear Dip go to facebook.com/southpadrepolarbears

South Padre Penguin Plunge What are you doing New Year’s Day? Join the South Padre Penguins at Boomerang Billy’s beach bar to drink, share fishy stories and walk funny. The South Padre Penguins plunge into the New Year laughing, listening to music by Leslie Blasing, and maybe even taking a “plunge” into the Gulf of Mexico every New Year’s Day at 2:00 pm. Start the New Year off right and join the penguins to visit with both new and old friends, check out some super great raffle items, pick-up your one-of-a-kind event t-shirt, and generally speaking – start the new year as you mean to spend the rest of the year – having fun on South Padre Island!

BikeFest “Roar by the Shore”

With an unmistakable rumble, SPI BikeFest “The Roar by the Shore” is set to take over

South Padre Island once again. Taking place February 17-19, 2017, SPI BikeFest will be the first major motorcycle event to rev up each year in the state of Texas. The Island’s moderate winter temperatures provide the perfect location for those motorcycle enthusiasts suffering from cabin fever following the holidays. Here is your opportunity to “ROAR” in the new year. After being gone from the Island for 4 years, event officials expect 3,000-5,000 motorcyclists to roar onto the Island to take advantage of great food, music, vendors, a $10,000 Poker Run, Causeway Parade, and who knows...that much loved, and missed ride to Mexico just might make a comeback. One thing you can be assured of is having a good time! Mark your calendars, and make your plans to “Roar by the Shore”. For more information go to www.spibikefest.com, info@spibikefest.com or call 956.668.7484

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 refreshingly 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 sopadre.com 33


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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. 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. Both races start at La Quinta Inn & Suites Beach Resort, located at 7000 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX, on the beach. For more information and registration go to www.RunInTexas. com/spibike for the Bike Ride and www.RunInTexas.com/spi crab for the Crab Run.

recruit two of your running buddies to create a team for the 3Person Half-Marathon Relay. Each person will complete 4-6 miles on the Half Marathon course. Just to add a little something more the South Padre Marathon will have more than 20 Selfie Zones along the course, making it the Official Marathon of the Selfie! Lets face it, running really is all about you! Your training, your commitment, your sacrifice and your achievement! This marathon makes it easy for you to commemorate your experience with fantastic stops along the course where you can catch a quick breather, and take a great Selfie! Some of the Selfie Zones will be local landmarks while others will be created just for the run, however, all of them will be memorable! For more information and registration go to www.runspi.com

Ladies Kingfish Tournament

The 36th Annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament is scheduled for August 11-13, 2017. This ladies only tournament is divided

into two divisions, bay and offshore. Qualifying fish include redfish, trout and flounder for bay, and kingfish, blackfin tuna, dolphin and bonito for offshore. Trophies are awarded to the top four places in each category, as well as Grand Champion in each division. For more information about the tournament call the SPI Chamber at 956.761.4412 or go to www.spichamber.com

Sand Castle Days

For over 25 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

78th Annual Texas International Fishing Tournament

The largest saltwater fishing tournament is Texas is scheduled for August 4-6, 2017, and provides an atmosphere of friendly fishing competition and wholesome family fun. Over 1,100 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 =

South Padre Marathon The South Padre Marathon has something for everyone. The Full Marathon is a scenic, flat course (only one hill in the entire 26.2 miles!) with sights and sounds that can only be found in South Padre, the perfect race for getting your qualifying time or setting a new personal record. If a Full Marathon is not your style, the Half-Marathon is also a scenic, flat course (only one hill in the entire 13.1 miles!), and is perfect for the first timer, the long timer, and the “I’m only gonna do this once” timer! Whether your goal is to check off a bucket list item, set a new personal best time, or simply enjoy a run in an Island paradise, this event has it all! If you want to share the excitement,

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Beach Weddings on South Padre Island by Sammi Kaye LLC

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Here is what you need to know: Let the magic of your love sweep you away on a journey of a lifetime.

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hether 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.

Weddings in Paradise

1 Residents 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 18 years old. One valid form of identification such as drivers license, certified copy of birth certificate, U.S. Passport or military ID card is required and your Social Security number. No blood test is required. The license is good for 30 days. There is a 72-hour waiting period between obtaining the license and holding the wedding. Cost of a license for both resident and non-residents is $82.00 cash (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 Persons authorized to perform weddings in Texas include licensed or ordained Christian ministers, priests, Jewish rabbis, officers authorized by religious organizations, justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of criminal appeals, justices of the courts of appeals, judges of the district, county, and probate courts, judges of the county courts at law, judges of the courts of domestic relations, judges of the juvenile courts, retired justices or judges, justices of the peace, retired justices of the peace, and judges or magistrates of a federal court of Texas. Contact the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce at (956) 761-4412 for additional information.

4 All 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) 7613044. 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. =

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Our Winter Texan Friends Just as most species of birds migrate south for the winter to escape the bitter cold temperatures of the north, so do our Winter Texans.

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inter 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! =

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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.

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n 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 and Nature Center, 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 Yellow-billed 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, especially 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! 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, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center 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

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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. 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. 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 2009 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 Black-

headed 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. 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 Madre bay,

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Home of the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center — 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

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. =

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The Most Exciting And Fascinating Cultural Entities In South Texas


Old City Gladys Cemetery Center Porter Zoo (956) 541-5560 or 541-1167 (956) 546-7187

Sombrero Festival

www.brownsvillehistory.org

(956) 541-5560

facebook.com/mitteculturaldistrict (956) 547-6860 www.parks.cob.us

Brownsville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. www.brownsville.org

www.brownsville.org

(956) 546-3898

Hours:Mon.-Sat.10a.m.-4p.m.

Mitte Cultural District Brownsville Parks and Recreation Dept. www.mitteculturaldistrict.org

www.costumesoftheamericasmuseum.net

Visitors Center at Old Railroad Scale House

Historic Laureles Ranch House

Costumes of the Americas Museum (956) 547-8990 (located at Linear Park)

www.gpz.org

www.brownsvillehistory.org

www.sombrerofestival.com

(956) 550-9682

Feb. 23rd, 24th & 25th

www.brownsvillewellnesscoalition.com

www.holidayvillage.cob.us www.brownsvillehistory.org

Historic Brownsville Museum (956) 548-1313

Brownsville Farmer’s Market (956) 755-0614

Holiday Village November 21st - Jan. 1st (956) 546-3721

Children’s Museum of Brownsville (956) 548-9300 www.cmofbrownsville.org

www.camilleplayhouse.org

Camille Playhouse (956) 542-8900

www.bmfa.us

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art (956) 542-0941

Located Within Walking Distance of Each other, These Popular Attractions Are Representative of the Culture & Diversity Brownsville, Texas Has to Offer


Brownsville

Brownsville is the 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 31acre 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 Washington 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.MitteCultural

District.org, or stop by the Visitors Center located in the district on the corner of 6th and Ringgold. Not to be missed while visiting is the Rio Grande Valley Wing of the Confederate Air Force located at the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport. The annual air show, held in March each year, is a recreation of WWII air power with demonstrations of aircraft capable of mach speeds and much more. For more information call 956.541.8585. 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

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Memorial and nature trails 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 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

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-akind 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

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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 956.423.5440, 800.531.7345 or go to www.visitharlingentexas.com

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 of Sports Complex, Veteran’s

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. We hope you enjoy your visit to Port Isabel. If your vacation plans bring you to the Laguna Madre area during the winter months, check out the World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off 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. = sopadre.com 53


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 14.5% Hotel/Motel Tax (6% to State of Texas; of which 1% is returned to the City for beach renourishment, and 8.5% to the Convention and Visitors Bureau). 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 Time Warner Cable (800.222.5355). Electrical service can be obtained from several suppliers (www.powerto choose.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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Education 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

Christ’s Harbor Christian School

Christ’s Harbor Christian School offers premier, Christian education in a private setting for the Laguna Madre area. Located in beautiful Laguna Vista, Christ’s Harbor Christian School provides a Christ-centered, challenging academic program in an environment where students can thrive spiritually, academically, socially and physically. As a member of the Association of Christian Schools International with ACSI certification for all of our instructors, you may be confident you are receiving the best education possible. We offer a small student to faculty ratio, a state-ofthe-art computer lab, a free state-

regulated meal program and exciting after school and summer programs all in a beautiful, newly remodeled facility. Additionally, our on-site, state-licensed daycare facility serves all your daycare needs and grooms your children to enter school. If you are interested in the best possible Christian education for your children, then Christ’s Harbor Christian School is a perfect match. We are competitively priced and conveniently located. Please make an appointment to meet our faculty and tour our facility. We look forward to meeting you. 1441 Santa Isabel Blvd., Laguna Vista, TX 78578, 956.943.5595,www.christsharbor church.com Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

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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. Originally established in 1926, TSC serves Cameron and Willacy Counties. Visit www.tsc. edu for additional information or call 956.295.3600.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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, 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.lmca texas.org.

Texas Southmost College

Texas Southmost College (TSC) offers an 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

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 sci-

ences 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 at Brownsville and The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg – UTRGV is pledged to be a “Gateway to the Americas,” a bilingual, bicultural and bi-literate 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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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.

MEDICAL CLINICS

CHIROPRACTIC CLINICS

AIR TRANSPORT

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

Duve Wellness Center 201 W. Queen Isabella, Port Isabel 956.943.2300

PI Medical Clinic 1200 Hwy. 100 #5, Port Isabel 956.943.6675

Laguna Madre Chiropractic 402 S. Garcia, Port Isabel 956.943.9943

Air Evac Lifeteam Located in McAllen, TX (Local emergency personnel will contact direct for transport)

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

HOSPITALS

SPI Clinic 3808 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island 956.761.3996 DENTAL CLINICS The Dentist – Emma L. Gavito, DDS 4912 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island 956.761.1012 Port Isabel Dental Associates 314 Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel 956.943.4166

Harlingen Medical Center 5501 S. Exp. 77, Harlingen 956.365.1000 Valley Baptist Medical Center 1040 W. Jefferson St., Brownsville 956.698.5400 Valley Baptist Medical Center 2101 Pease St., Harlingen 956.389.1100 Valley Regional Medical Center 100 Alton Gloor Blvd., Brownsville 956.350.7000

ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER Origins Recovery Centers of Texas 4405 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island 956.772.1558 FREE STANDING EMERGENCY CARE Neighbors Emergency Center 2073 E. Ruben Torres Sr. Blvd., Brownsville 956.546.1524 Neighbors Emergency Center 1725 N. Ed Carey Dr., Harlingen 956.412.5900

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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

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.

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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 =

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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.

26.com B Latitude 3213 Padre Blvd.

761-9926 Fax: 761-9928 info@latitude26.com ronnie@latitude.com latitude26.com

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

Beach House C Affordable Getaways Rentals L Padre 700 Padre Blvd., Suite D-1 5712 Padre Blvd. 761-8750 padrebeachhouses@gmail.com beachside@prodigy.net padrebeachhouses.com padrebeachhome.com

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Rent on Padre P.O. Box 3586 433-5650 Fax: 651-331-5987 info@rentonpadre.com rentonpadre.com

Rentals E SPI 104 W. Bahama, Suite B 572-6656 info@spirentals.com spirentals.com

Realtors F Franke 8605 Padre Blvd 761-2606

Fax: 761-2650 1-800-447-4753 info@frankerealtors.com frankerealtors.com

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Furcron Property Management 4800 Padre Blvd. 761-6961 Fax 761-6966 1-800-892-6278 info@furcron.com furcron.com Chacon Realty, LLC & Rentals 5800 Padre Blvd, Ste 205 761-5633, 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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761-8888 wally.jones@padregetaways.com eleana.jones@padregetaways.com padregetaways.com

24 M Service 2100 Padre Blvd, Ste #4 P.O. Box 2640 761-1487 Fax: 761-9360 1-800-828-4287 condo@service24.com service24.com

Padre Resort Rentals N South 1004 Padre Blvd., Suite A-2 761-6818 Fax: 761-1537 1-800-944-6818 sprr@gosouthpadreisland.com larry@gosouthpadreisland.com gosouthpadreisland.com

Inc. P Vacasa, 100 E. Swordfish, Suite D 761-6104 Fax: 761-5913 503-345-9399 reservations@vacasa.com dianew@vacasa.com vacasa.com

Padre Beach S South Houses & Condos

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 778-4838 inquiry@bonitaislarentals.com southpadreislandbonitaislarentals.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

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Knights Inn 4109 Padre Blvd, 761-4097, Fax 761-4097, www.knightsinn.com, spiknightsinn@yahoo.com

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

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South Padre Motel 204 W. Gardenia, 761-6701, 17 Fax: 761-6896, www.sopadremotel.com • spimotel@aol.com

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Heated Pool

Wheelchair Laundry Nightclub Pets Snack Swimming Tennis Accessible Wi-Fi /Bar Facilities Allowed Restaurant Bar Pool

Comfort Suites South Padre Island 912 Padre Blvd 772-9020, Fax: 772-9022, 1-877-774-7848 www.comfortsuites.com/hotel.tx467 gm.tx467@choicehotels.com Hilton Garden Inn Beach Resort 7010 Padre Blvd., 761-8700, 877-782-9444 www.hiltonsouthpadre.com • Hershal.patel@hilton.com enjoyspi@gmail.com • duvin.maldonado@hilton.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 & Suites 350 Padre Blvd., 761-6000, Fax: 761-6013, 1-866-4-LACOPA (452-2672) www.lacopainn.com • southpadre@lacopainn.com La Quinta Inn Beachfront Hotel 7000 Padre Blvd, 772-7000, Fax: 772-9311, 1-800-531-5900 lacoparesort.com • contact@lacoparesort.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: 761-4181, 1-800-222-4010 www.pearlsouthpadre.com • rene.valdez@omnihotels.com Peninsula Island Resort & Spa 340 Padre Blvd. 761-3486, 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 Schlitterbahn Beach Resort 100 Padre Blvd., 761-1160, Fax: 761-3960, mbigelow@schlitterbahn.com • www.schlitterbahn.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 Days Inn South Padre Island 3913 Padre Blvd 761-7831, Fax: 761-2033, 1-800-Days Inn (329-7466), www.daysinnspi.com • daysinnspi@gmail.com 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 info@southpadreexpress.com • www.southpadreexpress.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

Suites at Sunchase 1004 Padre Blvd. 761-7711, Fax: 761-4371, 866-926-7711 www.suitesatsunchase.com • gm@suitesatsunchase.com Super 8 SPI 4205 Padre Blvd, 761-6300, Fax: 761-6083 1-800-800-8000, www.super8padre.com info@super8padre.com or josh@super8padre.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

Indoor Pool

956 Area Code unless otherwise noted. BAY SIDE

Amenities

Bedrooms

INNER ISLAND

# of Units

GULF SIDE/BEACH ACCESS

Waterpark

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Locations of lodging are indicated by these colors

Condominiums

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

EIG JPS

Bahia Mar Condos

32

2,3

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

JS

The Beach House I, II, III

64

1,2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS DC

3

AL IJF

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

EHI GJ LS

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

AG JI

Florence I

30

Eff,1,2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

AM GJ IS

Florence II

60

Eff,1,2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

I JG PS

Franke Plaza

69

2,3,4

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

3

F

92

1,2, 3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

A DE FI J KU

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

2

5008 Gulf Blvd.

42

1,2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

AI PR

La Playa 2308 Gulf Blvd., 761-6104, Fax: 761-5913, 1-877-544-1066, rentals@southpadrebeach.com www.southpadrebeach.com

18

1,2,3

N

N

V,MC,DIS

3

P

Fax: 761-5032 1-877-662-7476 www.marisol-spi.com manager@marisol-spi.com 24

2,3

N

N

V,MC,DIS

3

Ocean View

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

S IL M FJ

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 5600 Gulf Blvd.

Isla Del Sol

La Internacional

Marisol 1700 Gulf Blvd., 761-1193,

66

4700 Gulf Blvd.

Ocean Vista Towers

Agent

Accept Spring Breakers

1,2,3

Amenities

Mtg. Rooms

69

Min. Stay (days)

Bedrooms

2000 Gulf Blvd.

Aquarius

Credit Cards

# 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.

GULF SIDE/BEACH ACCESS INNER ISLAND BAY SIDE

2/4

AI JKL

84

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

3

Fax: 761-4203, 1-800-638-4106 15 thepadregrand@aol.com • www.spadre.com/padregrand.htm

2,3

N

N

V,MC

2

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

75

Eff,1,2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

1

SU

237

1,2,3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

ABD E FI J L MS

30

Eff,1,2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE

3

2800 Gulf Blvd., 761-1717

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

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

7000 Gulf Blvd.

FI

Pearl South Padre

310 Padre Blvd., 761-6551, Fax: 761-6570 1-800-222-4010(US) www.pearlsouthpadre.com rene.valdez@omnihotels.com

Royale Beach & Tennis Club

400 Padre Blvd., P.O. Box 2879, 761-1166, Fax: 761-5808 www.royalespi.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) www.sangriacondominiums.com

Beach Rentals

Boat Ramp

Cable TV

Elevator

Exercise Room

Fishing

Heated Pool

Indoor Pool

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Condominiums(cont.)

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

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

38

1,2,3

N

N

V,MC,DIS

3

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,AE,DIS

2

D

Seagull

20

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

GJL

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

Sunchase IV

75

1,2,3

Y

N

V,MC,AE

2

13

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

4400 Gulf Blvd., 761-4959, Fax: 761-1303 1-800-237-4786, www.suntideii.com • sunrise@suntideii.com

34

2,3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

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

75

2,3, Penthouse

N

Y

V,MC,DIS

3

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

130

1,2,3

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

2

E

Beachview

42

2

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

3

F GI JP

Casa Del Sol

24

2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

A IF

Coronado I,II

12

1,2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

3

A ST

Fiesta Del Sol

45

2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

AI TM PS

Gulfview I 120 Padre Blvd., 772-1010, Fax: 761-5910, 1-877-772-1017 gv1_hoa@yahoo.com • www.gulfviewonecondos.com

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

HI J L MS

Habitat

25

2,3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

DH LT

20

2,3

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

1

M

Morningside I,II,III,IV

24

1,2

N

Y

V,MC

3

BI ST

Padre Oasis

30

2

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

AG I

20

2

N

Y

30

2

N

N

V,MC,DIS

3

34

1,2

Y

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

31

2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

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

1000 Padre Blvd.

Suntide I

1912 Gulf Blvd.

Suntide II

2400 Gulf Blvd. 123 E. Amberjack 5701 Gulf Blvd.

115 E. Amberjack

130 Padre Blvd. 104 E. Parade

La Isla 150 Padre Blvd., 518-1254 www.laislasouthpadre.com reservations@laislasouthpadre.com 129 E. Morningside 111 E. Morningside

Park Lane Resort

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

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

108 E. Morningside

Surfside II

5601 Gulf Blvd.

Beach Rentals

Boat Ramp

Cable TV

Elevator

Exercise Room

Fishing

Heated Pool

Agent

Amenities

Accept Spring Breakers

2,3,Penthouse, Bungalow

310-A Padre Blvd.

Min. Stay (days)

Mtg. Rooms

60

Sapphire Condominiums

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.

KE FM

Security Gate

IF

LN I J M

AB T

Indoor Pool

D GL PT BF HG PS

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Condominiums (cont.)

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

MP S

110 E. Verna Jean

27

2

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

2

AI M

Vista Del Mar

44

2

N

N

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

ST

Villa Del Sol 123 E. Pompano

Galleon Bay Club Condos

Agent

Amenities

Accept Spring Breakers

1,2

119 E. Venus

Min. Stay (days)

Mtg. Rooms

24

Ventura

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.

13

2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC,CB

3

AG HDJ LS T

La Solana

31

2,3,4

N

N

V,MC,AE

2

AB HG L

Landfall Tower Resort

54

Eff,1,2

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

2

AB G

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

DE JK LT

Puesta Del Sol

42

2

N

N

V,MC,AE

7

L

Sand Castle

49

Eff,1,2,3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS,DC

1

EI PG

South Padre Marina

49

1,2,3

N

Y

V,MC,AE,DIS

3

S

Sunset On The Bay 5101 Laguna Blvd., 761-1399, Fax: 761-7888, spisunsetcondos@aol.com

16

2,3

Y

N

DO NOT ACCEPT

30

Tierra Encantada

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

4901 Laguna Blvd., 761-7808, Fax: 761-4757 gbc@icsmanagement.net 206 W. Red Snapper 6403 Padre Blvd

Las Brisas

227 W. Morningside, P.O. Box 2370 761-5111, Fax: 761-1010, 1-866-861-5111 www.spadre.com/lasbrisas.htm

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

220 W. Cora Lee

AI LS

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

Indoor Pool

6 MO

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SOME OF THE BEST PLACES FOR

Eats & Treats On The Island BadaBing Bagels BBQ Haus at Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark Beach Club Bar & Grill at LaQuinta Beachside Bar & Grille at Pearl South Padre Blackbeards’ Restaurant Blue Marlin Supermarket Breakaway Cruises Boomerang Billy’s BurgerFi Café on the Beach at Palms Resort Captain Donut Cap’n Roy’s Ceviche Ceviche Chilitto Pikin Clayton’s Beach Bar & Grill Coconuts Bar & Grill Coffee Hut at Isla Grand Beach Resort D’ Pizza Joint Daddy’s Seafood & Cajun Kitchen Dairy Queen Denny’s Dirty Al’s Dolce Roma at Mirage Dolce Roma at Wings Gabriella’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria Garden Grille & Bar at Hilton Garden Inn Grapevine Café Isla Grand Grill at Isla Grand Beach Resort Island Market

Bagels, Sandwiches BBQ Beachfront, Pizza, Burgers Beachfront, Seafood, Steaks Seafood, Burgers, Steaks Deli, Take-out Bay, Seafood, Dinner Cruise Beachfront, Burgers, Seafood Burgers Beachfront, Seafood, Steak Donuts Seafood, Mexican Customized Ceviche Mexican Food Seafood, Burgers, Sandwiches Bayfront, Seafood, Burgers Pastries, Fruit, Starbucks Pizzas, Subs, Burgers Seafood, Burgers Burgers, Ice Cream, Sandwiches Seafood, Steaks, Burgers Waterfront, Seafood Ice Cream Ice Cream Italian, Pizza Seafood, Steaks, Pasta Steaks, Burgers, Mexican Beachfront, Burgers, Hot Dogs Take-out

1817 Padre Blvd, .#3 33261 State Park Rd. 100 7000 Padre Blvd. 310 Padre Blvd. 103 E. Saturn 2912 Padre Blvd. Sea Ranch Marina Dock 3201 Padre Blvd. 5001 Padre Blvd. 3616 Gulf Blvd. 2500 Padre Blvd. 1313 Padre Blvd. 1004 Padre Blvd. 3305 Padre Blvd. 6900 Padre Blvd. 2301 Laguna Blvd. 500 Padre Blvd. 2413 Padre Blvd. 1808 Padre Blvd. 2401 Padre Blvd. 1110 Padre Blvd. 1 Padre Blvd. 4200 Padre Blvd. 904 Padre Blvd. 700 Padre Blvd. 7010 Padre Blvd. 100 E. Swordfish 500 Padre Blvd. 5012 Padre Blvd.

956-761-5550 956-772-7873 956-772-7000 956-761-6551 956-761-2962 956-761-4966 956-761-2212 956-761-2420 956-433-5502 956-761-2703 956-761-2311 956-761-9990 956-772-1555 956-433-5484 956-761-5900 956-761-4218 956-761-6511 956-761-7995 956-761-1975 956-761-1072 956-761-1887 956-761-4901 956-761-1198 956-761-3418 956-761-6111 956-761-8700 956-761-8463 956-761-6511 956-761-5171

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Johnny Rocket Kelly’s Pub Kentucky Fried Chicken Kohnami Sushi Japanese Restaurant Kranzler La Copa Cabana Bar & Grill Laguna BOB Las Olas at Peninsula Liam’s Steakhouse & Oyster Bar Louie’s Backyard McDonald’s Meatball Café Oyster Bar SPI Padre Island Brewing Co. PadreRitaGrill Palm Street Pier Parrot Eyes Restaurant Paulino’s Restaurant Pier 19 Pizza Hut Quarterdeck/Hammerhead Deck at Isla Grand Beach Resort Russo’s New York Pizzeria Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar Seaside Grill at Schlitterbahn Señor Donkey Mexican Restaurant & Cantina Shrimp Haus Restaurant at Schlitterbahn Smokey Tails BBQ Southern Wave Sailing Cruises Stripes Su Casa Café at Ramada Subway Ted’s Restaurant Tom & Jerry’s Beach Club Bar & Grill Tropical Smoothie Café U-Mix Yogurt & Deli Wanna Wanna Whataburger Windjammers at Isa Grand Beach Resort Wing Stop World Flavors Coffee House Yummies Bistro

Hamburgers, Salads Authentic Irish Chicken Teppanyaki Grill, Sushi Seafood, Steaks, Pasta Beachfront, Pizza, Burgers Bayfront, Seafood, Burgers Beachfront, Seafood, Steaks Steaks, Seafood Bayfront, Seafood, Steaks Burgers Italian Seafood Burgers, Pizza, Ribs Seafood, Sandwiches, Salads Bayfront, Seafood, Burgers Waterfront, Seafood, Sandwiches Italian Bayfront, Seafood, Sandwiches Pizza, Italian

410 Padre Blvd. 101 E. Morningside 3201 Padre Blvd. 410 Padre Blvd. 3109 Padre Blvd. 350 Padre Blvd. 2401 Laguna Blvd. 340 Padre Blvd. 3409 Padre Blvd. 2305 Laguna Blvd. 908 Padre Blvd. 2412 Padre Blvd. 2001 Padre Blvd. 3400 Padre Blvd. 4001 Padre Blvd. 204 W. Palm 5801 Padre Blvd. 4600 Padre Blvd. 1 Padre Blvd. 1905 Padre Blvd.

Beachfront, Appetizers Pizza, Salads, Italian Waterfront, Seafood, Steaks Beachfront, Seafood, Steaks Mexican, Seafood Beachfront, Seafood, Pizza BBQ Bay, Seafood, Dinner Cruise Take-out Mexican, Seafood Sandwiches, Salads Seafood, Sandwiches, Burgers Burgers, Steaks, Seafood Smoothies, Sandwiches, Salads Coffee, Frozen Yogurt, Deli Beachfront, Seafood, Burgers Burgers Beachfront, Seafood, Steaks Wings Coffee, Specialty Drinks, Pastries Sandwiches, Salads

500 Padre Blvd. 410 Padre Blvd., Ste 101 3330 State Park Rd. 100 100 Padre Blvd. 4215 Padre Blvd. 33261 State Park Rd. 100 2500 Padre Blvd. Wahoo Saloon Dock Various locations 6200 Padre Blvd. 2100 Padre Blvd. 3009 Padre Blvd. 3212 Padre Blvd. 410 Padre Blvd. 1004 Padre Blvd. 5100 Gulf Blvd. 105 W. Retama 500 Padre Blvd. 2400 Padre Blvd. 5009 Padre Blvd, Suite 4 700 Padre Blvd.

956-761-6511 956-299-4987 956-761-1314 956-761-1160 956-761-4843 956-772-7873 956-772-8090 956-772-7245

1679 W. Hwy. 100 110 N. Tarnava St. Lighthouse Square 418 Hwy. 100

956-943-1171 956-943-7611 956-943-3663 956-943-2414

956-433-5380 956-761-2392 956-761-2446 956-772-1840 956-761-6000 956-433-5499 956-761-3767 956-772-4700 956-761-6406 956-761-4999 956-299-4562 956-708-4482 956-761-9585 956-761-7482 956-761-7256 956-772-9040 956-761-4000 956-761-7437 956-761-1361

956-761-4744 956-761-6700 956-761-5327 956-761-8999 956-772-1515 956-761-7600 956-761-7862 956-761-6511 956-761-1300 956-772-8050 956-761-2526

SPI Chamber Member Restaurants Located in Port Isabel H.E. Butt Grocery Co. Marcello’s Italian Restaurant Pirate’s Landing White Sands Restaurant

Deli, Take-out Italian, Pizza, Seafood Bayfront, Seafood, Sandwiches Waterfront, Seafood, Burgers

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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 the Point Isabel ISD Tax Office. 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 14.5% Hotel/Motel Tax (6% to State of Texas; of which 1% is returned to the City for beach renourishment, and 8.5% to the Convention and Visitors Bureau). For information on property taxes, contact the Cameron County Appraisal District at 956.399.9322 or visit their website at www.cameroncad.org

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 town 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 Planner at 956.761.3221.

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 Allied Waste Services (800.423.7316) and cable service is provided by Time Warner Cable (800.222.5355). Electrical service can be obtained from several suppliers (www.powerto choose.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. q

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Guide to South Padre Island 2017