Christy’s South Padre Island Guidebook

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Christy’s South Padre Island Guidebook

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WHAT TO DO ON SOUTH PADRE - Here are the local tips! Pick up a Coastal Current weekly newspaper at any local spot like the Blue Marlin grocery store, restaurants, etc. It will have coupons, weekly events, and ideas of things to do around the island. ADVICE - Island Cabs are super cheap and convenient! The cops are NOT! BB’s Taxi – 956-761-1111 or A Cab – 956-761-2222. Even cooler way to travel is to rent bikes. Island Surf Rentals next to the Grapevine Cafe. LIKE TO FISH? If you need a fishing license go to tpwd.texas.gov. Check out the guide services at Parrot Eyes (956) 761-9457 (https://parroteyesspi.com/activities/fishing-charter/) or Jim's Pier (956) 761-5467 (http://www.jimspier.com/) for bay and gulf trips. Need bait? Besides the above you can find live shrimp sometimes at Island Mart on north Padre Blvd or Quick stop in Port Isabel. Frozen Balley Hoo can be bought at HEB in Port Isabel. FIREWORKS Summer – 9:15 Tuesday's at Louie's Backyard. 9:15 Thursday and Friday nights over the Bay at Lobo Del Mar BREAKFAST o Grapevine Cafe- On corner in middle of island. Be sure to get huevos a la Mexicana. o The Palms Resort/Café on the Beach – Small beachfront café with full breakfast/lunch/dinner menus. Great view. o Pelican Station- If you want to drive over to Port Isabel this is worth it. Nice place, good view, and great eggs Benedict! Inexpensive for being such a nice place. o Stripes Convenience Store. Cheap breakfast tacos. Flour/corn tortillas. Quick get and go. Ready around 6:20am if you’re going fishing. o Yummies- Excellent breakfast and lunch. A Little more of a gourmet experience. LUNCH/DINNER o Blackbeard’s - Best restaurant on island for all around good seafood, steaks, chicken fried chicken, etc. Lots of food and good service. Try to sit at bar if real busy. Ask for green salsa from kitchen. The best salsa you will eat. Be careful! Must try the apple pie turnover a la mode (nice hard vanilla ice cream!) o Sea Ranch (by marina on the bayside south towards the jetties) –Open for dinner only. Seafood and great Oysters Rockefeller! Always a line to enter in summer. Go early or later. Bar serves food and drink and you can bypass line. o Meatballs- Big local favorite. o The Palms Hotel/Restaurant (beachside) – Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - cute, little spot with beach view, good brunch, best to go during daytime, has a beach access too. o Lobo del Mar – On Palm St., bayside, outdoors casual breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lots of seafood and little bit of everything. They have a dock to tie up to after bay fishing. Live music nightly. o Gabriella’s – Dinner dining, good Italian food and beer on tap. Lots of different types of beer. Get there early. o Pier 19- Cool spot. On right before Sea Ranch behind trailer park. This restaurant is on the old causeway. Neat view. All food is good. Great for family and tourists. o Pade Island Brew Pub- Good food, different locally brewed beer. o Chilito Pequin- One block north of Kentucky Fried Chicken on Padre Blvd. The sign says Nails. Good greasy Mexican food plates run by a local family. May be curbside only right now. Very few tables. Lunch. By the way all the local ladies go to the nail place next door. o Captain Roy`s- Not fancy but clean with nice people serving. Good Mexican food and fish tacos. Good for lunch or dinner. Be sure to talk to the owner Roy. Very witty. Songwriter. o Dirty Al`s- Good fried seafood. o Mahi Nic – next to Dirty Al’s south end of the Island. Small no frills patio overlooking marina. Best mahi on the Island. Great mahi and shrimp tacos w huge extra good fries. o Jake’s – He had a great established place for years on the island and now he’s back. Mexican plate and burgers are a for sure. o Painted Marlin just north of Tequila`s, Laguna Bob`s, and Louie`s Backyard. Can dock your boat in front after fishing. Limited menu but good chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, and drinks. Overlooks the bay. If you’re there around noon walk to Jim`s Pier next door and see what fish the guides have brought in. o F & B – Pricey, but we hear it’s worth it. o Liam’s – On the bay, good steaks and great place to watch fireworks. o Ceviche Ceviche – Good and fresh. When they run out, they close. BEACH BARS (food too) - Coco Beach (used to be Boomerang Billy's - part of Surf Motel) end of Amberjack St., chill beach bar with a couple of good volleyball courts (better players play here Sat and Sun pm), umbrellas, pool, and lounge chairs. Good hamburgers, chicken burgers, and hotdog baskets. Listen to Leslie sing on weekend afternoons. This is where the IDIOT Club hangs out! - Wanna Wannas – About a mile north of Boomerangs, little busier and upbeat, not as much beach space, umbrella rentals and volleyball courts, sometimes live music. Good local bands. - Claytons Beach – About a mile north of Wanna Wannas, expensive drinks and not strong, but cool spot with lots of people partying, will have events or live music. Largest deck on the Gulf of Mexico. BAYSIDE BARS – perfect for sunset - Laguna Bobs (next to Louie’s on Right) – Good ceviche and peel and eat shrimp. Best spot for sunset and cold beer. - Tequila Sunset (next to Laguna Bobs) – Better later at night, live music and dancing, younger crowd. - Coconut Jack’s (next to Louie’s on Left) – Super chill, cool ambiance, palapa (thatched) roof. Just drinks. - Louie’s Backyard–Touristy, large seafood buffet on weekends. Sports Bar upstairs. LATE NIGHT BARS - Coral Reef (north on Padre Blvd about mile) – Karaoke dive bar, last call spot, worth checking out, random things happen there at the end of a drunk night but open all day, extremely smokey! - Kelly’s Irish Pub- Across street from Reef on Morningside St., newly renovated, smoke free, food – best Reuben sandwich on island. No smoking here and very clean. ACTIVITIES - Parasailing – Better view on beach side, Sonny’s Beach Service at Isla Grand and Sheraton Hotels. - Sunset Cruise –This is a MUST! Inquire at Laguna Bobs, food and music provided, take your own drinks. Sit on back barstools, cooler, less people, and the cook is there to feed you first! They sail the bay channel to view all the homes. Only couple hours. You will NOT get sea sick! Need to make reservations. Southern Wave 956-772-7275. - Dolphin watch and sunset cruise – Inquire at Tequila Sunset. - Sea Ranch Marina – Info about fishing, dolphin watch, snorkeling. - Gravity Park – In front of Louie’s, wooden go-kart track is a must!! - Putt Putt Golf- In front of Louie’s. - Check Coastal Current for deals on jet-ski rentals and other activities. - Bay Fishing- Check with Parrot Eyes or Jim’s Pier. Several great Captains will put you on the fish. - Sea Turtle Inc. - Neat educational turtle center. 6617 Padre Blvd. North near the convention center. - South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center- North on Padre Blvd. by convention center. Worth checking out. If you’re around in April or May be sure to bring your binoculars. Many locations on the island are best in the U.S. to see exotic birds coming from Central America and Mexico. Another place to birdwatch is Sheepshead St. near bay. Birdwatchers like President Jimmy Carter know this place! - Beach Park at Isla Blanca (formerly Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark) - South end of island to the left. Can`t miss. You know about this cool park, but here there are no standing lines. Lazy rivers and conveyer belts move you and your tube around. - Windsurfing - Call Jibber 956-561-4189 - Horseback riding - South Padre Island Adventure Park 956- 761-7743. Just continue driving north about 5 miles and you will see it on the bayside. - SpaceX – On Higway 4 heading to Boca Chica Beach out of Brownsville, or just look to the south sky when you hear a loud boom – rocket launch. - Atascosa National Park – Ride bikes or walk. 5 miles in and 5 out. Lots of wildlife including nilgai, deer birds, snakes, and alligators. If you ride bikes stay on hiking/biking trail, bring an air pump and extra tubes. LOCAL SHOPS - On the Beach- Surf shop and good selection of clothes. - Island Native 956-772-7100 -– 2 locations, one sells the largest selection of Toms on the island. Check the Fat Tire Bikes! The owner, Kerry and staff will know about surf and paddle board rentals and lessons. - Ship Shape- North across from Coral Reef, little bit of everything, not expensive but not that cheap junk! DANCING o Isla Grande- Quarter Deck Club 40 yrs.> live music o Tequila Sunset- Outside on bay, live music, 21-40yrs o Wanna Wannas – Outside on surfside, all ages. Good local bands are Pelican`s West and Bongo Dogs.
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WHAT TO DO ON SOUTH PADRE - Here are the local tips! Pick up a Coastal Current weekly newspaper at any local spot like the Blue Marlin grocery store, restaurants, etc. It will have coupons, weekly events, and ideas of things to do around the island. ADVICE - Island Cabs are super cheap and convenient! The cops are NOT! BB’s Taxi – 956-761-1111 or A Cab – 956-761-2222. Even cooler way to travel is to rent bikes. Island Surf Rentals next to the Grapevine Cafe. LIKE TO FISH? If you need a fishing license go to tpwd.texas.gov. Check out the guide services at Parrot Eyes (956) 761-9457 (https://parroteyesspi.com/activities/fishing-charter/) or Jim's Pier (956) 761-5467 (http://www.jimspier.com/) for bay and gulf trips. Need bait? Besides the above you can find live shrimp sometimes at Island Mart on north Padre Blvd or Quick stop in Port Isabel. Frozen Balley Hoo can be bought at HEB in Port Isabel. FIREWORKS Summer – 9:15 Tuesday's at Louie's Backyard. 9:15 Thursday and Friday nights over the Bay at Lobo Del Mar BREAKFAST o Grapevine Cafe- On corner in middle of island. Be sure to get huevos a la Mexicana. o The Palms Resort/Café on the Beach – Small beachfront café with full breakfast/lunch/dinner menus. Great view. o Pelican Station- If you want to drive over to Port Isabel this is worth it. Nice place, good view, and great eggs Benedict! Inexpensive for being such a nice place. o Stripes Convenience Store. Cheap breakfast tacos. Flour/corn tortillas. Quick get and go. Ready around 6:20am if you’re going fishing. o Yummies- Excellent breakfast and lunch. A Little more of a gourmet experience. LUNCH/DINNER o Blackbeard’s - Best restaurant on island for all around good seafood, steaks, chicken fried chicken, etc. Lots of food and good service. Try to sit at bar if real busy. Ask for green salsa from kitchen. The best salsa you will eat. Be careful! Must try the apple pie turnover a la mode (nice hard vanilla ice cream!) o Sea Ranch (by marina on the bayside south towards the jetties) –Open for dinner only. Seafood and great Oysters Rockefeller! Always a line to enter in summer. Go early or later. Bar serves food and drink and you can bypass line. o Meatballs- Big local favorite. o The Palms Hotel/Restaurant (beachside) – Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - cute, little spot with beach view, good brunch, best to go during daytime, has a beach access too. o Lobo del Mar – On Palm St., bayside, outdoors casual breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lots of seafood and little bit of everything. They have a dock to tie up to after bay fishing. Live music nightly. o Gabriella’s – Dinner dining, good Italian food and beer on tap. Lots of different types of beer. Get there early. o Pier 19- Cool spot. On right before Sea Ranch behind trailer park. This restaurant is on the old causeway. Neat view. All food is good. Great for family and tourists. o Pade Island Brew Pub- Good food, different locally brewed beer. o Chilito Pequin- One block north of Kentucky Fried Chicken on Padre Blvd. The sign says Nails. Good greasy Mexican food plates run by a local family. May be curbside only right now. Very few tables. Lunch. By the way all the local ladies go to the nail place next door. o Captain Roy`s- Not fancy but clean with nice people serving. Good Mexican food and fish tacos. Good for lunch or dinner. Be sure to talk to the owner Roy. Very witty. Songwriter. o Dirty Al`s- Good fried seafood. o Mahi Nic – next to Dirty Al’s south end of the Island. Small no frills patio overlooking marina. Best mahi on the Island. Great mahi and shrimp tacos w huge extra good fries. o Jake’s – He had a great established place for years on the island and now he’s back. Mexican plate and burgers are a for sure. o Painted Marlin just north of Tequila`s, Laguna Bob`s, and Louie`s Backyard. Can dock your boat in front after fishing. Limited menu but good chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, and drinks. Overlooks the bay. If you’re there around noon walk to Jim`s Pier next door and see what fish the guides have brought in. o F & B – Pricey, but we hear it’s worth it. o Liam’s – On the bay, good steaks and great place to watch fireworks. o Ceviche Ceviche – Good and fresh. When they run out, they close. BEACH BARS (food too) - Coco Beach (used to be Boomerang Billy's - part of Surf Motel) end of Amberjack St., chill beach bar with a couple of good volleyball courts (better players play here Sat and Sun pm), umbrellas, pool, and lounge chairs. Good hamburgers, chicken burgers, and hotdog baskets. Listen to Leslie sing on weekend afternoons. This is where the IDIOT Club hangs out! - Wanna Wannas – About a mile north of Boomerangs, little busier and upbeat, not as much beach space, umbrella rentals and volleyball courts, sometimes live music. Good local bands. - Claytons Beach – About a mile north of Wanna Wannas, expensive drinks and not strong, but cool spot with lots of people partying, will have events or live music. Largest deck on the Gulf of Mexico. BAYSIDE BARS – perfect for sunset - Laguna Bobs (next to Louie’s on Right) – Good ceviche and peel and eat shrimp. Best spot for sunset and cold beer. - Tequila Sunset (next to Laguna Bobs) – Better later at night, live music and dancing, younger crowd. - Coconut Jack’s (next to Louie’s on Left) – Super chill, cool ambiance, palapa (thatched) roof. Just drinks. - Louie’s Backyard–Touristy, large seafood buffet on weekends. Sports Bar upstairs. LATE NIGHT BARS - Coral Reef (north on Padre Blvd about mile) – Karaoke dive bar, last call spot, worth checking out, random things happen there at the end of a drunk night but open all day, extremely smokey! - Kelly’s Irish Pub- Across street from Reef on Morningside St., newly renovated, smoke free, food – best Reuben sandwich on island. No smoking here and very clean. ACTIVITIES - Parasailing – Better view on beach side, Sonny’s Beach Service at Isla Grand and Sheraton Hotels. - Sunset Cruise –This is a MUST! Inquire at Laguna Bobs, food and music provided, take your own drinks. Sit on back barstools, cooler, less people, and the cook is there to feed you first! They sail the bay channel to view all the homes. Only couple hours. You will NOT get sea sick! Need to make reservations. Southern Wave 956-772-7275. - Dolphin watch and sunset cruise – Inquire at Tequila Sunset. - Sea Ranch Marina – Info about fishing, dolphin watch, snorkeling. - Gravity Park – In front of Louie’s, wooden go-kart track is a must!! - Putt Putt Golf- In front of Louie’s. - Check Coastal Current for deals on jet-ski rentals and other activities. - Bay Fishing- Check with Parrot Eyes or Jim’s Pier. Several great Captains will put you on the fish. - Sea Turtle Inc. - Neat educational turtle center. 6617 Padre Blvd. North near the convention center. - South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center- North on Padre Blvd. by convention center. Worth checking out. If you’re around in April or May be sure to bring your binoculars. Many locations on the island are best in the U.S. to see exotic birds coming from Central America and Mexico. Another place to birdwatch is Sheepshead St. near bay. Birdwatchers like President Jimmy Carter know this place! - Beach Park at Isla Blanca (formerly Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark) - South end of island to the left. Can`t miss. You know about this cool park, but here there are no standing lines. Lazy rivers and conveyer belts move you and your tube around. - Windsurfing - Call Jibber 956-561-4189 - Horseback riding - South Padre Island Adventure Park 956- 761-7743. Just continue driving north about 5 miles and you will see it on the bayside. - SpaceX – On Higway 4 heading to Boca Chica Beach out of Brownsville, or just look to the south sky when you hear a loud boom – rocket launch. - Atascosa National Park – Ride bikes or walk. 5 miles in and 5 out. Lots of wildlife including nilgai, deer birds, snakes, and alligators. If you ride bikes stay on hiking/biking trail, bring an air pump and extra tubes. LOCAL SHOPS - On the Beach- Surf shop and good selection of clothes. - Island Native 956-772-7100 -– 2 locations, one sells the largest selection of Toms on the island. Check the Fat Tire Bikes! The owner, Kerry and staff will know about surf and paddle board rentals and lessons. - Ship Shape- North across from Coral Reef, little bit of everything, not expensive but not that cheap junk! DANCING o Isla Grande- Quarter Deck Club 40 yrs.> live music o Tequila Sunset- Outside on bay, live music, 21-40yrs o Wanna Wannas – Outside on surfside, all ages. Good local bands are Pelican`s West and Bongo Dogs.

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