Thanksgiving in South Padre Island

If you are considering travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, a trip to South Padre Island is a great choice. There are a number of ways that you can enjoy South Padre Island over the Thanksgiving holiday. Whether enjoying a Thanksgiving meal at a local eatery or cheering from the sidelines of a Thanksgiving parade, you’ll be thankful that you took a trip to South Padre Island. Check out these events while vacationing in South Padre Island for Thanksgiving.

Enjoy the Off-Season

One of the best things about vacationing in South Padre for Thanksgiving is that it is off-season. With off-season, the temperatures are cooler, but there are less people around. This makes for a great vacation for those that want to experience all that South Padre Island has to offer without the usual hustle and bustle of tourists during the warmer spring and summer months. Take a stroll on the beach, make sandcastles, or simply go sightseeing and discover South Padre Island on your own time. With November temperatures averaging in the high 70s, the possibilities are endless when it comes to exploring this unique beach town. Rent some bikes at Beach Bikes on Padre for an exciting way to explore while also maintaining your distance from other patrons. The bike shop would be happy to provide you with an updated map of city trail system, or you can find it yourself at You’ll love cruising the Sandcastle Trail as well as the Sea Turtle Art Trail, each providing a glimpse into island life as seen through the eyes of various local artists. Whether they’ve created a spectacular sandcastle display (and by “castle” we mean anything ranging from gorgeous mermaids to animated cars to yes, luxurious sand casitas) or put their unique spin on a sea turtle sculpture; you’ll be absolutely blown away by these artists’ skills and creative interpretations of life in the Gulf of Mexico.

Enjoy a South Padre Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is synonymous with plentiful, bountiful meals shared with those closest to you. If you are visiting South Padre Island for Thanksgiving, you don’t have to give up the traditional Thanksgiving meal nor do you have to go through the trouble of preparing a great feast while you are vacationing. There are a number of eateries in South Padre Island that serve up Thanksgiving meals that you will love. Some of these eateries include PadreRitaGrill, Hilton Garden Inn, Gabriella’s Italian Grille & Pizzeria Turkey Dinner, and Isla Grand. Stop by one of these restaurants for a delicious Thanksgiving meal, and don’t forget to give thanks.

If you’d prefer to prepare a holiday feast using some of the honored recipes passed down through your family over the years, you’ve come to the right place. Franke Rentals provides a fully equipped kitchen in every rental, so you’ll have everything you need to make a turkey dinner that will make you and your guests salivate at the sweet smells coming from the kitchen. But you know how the saying goes… “When in Rome…” Which is exactly why we suggest you make a special trip to one of South Padre’s seafood markets to put a Baja spin on your Thanksgiving feast to make it a truly memorable experience. Whether it’s a Gulf of Mexico Seafood Stuffing you’re craving, some Mini Crab Cakes for an appetizer, or a Fisherman’s Seafood Stew to warm your body and soul, head to Blue Marlin Supermarket or Gulf Seafood Market for a fresh take on today’s catch that are sure to inspire your holiday menu.

Black Friday

The Thanksgiving holiday would not be complete without the experience of Black Friday. Get ready to brave your favorite store for deep discounts and markdowns for all those items on your Christmas list. The Rio Grande Premium Outlets are just an hour away from South Padre Island. You could also avoid the crowds at traditional stores and purchase special souvenirs as gifts for others from the local artists and shops in South Padre Island. Grab yourself a delectable coffee drink and treat yourself to a tour through the Lighthouse Mercado Square. Featuring specialty shops offering a unique selection of items you can’t find anywhere else, this district is special any time of year, but especially at the start of the Christmas season. It’s where holiday cheer meets cervezas and sandals and you don’t want to miss out on this awesome experience.

Start the Holiday Season Off with a Bang at the Beach

Make your next Thanksgiving one that you’ll always be grateful for by visiting by South Padre Island. Franke Rentals has a variety of luxurious vacation rentals throughout South Padre Island. Let us show you why we are highly preferred for lodging by those visiting the area. Contact us at 956-761-2607 to book your South Padre Island vacation rental today.