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Turkey Day at Home
When the time arrives to eat dinner, there is almost nothing better than having a meal with all the accoutrements painstakingly prepared by loved ones. Fortunately, each one of our Thanksgiving vacation rentals in South Padre Island provides well-equipped kitchens with modern appliances and plenty of space to prepare the bird. The conveniently located kitchens also allow for the intoxicating aromas to permeate every space in your rental property, so whether you are just lounging on the couch watching football or outside playing a game yourself, Thanksgiving Day will still have all those specific sights, sounds and smells.
If the idea of working in a kitchen all day sounds horrid, thankfully South Padre Island has a slew of hotel resorts and restaurants that offer a wide variety of dining options. From mom-and-pop establishments that serve buffet style dinners to elegant full-service, white tablecloth, five-course meals, South Padre Island will provide the right restaurant for you and your family. For more upscale dinners, check Liam’s Steak House & Oyster Bar or the Sea Ranch; both are on the expensive side, but the experience and dishes are priceless. The Isla Grand Resort always hosts a buffet style dinner, and if you truly seek an out-of-this-world nautical Thanksgiving in Texas, visit the Schlitterbahn Beach Resort on Turkey Day.
The entire weekend around Thanksgiving is based not only on the dinner itself, but the events and activities that accompany the big feast. On South Padre Island, this means the annual kick-off to the holiday season leading to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. One of the biggest events every year is the Holiday Sandcastle Village, where artists create their most impressive sand sculptures for the public. Additionally, the non-profit organization Sand Castle Island also offers educational activities such as SandCamp Saturdays which not only inform and enlighten about coastal issues, but the groups also work to clean up the city’s beaches. For more information about what’s happening in town, don’t forget to visit the South Padre Island Visitor’s Bureau website.
Black Friday Shopping
South Padre Island is known for its many local shops and specialty boutiques showcasing local art and unique gifts for your Black Friday shopping. You’ll find many great deals at local shops as well as the Rio Grande Premium Outlets just an hour away. Get started on your Christmas shopping and find one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures. Find beach-themed souvenirs and novelty items at Ship Shape, one of the best places for quality gifts and brand name clothing. For the athletes in your family, visit local surf shops like Island Native Surf House for surfing, biking, and skateboarding gear. The best part about shopping local is supporting local artists and businesses while also avoiding the larger Black Friday crowds!
Relax at the Beach
Trade your shopping shoes for flip flops and enjoy relaxing at the beach. Visiting South Padre island for Thanksgiving means visiting during the off season, when the temperatures are a little cooler and the crowds are practically nonexistent. This lets you enjoy the beaches almost all to yourself, without the hustle and bustle of the summer tourists. Stroll along the shoreline, gentle waves lapping at your feet as your toes sink into the soft golden sand. Pull up a chair and settle in with a book, or roll out your towel and soak up the sunshine. Join the kids in building sandcastles or set up a game of soccer on the sand. The water temperature usually hovers around the 70s, which may be a little too cool for a swim, but excellent for watersports like jet skiing or kite surfing.
Weather in South Padre Island on Thanksgiving
Although Thanksgiving ushers in the holiday season, the weather is far different from the wintry temperatures that accompany the holidays in other parts of the country. Late fall brings warm temperatures hovering around the 70s throughout the day, perfect for sunbathing at quiet beaches and enjoying watersports without the crowds. The lovely weather and quiet beaches makes this one of the best times of the year to visit South Padre Island. Layered clothing like warm, long sleeve shirts and sweaters or cardigans are ideal for this time of year. Just be sure to bring a light jacket for the cool ocean breeze in the evenings!
Break with tradition and plan a memorable vacation excursion in our Thanksgiving vacation rentals in South Padre Island with Franke Rentals today!