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SPI Vacation Rental Deal

Amazing Kinpadre beach view

What kind of rental is it? When is the deal available?

For unrented days in March, April, and May 2020 get a terrific deal a South Padre Island beachfront vacation condo rental. Kinpadre is our luxury 5 star-rated, 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo right on the Gulf of Mexico. It has amazing views of the beach and gulf from the unit-wide balcony. Beach access is just past one of the pools, over a small dune.

Is there a kitchen? Is Kinpadre supplied for cooking?

The kitchen is completely equipped with utensils, cookware, and tableware. There is a kitchen pantry to store your supplies. It has a refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, stove/oven, coffee maker, blender, and microwave.

Kinpadre kitchen dining
Kitchen and dining room

Where can I buy supplies?

A Walmart and HEB are about 4-5 miles away in Port Isabel. You will pass them on the way the the causeway and South Padre Island. The Blue Marlin grocery store is right on the island, about 4-5 short blocks from the condo.

What is the SPI condo rental deal? How much is Kinpadre per night?

Prices for Kinpadre normally range from $189-$220 per night from March through May. For any unrented days during this period, the price is reduced to $150 plus $85 cleaning fee and 17% state and local hotel taxes. There is a 2 night minimum.

Kinpadre Spring Deal
Kinpadre Spring 2020 Rental Deal

Can I get an even better vacation rental deal if I stay longer?

Stay 4 nights and get a 10% off. Stay a week and get one night free.

Your Kinpadre Stay, Dining at Louie’s Backyard

Kinpadre dining at Louies Backyard

Where is Louie’s Backyard located on South Padre Island?

2305 Laguna Blvd., South Padre Island TX, 78597Phone: (956) 761-6406

Heading north on Padre Blvd. from the causeway, you will see the ferris wheel and bungee towers on your left. Turn left on Amberjack Street. There is a large parking lot that serves the entertainment strip that is on the Laguna Madre Bay. Louie’s Backyard is the large, green and pink, 2 story building right across from the amusement rides.

What’s Louie’s Backyard like on the inside?

Louie's South Padre Island Review
Louie’s Backyard Entertainment

Huge:

It’s huge, many halls, stairways, and dining rooms/bars. The view, right on the bay, is terrific. Great views from the large main floor outside dinning area, stair landing and bar area, and second floor overlook and balcony. As could be expected, a bar is always close by.

Tired Looking:

But it’s kind of tired-looking. Been around for about 45 years looks it. The sports bar is enclosed, but bay-side dining is open-air, and the large second floor bar is roofed but open-air and not temperature controlled. The bathrooms there that we have experienced are dirty, smelly, and old.

Is the food good? What do they have? Prices? Service?

Menu: Appetizers run about $11-12. Entrees run about $20, seafood buffet mid $20. Early bird specials $14 4-6 PM with all you can eat salad bar, and kid’s menu $7. Food quality is variable. We’ve had good ribs and bad.

Trip advisor: 4/5 stars 2400 reviews.  Ribs frequently praised though sometimes dry. Some report mushy, tasteless fish or tough shrimp, unrecognizable chicken wings, tasteless piña colada. The reports about service are mostly good with some disappointments.

What entertainment does Louie’s offer? A lot!

They offer seasonal and other special events, many which feature free appetizers. Some offerings include Fat Tuesday with Mardi Gras freebie necklaces, etc., chili cook-offs, karaoke Fridays and Saturdays in the sports bar.

Bar and nightlife spot: spring break, Friday night during the summer fireworks show over Laguna Madre.

Winter Texan events December-February. There is plenty of room for dancing in the 2nd floor bar. Regularly scheduled (see Facebook) live music and DJs provide opportunities for entertainment and dancing.

Sports Bar 60 HDTVs, 12 Big Screen DLPs, all DirecTV Sports Packages & NCAA Tournament basketball games, pool tables, darts, and shuffleboard.  Specials in the sports bar everyday with specials: ribs, shrimp baskets, and seafood platters. Daily Happy Hour featuring $2 draft pints and more.

Fishing on South Padre Island

Fishing on South Padre Island

Guests at Kinpadre beachfront vacation rental on South Padre Island, often ask for information about fishing.

Group charter boats are available for the Laguna Madre bay, as well as deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf can be very rough, so if you get at all queasy, I recommend fishing from the shore, or on the bay.

What about group charters for fishing in South Padre?

Fishing on South Padre Island

Osprey Cruises located at Pier 19 offers day trip bay fishing 8-12 noon, 2-5, 7-11 for $25 fisherman and $15 spectator. If the fish are running, action can be lively with a strikes and fish. But no or few fish is possible anywhere on the island, from surf, jetties, or charters. There are other fishing charter services as well.

What about private charters with a fishing guide?

Private charters can run $450 for 2 people, plus tip.

Will I need a fishing license?

The first answer is yes. Fishing licenses are available from Walmart in Port Isabel, and the Quick Stop bait shop, also in Port Isabel about 1/2 mile from the causeway, on the south side of highway 100. Resident: $40, $17 senior $11 one day.  Non-resident $68, 1 day $16.

Will I have to clean the fish? What do I do with them after I catch them?

After fishing, the charter crew will fillet the fish for a small tip, and Pier 19 and other restaurants offer “you hook it, we cook it” service. If you don’t like fish, or don’t want the bother, the crew or other fishermen will be thrilled to take them from you.

Can I fish on the beach? What kind of bait and rig?

fish finder rig
fish finder rig with sliding pyramid weight

If the water is warm, wade into the surf on the beach with hook and line. Ask other fishermen for technique. They fish for whiting, using shrimp or a product called Fishbites, colored strips that look like chewing gum. The Texas Parks and Wildlife  warns against using frozen shrimp from Mexico, as it can carry a virus deadly to the native Gulf shrimp and ecosystem. So know the source, frozen boxed bait shrimp are monitored by Texas conservation officers.

Fresh, never frozen shimp are more expensive, but also much more effective as bait. Fresh shrimp (live or dead) are usually available at the Quick Stop bait shop in Post Isabel.

Where is a good place for fishing supplies and expert advice?

The Quick Stop (again) has equipment and advice. Walmart also has a good selection of fishing equipment. The associate in the hunting department may also be able to answer some questions.

Here is a video with it all: South Padre Island surf fishing, a group charter, and how to cook it after!

Clayton’s Beach Bar on the Gulf in South Padre Island

Your stay at Kinpadre.

What’s the biggest bar on South Padre Island… and in all of Texas? Clayton’s.

Clayton’s is the largest beach bar on South Padre Island, and they claim largest in all of Texas, a Texas-sized 50 foot bar to watch your favorite game or enjoy the nightly entertainment with the sound of waves crashing in the background, a 300+ car parking lot and over 15,000 sq. ft. of beachfront deck area to host special events.

Location

Clayton’s is located at 6900 Padre Blvd., on the Gulf beach at the north end of South Padre Island’s commercial strip. It’s about 2 miles north of Kinpadre, our South Padre Island beachfront vacation rental. 

They advertise from sunrise to midnight dancing. During winter Texan season you’ll find the senior set in bright, comfy attire rocking to their beat. Spring break brings the youth with their own party agenda and musical tastes. They host special events such as Sand Castle Days

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Sandcastle Days brings you 5 full days in the beginning of October of family-friendly activities and art on the beach. It includes competition of nationally recognized sand sculptors, with patrons able to relax, refresh, view art creation, and take part themselves if they wish.

Clayton’s Spring Break Beach Stage has evolved into the biggest FREE daytime event on SPI during the month of March. CLAYTON’S BEACH STAGE IS THE LARGEST FREE SPRING BREAK MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY. With its Unprecedented Stage Performances, Contests, Celebrity Appearances, Huge Prize Packs.

The Jailbreak Beach Escape has become a South Padre Island tradition! Each May, thousands of runners conquer the 5k course, covering 20 challenging obstacles, on the sun-drenched beaches of South Padre before heading to Clayton’s Beach Bar for a Texas sized beach party!

Live music and fireworks every Friday and Saturday starting in April and going through the summer.

 

Friends of RGV Reef in South Padre Island, Red Snapper Boon

Good news for South Padre Island fishing. Good news for our Kinpadre beachfront condo rental guests. Friends of RGV have created a new 400-acre artificial reef nursery 12 miles north of the South Padre Island jetties. This reef is by far the largest reef off the Texas coast, and it could be the largest in the world. Creating habitat on a flat seafloor offers young fish with places to escape predators, so more survive. More baby fish means more adults and great fishing. 

Composed of a specially designed shape, materials, and size, the reef attracted tens of thousands of juvenile snapper almost immediately, not to mention boats and anglers. It was estimated that the reef carried 240,000 snapper from juvenile stage to adults from 2017 to 2019. These are young unsophisticated fish, easy to catch. 

South Padre Fishing Reef

Fishermen have known for years that a shipwreck offers prime space for finding fish. Not only fish, but coral, sponges, and other sea life.

Most shipwrecks are the result of accidents or warfare, but ocean resource agencies have used purposeful sinking. Ships are prepared to be diver and ocean safe and purposely sunk for the creation of an artificial reef. However, it takes years for the growth of coral and sponges and the establishment of colonies of small fish. Large fish predators like barracuda follow.

Here is the, Duane, sunk 120 feet beneath the surface several miles out from Key Largo, Florida. It’s 25 years old, and although still obviously ship-shaped, the mother ocean, and large amounts of her life forms are beginning to take it over and make it home.

The Duane, a 327 foot cutter, had an impressive war and peace-time record. She was donated to the Keys Association of Dive Operators for use as an artificial reef. On November 27, 1987, she was towed to Molasses Reef, her hatches opened, her holds pumped full of water, and she went down to begin her final assignment.But it took 25 years to develop this far.

Costs of constructed reefs like the RGV have often run into large sums of money, but many donations of labor, equipment, and material have kept the cost of the project low. The RGV reef was supposed to take decades to finish and $20 million. But Friends of RGV secured donated deep-water port facilities, professional services, equipment, and management. That and more has helped to keep costs low.

South Padre Fishing Reef
South Padre Fishing Reef

These artificial reefs are made of environmentally safe materials, anything from concrete, retired oil platforms, sunken barges or ships. They are sunk from inches to 150 feet below the surface.  They bring increased area for coral formation, habitat for fish colonies, and opportunities for sport diving and fishing. Thanks to the Friends of RGV reef, increased colonies of sport enthusiasts, diners, and lodgers at South Padre Island hotels and vacation rentals should be the happy result.