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For a great holiday gift, what about an escape from cold weather? South Padre Island fills the bill. Daytime temperatures average 70˚. The water’s a bit cool for swimming but there are other ways to enjoy it – paddleboarding, kayaking, windsurfing, cruising and fishing. Thrill-seekers can parasail or even parachute onto the beach. For me, nothing beats getting up early and savoring sunrise on the beach, padding along the wet sand, letting the waves tickle my feet.

Maritime Marvels

Left: Sea Turtle Inc. resident    Right: A dolphin shows off for a Breakaway Cruise. Photos by Elaine Warner

If all you’re looking for is a beach book and a tall drink, you can certainly find it. But there are treats you shouldn’t miss on South Padre.

Sea Turtle Inc. is a research, rescue and rehab facility with a big dose of education thrown in. You’ll be able to get up close (but not too personal) with these wonderful reptiles and you’ll marvel at Allison, an Atlantic green sea turtle, who lost three flippers but is able to swim with the help of the first successful turtle prosthesis.

Speaking of flippers – you’ll see lots of Flippers on one of Breakaway Cruises’ dolphin cruises. And they have a specimen tank onboard where they’ll show you examples of other Laguna Madre residents.

Birding is big business in South Texas with locations of World Birding Center facilities strung throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The South Padre site features a visitors’ center with a film and displays and two-thirds of a mile of boardwalks.

For sheer relaxation, take a Southern Wave sunset/dinner cruise. Admire the beautiful homes along the Laguna Madre, listen to music, enjoy jumbo grilled shrimp and fajitas and watch the sunset – the perfect way to unwind.

Castles in the Sand

Sand Castle Dave with his masterpiece. Photo by Elaine Warner

There are other attractions to this turf. Sand Castle Dave, with SandCastleLessons.com, was my instructor on a bit of beach behind Boomerang Billy’s Beach Bar. Since I wanted to take photos, I let him do most of the work.

In a short time, he’d completed an impressive two-towered creation with a door that went all the way through. The instructors are generous with their time and the hour lessons can stretch to an hour and a half and longer. And after the lesson, you can stay and play in the sand. Next time I go to Padre, I’m chucking my camera and getting into it with both hands!

Shop, Sup and Sleep

Pull up a beach chair and prepare to relax. Photo courtesy SPI CVB

If you forgot your beach book, head for Paragraphs, a great independent bookstore. Boutiques abound – a favorite, Isla, features unique clothing with lots of linen and flax and funky shoes. Across the bridge in Port Isabel, stop in Art*Sea Gallery for clever gifts and beach-themed items.

Sea Ranch is a sentimental dining favorite featuring local wild-caught seafood. Pier 19 goes heavy on the touristy décor with fun photo ops and life-sized pirate figures but the food’s an attraction, too. Their breakfast rolls are big enough to serve several people.

Pier 19 breakfast roll, photo by Elaine Warner

I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn – right on the beach and featuring a lovely large pool. You have lots of options on SPI but The Palms, retro and cool, is a hidden treasure with a great little restaurant – the Café on the Beach. Don’t be fooled by the casual appearance, these folks are serious about good, healthy food.

South Padre is one big grab-bag of great choices. Pick yourself a present. 

Don’t-Miss Holiday Events
Saturday, December 1 Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
Friday, December 14 SPI Holiday Parade
Tuesday, January 1 Polar Bear Dip

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Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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This year will mark the eighth time the John F. Kennedy Awards have been celebrated, honoring individuals making a significant contribution to Oklahoma, its communities and its people, while paying...

Cost: $300

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Skirvin Hilton Hotel
1 Park Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Cost: $250

Where:
Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St
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Sponsor: BigWing
Telephone: 405.475.4185
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Price Tower Art Gallery in Bartlesville will host Women Artists of the West's 48th annual juried art exhibition, featuring over 200 original art works, created by women in all mediums, subjects...

Cost: Free 2018-09-21,22,23

Where:
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510 S. Dewey Ave.
Bartlesville, OK  74003
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Sponsor: Price Tower Arts Center
Telephone: 918.336.4949
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Escape the ordinary, and learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

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701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
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A fabulous art auction to raise money to help support Oklahoma A+ Schools at UCO.

Cost: $100

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CHK|Central Boathouse
732 Riversport Dr.
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Sponsor: Oklahoma A+ Schools at UCO
Telephone: 405.974.3791
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The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District and Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma sunset. Come...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

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Cost: $10 for adults or children six and older

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3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive
Oklahoma City , OK  73116
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Telephone: 405.403.7762
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Let’s end childhood cancer. Together! This September, supporters across the country will unite to participate in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, an exciting, family-friendly...

Cost: $10 for Registration

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Sponsor: ALSAC St. Jude Oklahoma City
Telephone: 405.403.7762
Contact Name: Emily Drover
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Price Tower Art Gallery in Bartlesville will host Women Artists of the West's 48th annual juried art exhibition, featuring over 200 original art works, created by women in all mediums, subjects...

Cost: Free 2018-09-21,22,23

Where:
Price Tower Art Gallery
510 S. Dewey Ave.
Bartlesville, OK  74003
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Sponsor: Price Tower Arts Center
Telephone: 918.336.4949
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Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
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The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District and Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma sunset. Come...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
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