S O U T H PADRE

Don’t let the headache of hectic schedules and smog of city life in the “real world” get you down. Come to our world for an attitude adjustment. The palm-tree climate is consistently clement year-round, making South Padre Island the perfect getaway for business or pleasure. A stone’s throw away from Mexico at the mouth of the Rio Grande, this seaside resort sits peacefully off the southernmost tip of Texas. Known for its fun in the sun, luxurious accommodations, mouth-watering local food and abundance of shops and specialty stores, whatever you are looking for can be found on South Padre Island.

South Padre’s only restaurant in the marina, the award-winning Sea Ranch Restaurant, serves up Red Snapper so fresh you can watch the restaurant’s fishing boat bring in the day’s catch.

Located in the Sea Ranch Marina on the southern tip of the Island closest to the Gulf of Mexico, the restaurant is the perfect place to end a hard day’s work of fishing, beachcombing or shopping.

Enjoy the sunset on Dirty Dave’s outside deck, or head inside for tantilizing fish, shrimp, steak and Mexican food specialities that have earned the restaurant a spot on Restaurant and Hospitality’s list of the 500 best restaurants in the U.S.

Entrees average around $10.99.

Sea Ranch Restaurant, 1 Padre Blvd., (512) 761-1314.

Bask and relax in the luxury of the Island’s newest resort and conference center nestled on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Sheraton South Padre Island Beach Resort has just what your looking for, whether you desire a romantic hideway, fun-filled getaway or business retreat.

Featuring 200 guest rooms and 56 full-size suites, the resort offers a private balcony and gulf view with every room.

Full-service suites provide guests with two bedrooms, two baths, a complete kitchen and large living area.

Dine at Brandi Renee’s Seafood Restaurant offering a new menu of distinctive seafood and Southwestern dishes cooked up by Executive Chef Dagmar Steinemann-Elliff.

The Sheraton South Padre employs a full-time activity director, and bus charters are available for daily trips across the border and nightly jaunts to Valley Greyhound Park in nearby Harlingen.

The Sheraton offers value room rates November through February and special monthly rates through January for Winter Texans.

Sheraton South Padre Island Beach Resort, 310 Padre Blvd., (512) 761-6551.

For some genuine local flavor, look no further than the friendly folks at Blackbeards.

Located in the middle of the Island, Blackbeards serves up seafood cooked any way imaginable for families, surfers and business people alike.

The restaurant features an abundance of fish dishes from shrimp to mahi mahi to flounder imported from Iceland. Stuffed jalapenos with crabmeat and cheese are a house specialty.

Hamburgers and other dishes are offered for all types of palates.

Formerly a beach house, this casual dining experience evolved from a burger and beer joint to Blackbeards when its bearded owners expanded following the wrath of Hurricane Alien. Entrees are moderately priced from $4.95-$15.95. Opened seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Blackbeards, 102 East Saturn, (512) 761-2962.

Travel to the southern tip of Texas between the serene waters of the Laguna Madre and the sparkling surf of the Gulf of Mexico to find the Holiday Inn Beach Resort.

Guest satisfaction is the specialty of the house at the Holiday Inn, which features 227 assorted guest rooms and suites, two outdoor swimming pools and a Jacuzzi.

Feast on seafood, steaks or Mexican food in the Seashells Restaurant and cap off the night at the hotel’s Sparkles Club.

The Holiday Inn is the perfect spot to conduct business. The Islander Conference Center features 4,000 square feet of meeting space on the first floor of the property.

Double occupancy rates during high season range from $100 to $150 per night. Off-season rates vary between $45 and $95 per night. Visitors can also relish South Padre’s mild fall and winter weather with fishing and shopping in Mexico’s markets just minutes away from the resort.

Holiday Inn Beach Resort, 100 Padre Blvd., (800) 292-7506, outside Texas call (800) 531-7405.

Jones & Jones is renowned for its specialty shopping.

Located in the Mall at Sunchase -the Island’s only air-conditioned mall -Jones & Jones is the second store for the family-owned business that started 66 years ago in McAIen. Personal attention and distinctive merchandise are the trademarks of Jones & Jones. The high-end retailer specializes in elegant designer clothes for both men and women, The store’s buyers travel to Europe to find the most exquisite antiques and fine jewelry.

Vacationers and nearby condominium owners alike can find specially selected upscale furniture or Baccarat crystal for that perfect gift. Too big to fit in your suitcase? Jones & Jones will be glad to ship your purchases.

Jones & Jones, 100 Padre Blvd., (512) 761-7851.

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