Spring Break 2014 at South Padre Island Texas
Welcome to South Padre Island for Spring Break 2014!
A letter from Mayor Pinkerton Regarding Spring Break 2013
On behalf of the City Council, I would like to welcome you to the beautiful community of South Padre Island. As you know, we have many opportunities for you to enjoy yourself during your visit and I would like to provide you with some information that you may find helpful during your stay.
Parking & Transportation
Parking on the island during peak season is at a premium. The City has a free public Transportation System called "The Wave" and it operates daily from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm along Padre and Gulf Boulevards which are primary street running north and south. We regulate our parking on residential side streets that are east of Padre and you must obtain a residential parking permit to park on these streets . To ensure that you will not receive a parking ticket, all four tires must be off of the improved roadway. Also, please avoid blocking or parking in private driveways.
By all means, enjoy a taxi ride to your destination by contacting the following licensed service providers:
A Cab/A Taxi (956) 761-2222
Airport (956) 761-9292
BB's (956) 761-7433
JJ's Taxi (956) 761-9292
Padre Cab (956) 761-2525
Our Police Department is well staffed during Spring Break and we have already promised your parents to keep you safe so please do your part by following these simple safety tips:
1) Travel in groups with friends.
2) Don't leave luggage unattended or anything of value in plain view in vehicles.
3) Don't drink any unattended drinks or consume drinks from unknown persons.
We will have eight alcohol enforcement officers from the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission (TABC) on the island promoting responsible drinking and subsequent enforcement. TABC is working on education and additional public relation strategies, along with their enforcement efforts.
Additionally, we will have the Highway Patrol Officers from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on the island during the latter part of Texas Week to assist us in deterring the criminal element that has become more prevalent over the past few years. DPS has developed group components known as strike teams. A single strike team consists of five marked patrol cars, each with one officer and a uniformed supervisor in an unmarked unit. For three days, March 15-17, DPS is deploying two strike teams, a total of 12 officers, to assist us in our efforts to reassure spring break visitors are safe. The hours of DPS operation will be 5:00 pm to 5:00 am. DPS is also bringing a self-contained mobile command trailer that will be placed in a designated area at the SPI Post Office. The deployment of the DPS strike teams and the ability to utilize these resources during difficult times will provide us with a much needed criminal deterrent. They will be here, working with us, addressing our needs, during the hours identified as most serious.
The South Padre Island Police Department will also employ 10 jailers and 10 traffic management personnel to assist with those areas of operation. This year we have additional part-time officers on staff which reduces the number of temporary personnel needed from other agencies. The advantages with utilizing the City's part-time police offices are they are already trained, in our uniform and ready to work.
What is the Beach Patrol?
The Fire Department operates Beach Patrol to monitor beach activities and to provide rescue services as needed on the City's beaches. The long narrow beaches of SPI do not lend themselves to traditional stationary lifeguard stands; therefore a "mobile patrol" was developed in order to cover all of the City's beach area. The Beach Patrol Members not only respond to calls for assistance and caution people on the beach about potentially hazardous actions, they also provide minor first aid for jelly fish stings, scrapes, and cuts, etc. The Beach Patrol members act as ambassadors for the City by providing information to our visitors on such far ranging topics as "what kind of fish is that", to "where is a good place to watch the sunset". The Beach Patrol is an essential part of making our visitors trip to the Beach an enjoyable and safe experience.
The City of South Padre Island wants everyone who visits our beaches to have a safe and enjoyable experience and asks anyone coming to the beach to consider the following safety guidelines:
- Learn to swim and never swim alone
- Don't rely on flotation devices, such as rafts or inner-tubes. Even US Coast Guard approved lifejackets are not a substitute for swimming ability
- If caught in a rip current, swim sideways until free, don't swim against the current's pull
- Do not swim while under the influence of illicit drugs or medications that may cause impairment or alcohol
- If you are swimming and need assistance - yell and wave - don't wait
- Unless you are trained, do not attempt to assist a swimmer in distress - call 911
- Follow regulations and Beach Patrol directions
- Swim parallel to shore if you wish to swim long distances
- Report hazardous conditions to Beach Patrol
- Never turn your back to the ocean -- you may be swept off your feet by waves that can come without warning
- Jellyfish are common in Gulf waters and sometimes wash ashore. Jellyfish stings are rarely serious, but they may require first aid treatment. If you are stung by a jellyfish, wave down the nearest Beach Patrol for assistance.
Glass containers on the beach are prohibited and could cost you a $500 fine. We check, so do yourself a favor and don't buy beverages in glass for consumption while at the beach.
Stay hydrated - drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages (water is the best choice). The combination of the bright sunshine overhead and the reflection of the sun on the sand and water can cause severe damage to your skin.
For maximum effectiveness, use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and apply 30 to 60 minutes before your first exposure to the sun. This allows the sunscreen time to penetrate your skin. Always reapply sunscreen frequently during your visit to the beach. Perspiration reduces the effectiveness of sunscreen, and even waterproof products eventually are washed away by perspiration and swimming.
Enjoy your day at the beach, but remember to be a friend to your skin, too!
What if I need an Ambulance or Medical Care?
The Emergency Medical Service is operated by the South Padre Island Fire Department and our firefighters and Beach Patrol personnel are trained in first aid. If you are on the beach and need assistance, wave down the Beach Patrol. If it is an emergency or you do not see a Beach Patrol unit close by, call 911. Be prepared to give your location on the beach (the addresses are on the posts with the warning flags on them) and the nature of the emergency. We will send the closest unit to assist you.
The City will also have a first aid tent available at the Coca-Cola Beach area to treat minor medical issues that may arise.
The local medical facility and area hospitals include:
SPI Clinic (M-F, 8am to 5pm) 3808 Padre Blvd, SPI (956) 433-5607
Harlingen Medical Center 501 South Expressway 77, Harlingen (965) 365-1000
Valley Baptist Medical Center 1040 Jefferson, Brownsville (956) 698-5400
Valley Regional Medical Center 100 Alton Gloor Blvd., Brownsville (956) 350-7000
The most important message is that we are glad you are here but please be respectful of our delicate environment. Don't Litter... did you know that the endangered Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles believe when they see a plastic bag in the water, they think it is a jellyfish which is one of their favorite food sources and they will consume these bags which may lead to their death. Please keep South Padre Island beautiful and have a great time!
Robert N. Pinkerton, Jr.
Welcome to the South Padre Island Spring Break Headquarters! If you are in search of sand, sun, and a ton of fun, you'll find it here! South Padre comes alive during spring break featuring award winning beaches and tropical weather perfect for all of your favorite daytime activities such as surfing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, wave runners, bikini contests, and beach parties - while also boasting super hot night clubs with live concerts and DJs to get your groove going all night long! Plan your South Padre Island Spring Break now! We've got the best places to stay and chill spring break style along with great travel packages and spring break discounts. Come to South Padre Island for YOUR spring break to party Island style and hang with thousands of your closest friends!! Spadre.com has THE BEST spring break photo gallery, look for us on the beach we'll be right in the middle of all of the action taking photos of all of the spring break activities and events going on at South Padre Island, Texas the number one spring break party destination in America!
How to get to South Padre Island?
You can either fly into Brownsville (30 miles away) or Harlingen
(45 miles away), then catch a bus or rent a car to get to South
Padre Island. Even better, you could have the best road trip of
your life - hop in the car, split the gas and drive down to the
southern most tip of the United States with just you and your
friends. Who knows what you'll see along the way! Or, you can
Tours, a spring break tour operator that will
put an entire flight + condo + party package together for you.
What's going on in South Padre Island this year during
Spring Break 2014?
We know you're coming here for a fully loaded good time, so that's
what South Padre Island is going to offer you!! Every Spring Break,
South Padre Island is packed with events during spring break so
don't worry you'll have plenty to keep you occupied day and night
whether you are looking for daytime beach activities or water
sports, concerts, bikini contests, or smoking hot bars and night clubs calendar frequently as new events are added often! The Isla Grand Beach Resort (formerly the Radisson) will be hosting daily poolside parties with an amazing sound system display. Louie's Backyard hosts nightly live concerts with top name national acts, Hawaiian tropic bikini contests, DJs and dancing, karaoke, bungee jumping, rock wall climbing, go carts, and more. There's even a nude beach / clothing optional beach 10 miles north of town.
Where do we stay?
After endless hours of fun - you may eventually need to crash!
With thousands of rooms to choose from, South Padre Island has
what you need. Hotels, beach houses, resorts, condos, or motels
- no worries, we've got it all! Find exactly what you are looking
for on our lodging
page....or if it is all to much for you, book your
entire spring break trip (parties, side trips and all) through Inertia
Tours, tell them what you are looking for and let them
do the work for you - after all, it's been a long, hard year right
and you definitely deserve a break. All inclusive trips under $500 per person are Inertia Tours specialty.
What about a family vacation to South Padre during spring
South Padre Island is a great destination for families. There
are many beach houses, condos, and vacation rentals that will
ONLY rent to family visitors and do not rent to college spring
breakers. Families can come down and enjoy surfing lessons, fishing,
parasailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and many more of the exciting
activities that South Padre Island has to offer without having
to worry about being in the middle of the party scene. South Padre Surf Company gives daily surfing lessons with spring break discounts available for groups of 3 or more.
Are there any alternative spring break programs available
in South Padre Island?
For those who want to break away from the party scene, alternative
spring break programs have become quite popular both in the United
States and Internationally. These are typically outreach programs
that offer active participation on trips to provide aid to the
disadvantaged or to help clean up the environment. Some options available on South Padre Island
Beach Reach South Padre Island, Texas.
Be a part of the tradition, join us as we reach 50,000 college
students with the gospel of Jesus Christ through
for Humanity Collegiate Challenge is Habitat
for Humanity's year-round alternative break program that
provides opportunities for students from youth groups, high schools
and colleges to spend a week of their school break building a
house in partnership with a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in
the United States. A Collegiate Challenge trip may be the best
school break trip you will ever have. Not only do you help people
in need -it's also fun! You'll have the chance to
improve your carpentry skills, connect with new people in a new
place and put your faith into action by making a real difference
in Habitat for Humanity’s work of eliminating substandard
housing. Our habitat for humanity affiliate chapter is in Port
Isabel, Texas: Phone: (956) 498-7331.
Start your own Alternative Spring
Break on your campus -
If you have a great idea on how to give back over your Spring
Break you should consider a Do-It-Yourself ASB. Helping people through a community service project can change
your life and the lives of others in need. South
Padre Island is surrounded by communities that are in desparate
need of your help, and the Island is a perfect gateway into Mexico
where you could launch your own International outreach program.
Travel Alert: The US Department of State has issued a travel advisory for Mexico, particularly border towns. Please read this information before heading to Mexico to party!
Texas authorities are asking Spring Breakers to avoid travel to Mexico due to continuing drug cartel violence south of the border.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued the alert on Tuesday morning.
DPS officials reported that Mexican government has made great strides in the drug war but Americans remain caught in the middle.
According to figures, some 120 Americans were murdered in Mexico during 2011.
That number is up from 35 Americans murdered in 2007.
Americans have also become victims of drug cartel gun battles, kidnappings, carjackings and robbery along Mexican highways.
DPS officials reported that the violence is not concentrated along border states such as Tamaulipas.
Americans have reported being victims of rape or other crimes in resort areas such as Cancun, Acapulco, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.
DPS Advises Against Spring Break Travel to Mexico
The Texas Department of Public Safety is again urging Spring Breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico as a result of continued violence throughout the country.
“The Mexican government has made great strides battling the cartels, and we commend their continued commitment to making Mexico a safer place to live and visit,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. “However, drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat, even in some resort areas.”
According to published information from the U.S. Department of State:
• 12,903 narcotics-related homicides were reported the first nine months of 2011 alone.
• The number of U.S. citizens reported as murdered in Mexico increased from 35 in 2007 to 120 in 2011.
• U.S. citizens have fallen victim to transnational criminal activity, including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery.
• Rape and sexual assault continue to be serious problems in resort areas.
• Some bars and nightclubs, especially in resort cities such as Cancun, Acapulco, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, and Tijuana can be havens for drug dealers and petty criminals.
• Crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere.
• The State Department now urges U.S. travelers to defer non-essential travel to all or parts of 14 Mexican states, four more than 2011.
The situation in Mexico today is significantly different than it was just a decade ago,” said McCraw. “Many crimes against Americans in Mexico go unpunished, and we have a responsibility to inform the public about safety and travel risks and threats. Based on the unpredictable nature of cartel violence and other criminal elements, we are urging individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time.”
DPS acknowledges that many travel to Mexico without incident, but the risks cannot be ignored. Travelers are encouraged to carefully research any planned trips.
Travelers should always check the U.S. Department of State website for the most up-to-date information related to security issues in Mexico. (See http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html)
U.S. citizens living or traveling in Mexico are urged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.
For more shocking, detailed and personal information on the situation go to http://www.mexicovacationawareness.com/index.html
Matamoros/South Padre Island: The Mexican border cities of Matamoros and Nuevo Progresso are located 30 to 45 minutes south of the major Spring Break destination of South Padre Island, Texas. Travelers to the Mexican border should be especially aware of safety and security concerns due to increased violence in recent years between rival drug trafficking gangs competing for control of narcotics smuggling routes. While it is unlikely that American visitors would get caught up in this violence, travelers should exercise common-sense precautions such as visiting only the well-traveled business and tourism areas of border towns during daylight and early-evening hours.
*** Important! Regulations
for Mexico border crossing ***
*** Passport, or Driver License and Birth Certificate required!!