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SEnior citizens on spring break

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SEnior citizens on spring break

We are a couple of 65 year olds looking to spend March 2011 on SPI. Are we nuts to do that due to spring break season. Is the bay side better than the gulf side? Where can we go (and rent a condo) where we will be with people our age--those that go to bed by 11 p.m. and don't like lots of noise? How about grocery and liquor shpping? We are looking to rent a condo at Tierra Encantada. Any help would be so greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: SEnior citizens on spring break

I answered your first post but here's some more info for you. The more north areas of SPI are not as popular with Breakers because of the distance to the center of all the activities in the south end. Tierra Encantada is a nice complex and I don't think it takes students (there are quite a few places that don't). We have friends who've stayed there thru March and really enjoyed it...and you get wonderful sunsets!! The bay side tends to be less expensive than the beach and is less crowded. The area around Tierra has no bars or clubs so it is quiet.

For groceries, go to Walmart or HEB in Port Isabel (HEB has better produce but is more pricey...it is the largeTexas chain). There is an IGA on the island but it is expensive...does have good meats. Do your shopping early in the day to avoid the crowds crossing the Causeway. For liquor we enjoy Ben's Liquor down by Isla Grand Beach Resort and Club Pelican West. They have a large selection and are very friendly and knowledgeable...again, shop early.

More and more seniors are choosing to stay on SPI thru April and Spring Break is becoming less and less of a factor on the island. Please go and enjoy yourselves.

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2. Re: SEnior citizens on spring break

We really appreciate all your good information. It makes me feel better about being on the island during spring break. Thank you!!

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My husband, 60, and myself, 55, thought that we were crazy to spend Spring Break, 2010, at South Padre Island and to take our youngest grandchildren, ages 4 and 6, but that is what we did! and we all loved it. We stayed at the Embassy, far from the action of ISla Grand, and would recommend it without reservation. Our part of the beach was not crowded, The college age head way far south. The restaruants still had their Winter Texan specials and were uncrowded. the grandkids and I even walked down to the Coca Cola Stage where all the spring breakers go, so that we could see the unbelievable Sand sculptures.

Will we do it Spring Break, 2011? You bet! Just make sure you grocery shop before noon and you will have no problem with traffic.

Check out our condo at www.pirentals.com/rental/embassy-401… It really is a lot of fun! Very nice condo with unbeatable views and location

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4. Re: SEnior citizens on spring break

Did you find any really special restaurants? We are looking to stay on the north side since we hear the younguns stay on the south side. Thanks for your help!

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5. Re: SEnior citizens on spring break

Hands down favorite is Palms on the Beach for atmosphere, view and food.

Sea ranch is great too, but traffic is a problem at spring break because of its southern location.

Scampis is another good choice with no traffic problems during Spring Break, on the bay, beautifull sunsets, good food.

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6. Re: SEnior citizens on spring break

Thank you. Cannot wait till March to be there!

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7. Re: SEnior citizens on spring break

Have recently heard from friends, of a new restaurant...Cafe Kranzler. It is across from Dairy Queen and, from all reports, it's terrific. There is also Wild Fork for Italian (further north...watch for it on the east side of Padre Blvd...it's tiny) and Zeste for lunch and dinner, not somewhere Breakers are likely to find.

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