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July 4th Weekend Beach Access

As of June 30th, 2020, the City of Corpus Christi, Port Aransas and Nueces County have closed all beach access roads to vehicular traffic beginning on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 6a.m. through Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 6a.m.

There is a nightly curfew forbidding access from 8pm until 6am starting on Friday, July 3, 2020 to Saturday, July 11, 2020.

Access roads to all beaches from Port Aransas through the Padre Island National Seashore will be closed to vehicular traffic, including golf carts and all-terrain vehicles. Pools will remain open at their normal 50% occupancy. 

Here is the link to the city presentation on beach access roads and park closures, they cover it in detail at the 15 minute mark: https://youtu.be/Ulzlw6mLKVk 

the City of Corpus Christi will close eight regional parks beginning Friday, July 3, 2020 at 6:00 AM and ending Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 6:00 AM.

City Parks Closures

Bill Witt Park 

West Guth Park  

Manuel Q. Salinas Park

The Water’s Edge 

Cole Park 

Labonte Park 

Lakeview Park  

Parker Park  

Sunrise Beach RV Park at Lake Corpus Christi Closure

Picnic and waterfront areas are closed for the same four-day period.

Bay Beach Closures

McGee Beach

North Beach 

Gulf Beach Road Closures

City and County Gulf Beaches from Access Road 2 thru County Road 6

Access Road 2, Beach Marker 62, Newport Pass Road, Zahn Road, Access Road 3A, Windward Parking Lot, White Cap Beach, County Road 4, County Road 5, Bob Hall access, and County Road 6.


June 29, 2020

As of now Corpus Christi Beaches are open and we have not been made aware of any plans to close them throughout the 4th of July holiday or any other time. For more details check out the Visit Corpus Christi Beaches are Open web page. 

In addition to the beaches numerous other attractions are available, check out the Safety Guidelines for these attractions here. 

Currently Corpus Christi restaurant dining rooms are open at 50% occupancy, there are plenty of options available for take-out, curbside and delivery as well. Here is a complete list of those options, Restaurants open in Corpus Christi.

Face masks and face coverings are required to be worn in Corpus Christi commercial businesses and when 6 ft. of social distancing is not possible. Face masks and face coverings are only required for anyone 10 years old and up. The face coverings should fully cover your nose and mouth. Read the complete Nueces County Order here.

We are working hard to offer our guests a safe and fun vacation experience. It is important to follow safety guidelines to keep visitors and our community safe. 

In today’s world of uncertainty Padre Escapes is offering guests peace of mind with a “Worry-Free 72-hour Cancellation Policy”. For new reservations occurring between April 28, 2020 to September 7, 2020, guests will receive a full refund for reservations cancelled 72 hours or more prior to arrival, no questions asked.


Updated June 26, 2020

On June 26th, Governor Abbott again amended his executive order affecting the opening of Texas. The June 26th order, GA-28, available here, mandates restaurants shall again return to a maximum 50 percent occupancy capacity effective June 29, 2020. This applies to hotel restaurants and other hotel dining areas.

Additionally, under GA-28, standalone bars that derive more than 50 percent of their revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages are permitted to remain open only for pickup/to-go service. While most hotels do not derive more than 50 percent of their revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages, hotels should take great care and consider reducing bar service to guests seated at a table in a dining area (at no more than 50 percent occupancy), or for to-go service or in-room dining.

Here is our summary of the authority for various aspects of hotel facilities to operate:

  • General hotel operations for accommodating overnight guests: As with prior executive orders, GA-26 continues to allow hotels to accommodate overnight guests at full capacity. Hotel operations for overnight accommodations are considered essential operations under the Department of Homeland Security’s “Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”
  • Hotel restaurants and dining areas: Restaurants can open at up to 50 percent capacity. THLA interprets this restaurant provision as applying to hotel restaurants, dining areas such as a hotel’s breakfast area, and other spaces where food-service occurs. Hotels providing dining service should follow the State operational checklists found here.
  • Hotel bars and other alcoholic beverage service: Most hotels that sell alcohol hold TABC alcoholic beverage permits that indicate the hotel establishment does not derive more than 50 percent of its revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages. Provided the hotel’s TABC alcoholic beverage permit does not indicate the establishment derives more than 50 percent of its revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages, hotel bars may continue to operate and hotels may continue alcoholic beverage service operations, with strict physical distancing and occupancy limitations in effect.
    • Hotels should take great care and consider bar service only for guests seated at a table in a dining area (at no more than 50 percent occupancy). Alternatively, hotels should consider offering to-go beverage service or in-room dining. Do not allow guests to gather in groups at the bar, and ensure physical distancing is strictly enforced.
    • If you are unsure what type of TABC permit your hotel holds, THLA can assist you. Please call us at 512-474-2996 or email us at news@texaslodging.com.
  • Pools and other water features: Pools and other water features remain at 50 percent maximum occupancy and subject to physical distancing requirements.
  • Meetings and events: Indoor meetings may continue at 50 percent occupancy capacity, and subject to the physical distancing requirements found in these standards of operation issued by the State of Texas. For outdoor events or activities that involve 100 or more persons, check with your city and county officials for additional restrictions or permitting requirements.
  • Gyms and hotel fitness rooms: Gyms can open at 50 percent capacity. Hotels should follow the State operational checklists found here.
  • Massage establishments, personal care services, and beauty services: Massage establishments, personal care services, and beauty services can operate, provided the facility maintains at least six feet of distancing between operating work stations. Hotels providing massage services should follow the State operational checklists found here.
  • Retail outlets: Retail outlets within hotels such as stores, markets, and gift shops are covered by the 50 percent capacity restriction.  Hotels with retail outlets should follow the State operational checklists found here.
  • Valet parking services: Valet parking services may operate

May 24, 2020

Below are some of the steps we're taking to ensure you have a safe, clean and disinfected property to show up to on your next vacation with Padre Escapes. 

May 6, 2020:

With Governor Abbott’s recent announcement lifting the closure of pools; most pools in our area will reopen on Friday May 8th . The Governor did put some restrictions on the reopening of the pool,  allowing only 25% of the total occupancy of the pool to be used at one time. There will be signs posted in the pool areas regarding the number of people allowed. We ask that you and/or your guests follow the signs as posted and to be courteous of others with your time spent in the pool to ensure everyone gets to enjoy. Please follow social distancing practices as well. We hope you enjoy your stay.

May 1, 2020:

 The Governors new orders restrict use of public swimming pools.  These state-wide orders are in effect from May 1st  until May 18th .

Public pools are defined under the Texas Administrative Code, and include the following:  99) Pool--Any man-made permanently installed or non-portable structure, basin, chamber, or tank containing an artificial body of water that is used for swimming, diving, aquatic sports, or other aquatic activity other than a residential pool and that is operated by an owner, lessee, operator, licensee or concessionaire, regardless of whether a fee is charged for use. The pool may be either publicly or privately owned. The term does not include a spa or a decorative fountain that is not used as a pool. References within the standard to various types of pools are defined by the following categories.

 (A) Class A pool--Any pool used, with or without a fee, for accredited competitive aquatic events such as Federation International De Natation Amateur (FINA), United States Swimming, United States Diving, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA), events. A Class A pool may also be used for recreation.

  (B) Class B pool--Any pool used for public recreation and open to the general public with or without a fee.

  (C) Class C pool--Any pool operated for and in conjunction with:

                   (i) lodging such as hotels, motels, apartments, condominiums, or mobile home parks;

                  (ii) property owner associations, private organizations, or clubs; or

 (iii) a school, college or university while being operated for academic or continuing education classes. The use of such a pool would be open to occupants, members or students, etc., and their guests but not open to the general public.

The pools are considered a class C pool and must close to be in compliance with the order.

Governor Abbott’s Order can be found at: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-relating-to-the-expanded-reopening-of-services

While this is unfortunate news, the good news is Our Beaches are still open. There is an 8:00pm curfew but other than that they are open. For additional information on our area beaches please visit:

https://www.visitcorpuschristitx.org/trip-ideas/must-see/are-the-beaches-in-corpus-christi-open/ 

For island restaurants that are open for curbside, delivery, or dine-in please see: https://www.facebook.com/DineIsland/ 

or

https://www.visitcorpuschristitx.org/trip-ideas/must-see/restaurants-open-in-corpus-christi/ 

For additional information on traveling to Corpus Christi please visit:

https://www.visitcorpuschristitx.org/travel-advisory/ 

In today’s world of uncertainty Padre Escapes is offering guests peace of mind with a “Worry-Free 72-hour Cancellation Policy”. For new reservations occurring between April 28, 2020 to September 7, 2020, guests will receive a full refund for reservations cancelled 72 hours or more prior to arrival, no questions asked.

Padre Escapes has always had extremely high standards for cleanliness in our properties and our goal is always to ensure the health and safety for our guests, homeowners, and staff. While we have always held high standards for our cleaning procedures, we have now put in place even more rigorous disinfection protocols following guidelines laid out by the World Health Organization and CDC.

You’ll also sleep-easy knowing that our linens and towels are professionally cleaned in a commercial grade laundry facility that can provide the high temperatures, chemicals, and sanitization needed for proper laundering. Residential machines and over-the-counter laundry soaps are not the proper way to care for linens used in vacation rental properties.

We know this is a time of uncertainty, we hope our commitment to providing the most well-kept and clean properties while also offering a very lenient cancellation policy gives you peace of mind in booking your next stay with Padre Escapes.

4/28/2020

As many of you have heard the order from the City of Corpus Christi banning short-term rentals has been lifted, 72 hours early. So as of this morning we can now accept bookings for April 28th and on.

Of course, things won’t quite be back to normal. We’ve consulted with the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) as well as the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (VRHP) and other vacation rental companies and at this time their consistent recommendation is to "wait 24 hours before entering the property" after a checkout. 

So while we are accepting reservations we cannot have stays booked that would not allow for at least 24 hours between stays. In other words if someone is checking out that morning we can't have another guest checking in that afternoon. 

In today’s world of uncertainty Padre Escapes is offering guests peace of mind with a “Worry-Free 72-hour Cancellation Policy”. For new reservations occurring between April 28, 2020 to September 7, 2020, guests will receive a full refund for reservations cancelled 72 hours or more prior to arrival, no questions asked.

Padre Escapes has always had extremely high standards for cleanliness in our properties and our goal is always to ensure the health and safety for our guests, homeowners, and staff. While we have always held high standards for our cleaning procedures, we have now put in place even more rigorous disinfection protocols following guidelines laid out by the World Health Organization and CDC.

You’ll also sleep-easy knowing that our linens and towels are professionally cleaned in a commercial grade laundry facility that can provide the high temperatures, chemicals, and sanitization needed for proper laundering. Residential machines and over-the-counter laundry soaps are not the proper way to care for linens used in vacation rental properties. 

We know this is a time of uncertainty, we hope our commitment to providing the most well-kept and clean properties while also offering a very laxed cancelation policy gives you peace of mind in booking your next stay with Padre Escapes.

4/19/2020:

 All Padre Escapes properties are cleaned with a Center for Disease Control certified disinfectant that meets the EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19. All towels and linens are laundered at our commercial grade laundry facility where they are washed at temps up to 160 degrees and treated with bleach as well as additional sanitizing chemicals. While we take every precaution to prevent the transmittal of COVID-19 and other viruses we cannot make any guarantees that guests won’t get sick while visiting the area. 

4/13/2020:

In today’s world of uncertainty Padre Escapes is offering guests some peace of mind with a “Worry-Free 72-hour Cancellation Policy”. For reservations occurring between May 1, 2020 to September 7, 2020, guests will receive a full refund for reservations cancelled 72 hours or more prior to arrival, no questions asked.”


4/8/2020:

New city order regarding short-term rentals: 

“Short-term rentals” are prohibited unless persons are temporarily occupying said short-term rentals for the purpose of dwelling lodging or sleeping during or between period of engaging in “Essential Activities”, “Essential Businesses”, “Essential Government Functions” or “Essential Services” or are occupied by persons subject to a temporary quarantine or self-quarantine. For purposes of this subsection, “Short-term rental” means a residential dwelling rented by the public for consideration, other than a hotel or motel and used for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes for any period of less than 30 consecutive days.

As of 4/8/2020 until 4/30/2020 we are unable to check-in arriving guests unless they are essential personnel or staying for 30 + days. If you are a guest looking to book for this time period please reach out to us directly as you will not be able to book online. 


Current area closures: https://www.visitcorpuschristitx.org/trip-ideas/must-see/closures-in-corpus-christi/

Current beach and park closures: http://news.cctexas.com/news/releases-20200408-6797392


4/2/2020: 

Many have asked if our beaches are open and the answer is YES! Read more about open and closed beaches here: 

For more information on the Coronavirus and it's impact on Corpus Christi and visitors please visit:  https://www.cctexas.com/coronavirus


3/26/2020:

As of 11:59 p.m. on March 26, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 8, 2020 Nueces County has put in place an “Order to Stay at Home”

Here is a copy of that order for your reference: https://www.nuecesco.com/Home/ShowDocument?id=24936

In-short this order states:

All individuals currently living within Nueces County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. Except for essential activities. All business operating within Nueces County, except Essential Businesses as defined in Section 2, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within Nueces County.

During this time Padre Escapes will continue to operate business as usual except for the maintenance department and main office, located in the Coldwell Banker Island Realtors building will be closed.

Reservationists will be working from home and we have several team members available via phone to answer any of your questions. If you have questions or concern about your arrival or changing dates please call us directly at 888-316-7182, extension #1.

For the safety of Padre Escapes’ staff and guests, interaction will be kept to a minimum so housekeeping and guest services concerns will not be addressed. For those properties with a linen exchange program staff will still be available to handle those needs as well, we’ll contact you directly with more details.

For guests who will be departing between March 27th and April 8th, we hope you have enjoyed your stay with Padre Escapes. We are asking that all departing guests take just a couple extra steps.

  1. Hang wet towels across dining chairs rather than leaving piled on the floor
  2. Please dispose of all trash at the on-site dumpster
  3. Confirm AC is set to 78
  4. Please double check that all doors and windows are locked before you depart
Thank you very much for staying with Padre Escapes. We hope you have a safe trip home and please come back to see us again soon. 


3/24/2020: 

As a family-owned, values-driven company, nothing is more important during these challenging times than the health and well-being of our employees, customers and community. We understand that enjoying a getaway and making memories is the perfect escape during this stressful time. Additionally, the spacious living areas, private balconies, and well-equipped kitchens of a vacation rental make it easier to avoid contact with others. As do the miles of open windswept beaches.

Given the unique nature and the health concerns sparked by the coronavirus outbreak and based on the recommendations of the Governor and President we are taking measures to ensure that we all remain safe from the spread of the virus.

Wondering what COVID-19 means for your upcoming stay with Padre Escapes?

We are still open and welcoming guests. We will do our best to continue providing a high level of customer service, but some processes will need to be altered for employee and guest safety and to help do our part in flattening the curve.

When possible, we’ll be having our team members work from home. Padre Escapes Maintenance and Guest Services staff will only be going to properties to address essential, stay-effecting issues. There may be extended time delays during the next couple weeks as well.

We have ramped up cleaning services. Our housekeeping teams are taking extra precautions and using specific disinfectant chemicals to fight the possibility of spreading germs. Additionally, inspectors are focusing their attention on high touch areas such as light switches, doorknobs, and remotes. As always, all towels and linens are laundered at our commercial grade laundry facility where they are washed at temps up to 180 degrees and treated with bleach as well as additional sanitizing chemicals.

Lastly many of our properties are already equipped with electronic locks. As long as a guest has provided their ID and returned the signed rental agreement, we will allow for a guest to check-in at the property rather than having to meet in person. Therefore, eliminating the need for face-to-face contact, which is the main way for the virus to be passed along.

We will continue following the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. We have also communicated with all staff on the importance of washing their hands and staying home if they feel sick. 

Contact us

Current guest…..888-316-7182, Ext. #2

Existing reservation….. 888-316-7182, Ext. #2

Want to place a new reservation….. 888-316-7182, Ext #1

Maintenance and repairs…. 888-316-7182, Ext #3

A few recommendations that will make your trip easier:

• Hand sanitizer and other home supplies like toilet paper may only be available in limited quantities at local stores. We recommend bringing these items with you.?? Padre Escapes only supplies a starter supply of toilet paper (2 rolls per bathroom)

• Grocery stores here are very busy and low on some essentials. Bring items you would typically get at the grocery store with you to avoid long lines. The local HEB is open from 8am – 8pm.

• If you aren’t feeling well, we encourage you to stay home. Even in the best of times, vacationing while sick is no fun. If you or your guests are ill and you elected to purchase travel insurance coverage please contact CSA Travel Insurance directly and let us know you will not be making it.

• We understand that circumstances with your family may be changing daily. If you have concerns, please call us at 888-316-7182. We can look into changing the dates of your stay.

We want you to be confident in your choice to vacation with Padre Escapes. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-316-7182 with any questions.

What’s open and what’s closed

Our Beaches: Open

Texas State Aquarium: Closed

USS Lexington: Closed

National Seashore: The visitor center is closed. The beach, restrooms, and campgrounds are open.

Mustang Island State Park: All park headquarters, park stores, visitor centers and group sites are closed for the health and well-being of park visitors and staff. Please use drive-through windows and/or self-pay stations to check in. We encourage you to buy permits online before you visit. 

Many local restaurants are planning to offer takeout options, here are a list of local places that are open: https://www.kristv.com/restaurants

 


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