By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Spring Break 2015 officially kicked off this week with the first wave of coeds descending upon the Island looking for fun, food, and an appreciable lack of snow. Though temperatures have remained cool and rain has plagued the forecast local venues are already seeing an uptick in activity.
With the departure of Coca-Cola Beach, previously known as “the” gathering spot for Spring Break fun, the Island as a whole has adapted to accommodate the fun-seeking masses. From Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark on the south end to Clayton’s Beach Bar to the north, the party has spread out and the crowds have grown.
Formerly home to Coca-Cola Beach, the Isla Grand has taken bold measures to innovate and continue to attract the kinds of numbers the afternoon dance party once drew. General Manager Daniel Salazar says the hotel has invested in both equipment and resources to host daily pool parties. “We’ve gone on a larger scale and we have a larger infrastructure that we’ve staged over the pool, the largest LED screen during Spring Break out here, the loudest sound system for these kids to enjoy,” he said.
The parties can host approximately 2,500 revelers, and are enhanced by live music and guest DJs. “Every day we’re activating from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. with the largest daytime and nighttime pool party on SPI. We’re having the special happy hour pricing ’til 10 p.m. for the kids to enjoy,” he said. Aside from hosting a beer pong championship every Thursday, the hotel also boasts affordable drinks and activities. “We have some really low-end drink specials: $2 draft beers, $2 shots, $2.50 margaritas, and some others, of course. And activities, games, all kinds of contests throughout the day,” Salazar said.
Similarly, just up the road at Clayton’s Beach Bar, owner Clayton Brashear has stacked his Spring Break calendar with day-long activities that last well into the night. “We should get around 5,000 people to each one of our events. I mean, if the weather holds, it’ll be a great Spring Break for us,” he said, adding that the venue will remain open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily.
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