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Texas residents - best beach vacation spots?

Discussion in 'Texas' started by Atomic City Tundra, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. Mar 4, 2019 at 6:27 AM
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    I am wondering if I could get some input on recommendations for good vacation spots on the beach in Texas?

    Thanks in advance,

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  2. Mar 4, 2019 at 6:30 AM
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    Been to south padre a few times it was nice. Galveston I would stay away from personally other than those two don’t know of any other beaches
     
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    You have Galveston beach, which also Pleasure Pier that has a carnival for kiddos, lots of bars n great restaurants up and down the beach wall, also Moody Gardens lots of activities, and you can camp out on beach as well north of Galveston
     
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    Went to south padre 3 year ago in July. Was really nice to me. It was cool having all a lot of restaurants and stores all down the same strip with the beach nearby. If it wasn’t 10 hours away, I’d go more often.
     
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    Don't bring back illegal contraband back from South padre island. Wonderful people there shit federally coming back!! Bunch of assholes I know I met all on shift that night:anonymous: local cops are kickass well he was before God needed his angel back home R.I.P. Officer Andy
     
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    Agree with all comments on Galveston both pro and con.

    Stewart beach used to be the go-to place on Galveston island. Last time I was there 25 years ago, the weekend traffic going down to the beach was insane...bumper-to-bumper gridlock. It's probably better to go during the week, and avoid late June and July.

    A lot of history in Galveston if you're into that...old Victorian mansions to tour, old restored sailing ship, museums (immigration, hurricane, railroad etc.), the Strand ('old town' on inland side) etc. Because cotton was king, Galveston began to think of themselves as THE financial center in the West. The 1900 storm pretty much ended their competition to NYC. Most people don't realize that after the island was obliterated by 1900 storm, structures deemed salvageable were jacked up about 10', and virtually the entire island elevation raised (Corps of Engineers?). The seawall was then built to prevent future destruction. Moody Gardens was mentioned above; been there for an enjoyable weekend (check out the pyramids). I don't know, but the hotel might be a little pricey if you stay there.

    If you are interested only in beach or fishing, take a look at Rockport, Freeport, or beaches near Corpus Christi (South Padre mentioned). I haven't been to the beach in Freeport in 65 years, or ever to Rockport, but I heard it was nice before their storm. Google them for the CofC story.
     
  7. Mar 4, 2019 at 7:20 AM
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    The destruction in Galveston back then pretty much made Houston what it is today.

    I don’t care for beaches, but Galveston is a really cool city to visit. Plenty of activities and history there. I always hear that South Padre is much better for beach goers though.
     
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    We are definitely more going for sitting on the beach and playing in the water. We went to North Carolina last year and it was awesome. Looking for something a bit closer this time and we were thinking of either Texas or SoCal - but SoCal has so many effing people. How are the crowds on Padre Island in the summer (say July/August timeframe)?

    Thanks for all the replies.
     
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    South Padre and Rockport will definitely be closer to you. No need to drive maybe another 200 miles to Galveston if you only want beach. I-10 to San Antonio, I-37 close to Corpus, then state highways to either.
     
  10. Mar 4, 2019 at 7:55 AM
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    What is illegal contraband from South padre island?
     
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    If you are coming from NM I would stick with South Padre, Port Aransas, or Rockport
     
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    I don't know why, but that Cheech and Chong scene with heavy smoke pouring out of that VW bus comes to mind...:rofl:
     
  13. Mar 4, 2019 at 8:29 AM
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    More from Matamoras, MX bordertown......
     
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    South Padre best beaches and water in TX. Haven't been in 20 yrs, it has grown with more things to do. Should be way less crowded than SoCal. Do not think crowds are problem except maybe for SPring Break.

    Corpus Christi (Not as nice) has ok beaches, they just do not have as much beach as you would think or cater to it. Port Aransas has some nice new developments and a few resorts, P.A. is a big Barrier Island to CC.

    Galveston, definitely more to do overall, beaches are far from spectacular.
     
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    South padre - best beaches
    Port Aransas/Rockport - best bay fishing
     
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    I have always wanted to go and stay in S Padre Island. I had a friend that spent his last days with his wife there. Passed away peacefully on the beach. I’m glad he got to pass in his favorite place in the world.
     
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    Sout Padre is where we go. Glaveston is closer but water is dirtier. Brownsville is pretty close to south padre. Also, check out rental condos instead of hotels.
     
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    Yeah, the plan is to secure a beachfront house/condo. That is what we did in North Carolina and it was the bees knees.
     
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    Go to Alabama or the Fl panhandle. Not much further than Texas beaches and a WHOLE lot nicer.
     
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    Not many Beach house on the beach down there. Most Houses will be across the street from beach. Lots of condos Beachfront..
     
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    Nicer but 8-12 hrs further when driving........
     
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    I think we are going to Panama City Beach, Florida, in August.
     
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    We will be flying. But still, plane time is a consideration this go 'round. Carolina was great, but the flights out there were pretty long, and we ran into pretty horrible weather and ended up driving from Pennsylvania because of a cancelled/redirected flight. I never really considered Alabama - I'll look into it. What makes the beaches so much nicer there?
     
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    I was noticing that. Condos are fine - we lucked out in Carolina and got a top floor condo. Not seeing many of those in S. Padre so far....
     
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    Some nice areas down there. The traffic can be bad, especially on weekends, folks leaving and arriving for week long rentals.
     
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    Beaches are fairly clean and white, water is much clearer than TX upper coast, they don't have as many rivers clouding up the Gulf in that area.

    S. Padre compares to Gulf Shores / Destin / Panama City
     
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    Yep, we were there about 5 years ago. Beautiful beach.
     
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    How far south you wanting to go?
     
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