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Old 03-13-2018, 01:57 PM   #1
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Default Where to go for a Texas Beach Vacation

Looking for the best place to go to take the family to the beach, do some fishing, nearby attractions, etc....9, 13 and 16 year old kids.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:04 PM   #2
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:08 PM   #3
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We had a blast at Corpus last year, but I don't know how it is looking these days post Harvey! We rented a condo that was right down the street from Whitecap Beach and the Packery Channel. Probably the best beach day I've ever had! We fished the channel that morning and should have set aside more time to fish.

Schlitterbahn was close to where we stayed. We went to a Hooks game, but my kids got bored, 4 & 7. Touring the Lexington was awesome and I highly recommend it! They have a coupon on their website. If we had stayed more days I would have gone to the Aquarium. It has a water park inside too.

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Old 03-13-2018, 02:10 PM   #4
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Padre, North or South, either works... will be lots of folks there, but only the "bravest" souls will actually be in the water... It's still pretty cool... SPI will be a bit warmer than up around Corpus and north end...
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:15 PM   #5
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South Padre, Corpus.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:42 PM   #6
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All of the above answers - just keep in mind - these areas get a lil , different , around this time of year..... according to a buddy .. that I know
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:46 PM   #7
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If you want a nice beach, I would suggest the Alabama or panhandle of Florida beaches.

It all depends on if you are looking for clear water and white sand beaches. We have found they are not in Texas. It is worth the drive.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:50 PM   #8
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If you want a nice beach, I would suggest the Alabama or panhandle of Florida beaches.

It all depends on if you are looking for clear water and white sand beaches. We have found they are not in Texas. It is worth the drive.
Probably the best advice yet...

Oh and the post above that one... Since it is spring break... "The Beach" may or may NOT be so family friendly right now... The Alabama and Fla. Panhandle beaches are patrolled and controlled a bit better since there you can actually have "private" beaches whereas Texas ALL beaches are public and much less patrolled/controlled...
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:06 PM   #9
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Pensacola LOL
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:19 PM   #10
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If you want a nice beach, I would suggest the Alabama or panhandle of Florida beaches.

It all depends on if you are looking for clear water and white sand beaches. We have found they are not in Texas. It is worth the drive.
This^^^

Drive is not that much worse and worth it
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:56 PM   #11
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I am heading back to Port A this year, I have been on the list for our condo for 4 months now. I was told by the property manager that room availability was way down, and they expect tourism to be way down also. I really hope for a quiet year there this year.
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:15 PM   #12
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Heard the Texas spring break towns had been warned about fecal matter in the waters.... Id check before I went
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:30 PM   #13
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I have been to South Padre and Galveston. The water at South Padre was very nice when we were there (at the end of August.) I mean it was beautiful..

I think there is more to do in Galveston. The other attractions at South Padre were a little lacking, especially compared to Destin/Galveston. (I also found Orange Beach lacking compared to Destin though.) We were only at SP and Orange Beach AL for a long weekend though. Spent a little more time in Destin.

Not sure about Port A/Rockport.....especially after the Hurricane. I think they need tourists though. So you would be doing somewhat of a good deed to visit there, I believe they are open for business.
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:35 PM   #14
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Crystal beach for muddy waters and trashy sand! Its wonderful...
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:07 PM   #15
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If you want a nice beach, I would suggest the Alabama or panhandle of Florida beaches.

It all depends on if you are looking for clear water and white sand beaches. We have found they are not in Texas. It is worth the drive.
Second this.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:12 PM   #16
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Heard the Texas spring break towns had been warned about fecal matter in the waters.... Id check before I went
The fish gotta go somewhere dawg
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:15 PM   #17
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Gulf Shores, Alabama for sure. 8 hour drive, white sands and crystal clear water with tons of stuff to do. Pensacola is right down the highway if you need more things to do.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:18 PM   #18
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8 hours to padre vs 10 to alabama or 12 to seaside...

GO EAST
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:25 PM   #19
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Gulf Shores, Alabama for sure. 8 hour drive, white sands and crystal clear water with tons of stuff to do. Pensacola is right down the highway if you need more things to do.


Yep we went to Orange Beach last summer and will just make the drive from now on. Totally worth it


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Old 03-13-2018, 05:39 PM   #20
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Gulf Shores, Alabama for sure. 8 hour drive, white sands and crystal clear water with tons of stuff to do. Pensacola is right down the highway if you need more things to do.
Well worth the drive. I love Gulf Shores...my wife would move there in a heartbeat. If we take a week off, and a beach is involved, that's the destination
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:02 PM   #21
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If all you want is a beach with saltwater and lots of attractions I would suggest Galveston. There is a ton to do in and around Gtown. If you looking for really nice beaches than south Padre would be my choice.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:27 PM   #22
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Crystal Beach is beautiful this week
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:30 PM   #23
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If you do decide to head East, we have a couple of condos in the Phoenix V building. PM me if you want info on our three bedroom units.

In the past six months or so they just opened a new amusement park called OWA.
http://visitowa.com/
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:20 PM   #24
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This^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ we have been to all the Texas beaches. Galveston is by far the worst of them. Just dirty, imo. CC is ok. SPI is by far the best one. Clean water etc.
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:36 PM   #25
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Nice beaches and Texas donít go together... gotta atleast get to alabama.
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:21 AM   #26
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Get to the other side of the Mississippi River for good beaches. When the silt comes out of the mouth of the Mississippi the current drags it west. That is why every thing east of the Mississippi is good clean water
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Old 03-14-2018, 05:38 AM   #27
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I recommend Galveston!








Go down to Galveston, get on a cruise ship, and go somewhere nicer.
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:30 AM   #28
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Ft. Walton beach, FL. The drive is not that bad and the beaches are great.

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Old 03-14-2018, 07:36 AM   #29
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South padre is the best beach in Texas, but you don't wanna go for a family friendly vacation right now.
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:44 AM   #30
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As far as beach appeal, I would choose South Padre. They have Schliterbauns and great fishing and all the small shops Port A had.The beaches are far more cleaner than hear in Corpus. But Port A is starting to get back on its feet and I'm sure they will appreciate the business
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:03 AM   #31
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Nice beaches and Texas donít go together.
I hear this a lot and I have to respectfully disagree.

We have a family place in Pointe West at the south end of Galveston Island...just before San Louis pass. If you haven't been before, give it try.

Deep beaches with decent sand that are cleared twice a week.

No vehicles allowed on the beach so your kiddos and dogs are safe.

Fishing is the best I've found in west bay.

If you stay in the hood, there's a great beach club and pool, plus a lazy river pool on the bay side.

And it's an 1.25 hours from Houston, Tx.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:15 AM   #32
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SPI has by far the best Texas beach. Rowdy in March, but good water and sand. If you can drive a little further go to Alabama or Florida.


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Old 03-14-2018, 08:16 AM   #33
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If you want a nice beach, I would suggest the Alabama or panhandle of Florida beaches.

It all depends on if you are looking for clear water and white sand beaches. We have found they are not in Texas. It is worth the drive.
Incorrect. SPI was recently ranked top 5 in the country for water cleanliness.
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