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Old 06-10-2021, 08:15 AM   #1
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Anybody been lately? Some friends were telling me itís not what it used to be. Would love to make a trip this summer if itís still a good and safe place. My grandparents lived in Harlingen when I was young and we practically grew up on SPI
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:23 AM   #2
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We went down and stayed at the Isla Grand 3 years ago. The rooms were nasty and the hotel was overall pretty run down. Decent food in town. Did go on a party boat 4 hour trip and actually caught fish which was nice.
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:23 AM   #3
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It’s not what it use to be for me. The beaches aren’t takin care of like the use to be. It’s still safe for the most part. I have a hard time driving that far when port A is a better place for me
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:27 AM   #4
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Anybody been lately? Some friends were telling me itís not what it used to be. Would love to make a trip this summer if itís still a good and safe place. My grandparents lived in Harlingen when I was young and we practically grew up on SPI
What do you mean ďitís not what it used to beĒ? IMO, lots of good restaurants. It will be crowded on weekends, no doubt. Hotels? Depends where you stayÖcheaper priced hotels will be heavily used.

Fishing. Freeze put a hurt on this area. It is weak at this time.
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:45 AM   #5
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We stayed Memorial weekend at the Pearl and went to eat each night and it is fine. Restaurants open, people out, good time.
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:47 AM   #6
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Was down there 2 weeks ago. Seemed exactly the same as it always has. The kids family enjoyed the beach and was was an overall good trip.
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:05 AM   #7
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We stayed Memorial weekend at the Pearl and went to eat each night and it is fine. Restaurants open, people out, good time.

We stayed at the pearl during spring break and it was fine. Food was good, atmosphere was good, beach was nice but chilly.


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Old 06-10-2021, 09:31 AM   #8
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We stay at Hilton garden on far north end of island. We go in October and it’s still hot but not so hot that you can’t walk on the sand. Less people, and rates are lower. In fact we have reservations for this October.
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:13 AM   #9
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It's been a couple of years but it was very nice. The bay is blue, the surf is clear. Lots of good watefront bars and restaurants. The bayside sunset is as good as it gets.

I seriously doubt it went to hell in a few years.

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Old 06-10-2021, 10:34 AM   #10
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We had fun when we went. I would go again
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Old 06-10-2021, 12:01 PM   #11
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We stay a week in Port Isabel and spend time on the island every year. This year Island seemed same as always except for the crowd, weekend traffic was on par for weekday traffic in years past.
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Old 06-10-2021, 02:25 PM   #12
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ive been twice in the last month

surf is still good, and the new pavillion in the park is nice.
Bunch of new places to eat.. but be ready for the drunk crowds as usual
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Old 06-10-2021, 06:08 PM   #13
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We honeymooned there back in April, had a great time. I can’t comment anything on “how it used to be” because that was the first time there for both of us, but we didn’t have any problems, never felt unsafe, the beach was nice, didn’t have a bad meal the whole week. I’m ready to go back any time.
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Old 06-10-2021, 06:20 PM   #14
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To me it's the same as it's always been.
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Old 06-10-2021, 06:26 PM   #15
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Was there a few weeks ago good to go.
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Old 06-10-2021, 07:21 PM   #16
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It's never been unsafe. Quiet little island. Texas week of Spring Break is another story. Port Isabel would be more worrisome but not really.

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Old 06-10-2021, 08:19 PM   #17
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:52 PM   #18
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Nothing has changed, spent a month down there this year.
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Old 06-11-2021, 11:50 AM   #19
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We went last weekend. We used an ABnB, it worked out great.
Did a bay trip and brought home limit on Spades, and plenty of Mangrove Snapper.
Great restaurants, felt safe, and overall a great trip.
Saw a lot of families with kiddos on the beach.

Last time I was there was in 86' for our HS senior trip, it has changed since then...
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Old 06-11-2021, 12:19 PM   #20
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Itís not what it use to be for me. The beaches arenít takin care of like the use to be. Itís still safe for the most part. I have a hard time driving that far when port A is a better place for me
To me, SPI blows Port A away in every way. I grew up going to Port A multiple times a summer and have continued into adulthood. A few years ago we went back to SPI after not having been there since I was in high school. SPI is way nicer than Port A, the beaches/water aren't even comparable, at least the condo beaches, don't know about the public beaches. I got sick of Port A's dirty beaches, people treat them like their public trash cans. Beaches in Port A stink, water is typically dirty brown, restaurant's are crazy crowed. I still enjoy an occasional trip to Port A, but given the choice, I'd choose SPI all day every day.
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