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Old 05-06-2008, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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We just booked our annual trip to Port A (that 'A' is Aransas, no Arthur ), and if you are looking for a relaxing vacation spot with an island feel to it, it is not a bad option. You can catch bad days when the sea weed piles up, but most of the time it is fairly clear, and the city bull dozes it away on a regular basis. There is almost nobody there in the low season (before memorial day or after labor day) and the summer 'crowds' are nothing. The beaches are pretty safe, with shallow water running for a good distance from shore, and rip currents are fairly rare. There are some stronger cross-currents sometimes, but they take you down the beach, not out.
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Old 05-06-2008, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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I think TX beaches ARE beautiful. We have been to Padre Island National Seashore and to Mustang Island State Park and camped out in both. I think I prefer Mustang Island.
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:08 AM
 
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Default This is great! Thanks!

So, I guess we will head either to somewhere like Destin, FL or Cancun or South Carolina. How far away is South Carolina (beaches)?

Do they have good weather there?
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:10 AM
 
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Default This is great! Thanks!

Is Port Aransus in Texas?
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Jollyville
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Is Port Aransus in Texas?
Yes, it's on Mustang Island just north of Corpus Christi.
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Some pictures of Port A. beach in Sept. of last year. The boardwalk takes you over the dunes from the hotel/condo to the beach.





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Old 05-06-2008, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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I like Port A also!!!!!! 3.5 hours! Condo on the beach!

Gigi has a place in Rockport and likes it (duh), I have not been there yet.
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Old 05-07-2008, 07:30 AM
 
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I don't actually live in Austin, (or anywhere near it) but I would definitely recommend Port Aransas, TX (east of Corpus Christi off I-37.) The beaches are nice, the water is pretty clear and it's fairly close. The best beach in Texas IMO, as South Padre is too far, and a little guetto quite frankly. Galveston is down right nasty, and normally crowded from the Houstonians. Beaches in Florida and the Carolinas are always an option, as is Mexico, but for a short drive consider PA. Your family will enjoy it.

My question to you locals is, what is the best way to get to Port Aransas from Austin? A friend and I are driving down from Lubbock to meet some people down there. Is it best to just go the interstate route through San Antonio and Corpus? Or can you save time by shooting down US 183 or SH 123? Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-07-2008, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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US 183 or SH 123?
We usually go down 183 to 77/183 and cut over on 181...we hate I-35 (probably beyond reason) and we have a small child. There are many more convienent stops along this route rather than I-35/I-37. If you are going to Port A itself (and not CC), then you end up crossing at the ferry. As long as you are not at some sort of peak hour (i.e. the 4th of July weekend), the ferry is very quick and more fun anyway. The time is very similar, at least in our experience.
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Old 05-07-2008, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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[LEFT]Try one of these


Top 10 Florida Beaches as rated by the Travel Channel[/LEFT]
    1. [LEFT]South Beach, Miami[/LEFT]
    2. [LEFT]Siesta Key Beach[/LEFT]
    3. [LEFT]Palm Beach[/LEFT]
    4. [LEFT]Lovers Key Beach[/LEFT]
    5. [LEFT]Clearwater Beach [/LEFT]
    6. [LEFT]Smathers Beach, Key West[/LEFT]
    7. [LEFT]Sanspur Beach, Bahia Honda State Park[/LEFT]
    8. [LEFT]Panama City Beach [/LEFT]
    9. [LEFT]Sanibel Island [/LEFT]
    10. [LEFT]Daytona Beach [/LEFT]
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