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Old 02-28-2012, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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Get away from the dirty Seawall and go down to Stewart Beach, or better yet East Beach.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:44 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Galveston Beach pictures

Galveston selected as a Top 10 spring break spot | Chron.com
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:29 PM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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Galveston's water is brown because of the Mississippi river (thank you 1st grade geography). The beaches are as nice as they can be for being so close to the river.

*the nicest yet smallest beach is actually Sylvan Beach in La Porte, the water is typically green and decently clean even thought it is directly next to shipping lanes.
Shhhh! I don't need tons of new neighbors. As long as my apartment manager turns over the near riot-inducing Sec 8ers around me, I'm fine.

On another note, from the days of working offshore and coming back into the ICW via the Freeport Jetties, Surfiside stays brownish because of the jetties while Quintana remains relatively clearer unless the current running out of the Brazos is pretty mean on a given day. Galveston is no different in much the same respect.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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I wish the folks down in galveston would get the island in shape. Some places have bounced back from the hurricane but I get a ghetto vibe from it now. The whole area feels unattractive to me now because of all the dumpy old homes and dated apartment buildings or hotels near the seawall. You have san louis resort and then it's surrounded by junk.
Between the new boardwalk going in, Shlitterbahn, Moody Garden, & The Strand I think Galveston is doing quite well.

American Idol wouldn't have auditioned & filmed in Galveston if the island was as bad as some folks here make it out to be. The backdrop during the auditions showed a beautiful sunny day on the island looking out over the Gulf with palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze.

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Skylar Laine - Hell On Heels - American Idol 2012 - Galveston Auditions - YouTube

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Old 02-28-2012, 10:25 PM
 
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Between the new boardwalk going in, Shlitterbahn, Moody Garden, & The Strand I think Galveston is doing quite well.

American Idol wouldn't have auditioned & filmed in Galveston if the island was as bad as some folks here make it out to be. The backdrop during the auditions showed a beautiful sunny day on the island looking out over the Gulf with palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze.

Fast forward to 1:10


Skylar Laine - Hell On Heels - American Idol 2012 - Galveston Auditions - YouTube
That backdrop doesn't look the way yall describe the beaches.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:42 PM
 
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They are as nice as the beaches in SC (decent). "Nasty" is far too strong a word. They are also not polluted - at least not by the standards of 40 years ago. We head out there a few times a year and enjoy it.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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That backdrop doesn't look the way yall describe the beaches.
People tend to exaggerate a lot on these forums.

Is Galveston one of the prettiest beaches in the US? Is it one of the ugliest? No, not even close.

Is it Charleston or New Orleans? Maybe a lesser version of the two.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:53 PM
 
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"Unchecked commercialism" "Free markets"

Idiot spoiled Americans that have never lived anywhere or done anything. But it would all be perfect if you were King Comrade right? The water wouldn't even be silty after you walked on it I bet.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:26 AM
 
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People tend to exaggerate a lot on these forums.

Is Galveston one of the prettiest beaches in the US? Is it one of the ugliest? No, not even close.

Is it Charleston or New Orleans? Maybe a lesser version of the two.
Charleston's beaches are much cooler and better too.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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They are as nice as the beaches in SC (decent). "Nasty" is far too strong a word.

Not really. The beach along the seawall is pretty nasty with trash (sometimes biohazard), bits of wood, crumbly black stuff, and very dirty seafoam. I'm surprised how many people think this is "the beach" in Galveston and have never thought to venture east or west of the city. If you're looking for a better beach versus the beaches away from the seawall, Port Aransas is hardly any better (sometimes worse with all that seaweed). I've never been to South Padre, but judging by pictures that aren't enhanced all to hell, I don't think the long trip is worth it. Some photos out there show nice water, other times it's almost as murky as Galveston (just a lighter tan shade). If I were going to spend that much time in the car, I'd head out on I-10 east, drop down to Gulf Shores, AL and crawl eastward. You also won't see "Gulf Shores" or "Destin" and "travel warning" in government issued statements.
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