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Old 02-25-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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Default Beaches near Houston

A family member of mine is considering moving from NJ to Houston. I don't know much about Houston, but from what i understand, it is near the coast.

Are there any nice beaches in Galveston or anywhere else nearby?
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:32 PM
 
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Tell your friend to Google pictures of Galveston water.

Nuff said.

The Gulf around Galveston is nasty. Probably due to the ship channel. The Gulf near Florida is gorgeous. But Galveston is nasty.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:40 PM
 
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I actually don't mind Galveston and find it kind of fun. I think it gets a bad rap but you can't go expecting Florida, Hawaii or California beaches. If you do, you're bound to be disappointed.

The better Texas beaches are farther south like Port Aransas near Corpus Christi or South Padre. But that's some distance from Houston.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:40 PM
 
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yeah galveston sucks. Brown dirty looking water. I don't really know why. If its the ship channel pollution or the Mississippi river dumping off into it, i dont know. Could be both. That's how the whole coast line looks in the immediate houston area. It might look better further down the coast getting closer to mexico but i'm not sure as i havent been down that way.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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Tell your friend to Google pictures of Galveston water.

Nuff said.

The Gulf around Galveston is nasty. Probably due to the ship channel. The Gulf near Florida is gorgeous. But Galveston is nasty.
It's mostly due to being near the Mississippi river delta and the silt it stirs up. Go down to Corpus/South Padre and you have much nicer water. Also the Gulf is a lot shallower around there than other parts of the Gulf. And a lot of rivers flow into the Gulf (Trinity, San Jacinto, etc) that churn up a bunch of mud and silt.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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I don't think it's all pollution. From what I understand, it was that way even before major industrialization, something to do with the rivers that flow into the Gulf, sediment, silt and the like.

But there are people who enjoy what the Galveston area has to offer as can be seen here:

Galveston Island State Park - Galveston, TX

But, yeah, Sydney it's not.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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The Gulf around Galveston is nasty. Probably due to the ship channel.
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.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:02 PM
 
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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.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:28 PM
 
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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.
And I guess you have $$$ that they can borrow to help them beautify the area? The island too a huge hit with Ike, and many people just don't have the resources to rebuild.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:50 PM
 
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Thanks for the points everyone. I wouldn't expect the beaches in TX be be like Florida, Hawaii or California. It seems like they can be as nice as say the Carolinas or the Northeastern beaches like New Jersey or Virginia.
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