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Old 06-10-2011, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake TX
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If you have ever been to Florida beaches then Port A is like the gulf coast beaches of Florida.
I understand your analogy, but Port Aransas is one step better than Galveston's eastern beaches, and nothing in Texas touches the Florida Gulf Coast.
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:12 PM
 
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One beach that is always nice and clean--but the water is shallow--is the Rockport City Beach in the Bay.
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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This is the Port A beach in May, 2010:

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Old 06-11-2011, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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that is a lot of sea weed. I go down there 3-4 times/yr. Swimming is no problem. I've never seen that much seaweed, ever.
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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that is a lot of sea weed. I go down there 3-4 times/yr. Swimming is no problem. I've never seen that much seaweed, ever.
The deep part was almost up to my knee.
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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The UT extension down there is doing some study to see if the seaweed is actually helpful to the beaches so the city is not cleaning it off as much. We went to Hilton Head and we were very disappointed it the beach and the murky cold water. East coast beaches are not as good as Texas beaches if you ask me. FL beaches something else altogether. South Padre is a nice beach if you want to drive to it or take Southwest down there.
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Clear Lake TX
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The UT extension down there is doing some study to see if the seaweed is actually helpful to the beaches so the city is not cleaning it off as much. We went to Hilton Head and we were very disappointed it the beach and the murky cold water. East coast beaches are not as good as Texas beaches if you ask me. FL beaches something else altogether. South Padre is a nice beach if you want to drive to it or take Southwest down there.
That would make sense. I know people love to hate on Galveston but I've never seen it that thick with seaweed and the water & sand look about the same as Stewart Beach or East Beach. I'd venture to guess within that stuff is a (dead) jellyfish trap. But the draw I see w/ Port A is there no nasty town next to the beach.

Not trying to be down on my state but IMO if you're looking at going through the trouble of flying to Brownsville and driving to S Padre you might as well fly/drive to Mobile/Gulf Shores, or Pensacola/Destin. If you're looking for quiet & relaxing AL, lively & trendy FL, otherwise the beaches are identical.
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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that is a lot of sea weed. I go down there 3-4 times/yr. Swimming is no problem. I've never seen that much seaweed, ever.

The BP spill was April 2010 and then there were several tropical storms.
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:44 PM
 
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That would make sense. I know people love to hate on Galveston but I've never seen it that thick with seaweed and the water & sand look about the same as Stewart Beach or East Beach. I'd venture to guess within that stuff is a (dead) jellyfish trap. But the draw I see w/ Port A is there no nasty town next to the beach.

Not trying to be down on my state but IMO if you're looking at going through the trouble of flying to Brownsville and driving to S Padre you might as well fly/drive to Mobile/Gulf Shores, or Pensacola/Destin. If you're looking for quiet & relaxing AL, lively & trendy FL, otherwise the beaches are identical.
or Mexico!
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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or Mexico!
If you decide Mexico be careful and don't lose your head !
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