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Old 06-14-2009, 08:50 AM
 
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It sounds more like you got unlucky. We've been traveling to Port Aransas for 30 years. If you stay in Port Aransas proper, they do a good job of cleaning the seaweed off the beach in the morning. I've never actually encountered jellyfish in the Gulf - in the bay yes. The beaches in Texas are nowhere near as pretty as Florida or Mexico, but for a 3.5 hour drive, I think they are just fine. I personally don't think it's worth the extra 4 hours to drive to S Padre - I'd much rather fly to Florida or Mexico than make that drive.

We're going to Port A next weekend - I'll take some pictures and report back!
Yeah, we love Port A. I've been going since 1969, and it just never changes for me. As any beachhound knows, a salt waterbeach is a salt water beach, especially when you are landlocked, like we are here. Let's put it this way, I'd drive a lot longer for a lot less.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:02 PM
 
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We just got back from the weekend at Corpus Christi. Yes, there was seaweed, and we found a few expired jellyfish on the shore, but the water was wonderful. My boys (3 and 5) had a great time in the sand and in the waves.
We went to Mustang Beach, I think, and also to a beach on S. Padre, which had less seaweed. It probably does vary from day to day, but for us it was worth the trip.
Hope you have a great holiday, wherever you wind up.
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:42 AM
 
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We were just in corpus may 29th weekend. There were a ton of jellyfish in corpus christi bay (I got stung - first time ever and didnt hurt that bad). One little girl got stung pretty badly the day before and her parents took her to the emergency room. She was showing me all the marks. No seaweed though.
Back in the day, the life guards would just sprinkle meat tenderizer on jelly fish stings. We also didn't need gosh durn helmets to ride a tricycle.
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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I went to Port A the first weekend of June. Honestly, the seaweed was gross. I could not really relax because of the smell. I tried. The water was nice once past the seaweed but the smell was just nasty. Not good for lounging on the beach. I have been to South Padre once. In my limited experience, it is well worth the extra few hours drive.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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Ok wish us luck :P We are going to be vacationing in Port Aransas soon. I figure if the seaweed is stinky on any given day we'll head to Corpus Christi or Rockport - I want to check both out also anyway Will save South Padre for another year
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:11 PM
 
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Ok wish us luck :P We are going to be vacationing in Port Aransas soon. I figure if the seaweed is stinky on any given day we'll head to Corpus Christi or Rockport - I want to check both out also anyway Will save South Padre for another year
erm...um. Corpus is worse. Never been to Rockport.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Back in the day, the life guards would just sprinkle meat tenderizer on jelly fish stings. We also didn't need gosh durn helmets to ride a tricycle.
I've read enough positive reviews of Jellyfish Squish that I'm going to buy some before I hit the beach again.

On the other topic, if you ever spent any time in a head injury unit of a pediatric hospital, you'd likely be a fan of the helmets.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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What or where is "the cut to the surf at Cedar Bayou"?

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Rockport: the cut to the surf at Cedar Bayou!! The only place I have ever seen crystal clear water, to where you could see the blue crabs all over the the bottom, as we turned into the inlet of the surf. Horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, rays, speckled trout, and red fish!! The best time I have ever had at the coast.
First time I have ever seen deer on the beach.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:30 AM
 
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Hi, everyone I am undecided in where to take the family for the month of August I am undecided to go to South Padre or Rockport Port Aransas which one would consider better and FUn, Thank you
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Hi, everyone I am undecided in where to take the family for the month of August I am undecided to go to South Padre or Rockport Port Aransas which one would consider better and FUn, Thank you
If you want to spend a lot of time on the beach and be able to walk to it from your hotel or condo, go to Port Aransas.

I love the Rockport/Fulton area and it has a nice little beach there which is part of a public park, but it is actually on the bay not the gulf, and you have to drive to it from where ever you stay.

I would go to South Padre if it were closer, but I don't consider it worth the extra long drive to get there.

If you go to the Corpus Christi forum you can find lots of threads discussing the merits of each location there.
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