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Old 04-28-2010, 07:10 PM
 
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We've spent the past few summer vacations in Port Aransas and have enjoyed them but...I'm wondering if the South Padre Island beaches are really any nicer. I'd really like to avoid tar on our belongings and this seems to be common place for Port A also wondering about sand and water. Is it really any clearer?
Since my kids are horrible road trip passengers I'm wondering if the extra drive from Austin is even worth it vs the shorter drive to Port A.
Thanks for any feedback!
~b
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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South Padre beaches are nice my parents have a place down there I haven't been to Port A in a long time

South Padre Island - Be Yourself

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Old 04-28-2010, 07:35 PM
 
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We've spent the past few summer vacations in Port Aransas and have enjoyed them but...I'm wondering if the South Padre Island beaches are really any nicer. I'd really like to avoid tar on our belongings and this seems to be common place for Port A also wondering about sand and water. Is it really any clearer?
Since my kids are horrible road trip passengers I'm wondering if the extra drive from Austin is even worth it vs the shorter drive to Port A.
Thanks for any feedback!
~b
south padre island beaches and water are definitely nicer. South padre water is often times blue (not clear, but still nice). I personally dont think it is worth the extra drive on a regular basis, but if you havent been there you should go at least once.
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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If you're willing to drive a little farther, northern Florida has better beaches than anything I've been to in Texas on the Gulf Coast. But, if you're going to stay in Texas, South Padre Island has the best beaches.
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Old 04-29-2010, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I agree, North Florida has much nicer beaches and cleaner water. See photos.

Panoramio - Untitled photo

Panoramio - Photo of West of Destin pass

It is however a 735 mile drive. Could be worth it if you stay for several days.

South Padre's beaches and water are a little nicer then Port A, but I did not care for the community and restaurants as much. If your kids don't do well on long boring road trips, then the trip is probably not worth it.
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:24 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback, I would imagine that FLA has much prettier beaches. I was just trying to compare these 2 particular TX beach options.
Thanks again, the opinions have helped me decide.
~b
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:59 PM
 
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We are originally from the Gulf Coast Florida area so we are very familiar with nice beaches.

Although we have not been to South Padre (we also have a kid that hates being in the car for long periods of time) we have found that we enjoy the North Padre/Mustang Island area better than we do Port Aransus.
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:59 AM
 
Location: SW Austin & Wimberley
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south padre island beaches and water are definitely nicer. South padre water is often times blue (not clear, but still nice). I personally dont think it is worth the extra drive on a regular basis, but if you havent been there you should go at least once.
Agree about the drive. We always go to Port A or Galveston.

How do the beaches compare? We have 8 hours more free time than those who spend most of the first and last day on the road travelling while we're already in the waves. And I don't consider the perceived better quality (debatable anyway) of S. Padre to be worth the extra drive time.

Anyplace along Mustang Island, Port A, even N. Padre along the seawall make nice short weekend trips for the kids. They've never once, ever, complained or said "isn't there a place with bluer water and a better beach". They don't even think about it because they're having a great time.

Steve
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I agree that Northern Florida (and Florida in general) has nicer beaches/sand and water than do any beaches in Texas, but does anyone know why that is? This question has been bothering me for like a century. Northern Florida, for one, is closer to the mouth of the Mississippi River, so one would think the water would be cloudier. But instead, Northern Florida waters and sand look tropical, even though that part of Florida definitely doesn't have a tropical climate.
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