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Old 07-13-2011, 01:00 PM
 
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someone mentioned to me the other day that people are having a hard time driving on the beach this year because of the drought (sand is too soft, need 4 wheel drive), is this true? We are planning a trip in August and would like to know what to expect.
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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I got answer from the City of Port Aransas. Yes the beach is soft due to the drought, they advise you not to go past marker 20.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:55 PM
 
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We were there in April, drove on the beach from Port A to Corpus, in a Toyota Avalon, no problem. We did encounter a few soft spots but carried on through. It is a good idea to keep a towing strap or good rope in your car just in case you get stuck, someone can pull you out.

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Old 07-14-2011, 06:15 PM
 
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Dontcha hate answering your own questions?
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:41 AM
 
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someone mentioned to me the other day that people are having a hard time driving on the beach this year because of the drought (sand is too soft, need 4 wheel drive), is this true? We are planning a trip in August and would like to know what to expect.
Were there two weeks ago and drove on the sand without turning 4x4 on. We drove starting at access rd 1-A and went east and it was fine. Sand is so permeable to water I doubt the drought has any impact.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:01 PM
 
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I think they're probably going to get some rain this weekend from the Tropical Storm.
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:52 PM
 
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The Sheer may keep them from getting much rain though.
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:22 PM
 
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No offense, but I really hate the driving on the beach thing that happens in Port A.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:46 PM
 
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I live in Port A ( or on The Island as we say ). First, you must know how to drive in sand. You don't slow down in soft sand, you keep your momentum up or you will get stuck. Watch for places that show tracks where others have driven. I like to drive on the beach, but be sure to wash the underside of your car after driving on the sand, it helps prevent future problems. The sand varies from place to place once you get out of the well traveled areas, so if you don't see cars, it is most likely not been well traveled in awhile. It depends on so many things, and the person who said to keep something with you in case you need a to get pulled out, is absolutely right. I have been stuck a time or two in my 61 yrs, and people on the beach have just pushed me out...any more questions...just post, most people are very friendly here.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:51 PM
 
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What? I live here, what happens, the only trouble is when tourists come and crowd and trash our beaches leaving us to clean up. Ck the records in the South Jetty newspaper, bad things happen when tourists come down and think they own the beach and bring they stupidity with them. Example, young punk kids with guns or knives during Spring Break, Labor Day, etc...and that is the big minority. Mostly they come and have fun. Winter Texans are fun and welcome...I don't know where you are coming from. Why the post? Do you hate sand? I do know people who do, and I am related to them, but they don't live here.
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