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Old 11-26-2012, 07:29 PM
 
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Just made my first trip to the Texas coast Thanksgiving weekend. I have lived in Florida & California, and have been to dozens of their beaches. Also, some smaller ones in Georgia and North Carolina. Never have I experienced a beach town as unfriendly as Port A.

I met some very lovely tourists there...a few of whom said exactly the same thing about Port A. The locals this past weekend were...not downright "rude", but extremely frosty and dismissive. This was my experience at nearly every restaurant I went to, the Stripes store around the corner, the IGA on the island, the staff at the seafood market, and the "long term residents" at the motel where I stayed. There was one bar I went to where the people were really friendly and welcoming, and I had a great time hanging out with them. But mostly, the town just seems to hate tourists.

Are Rockport or Corpus better? I wanted to go back to the beach over Christmas. But Port A was disappointing, so I need an Plan B. Just somewhere to relax on the beach with my dog and eat good seafood.

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Old 11-28-2012, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Portland, TX. (next to Corpus Christi)
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Personally, I have never experienced rude or "frosty" folks in Port Aransas. I have been there a number of times, and while it sometimes seems rather touristy, it has never left me with a negative impression. Understand, that the town is geared towards outdoor and beach activities, as it is on an island.

As Rockport and Corpus go, I feel both areas are pretty friendly. I have been in the area now for almost 4 years, and I find this area to be alot more friendly than what I saw up in N. Texas, where I lived for 15 years.


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Old 11-28-2012, 12:20 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I have been down to Port A a hundred times and have never experienced a frosty atmosphere. As with anywhere in the world you might have an encounter with a rude person.

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Old 11-28-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: The Lone Star State
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I prefer Galveston for the people, history, and activities outside just the beach. The beaches/water are nicer in south Texas (like Padre) though.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies. I think I'll try Rockport or Galveston over Christmas. Hopefully, will have a more positive experience.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:10 AM
 
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My super condensed admitedly entirely personal opinion: Port Aransas is more bohemian/laid back, Rockport is artsy/yuppie, Galveston is culturaly diverse and slightly ghetto. YMMV
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Thanks for the replies. I think I'll try Rockport or Galveston over Christmas. Hopefully, will have a more positive experience.
Went to Rockport with the dogs this past Thanksgiving and had a great time.
The town is dog friendly and we took the dogs down to the water and had an overall good time.

Went to Charlotte Plummer's for seafood and had a relaxing dinner on the water.

Plan to go back in the summer for a more extended stay. I've been to Port A and now Rockport and prefer Rockport. Haven't been to Galveston so can't give an opinion.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:33 AM
 
Location: League City
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We live in North Galveston county, about 1/2 hour from the island. Yeah people are friendly, but a lot of Galveston is run down. There's lots of neat stuff there, but you have to watch what neighborhood you end up in. Corpus is much nicer, and Rockport is in a different league when it comes to condition of the city. Haven't been to Rockport in a few years, and we are wanting to go there for vacation.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Corpus Christi TX
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I've lived in Corpus nearly a month. My fiance's dad is from Corpus and therefore my fiancé visited frequently growing up. I've been all over the country coast to coast from tiny mountain towns in CO to down south army towns to NYC... people in this area are the friendliest I've come across in general. Very approachable and willing to help. When we were looking around at homes we were surprised at kind owners welcoming us in and offering an impromptu tour and cup of coffee. My car broke down in a parking lot and people came and offered help I didn't have to ask for. Sorry I can't speak to Port A specifically but this is a big reason we made the move... And tried to be as close to Padre Island as possible. Same hospitality and fantastic beaches.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Portland, TX. (next to Corpus Christi)
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I've lived in Corpus nearly a month. My fiance's dad is from Corpus and therefore my fiancé visited frequently growing up. I've been all over the country coast to coast from tiny mountain towns in CO to down south army towns to NYC... people in this area are the friendliest I've come across in general. Very approachable and willing to help. When we were looking around at homes we were surprised at kind owners welcoming us in and offering an impromptu tour and cup of coffee. My car broke down in a parking lot and people came and offered help I didn't have to ask for. Sorry I can't speak to Port A specifically but this is a big reason we made the move... And tried to be as close to Padre Island as possible. Same hospitality and fantastic beaches.
Curious on what part of Corpus you moved to? I have noticed this area to be very friendly as well. I am a caucasion male, and no matter where I go here, it seems that most folks are willing to smile and say hi, or help out if needed. Also, this area is very laid back... far more so, than from where I came from before moving to this area (N. Texas), and I have been here for nearly 4 years now.


Ian
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