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Old 05-14-2009, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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This is why you should not build houses or motels on the beach.

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Old 05-14-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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The crime rate in South Padre Island is much higher then Port Aransas.
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Actual Reported Population and Crimes:
Port Aransas, TX South Padre Island, TX
Population: 3,771 2,661
Murder: 0 0
Forcible Rape: 0 12
Robbery: 4 5
Aggravated Assault: 21 63
Burglary: 43 105
Larceny Theft: 230 521
Vehicle Theft: 16 33

S. Padre Island also gets more visitors from Mexico who vacation in the US. Whatever gang activity there is in the border towns probably finds it more convenient to vacation in South Padre Island then in Port Aransas.

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Old 06-14-2009, 10:40 AM
 
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I was born in Corpus when my Dad was in the Navy. After he got out, we moved back to KS. We have vacationed on N. Padre for many years. I have always thought it was one of the 'best kept secrets' out there, and don't want it to be ruined by hotel / condo overgrowth. The sand is great; the waves are great, and you really feel like you're at the ocean, compared to the somewhat sanitized milder climate of FL's beaches. You can drive for miles and miles on the beach - traveling on the National Seashore, where no one can build. It's like your own private island. Yes, there is some trash at times, yes, there is 'tar'; yes, there is seaweed. But it is still awesome! The T-Heads in Corpus Christi Bay are great to buy fresh shrimp from the boats each day, and there are trucks you can buy it from on the island.

Incidentally, if there is a shrimping moratorium, the waters become clear for that time, usually around 2 weeks in the summer.

There is drug activity, without as much police or sheriff interference as there should be. A person just needs to use caution, as you would anywhere.

I have been to many beaches; Hawaii, Caribbean, Florida, and will take N. Padre any day.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:49 AM
 
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Texas beaches aren't as pretty, sand tends to be gray, water murky, but they are still nice, and have more surf than the Florida Gulf beaches.
Matter of opinion; they just seem more natural to me. Also - if you catch N Padre during a shrimping moratorium, the water becomes crystal clear. It's the shrimping boats dragging their net each day that stirs up the water and makes it look murky at times.
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Old 06-14-2009, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Matter of opinion; they just seem more natural to me. Also - if you catch N Padre during a shrimping moratorium, the water becomes crystal clear. It's the shrimping boats dragging their net each day that stirs up the water and makes it look murky at times.
Just curious-they dont do any shrimping in Florida?
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:17 AM
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Location: Corpus Christi, TX
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Matter of opinion; they just seem more natural to me. Also - if you catch N Padre during a shrimping moratorium, the water becomes crystal clear. It's the shrimping boats dragging their net each day that stirs up the water and makes it look murky at times.
I could see the shrimp boats having an impact on the BAY, but not on the GULF. It seems more directly tied to the surf. When the waves are up, it's more murky, when the surf is flat, it's clearer.

And - believe me - I'm not complaining about the beaches! I'm there just about every weekend in the summer, and I love it! However, they are not the typical "tropical paradise" that some may be looking for.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Bakersfield, Ca
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I could see the shrimp boats having an impact on the BAY, but not on the GULF. It seems more directly tied to the surf. When the waves are up, it's more murky, when the surf is flat, it's clearer.

And - believe me - I'm not complaining about the beaches! I'm there just about every weekend in the summer, and I love it! However, they are not the typical "tropical paradise" that some may be looking for.
Also that is because it is part of the South Texas desert which certainly isnt tropical jungle-like in nature,,, take away the planted palms over the years and all the foliage that has been brought in and you would have mesquite and scrub oak/post oak , sea oats ,salt grass ect ... Nurse is right,, that is just what this part of the country looks like naturally...
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Old 06-29-2009, 03:49 PM
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Location: Corpus Christi, TX
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Also that is because it is part of the South Texas desert which certainly isnt tropical jungle-like in nature,,, take away the planted palms over the years and all the foliage that has been brought in and you would have mesquite and scrub oak/post oak , sea oats ,salt grass ect ... Nurse is right,, that is just what this part of the country looks like naturally...
Yep...the semi-arid trying to mask itself as the semi-tropical!
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