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Old 03-08-2010, 09:57 AM
 
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Will we need to speak fluent Spanish to live and work there? My husband has an opportunity to open a retail store there. Is the coast there nice enough to take family to enjoy a day at the beach?
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Old 03-09-2010, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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Palacios, Texas

Although I haven't been there for several years, I doubt it has changed much. Just a sleepy little shrimping/fishing town. Not too bad as a place to raise a family, probably very little crime and not too much to negatively influence children.

As I recall it, has a nice beach area right near town and the fishing in the nearby bay was good. The Brazos River empties into the gulf there.

You will probably not need to speak Spanish there, most of the inhabitants are of polish/eastern European extraction. we used to call them "bohunks".

I'd live there.
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:05 PM
 
Location: League City
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I spent a weekend there. It's a good place to get away from the city. It's a bit worn down, but seemed like a nice place to be. I saw lots of families gathering at their park, and loads of families gathering on the bay in front of the Luther Hotel where we stayed. You will not need to know Spanish there. I didn't hear a word of Spanish and we went to the restaurant, store, and drove around downtown. I liked it there.
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:13 PM
 
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Palacios, Texas

Although I haven't been there for several years, I doubt it has changed much. Just a sleepy little shrimping/fishing town. Not too bad as a place to raise a family, probably very little crime and not too much to negatively influence children.

As I recall it, has a nice beach area right near town and the fishing in the nearby bay was good. The Brazos River empties into the gulf there.

You will probably not need to speak Spanish there, most of the inhabitants are of polish/eastern European extraction. we used to call them "bohunks".

I'd live there.
Thanks so much for the info....sounds like a nice place!
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:14 PM
 
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I spent a weekend there. It's a good place to get away from the city. It's a bit worn down, but seemed like a nice place to be. I saw lots of families gathering at their park, and loads of families gathering on the bay in front of the Luther Hotel where we stayed. You will not need to know Spanish there. I didn't hear a word of Spanish and we went to the restaurant, store, and drove around downtown. I liked it there.
OK...I appreciate the comments!
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Rockport Texas from El Paso
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I drive through often enough- and the above descriptions are accurate. My guess is most people would drive to Port Lavaca to get what they need. Palacios is isolated.
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Old 03-25-2010, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Palacious, population 5153, is a nice quiet family town. It is a pretty small place but would probably welcome a retail store of any kind. Yet, without researching it carefully, I'd be hesitant to invest much of my own money in starting up a new business there. If there is a large company like HEB behind it, it would be worth considering as an employee. It is out of the way, not many visitors or tourists, so you are pretty much relying on the locals to keep your business afloat. And the residents don't have much extra money to spend. It had better be a business that provides something essential to the community. The biggest economic plus for the area is probably the STP Nuclear Power Plant which offers study employment, and from what I read will be expanding soon, bringing more construction and trade workers into the area, for awhile.

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Education levels are lower then most of the state in all age groups.

It offers recreational opportunities, but not anything that isn't available at several more desirable places along the coast. The bay water is pretty muddy brown, but does have good fishing and boating. You have to be very careful sailing as there are lots of shallows, most of which are soft sand, but there are dangerous structures such as well heads, etc. one also has to dodge. The community has a very nice marina and public park. You will definitely want to buy a boat. The bays and intercoastal waterway are a lot of fun to explore. Parts of it are very shallow so need to always be aware of where you are. That is easier with GPS these days.

If you drive East to Matagorda there is a road you can take to get out on the beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf water has less silt in it but along the beaches it is still far from clear, but still offers you a great beach experience in an area that is not heavily used yet. But also not many restaruants or amenities either.

Weather, I should mention that the area does sometimes have to evacuate for hurricanes. It has high humidity and temperatures, with little wind during the hottest time of the year to help make the heat bearable.

Port Lavaca, population 11432, is another nice place to raise a family, is very close by and offers a little more.

Victoria, 63,000, is significantly larger and only 56 miles away and has several larger stores.

Corpus Christi is only 76 miles away and I'm sure has everything you could possibly need, and if not there is always Houston, 110 miles away.

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Old 03-26-2010, 05:18 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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actually sounds pretty good to me......

wish i was already there......
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Palacios is great if you have a large mineral estate to manage nearby and love to fish. Could get boring if you are at all indoorsy or a committed metropolitan.
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:54 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Blue Sky: you might want to correct the spelling of the town's name in the thread title; it is Palacios. There is no Palacious, TX.
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