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Old 04-29-2010, 08:06 AM
 
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If you're going to be living here, you should visit all of them. Beach passes don't cost very much--$10-12 or so and are good for a year. A year-long national seashore pass is more expensive, but you might decide you like it more. Corpus Christi Beach is free, but it's on the bay and not the Gulf.
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:03 AM
 
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The correct way to escape an undertow or rip current ...

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A rip current is strong, but usually quite narrow. Rip currents are normally only a few feet to thirty feet wide. If caught in one, after calming yourself, begin swimming parallel to the shore. In a short time you will escape the rip current and be able to swim back to shore, or wait for a lifeguard.

How to Escape an Undertow or RipTide | eHow.com
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:08 AM
 
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If I am going to be in Portland, what would be the best beach for me to visit for free?
It is a short drive to Port Aransas, via Aransas Pass, and fun to ride the free car ferry across the Inter Coastal Waterway. You can often see dolphins during the ferry crossing.

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City of Port Aransas - Beach Parking Permit Information

1. The City of Port Aransas requires a $12.00 permit to park along the beaches. This includes the area from Marker (0) to Marker (62) except in the free parking area.

2. Free Parking areas include between the Jetties and Horace Caldwell Pier and between Markers 52-58.

3. RV, tent and other types of camping are permitted on the beach.

4. There is a three (3) night limit for camping during any three (3) week period.

5. Small fires no larger than 3 ft. x 3 ft. are permitted on the beach.
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:23 PM
 
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The Gulf is so much better than the bay. Researchers have found fecal matter in their samples of the bay for the last few years, so I would stay away. The best beach is the National Seashore. It isn't free, but it is worth the money.
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Old 05-27-2010, 04:40 PM
 
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All of the best beaches, and many are free, are out on the Gulf shore rather then on the bay. Take the free ferry boat ride over to Port Aransas, via Aransas Pass, watch for dolphins as the ferry crosses the ship channel on the way over.

Here is a summary of the free and permit required beach areas near Corpus Official web site for City of Corpus Christi, Texas

Here is a map of some of the free areas but it does not include all of those closer to Port Aransas http://www.cctexas.com/files/g33/Bea...0Markers%2Epdf

Here is a Port Aransas map http://www.portaransas.org/download/Map&MoreBroch09.pdf (broken link)
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