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Old 05-28-2014, 11:05 AM
 
Location: North Dallas via Philly .. and DC
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I wouldn't swim on any of the boating lakes unless it was in a buoyed-off swimming area. Way too many drowning deaths happen in our lakes every summer, even with strong swimmers. Lake Lewisville is basically a death trap.

There are some state parks with a few hours' drive that have natural swimming "holes" which are clean & perfectly safe. Dinosaur Valley in Glen Rose (about 2 hours SW) has several good ones!
Thanks TurtleCreek! This sounds like a pretty good option.. will check it out
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:13 AM
 
Location: North Dallas via Philly .. and DC
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I think Galveston gets an overly bad rap. It can be a fun town. But, yeah, the beach isn't great. I've not been but some people recommend Port Aransas/Mustang Island for a Texas beachside vacation. It seems to be better than Galveston and not as far as South Padre. Is this true?

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The guy who sits behind me at work suggested Port Aransas over South Padre, Galveston, and Corpus Christi
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:23 AM
 
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Best Beaches in the United States - Travelers' Choice Awards - TripAdvisor
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:27 AM
 
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We just drive to Destin (11 hours). It's gorgeous--emerald clear water and white sand. Given Galveston is the closest beach at 6 hours away, it's worth it to me to tack on the extra 5 hours and go somewhere really good
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:38 AM
 
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The guy who sits behind me at work suggested Port Aransas over South Padre, Galveston, and Corpus Christi
Port Aransas (really Aransas Pass and Mustang Island) are essentially the same place as Corpus Christi, they are just the islands and Corpus is the mainland. It's not a bad beach, but it's not a 'beach town' like you find in other places and neither is Corpus, doesn't have a boardwalk type area, doesn't have an awesome marina, etc.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:40 AM
 
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Port Aransas (really Aransas Pass and Mustang Island) are essentially the same place as Corpus Christi, they are just the islands and Corpus is the mainland. It's not a bad beach, but it's not a 'beach town' like you find in other places and neither is Corpus, doesn't have a boardwalk type area, doesn't have an awesome marina, etc.
Is the water any better? I dont' want to go to the beach unless I can get in the water lol.. so while I do realize that Galveston for example might be a fun beach town, for me there is no point if I cant set foot into the water.

8 hrs is my driving max.. I start driving myself crazy after that.. so .. flight to FL or somewhere else looks promising lol
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:00 PM
 
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Is the water any better?
I really don't remember, it's been too long since I was last there. If I recall, it's nothing like the east coast of Florida when talking about clear blue water, and the water is warm/very warm like all Texas beaches, but then the water at CA beaches isn't crystal clear either - it's the same murky gray. I remember miles and miles of coastal sand and lots of seaweed from going there as a kid, and getting very sunburned.

I've swam in the water in Galveston, ocean water is ocean water. I don't recall getting a slick of oil on my clothes or anything.

IMO, it's once you get out of the water that Texas beaches don't compare to other states (or 3rd world countries). Gotta get in the car and drive back to town to go get lunch and ice cream. No rollerbladers, bikers, and joggers making the beach into a fun 'scene'. Galveston has a beachfront walmart for god's sake and it's among the best texas does. It's like they took a look at every other nice beach front in the entire world and did the opposite.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:12 PM
 
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We just drive to Destin (11 hours). It's gorgeous--emerald clear water and white sand. Given Galveston is the closest beach at 6 hours away, it's worth it to me to tack on the extra 5 hours and go somewhere really good

This!

The Florida panhandle beaches are breathtaking - nothing else in the U.S. compares. Southwest Airlines flies to Panama City Beach, which is convenient to the "Hwy 30A" area (Grayton Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, etc.). And AA and Delta both fly to Pensacola - which has nice beaches and is also close to the beach towns of Ft. Walton Beach and Destin.

Totally worth it to save for a plane ticket, IMO.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:25 PM
 
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I really don't remember, it's been too long since I was last there. If I recall, it's nothing like the east coast of Florida when talking about clear blue water, and the water is warm/very warm like all Texas beaches, but then the water at CA beaches isn't crystal clear either - it's the same murky gray. I remember miles and miles of coastal sand and lots of seaweed from going there as a kid, and getting very sunburned.

I've swam in the water in Galveston, ocean water is ocean water. I don't recall getting a slick of oil on my clothes or anything.

IMO, it's once you get out of the water that Texas beaches don't compare to other states (or 3rd world countries). Gotta get in the car and drive back to town to go get lunch and ice cream. No rollerbladers, bikers, and joggers making the beach into a fun 'scene'. Galveston has a beachfront walmart for god's sake and it's among the best texas does. It's like they took a look at every other nice beach front in the entire world and did the opposite.
Agreed - this is the best part of being at the beach, the atmosphere. So, if I'm getting murky water AND no fun scene.. I think I'm better off hopping on a plane

Thanks for the input!
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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It had been a LONG time since I had been to a decent beach before the last time I went to Florida. We had a house in Cozumel when I was a pre-teen that we would frequent, but since then I had only visited San Francisco and Galveston(spring break parties). It took a business trip last year in Florida, where I drove from Orlando to Siesta Key to make me realize I was never again visiting Galveston or any other Texas beaches for that matter. From now on it will be Gulf Shores, Siesta Key or a small Caribbean island. I don't like loud crazy packed places for my beach time, but I do want to look at beautiful sand, water and a sun set. Also some fruity cocktails close by never hurt.
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