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Old 05-28-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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It's unfortunate that Texas, despite its long coastline, has no really good beaches, at least none that are close to major metros. (It's kind of like Argentina where everyone goes to Uruguay to go to the beach!) I realize it's not all Texas' fault: the water on this end of the Gulf is naturally murky. Still, it seems like the cities along the coast could do a better job of working with what they have and create a more fun atmosphere.
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:04 PM
 
Location: North Dallas via Philly .. and DC
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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.
Thank you ..... I am ready to fly to Florida this weekend for a little 3 day vaca.. Ya'll are tempting me lol
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:06 PM
 
Location: North Dallas via Philly .. and DC
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It's unfortunate that Texas, despite its long coastline, has no really good beaches, at least none that are close to major metros. (It's kind of like Argentina where everyone goes to Uruguay to go to the beach!) I realize it's not all Texas' fault: the water on this end of the Gulf is naturally murky. Still, it seems like the cities along the coast could do a better job of working with what they have and create a more fun atmosphere.
I was really surprised that there are not better options. When people tell me they go to Galveston all the time, I was thinking oh ok, must be a decent place........ The more I looked at photos and reviews, the less interested I got.

Really sucks since Texas has a huge coastline.. and more so that Dallas is kind of in the middle :/
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:31 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
I love Destin. We are actually flying there in 2 weeks. I have driven it many times though. To make it in 11 hours you would have to be really moving, stop only for gas, and hit no traffic at all. I would put it closer to 13 as a conservative estimate.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Plano
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Galveston is nice if you go in the southern part after Jamaica beach, I would skip the city itself. The area of Pointe West is always busy and for a good reason. We go there as well in the fall, it is always very clean.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Mustang Island is very nice. Only 15 minutes from Corpus and a few minutes from Port Aransas.

Same goes for the Padre Island National Seashore, which is only about 10 minutes from Corpus.

If you want some amazing beaches, go to Puerto Rico. It is surprisingly cheap for flight/hotel. San Juan is very pedestrian friendly as well. Oh, and it is an American territory/province, so no passport needed.

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Old 05-28-2014, 05:16 PM
 
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This Beach/lLake is 15 min from north Dallas near Denton .
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Bedford
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South Padre is definitely better than Galveston, but the beaches in Alabama and the Florida panhandle aren't much further away and they are exponentially better than anything in Texas. Texas beaches don't have the benefit of the Appalachian Mountain sand that washes into the gulf that makes the beaches of Florida and Alabama so great.
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:10 PM
 
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Another option that's not quite as far as the Florida panhandle is Gulf Shores, AL. Nice beach, quieter town. Lots of beach houses/condos for rent. If you're looking for a resort, you'll need to head onto Florida. But if you're happy with a low-key, white sand beach, Gulf Shores is worth a visit.
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:26 PM
 
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Probably the thing I am missing most about the east coast is the beach .... now that summer is in full swing, I am really longing for the Outer Banks, Ocean City, Virginia Beach, Rehobeth, Long Island... etc etc.

I have heard that there is Galveston down South, but nearly everyone I've talked to says it's really not that great, and that the water is very sketchy. I keep seeing South Padre advertisements on TV, but same thing .. everyone in my office says its really no better than Galveston.

Does anyone know a good place to go? I miss the boardwalk!
SPI is MUCH better than Galveston when it comes to the actual beach and water. What Galveston has is The Strand and some great Victorian architecture, SPI is nothing like that.
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