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Old 09-19-2019, 06:41 PM   #1
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Best route from Dallas to South padre island

I just made reservations to spend a month at South Padre Island. I'll be in Dallas for several weeks and will head down on the 27th of October.

There are three ways to go according to Google. All have the same time. Which would be the best to take?

I have a campsite at Isla Blanca right on the beach! It is also 5 miles from the south texas Space X launch site!
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Old 09-19-2019, 08:54 PM   #2
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Greetings,


I have spent many fall and spring months at Isla Blanca to kitesurf in the waves of the gulf by the jetty and in the flat water of the Laguna Madre. Great place to eat shrimp as well.

If in a hurry to get to the wind then I went with the interstates but they can be crazy with traffic. San Antonio is an easy place to find yourself in the wrong lane when you need to take an exit ramp.

US 77 would be my preference for a more leisurely drive but takes more time. You might consider visiting Corpus Christi on the way.

Have fun. Curious what the monthly rate at Isla Blanca is these days? Be aware that the salt air (dew) in South Texas is salty and corrosive. Not a bad idea to rinse your rig from time to time.

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Greetings,


I have spent many fall and spring months at Isla Blanca to kitesurf in the waves of the gulf by the jetty and in the flat water of the Laguna Madre. Great place to eat shrimp as well.

If in a hurry to get to the wind then I went with the interstates but they can be crazy with traffic. San Antonio is an easy place to find yourself in the wrong lane when you need to take an exit ramp.

US 77 would be my preference for a more leisurely drive but takes more time. You might consider visiting Corpus Christi on the way.

Have fun. Curious what the monthly rate at Isla Blanca is these days? Be aware that the salt air (dew) in South Texas is salty and corrosive. Not a bad idea to rinse your rig from time to time.

All the best,
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Good to know about the salt air. Hope they let me hose the trailer off once in a while! I just waxed the trailer. Maybe I'll add a second coat!

The monthly rate is $650.00. That is not bad for full hookups deluxe site. Deluxe just means a concrete pad and a picnic table.
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:02 AM   #4
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Iíve made a lot of trips back and forth from Fredericksburg to Dallas on a UTSA job. From Dallas I would head south on I-35 to Hillsboro or Waco. Then I would turn west and pick up 281 south to San Antonio. From there I-37 south toward Corpus and pick up 77 at Robstown down to Padre. That is a leisurely drive and bypasses most of I-35 and Austin, unless youíre in a hurry. Good luck
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Check our NTAC in Hillsboro. Super friendly and clean Airstream only park. Also check weather with recent flooding in Past few days
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Check our NTAC in Hillsboro. Super friendly and clean Airstream only park. Also check weather with recent flooding in Past few days
We have a brochure on that. 2 free days of camping also. Two free days of selling seminar I bet also

We need a place to stop, but this is not far enough for our first day.
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I guess if you wanted to stop about midway, you could stop at Guadalupe River State Park outside of Boerne by San Antonio. Other state parks as you pass through the Texas Hill Country are Inks Lake, Blanco, and Pedernales Falls. How far are you wanting to get south of Dallas to spend the night?
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That would be Guadalupe State Park. Iím sure there are other nice rv parks around midway, but Iím more familiar with state parks and COE parks. Maybe someone else will chime in on other rv parks midway.
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The Hill Country route is prettier, IMHO, and US-281 is a nice drive EXCEPT for the construction just north of San Antonio and some of the chokepoints through the city. If least-stress travel is the main thing, I'd take 77 south from Waco through Giddings and Victoria and then down paralleling the coast. Around the likely stopping point there are 2 state parks at Lake Somerville to the east of your route, and Buescher and Bastrop state parks to the west of it. I've stayed at Bastop and Somerville and would again, I've never stopped at Buescher but in general our state parks are nice. By the end of October it's not too hot in SE Texas but it can still get sticky.

If seeing the Hill Country is more what you're looking for, from Waco you can take US-64 west to US-281 and Blanco SP is in about the right spot to take a break. If you're going to stay at Blanco, I'd recommend a weeknight... it's pretty regularly booked up for the weekends but we'll go up for several days during the week from time to time, it has decent cell signal so I can work from there. As I mentioned, the last few miles into San Antonio aren't lovely right now with the construction, but I've towed through it multiple times and the really obnoxious part is really just about 6 miles.
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