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Old 02-09-2016, 01:22 PM   #1
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Thinking of traveling to New Orleans then on to Southern Texas. I know that San Padre Island is a destination for spring breakers but what else is there to see down there. We like to guided day excursions on the ocean to see the local habitat and wild life. Like uncrowded sea shores too. Doesn't have to be pristine just decent.
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Old 02-09-2016, 01:49 PM   #2
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I'm looking to go there for some great fishing and lots of sea food I heard you can even buy gater meat in south Texas ?
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There is much to do there the National sea shore is nice but it is sand so there are no patrols to get you out So be careful : We sat on a rock jetty and watch sea turtles the first time in my life to see in the wild .I have lived in Louisiana all my life .In Texas if you stay in a state park you can fish with out a Texas license I think . You also can buy some kind of pass to get reduced rates . There a couple of Campground's in the national sea chore park but no hook up . In the summer it gets very hot. The Alamo is only a few hours from coast . San Antonio is full of history and the Lone Star brewery has a wonderful tour. Get a Visit Texas magazine from the tourist bureau by mail for it or at the welcome center .The adds say Texas is a whole different country . you will enjoy I warn you again this should be a fall or early spring trip the heat is intense
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There is much to do there the National sea shore is nice but it is sand so there are no patrols to get you out So be careful : We sat on a rock jetty and watch sea turtles the first time in my life to see in the wild .I have lived in Louisiana all my life .In Texas if you stay in a state park you can fish with out a Texas license I think . You also can buy some kind of pass to get reduced rates . There a couple of Campground's in the national sea chore park but no hook up . In the summer it gets very hot. The Alamo is only a few hours from coast . San Antonio is full of history and the Lone Star brewery has a wonderful tour. Get a Visit Texas magazine from the tourist bureau by mail for it or at the welcome center .The adds say Texas is a whole different country . you will enjoy I warn you again this should be a fall or early spring trip the heat is intense
Check out Mustang Island State Park in the same area as South Padre Island. We'll be staying there end of March.
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:43 AM   #5
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There are state parks in the Rio Grande valley that have world class bird watching. A little further north, the Texas Hill Country has many good state parks and awesome scenery. In a couple of months, that area will be covered with gorgeous wildflowers.

BTW, this Padre was not a saint. It's just Padre Island.
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Old 02-11-2016, 11:04 PM   #6
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What I'm really looking for is a private park with full hook ups that I can park for several months at a time , some place where all my stuff won't get ripped of if I leave for a day , not really looking for a state park , I'm looking for something more permanent , the Texas city dike area sounds great as does crystal beach area or rock port area farther south
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Stick with Rockport. The nicer parks should give you peace about your belongings . . . but I still wouldn't leave stuff outside.

Try to get a space shaded from afternoon sun. Pay extra if necessary.
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This article has dome very good info for you.http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/tr...orer.html?_r=0
During Spring Break I'd stay away from the Island, if nothing but the traffic.
Port Mansfield, even in Spring Break, is a nice place to get away from it all and some good beach time there too.
Traveling from one end of the Valley to the other I recommend the Military Hiway which is south of the main expressway. It will avoid traffic and take you thru small towns and rural country.
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Stick with Rockport. The nicer parks should give you peace about your belongings . . . but I still wouldn't leave stuff outside.

Try to get a space shaded from afternoon sun. Pay extra if necessary.
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Iíll second that! We leave our Airstream at an RV park here (we own a house in Rockport), hooked up and ready to go - never, ever had a problem with things sprouting legs and walking off...

Rockport is close to a lot of things here on the coast and always has things going on during the week/weekends. Easy access to Port Aransas on the ferry (yes, you can ride over with your Airstream and itís free), and Mustang Island as well as the national seashore. On the Rockport side, there is Goose Island state park, too. Iíve heard but havenít counted, that there are somewhere in the vicinity of 65 RV parks around the area so youíre sure to find something to your liking. Takes me 2 hrs. 15 mins to get to San Antone if so inclined...

Absolutely avoid Port Aransas during Spring Break... the local wisdom is to stock up on anything & everything youíll need for the week and stay inside... traffic is terrible and the beaches are.... wall-to-wall kids. Otherwise, that is when itís not Spring Break, the beaches are fine - you can even drive on them to find you a spot (if you do, make sure to hit a car wash to rinse the underside of both your car & trailer).

August & September are months to be avoided here... hot & humid beyond belief.
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