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Old 10-14-2006, 06:38 AM   #1
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We are planning on spending 3-4 weeks along the Texas Gulf Coast between Galveston and South Padre Island next February. We would appreciate any recommendations on places to visit and campgrounds to stay at.

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We are planning on spending 3-4 weeks along the Texas Gulf Coast between Galveston and South Padre Island next February. We would appreciate any recommendations on places to visit and campgrounds to stay at.

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Old 10-14-2006, 06:45 AM   #3
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Welcome to Texas. There are a lot on nice places along the Texas Gulf Coast. Depends on if you are looking for someting along the lines of a state park or a full service luxury park. I personally like the coast a lot better from around Port Aransas and south. The beaches are nicer and water is clearer. The water at Galveston is very muddy.

If you stay right on the coast, be prepared for some wind. There is a good sea breeze all day and the evening it will swing to a land breeze.

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Thanks for your feedback. We plan to stay in Corpus Cristi for a week at a hi end park and than possibly in Padre Island for a week at a state park.

Any recommendations on where to stay?

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If you are intersted in military history, visit the USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier in Corpus. Near it is the Texas State Aquarium and full size replicas of the Nina, Pinta & Santa Maria (Columbus's Fleet). Just north of there on I-37 in Corpus is a greyhound dog race track. Way down south is town of South Padre Island (very tropical and nice). I agree with Ken, stay south of Port Aransas for the best beaches.
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thanks for the feedback. We finally decided to stay two weeks in Corpus Christi and one week in South Padre Island.
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It has been a few years since I have stayed along the coast of south Texas and I'd hate to give out advice on a place to stay. Ownership changes and parks go up hill and down hill.

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There are a couple of county parks on South Padre Island, but the biggest rv park there is the Destination Resort. I have driven through this park several times, but have never stayed there in my trailer. It is very nice but fills up during the winter season with "winter Texans". You might want to give them a call to make a reservation.
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Thanks for your input - we did book Destination
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bobg43:
Thanks for your feedback. We plan to stay in Corpus Cristi for a week at a hi end park and than possibly in Padre Island for a week at a state park.

Any recommendations on where to stay?

Thanks again. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

What "hi end" park did you find in Corpus Christi ?

The reason I ask is that I am from Corpus Christi and there are no hi end RV resorts here.

About the only one I can think of in Corpus Christi that you might be thinking of is Colonia Del Rey RV park, and that is nowhere near a high end park.

If you want a hi end park, you might try Gulf Waters RV Resort in Port Aransas which is just a few minutes from Corpus Christi. Here is a link to their website :

Gulf Waters RV Resort

You also might try another RV park in Port Aransas called Pioneer Beach Resort RV Park :

Pioneer Beach Resort RV Park

It's not as hi end as Gulf Waters is, but still a pretty nice park.

Good luck on your trip, and have fun in the Corpus Christi area, there are TONS of sights to see and activities to do.
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Hi Tx Camper,
I did book Colonia del Rey before I got your message. It is rated 5 star by Woodall's and is about $100 cheaper for the week than Gulf Waters. The money is not a deal breaker but from the web sites and Woodall's directory, I don't see that much of a difference.

Any further thoughts from you would be welcome - I do want to make sure that we enjoy our stay at Corpus Christi.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bobg43:
Hi Tx Camper,
I did book Colonia del Rey before I got your message. It is rated 5 star by Woodall's and is about $100 cheaper for the week than Gulf Waters. The money is not a deal breaker but from the web sites and Woodall's directory, I don't see that much of a difference.

Any further thoughts from you would be welcome - I do want to make sure that we enjoy our stay at Corpus Christi.

Thanks </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It's not that it is a bad park, just not as upscale (hi end) as the other two parks IMO. At Colonia Del Rey some (not all) of the sites are a little crowded and there are permanet / seasonal sites also. It is located in the Flour Bluff area of Corpus Christi which is not on the beach but it is only about 10-20 minutes away depending on which beach you go to.

The Gulf Waters & Pioneer Beach parks are located on the beach, but are further from downtown Corpus Christi than Colonia Del Rey is.

Colonia Del Rey is about 10-15 minutes from downtown and the other two are about 20-25 minutes away from downtown.

The Gulf Waters & Pioneer Beach parks are pretty pricey as hi end parks usually are,but Colonia Del Rey should be fine for you especially if you will be gone most of the time sight seeing / exploring the Corpus Christi area. If that's the case, then IMO I would keep your reservation at Colonia Del Rey and save that extra $100. If you would rather just relax and stay in one place and not be running around all over, then I would suggest paying the extra $100 since it's not a deal breaker and you would be staying in a hi end park right on the beach.

Here is a website that shows just some of the things to do here in Corpus :

Sights To See When In Corpus Christi

If nothing else, you must see the USS Lexington aircraft carrier museum,the Texas State Aquarium, and Padre Island National Seashore.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.
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