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Dutch Oven Man

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Posted: 12/30/19 07:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We’re looking at a first week of April camping trip to South Texas. We’ll spend a few days in San Antonio, then head to the beach somewhere, per our 14 year old daughters request. I grew up there, but haven’t been back in 30 years, and my daughter never has been there. I remember back in the day, we used to take our pop up down on the beach, seems like around Mustang Island. I also remember my dad getting stuck in our Ford LTD!

We have a 37’ fifth wheel and diesel truck. Several folks have told me to camp on the beach for the experience, but we have nearly 20,000 lbs of truck and camper. Is the sand really that compacted? Any recommendations on where to go? Were driving from TN, so South Padre is a little too far. We’re wanting to do three to four days in San Antonio or Hill Country area and three days at the beach, probably around Corpus Christi.

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If you camp on the beach be prepared to be cleaning up sand for weeks and also salt water corrosion so you will want to flush the bottom of your fiver and truck. I guess we are lucky in FL since our sand seems to be bigger grains than the stuff most other places and does not blow around easily.. I recall, not so fondly, the fine sand on Ockrakoke for example.

Camp a few miles off the beach and drive down for swimming.


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We camped last March in Port Aransas, Texas. Fun little beach town where you can rent golf carts to ride around town and on the beach. There were people camping directly on the beach, but it looked windy and too public for us. There are several campgrounds in Port Aransas that are just over a sand dune from beach, and you can take the golf cart from your campsite to the beach. That's what we did and we had a great time!


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Some day I will camp in Texas... hopefully Padre Island. Been a dream of mine for 40 years


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I 2nd Port Aransas for camping on the beach. I pull a 40 foot 5th wheel with my diesel and we have camped 3 different times on the beach in Port Aransas. If you want Corpus Christi area then check out the Texas State Park there on Mustang Island about 5 miles from Corpus. We recently stayed there for 6 nights.It isn't directly on the beach but only about a city block from it. Easy walking distance to it.

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Some of these may be closed/restricted from hurricane damage...we've used them all
Goose Island state park.. beachside and interior sites
Mustang Island state park..almost on beach. . Two rows
Padre Balli county park..On Padre Island, south end of Corpus Christi...basically a parking lot, separated from the beach by a sand dune
South Padre Island...KOA, and two county rv parks..one very large and popular (Isla Blanca)

* This post was edited 12/31/19 01:32am by trailernovice *


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These are all parks that MAY/SHOULD be able to accommodate you, with water being a short walk across

One more.. south of Houston, there's Matagorda Bay Nature Park.. not directly on beach

Another... Sea Wind county park

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Staying on the beach will expose you to almost constant wind and blown sand. That's why all the trees are leaning to the West


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I agree with Port Aransas. Lot more for the kids to do there other than just beach.

Other considerations would be: Quintana Beach, Brian Beach, Galveston Island, Crystal Beach or High Island. None of which offer what Port A does. Plus the water is cleaner down south.


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Dutch Oven Man wrote:

We’re wanting to do three to four days in San Antonio or Hill Country area and three days at the beach, probably around Corpus Christi.

If you haven't been there the river walk in San Antonio is beautiful. And it's amazing to see The Alamo around the corner like something out of 200 years ago in the middle of downtown. I also like San Marcos and New Braunfels a lot. But the last time I was there 30 years ago the original Schlitterbahn had gotten too popular for me. It was the best vacation spot back in the 80s before it got popular.





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