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On 6/23/2020 at 7:44 PM, Helobious said:

Louie’s Backyard has turned into a fucking shell of itself. Don’t go there. Wanna Wanna is still ok, and there’s a cool little bar called Cocunut Jacks on the bayside that has good coconut shrimp.

I get emotional every time I think about SPI. Went there literally every summer as a kid. Usually 10ish relatives staying in one hotel room, swimming at the beach with my cousins all day, seeing how many different hotel pools we could sneak into, crab hunting at night. Some of my favorite memories in life.

I’m going to be there for the 4th. Going to be grilling carne asada on my tailgating grill on the beach. Can’t wait. Louie’s was terrible. Laguna Bob’s for the win. Also like the daiquiri and frozen margarita place at the marina between the Sea Ranch and Dirty Al’s.

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Not sure if they are open or not due to the Rona, but if you are down there you have to go to Port Isabel for the taco as big as your face.

 

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4 hours ago, Both Tacos said:

Not sure if they are open or not due to the Rona, but if you are down there you have to go to Port Isabel for the taco as big as your face.

 

Absolutely endorse Manuel’s and the huge tortilla. Taste is commensurate with size.

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Abbott is shutting down bars again. Is Laguna Bob’s a restaurant or bar? Fuck I’m going down there for the 4th and it’s my favorite place to chill and drink in the evenings. They do serve food but I think they might be 51%

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On 7/11/2018 at 11:21 AM, RollLeft said:

We frequent Port A/ Corpus more often than Galveston for beach and other reasons but this summer we decided to go down a little further to SPI.  We're glad we did.  The weather has been beautiful this week and fishing plentiful.  It is pretty amazing the difference just a few miles down the gulf coast makes.  The beach has been better than expected.  I don't remember my last trip here as it was during college.  The water is clear, the food good and the people friendly and hospitable.   

Yeah I can't do Port A, Corpus, or whatever beaches at the north end when I can just drive a little farther and be at the much nicer beaches in S. Padre. 

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In general, I prefer SPI to Port A. The extra couple of hours in the car are worth it to me. Beach is cleaner, water is clearer and nobody is driving on the beach. I always worry about some drunk idiot plowing through my tent at Port A and taking my entire family out. There are also a million condos/houses/hotels to rent in SPI within a block or two of the beach, so you can load up your beach cart with all of your shit (tent, chairs, ice chest, etc.) and have an easy stumble home after a long day of drinking and fucking around on the beach.

Yep, yep, yep. Never understood driving all the way to the coast and stopping anywhere other than SPI.

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On 6/23/2020 at 3:53 PM, Native Horn said:

Haven't been there in a few years, but I remember Isabel's Cafe (across the bridge in Port Isabel) had some pretty good breakfast tacos.  Could probably California it up and call them breakfast burritos, because they are huge.  

LOL that reminds me of the time the wife (no pics) and I were in Hermosa Beach and decided we wanted to skip the Kettle in MB that day & find some breakfast tacos instead. We drove around for a little while looking, but couldn't find anything. This was before smartphones. We'd stop & ask someone here & there, but when we asked for breakfast tacos, they genuinely looked at us like we were from Mars. I was like "We're what, 2 hours from the border & nobody knows what a breakfast taco is? Fucking stupid-ass Californians." Finally found a breakfast burrito trailer, and it was pretty good, but they weren't anything special in terms of size. They were fucking breakfast tacos. Burrito my ass. /csb

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20 hours ago, Shaddie said:

Very subjective but what is y’all’s recommendation for fried seafood down on spi or isabel?

Catch your own, take to Capn Roy for 3 ways, blackened fried and grilled, 2 sides = 8 bucks

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On 6/26/2020 at 9:42 AM, Iconoclast Texan said:

Abbott is shutting down bars again. Is Laguna Bob’s a restaurant or bar? Fuck I’m going down there for the 4th and it’s my favorite place to chill and drink in the evenings. They do serve food but I think they might be 51%

Laguna Bob’s is closed.

but Wanna Wanna is open for take out, including alcohol. Walk down the beach, get a turbo pina to go 

and one of my favorite hidden gems is also on the beach, the Palms Cafe for breakfast, lunch or dinner and drinks.

 

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Haven't been down in close to 20 years.

Thinking about trying to take the family if we can find a place, so looking for recommendations.  I think it will only be 4 of us.

7 and 5 year old boys.  Will probably cook at home, with maybe a little take out ( I think I'll need to try that ceviche) so I'll need a full kitchen and hopefully access to a grill. 

Really just looking for some quality beach time during the day, and maybe some pool time in the evening.  

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Cameron County, Tx – Cameron County announced Monday that effective at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, all County Parks and County Beach access area will be closed.

Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. has ordered the closure of county parks and beach access areas until 12:01 a.m. on July 13.

The Department of Health and Human Services has reported 2,183 cases in Cameron County as of June 29. Cameron County announced an additional 98 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Neighboring Hidalgo County has reported 3,294 cases of the virus and is among the top 10 affected counties in Texas.

The closure of the parks does not affect parks and beach accesses that are owned and operated privately.

However, Treviño’s order “strongly suggests” that all similar events, public or private, should be canceled or suspended for the same period.

“At this time and based on the best and most up-to-date health and scientific information, I strongly recommend and request that our local business leaders exercise their best judgment with respect to their individual businesses, ventures and events,” Treviño’s letter stated.

The following parks and beach access areas will be closed to the public:

Isla Blanca Park

Andy Bowie Park

E.K. Atwood Park

County Beach access No. 3

County Beach access No. 4

County Beach access No. 5

County Beach access No. 6

Boca Chica Beach

Bejarano-McFarland Memorial Park

Pedro “Pete” Benevides Park

Laureles Reginal Park

El Ranchito Community Park

El Ranchito Recreational Park

Santa Maria Community Park

La Paloma Community Park

Santa Rosa Community Park

La Esperanza Community Park

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On 7/11/2018 at 11:21 AM, RollLeft said:

We frequent Port A/ Corpus more often than Galveston for beach and other reasons but this summer we decided to go down a little further to SPI.  We're glad we did.  The weather has been beautiful this week and fishing plentiful.  It is pretty amazing the difference just a few miles down the gulf coast makes.  The beach has been better than expected.  I don't remember my last trip here as it was during college.  The water is clear, the food good and the people friendly and hospitable.   

Well 3+ hours (of a few miles) should get you into the beautiful blue waters of the Southern gulf of Mexico.  But I will tell you what amazes me.  That after going to Port A my whole adult life, I bought a house in Corpus two years ago and eventually discovered The Padre Island National Seashore.  Not sure if it's just the bend of the coastline between there and Port A.  Or perhaps the lack of tractor grooming and a more natural contour with is responsible.  But the difference in water quality and clarity can be amazing.

For actually only a few miles down the road.

The deal for me with Port Isabel is that if I am driving that far I need a week stay at least.  Though I used to love the one hour SW flight when I had a buddy living down there.  Might be time to make another trip down.  I always loved staying on the bay and having the guide pull up to the back door.  The very first keeper trout I ever caught was a 28-1/2 incher.  But it was my first bay trip and I didn't even take a picture, just filleted it along with the Reds.  Didn't know what I had caught.  Even thought the locals kept telling me "nice Trout." A tip of the hat to Ted and Eric.

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23 hours ago, RedDirtTexan said:

Cameron County, Tx – Cameron County announced Monday that effective at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, all County Parks and County Beach access area will be closed.

Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. has ordered the closure of county parks and beach access areas until 12:01 a.m. on July 13.

The Department of Health and Human Services has reported 2,183 cases in Cameron County as of June 29. Cameron County announced an additional 98 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Neighboring Hidalgo County has reported 3,294 cases of the virus and is among the top 10 affected counties in Texas.

The closure of the parks does not affect parks and beach accesses that are owned and operated privately.

However, Treviño’s order “strongly suggests” that all similar events, public or private, should be canceled or suspended for the same period.

“At this time and based on the best and most up-to-date health and scientific information, I strongly recommend and request that our local business leaders exercise their best judgment with respect to their individual businesses, ventures and events,” Treviño’s letter stated.

The following parks and beach access areas will be closed to the public:

Isla Blanca Park

Andy Bowie Park

E.K. Atwood Park

County Beach access No. 3

County Beach access No. 4

County Beach access No. 5

County Beach access No. 6

Boca Chica Beach

Bejarano-McFarland Memorial Park

Pedro “Pete” Benevides Park

Laureles Reginal Park

El Ranchito Community Park

El Ranchito Recreational Park

Santa Maria Community Park

La Paloma Community Park

Santa Rosa Community Park

La Esperanza Community Park

Wait what the fuck does this mean? I am headed to SPI tomorrow and will be in a condo. Are the SPI beaches closed. Fuck my life if this is true. I need this trip.

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Damn. Was flying down tomorrow and fishing on Friday. Canceled due to sick dog (of course she’s all good now). 

Maybe Sept will try again since FL and Caribbean isn’t happening this year  

 

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1 hour ago, Iconoclast Texan said:

Ok so the beaches in front of the condos are open but the county beaches are closed. I guess I am good.

 

Yeah thats how I read it, we are supposed to head down Monday. I think we are still planning on it unless they make further changes to beach access. Would love to hear how it goes this weekend for you. 

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The park down by the jetties and the drive on access that is maintained by the county has closed. SPI beach is still open and accessible. Just have to have a place to park, which this weekend is going to be almost impossible.

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