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Yep. The water is still warm and the days aren’t too hot. The beaches aren’t too crowded either.

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On 5/18/2020 at 2:54 PM, mapplewhite132 said:

Any updates from this weekend? Headed down in 2 weeks

This weekend wasn’t nearly as busy as the previous 2. The crappy weather forecast probably had a lot to do with it although it turned out to be beautiful. Family staying in a hotel here said they were told there were a bunch of reservations that were cancelled. Memorial Day weekend will be a shitshow especially with the bars opening back up. The remainder of the summer will also be extremely busy.

i realize I keep repeating myself but I have no problem with the beaches being open and crowded. But what I am telling friends/family considering coming down here, they need to be prepared for stores, restaurants hotels being really crowded. Pretty much nobody wearing masks or even attempting to follow any rules. If that makes them uncomfortable they need to bring all their own food and drinks, or just don’t visit.

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21 hours ago, HenryJames said:

And lodging is about 1/3 the price of the summer.

And the reds are running 

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17 hours ago, justhookit said:

This weekend wasn’t nearly as busy as the previous 2. The crappy weather forecast probably had a lot to do with it although it turned out to be beautiful. Family staying in a hotel here said they were told there were a bunch of reservations that were cancelled. Memorial Day weekend will be a shitshow especially with the bars opening back up. The remainder of the summer will also be extremely busy.

i realize I keep repeating myself but I have no problem with the beaches being open and crowded. But what I am telling friends/family considering coming down here, they need to be prepared for stores, restaurants hotels being really crowded. Pretty much nobody wearing masks or even attempting to follow any rules. If that makes them uncomfortable they need to bring all their own food and drinks, or just don’t visit.

here all week... i'd describe the beach as pretty busy but not overly crowded, we've found good spots on the beach each day with literally no trouble, neighbors stay well away. it's damn near perfect weather/temp wise. water is super clear, beach is lovely. 

we don't normally come in spring, too windy, seaweed usually everywhere, too crowded... much prefer the fall, always...

but this trip has been fantastic. we brought everything, made a couple of quick store runs but that's it. will try La Playa takeout tonight.

saw both gaters at the birding center yesterday, that was cool. was going to look into the ferry over to San Jose island tomorrow for something different...recommended?

 

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12 minutes ago, mchookem said:

saw both gaters at the birding center yesterday, that was cool. was going to look into the ferry over to San Jose island tomorrow for something different...recommended?

 

It’s great fishing over there and much better than the south jetty here. I’m not a fan of just going over for the beach though since it’s a pain to get a cooler and beach stuff over. Some people like it for just a few hours to walk and sometime find good shells. To me other than the fact that there is almost no one there it isn’t worth it.

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Just got back, and heading down again next week.  The restaurant closures sucked, but apparently that changes Friday.  Was pretty damn crowded over the weekend around Bob Hall Pier.  Someone tell me how/where to fish down there...I'm a fresh water guy and have no clue.  I throw shrimp out and get sunburned while my girl gets a tan.

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On 5/18/2020 at 3:38 PM, zman13 said:

Was in North Padre from Wed to Sunday. 

The beach on Wednesday was surprisingly crowded. Thursday and Friday at the beach was more spaced out. Saturday was jam packed - some areas were two or three cars deep. Sunday was quiet in the morning and busy in the afternoon.  The weekend felt like a busy summer weekend.

If you are trying to stay away from people on the beach, my advice is go in the morning and be prepared to leave around noon. Lots of people walk close by you, don't distance, etc.

Didn't go to any restaurants/bars/stores. A co-worker went recently and said they were crowded and few people were wearing masks.

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NPI has been packed this whole shutdown time.  I think it's partially because Port A was closed for awhile and everyone was off work/working from home and decided to come to the beach.

Middle of the week in the mid afternoon last week we had to go all the way down to the very last access road (right before PINS) so that we could get on the beach without having people all up our ass.

I shudder to think how bad it'll be this Memorial Day weekend.

On a good note, I own a condo here on the island and usually from April to late May it's not very busy.  But, my place has been rented solid since March and is booked out for quite a bit from now, too.

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44 minutes ago, ETHorn said:

Just got back, and heading down again next week.  The restaurant closures sucked, but apparently that changes Friday.  Was pretty damn crowded over the weekend around Bob Hall Pier.  Someone tell me how/where to fish down there...I'm a fresh water guy and have no clue.  I throw shrimp out and get sunburned while my girl gets a tan.

Most of the NPI restaurants are open to 50% (at least) now.  I've been about 5 or 6 times to Scuttlebutt's since they opened up.

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7 hours ago, ETHorn said:

Just got back, and heading down again next week.  The restaurant closures sucked, but apparently that changes Friday.  Was pretty damn crowded over the weekend around Bob Hall Pier.  Someone tell me how/where to fish down there...I'm a fresh water guy and have no clue.  I throw shrimp out and get sunburned while my girl gets a tan.

Bars open Friday, but the restaurant situation isn’t going to change. There are still some not open and we are at full-on summer visitor numbers. In the best of times they have a long wait during the summer. Local tip here - most of the high end restaurants will let you call in an order during the afternoon and then you can pick it up at 7 or 8 or whatever time they give you. Did it twice last weekend from Venetian and Liberty Hall and it worked really well. I’d try that.

as for the fishing this isn’t the best time of year to be doing it. I like the jetty, go hit it up with rattletraps, 2-3 oz spoons, or live mullet you cast net later in the summer and fall. Off the beach right now you can basically put any kind of bait in the water and catch 1-2 foot sharks if you are into that.

7 hours ago, Ag with kids said:

NPI has been packed this whole shutdown time.  I think it's partially because Port A was closed for awhile and everyone was off work/working from home and decided to come to the beach.

Middle of the week in the mid afternoon last week we had to go all the way down to the very last access road (right before PINS) so that we could get on the beach without having people all up our ass.

I shudder to think how bad it'll be this Memorial Day weekend.

On a good note, I own a condo here on the island and usually from April to late May it's not very busy.  But, my place has been rented solid since March and is booked out for quite a bit from now, too.

This weekend is going to be an utter shitshow. Not sure how long you’ve had your condo but this summer is going to be - by far - the busiest this area has ever seen. NPI and Port A will be turning people away in droves. Or, corona comes back and we shutdown again. But let’s not entertain that thought right now.

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On 5/20/2020 at 10:57 PM, justhookit said:

Bars open Friday, but the restaurant situation isn’t going to change. There are still some not open and we are at full-on summer visitor numbers. In the best of times they have a long wait during the summer. Local tip here - most of the high end restaurants will let you call in an order during the afternoon and then you can pick it up at 7 or 8 or whatever time they give you. Did it twice last weekend from Venetian and Liberty Hall and it worked really well. I’d try that.

as for the fishing this isn’t the best time of year to be doing it. I like the jetty, go hit it up with rattletraps, 2-3 oz spoons, or live mullet you cast net later in the summer and fall. Off the beach right now you can basically put any kind of bait in the water and catch 1-2 foot sharks if you are into that.

This weekend is going to be an utter shitshow. Not sure how long you’ve had your condo but this summer is going to be - by far - the busiest this area has ever seen. NPI and Port A will be turning people away in droves. Or, corona comes back and we shutdown again. But let’s not entertain that thought right now.

Any news on Shorty's opening up?  I'd hate to think this stuff shitcanned them.

 

And yes, the weekend is going to be bad.  My boss was in a meeting with the county yesterday and the sheriff and park rangers are going to be patrolling the ski canals heavily.  Which sucks, because that's where we locals go to hide out from the tourons on the beach on weekends like this...

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we pulled out this morning, traffic was streaming in. the beach was not a problem at all, every day we went. social distancing was easy. it was frankly awesome. we took everything, just bought ice. and firewood at ACE hardware 🙂

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1 hour ago, Ag with kids said:

Any news on Shorty's opening up?  I'd hate to think this stuff shitcanned them.

 

And yes, the weekend is going to be bad.  My boss was in a meeting with the county yesterday and the sheriff and park rangers are going to be patrolling the ski canals heavily.  Which sucks, because that's where we locals go to hide out from the tourons on the beach on weekends like this...

Shorty’s opened last night at midnight. I just drove past that whole strip and it looked like Bernie’s, Giggity’s, and Howie’s (Old Flats) are all up and running today. At least there are a ton of cars in that parking lot that’s been empty the last 2 months.

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On 5/22/2020 at 12:47 PM, Ag with kids said:

Any news on Shorty's opening up?  I'd hate to think this stuff shitcanned them.

 

And yes, the weekend is going to be bad.  My boss was in a meeting with the county yesterday and the sheriff and park rangers are going to be patrolling the ski canals heavily.  Which sucks, because that's where we locals go to hide out from the tourons on the beach on weekends like this...

So I went to Shortys last night. They roped off the parking spaces in front and stuck a bunch of picnic tables out there. You could order a drink from a waitress or walk up to the bar window. They had a band. Good times.

drove the beach late afternoon and I’ve never seen it so crowded. People are behaving pretty well, but im not going inside to a store or anything until Tuesday.

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23 hours ago, justhookit said:

So I went to Shortys last night. They roped off the parking spaces in front and stuck a bunch of picnic tables out there. You could order a drink from a waitress or walk up to the bar window. They had a band. Good times.

drove the beach late afternoon and I’ve never seen it so crowded. People are behaving pretty well, but im not going inside to a store or anything until Tuesday.

Beach on NPI is packed all the way down to PINS Saturday.  Based on the clusterfuck that was on the bridge/causeway, I assume it was the same yesterday.  We just took the boat to Doc's for lunch and then Boathouse to watch a friend play.  Boathouse isn't a touron destination, especially during the day, so it was full of us locals avoiding them...

I heard The Slip, Farah's and Pelican were open, but haven't been.  This is NOT the weekend to be driving after drinking anything since NPI is crawling with cops looking to pull over everyone...

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I never understood the allure of going to the beach on a holiday.

Memorial Day and especially the 4th of July.

Of course spring break is a total clusterfuck.

Give me a Monday through Friday trip all day long.

 

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