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TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlanner5welcomeCorpusChristiwww.visitcorpuschristitx.orgwww.caller.comPortAransaswww.portaransas.orgwww.portasouthjetty.comRockport-Fultonwww.rockport-fulton.orgwww.rockportpilot.comwww.portlandtx.orgwww.aransaspass.orgwww.inglesidetxchamber.orgCorpusChristiwithapopula-tionoabout300000isthemetropolitancenterotheCoastalBendandishometotheth-busiestportintheU.S.aprosperousandgrow-ingpetrochemicalindustryNavalAirSta-tionC.C.andtheC.C.ArmyDepotandtheever-expandingTexasAMUniversityC.C.DowntownCorpusChristiislocatedinthenortheastendothecityalongCorpusChristiBayandiswhereyoullndnumer-oushotelstheseawalltheAmericanBankCenterarenaandconventioncenterandthecitysmuseumsincludingScienceandHistoryAsianCulturesandtheArtMuse-umoSouthTexas.TheHarborBridgeextendsoverthePortoCorpusChristitoNorthBeachandontoPortlandandtheNorthBayArea.NorthBeachiswhereyoundtheU.S.S.LexingtonaircratcarrierMuseumandtheTexasStateAquariumalongwithaull-ser-vicehotelandnumerousmotelsandcondo-miniumsplusamile-longstretchopedes-trianriendlybeachonCorpusChristiBay.OnthesouthernendoCorpusChristitheSouthPadreIslandDriveSPIDree-waytakesyoutoNorthPadreIslandTheIslandandtoourGuloMexicobeaches.TheLagunaMadreisthelonglargebodyowaterthatrunsbetweenPadreIslandandthemainlandFlourBlu.BafnBayislocatedarthersouthalongLagunaMadreandisaccessiblebylandatRivieraBeachaewmilessouthoKingsville.PadreIslesonNorthPadreIslandisthelargestwaterrontcommunityoutsidethestateoFloridaandTheIslandoersmilesobeautiulbeachesrestaurantsshoppingandthePadreIslandNationalSeashore.PackeryChannelseparatesNorthPadreandMustangIslandsandprovidesdirectboatingaccesstotheGuloMexico.MustangIslandishometonumerousbeachrontcondominiumsandprivatehomesandleadsnorthwardtoPortAransasPortAaastgrowingshingvillagethatattractsafuentvacationersandsecondhomeownerssportshingandnatureenthu-siastsgolersandbeachgoersromacrossTexasandtheUS.AransasPassandConnBrownHarborarenorthoPortAacrosstheshipchan-nelviaa24-hourvehicleerryandishometoarevitalizeddowntownareaandex-cellentmarinaacilities.NorthwardisRockportknownoritsantasticbayshingartsydowntownareagreatschoolsandtheveryupscaleKeyAllegroresidentialandmarinadevelopment.Just212hourssouthofSanAntonioandeastofLaredo312hourssouthofAustinandHoustonandaboutadaysouthofDFWbycar.KnowingyourwayaroundtheCoastalBendSanPatricioCountywww.sanpatricioedc.comwww.sintontexas.org 6TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlannerMarch8-17DowntownCorpusChristiPreferredLodgingOmniBayrontHotelOmniMarinaHotelMarinaGrandHotelHolidayInnEmeraldBeachVBoutiqueHotelWhattoKnowDowntownandtheCorpusChristiBay-rontishometonumerousrestaurantsnightclubsvisitorattractionsandconcertvenuesallwillbebustlingwithactivityduringSpringBreak.A20-ootconcreteseawallrontsCorpusChristiBayandyouwillndrestaurantsboatridesandreshseaoodatthemarina.BeachaccesshoweverislimitedtoMcGeeBeachneartheHolidayInnwhichissituatedonthebaynotontheGuloMexico.ChoosingWheretoStay...CityIslandorVillageNorthBeachCorpusChristiPreferredLodgingRadissonHotelComortSuitesVilladelSolCondominiumsWhattoKnowNorthBeachormerlyknownasCorpusChristiBeachislocatednorthodown-townacrosstheHarborBridgeandishometotwootheareasmostpopularvisitorattractionstheTexasStateAquar-iumandtheU.S.S.LexingtonMuseumontheBaytheaircratcarrier.WhileNorthBeachofersewerrestaurantsandvisitorattractionsthandowntownhotelratestendtobelowerandamile-longstretchocleanbeachrunsalongCorpusChristiBayandiseasilyaccessible.CorpusChristiSouthSidePreferredLodgingEmbassySuitesMarriottCourtyardResidenceInnbyMarriottHomewoodSuitesHiltonGardenInnHyattPlaceWhattoKnowThecitysmaincommercialzoneisnotlocatedonthewaterbutisroughlyequi-distantbetweendowntownattractionsandislandbeaches.Theareaisbustlingwithactivityincludingdozensorestau-rantsandnumerousshoppingcenterspartcularlyLaPalmeraMallhometoDillardsMacysandmostmajornationalretailers.TravelsouthonStaplesStreetpastYorktownBlvd.tovisitSouthTexasBotanicalGardensNatureCenter.NorthPadreIslandPreferredLodgingIslandHouseCondominiumsGulstreamCondominiumsHolidayInnBeachHotelComortSuitesElConstanteHamptonInnHawthornSuitesbyWyndhamCampingNuecesCountyPadreBalliParkPadreIslandNationalSeashoreWhattoKnowOneoTexasmostpopularislanddestinationsofersamplebeachaccessshingalongtheshoreonBobHallPierandatPackeryChanneljettiesaswellasnumerousreepublicboatlaunchesgreatlocalrestaurantsminiaturegolandsoon...SchlitterbahnBeachResortMUSEUMSCONCERTSFINEDININGBAYFRONTAQUARIUMHARBORFERRYAIRCRAFTCARRIERBAYBEACHCENTRALLAPALMERAFUNDININGBIGRETAILERSOCEANFRONTCAMPINGFINEDININGAMPLEFISHING TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlanner7PortAransasMustangIslandPreferredLodgingSandPiperCondominiumSandCastleCondominiumResortLaMirageMayanPrincessTheDunesChannelviewAransasPrincessPortAransasBeachHouseCompanyStarkeyRentalsCinnamonShoreVacationRentalsCampingMustangIslandStateParkNuecesCountyI.B.MageeBeachParkWhattoKnowFamiliescouplesandcollegestudentsromacrossTexasfocktoPortAransasandMustangIslandeachSpringBreakinwhathasbecomeagenerations-longtradition.TheCityoPortAransasmakesaspecialeorttoensureitsbeachesarecleansaeandaccessibleorvisitors.Vehiclesareallowedontheentirebeachandseveraldrive-reezonesclosetothewatersedgeareprovided.Condominiumsandvacationhomecommunitiesalongtheislandareconnectedtothebeachviaprivateboard-walkssomeowhichcanaccommodategolcartswhicharelegaltooperateinPortAransasandonthebeach.DozensogreatrestaurantsandshopssellingjustabouteverythingunderthesunlineAlisterStreetandtheHarborareaandthetownspubsandtavernswillbehoppingwithactivityoverSpringBreak.Accommodationsrangeromluxurybeachhomesthatsleep10-20orover1000anighttoshingcottagesandsmallmotelsinthe100range.Typicalmedium-rangecondominiumsthatsleep6-8willrentinthe150-300pernightrange.OCEANFRONTCAMPINGFINEDININGAMPLEFISHINGInfoforStudentsOtherYoungstersonSpringBreakAhhh...thejoysofyouthAndtheCoastalBendisoneofthemostfunandsafeplacesontheGulfCoasttoenjoyyourSpringBreak.Howeveryoushouldknowwhattoexpectandsoshouldyourparentswhenitcomestoplanningyourpart-ayweekAJustaboutallcondominiumsandmosthigh-endhotelsrentonlytopeopleage25whomustbestayingintheuniteachnightBMostofthemid-andlower-levelhotelsandmotelsaremuchmoreopentostudentsandwillrenttoage18or21butexpecttopayasizeabledepositforpotenaldamagesCDontactacompletefoolThepoliceknowyouretheretohavefunbutthe21year-olddrinkingageisacvelyenforcedaswellasfrontandbackseatbeltlawsandespeciallydrinkinganddrivinglawsDItsnotalwayswarmandsunnyinMarchsohaveacviesinmindthatarealternavestothebeachandEComeonvacaondontleaveonprobaon.CheersWhattoKnowJustnorthoCorpusChristiandwestoPortAransasaretheseasidecommuni-tiesoAransasPassandIngleside.IyourSpringBreakplansarecenteredonsh-ingkayakingandorbirdingandlessonbeach-goingorthebigpartythenthesetownsmayoerpracticalandeconomi-caloptions.Botharehometoriendlypeopleandterrichometowneateries.AransasPassIngleside 8TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlannerKnowingyourwayaround...DowntownCorpusChrisandNorthBeachformerlyCorpusChrisBeachinfoonlinewww.visitcorpuschristitx.orgwww.usslexington.comwww.texasstateaquarium.comwww.ccmuseum.comwww.artmuseumofsouthtexas.orgwww.americanbankcenter.comwww.cchooks.comwww.concretestreet.netwww.artcentercc.orgwww.hurricanealleycc.comwww.cctexas.comwww.ortizcenter.comdtowncc TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlanner9Over70musicalactsrangingromCoun-tryandRocktoMariachisandElectronicDancearescheduledtoperormattherstBeACHFeSTSPRINgBReAK2013theweekendoMarch1517atColeParkandMcGheeBeachontheCorpusChristiBay-ront.Theestivalcharityundraiserwillalsoeatureasurandskateareachildrenszone5kunrunlotsooodandanelectronicdancemusicstagerightonthebeachGoogleBeachFestSpringBreak2013CorpusChristiSoUTHTexASSPRINgBReAKMUD-FeSTtakesplaceonSaturdaMarch16thatSouthTexasSpeedwayandisbilledasanall-outdownanddirtySpringBreakestivalinthemud.Featuredeventswillincludeocoursemuddinracesin4x4trucksATVsandmodiedof-roadvehiclesmudwres-tlingbikinicontestandmuchmoreSuthTasSpdwa6701oldBrwnsillRd.suthtamudst.cmAMeRICANBANKCeNTeRistheCoastalBendslargestullserviceeventsvenueandincludestheABCArenaConventionCenterandSelenaAuditorium.MndaFbruar25thelisListhepremiermulti-mediaElvisPresleytribute.SaturdaMarch2ndAlicinWndrlandbyCorpusChristiConcertBalletMndaFb.25thSesameStreetLiveCantStpSininFridaMarch15thgrLpzItsNotMeItsYouTour1901N.ShrlinBld.amricanbankcntr.cmdtownccdowntownnorthbeachattractionsTheTexASSTATeAqUARIUMisoneotheCoastalBendstopvisitorattractionbecauseitdeliverstheultimateGuloMexicoexperiencebringingtheunder-seaworldtoyouupcloseandinpersonThearticialreeexhibitinthe125000gallonmaintankishometodozensospeciesoshincludingraysandsharksaswellascountlessshellshandotherin-vertebrates.2710N.ShrlinBld.nNrthBach800477gULFtasstatauarium.rTheLadyLexsetmorecombatrecordsthananycarrierinU.S.NavalhistoryandtodayrestsinCorpusChristiBayastheU.S.S.LexINgToNMUSeUMoNTHeBAyatributeandmemorialtothosewhoserveddeendingAmerica.Thesightsandsoundsaresorealandsointenseyoube-comeapartothestorythesecondyoustepootaboardthisWorldWarIIeraair-cratcarrier.2914N.ShrlinBld.nNrthBach3618884873www.usslintn.cmTheARTMUSeUMoFSoUTHTexAShasorover40yearsbeenconsideredoneotheleadingmuseumsoneartinthestateoTexasandinsomerespectstheentireU.S.PermanentexhibitsincludeworkromSouthTexasSouthwesternandLatinAmericanartistsinnearlyallmediaandtravelingexhibitsrotateregularlyliketheContemporaryStudioGlasscollectiononloanromtheMobileMuseumoArt.1902N.ShrlinBld.Dwntwn3618253500www.stia.rTheMUSeUMoFSCIeNCeANDHIS-ToRychroniclesover500yearsoSouthTexashistoryaswellasthearcheologicalandgeologicalproleothearea.Themu-seumisperhapsbestknownasthehomeothelie-sizedreplicasotheColumbusFleetwhichwerechristenedin1992bytheSpanishgovernmenttocommemo-ratethe500thanniversaryoChristopherColumbusdiscoveryoAmerica.1900N.ShrlinBld.Dwntwn3618264650www.ccmusum.cmdowntownspringfunnottomissHURRICANeALLeyWATeRPARKkicksofitssecondseasonthisspringastheCoastalBendsnewestoutdoorattrac-tion.TheparkeaturesvewaterslidesincludingtheepicCat5whichtowers65eetabovethecomplexandspiralstwo-persontubesthroughathrillingseriesoturns.Theswim-upbarisabighitwithgrown-ups.OpenMarch817orSpringBreakthenweekendsstartingApril27.702e.PrtA.nttWhataburrFild361883-WAVEhurricanealleycc.comoLDCoNCReTeSTReeTAMPHITHe-ATeRisoneothemostappealingout-doorconcertsettingsinTexassetundertheilluminatedHarborBridgeandthecityskyline.TusdaMarch5thMetalcorebandsAsILayDyingandTheDevilWearsPradaFridaMarch15thSpringBreakConcerteaturingTexasCountryactsRandyRog-ersBandCaseyDonahewBandKevinFowlerandCodyJohnsonBandTusdaMarch26thThDtnshaveledtheAlternativeMetalmovementor25yearsandwillplaythisMarch.700CncrtSt.fN.Tancahua361884-8085www.concretestreet.netLiveMusicDowntownDowntownLiveMusicVenuesDr.RckitsBlusBar709N.ChaparralSt.361884-7634drrckitsblusbar.cmBrwstrStrtIchus1724N.Tanca-hua361884-2739brwstrstrt.ntHusRck511StarrSt.361882-7625tashusrck.cmCoRPUSCHRISTIFeSTIvALoFTHeARTStakesplaceMarch22-24atSherrillParkonNorthShorelineBlvd.Dozensoartexhibitsandeventsincluding20x20Spanish-stylestreetpainting.www.ccstialarts.cm 10TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlannerPadreIslandisthelongestbarrierislandintheworldandthesecondlarg-estislandintheUStoLongIslandNY.PadreIslesisthelargestwaterrontde-velopmentintheUSoutsidethestateoFloridawithsome4000singleandmulti-amilyhomeslocatedonthecommunitysextensivenetworkonavigablecanals.AlthoughthevastmajorityohomesinPadreIslesincludeboatdocksandorlitsandmanyresidentsownocean-worthyrec-reationalvesselsuntil2006theclosestpas-sageintotheGuloMexicowasthroughthePortAransasShipChannelmorethan20milesandoveranhournorth.DrivingontheBeachwithdignityDOStopbeforeenteringsofthighsandandplanyourrouteUsealowgearProceedatabrisksteadyspeedUseatboardsorevenseaweedunderyourtiresfortractionifyougetstuckRockyourvehicleoutofsandifyougetstuckDONTAssumeyourallwheeldrivevehicleperformslikea4-wheeldriveStopinhighsandlikeyouwouldinsnowGunyouracceleratorinanangryattempttogetunstuckCussCryPadreMustangIslandsofergreatbeachaccessforfamiliesyoungadultsanygrouponSpringBreakCOLLEGEYOUNGADULTZONEFAMILY-FRIENDLYBEACHZONETheofcialopeningoPackeryChannelinOctober2006wastheculmi-nationodecadesoeortbyhundredsoTexansatalllevelsogovernment.Notonlydoesthechannelprovidedirectac-cesstothegulinlessthanvenauticalmilesomosthomesbutcontrarytoen-vironmentalistswarningsaboutnegativeecologicalconsequenceswaterqualityinLagunaMadreandinNorthPadrescanalsystemwassignicantlyimprovedaswastheshingwiththeopeningoPackeryChannel.TheresnoquestionthattheCoastalBendsgulfbeachesarethenumberoneattractionforvisitorsanytimeofyearandwhocanblameemWhilespringweatherintheCoastalBendandmostoTexasorthatmatterisanythingbutpredictableourislandstendtooerthemosthospitableclimateoranykindooutdooractivity.Highdaytimetemperaturesinmid-Marchcanrangerom50Faterastrongcoldrontto85Funderhighpressureandsoutheasterlywinds.Sowhetheritscampresandpanchosorboardshortandbikinisourislandbeachesarewheretobethisspring.TheislandsoerthemostandthemostaccessiblebeachesinthestateoTexasorsurngshingsandcastlebuildingorjustchillinunderthesun.PadreandMustangIslandsbeckonyourvisitthisspringislands 12TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlannerSHoReFISHINgonourislandsisplen-tiulandaccessibleromdozensolo-cations.BbHallPirislocatedattheNucsCuntPadrBalliParksouthothehotelsandcondosandisthesiteoseveralrecordcatches.ThePackrChannlJttisoferreedirectaccesstoahotzoneoshmi-grationbetweentheGuloMexicoandLagunaMadre.islandsislandfunnottomissthisspringADAyATTHeBeACHonPadreandMustangIslandsisalargelyuniqueex-perienceasourislandsoferthemostbeachaccessorvehicles.Parkingisallowedpermitrequiredinmostar-easwithin50eetothewatersedgeandsmartbeachgoersonSpringBreakwillarriveearlyandprepared.Ashadecanopyisagoodideaasareabonreandbarbecuepit.Workwiththewindandnotagainstit.GlasscontainersanddrivinginthedunesareprohibitedandallroadrulesapplytobeachdrivingincludingseatbeltandDWIlaws.PetsmustbetetheredoronaleashandaboveallwatchyourkidsHoRSeSoNTHeBeACHbringsvisitorsamostmemorableandexcitingexperi-encehorsebackridingonthebeachwww.hrssnthbachcrpus.cmCHooSINgTHeRIgHTBeACHoryouruninthesuncanbethebiggestdeci-sionyoumakeoryourSpringBreakintheCoastalBend.J.PLubSurfParkjustnorthoPackeryChannelbetweenZahnRd.andNewportPassRd.iswhereyoullndthepartypeoplecollegeyoungadultcrowd.OnthesouthsideoPackeryChannelalongtheMichalJ.ellisSawallandsouthtothePadrBalliParkandBbHallPirareaamilieswithyoungkidsndthemosthospitablebeachsetting.FarthersouthonPadreIslandyouwillndtheleastregulatedandmaintainedareaothebeachwhichextends12milessouthtothenorthernedgeothePadrIslandNatinalSashr.IyouaretakingalargegroupthatpreersgreaterprivacythismaythebeachzoneoryoubutweadvisetravelingintrucksSUVspreerablywith4-wheeldrivebutde-nitelywithhighergroundclearanceandtakingallthesuppliesyoullneedortheday.PadreIslandsMichalJ.ellisSawallisthesiteothemonthlyISLANDMooNMARKeTwhichbringsdozensoarti-sansanduniquevendorstogetherwithislandresidentsandvisitorsorwhathasbecomeamuch-anticipatedandhighlypraisedvendormarket.4thSaturdayofthemonthFebruarythroughDecember.www.islandmnmarkt.cm TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlanner13PADReISLANDNATIoNALSeASHoReisthenativeislandexperienceinitsraw-estormincludingthebestshoresh-inginthecountryaboldstatementtobesurebutconsiderthatoneotheworldsstrongestoceancurrentsthegulffMxicLpCurrntentersthegulatMexicosYucatanPeninsulaandexitsattheFloridaStraitsandmakesitssharpestturnalongthenationalseashore.There-sultisthatthegutordrop-obetweensandbarscanbeupto15eetdeepbe-tweentheshorelineandrstsandbaramongthedeepestintheworld.Inthosedeepestnear-shoregutsbigshareedonbyevenbiggershwhichmakesBiShllandLittlShllexceedinglypopularwithsharkhuntersandotherbiggameshermen.Theparkboaststhatsome380speciesobirdshaloallthoseidentiedintheUnitedStateshavebeenspottedatthenationalseashore.TheKmpsRidlySaTurtlhasmadeanamazingcomebackatPINSamajorU.S.nestinggroundthankstotheeortsoparkstaandvolunteers.www.nps.govpais361949-8068nationalseashorestateparkIslandBeachParksoferrst-handeducaononmarinelifeandcoastalecosystemsPadreIslandistheworldslongestbarrierislandstretching113milesalongthecoastoSouthTexasromCorpusChristitothecityoSouthPadreIslandneartheMexicanborder.ThetermCoastalBendreerstothesouth-to-northeasterlycurvethattheTex-ascoastlinetakescreatingthenorthwesterncornerotheGuloMexico.ThesharpestcornerotheTexasCoastalBendissituatedalongPadreIslandwherethecomplexecosystemisinfuencedbystronggulcurrentsandsoutheasterlywindsandthein-teractionbetweengulmarinelieandthatotheLagunaMadreamongmanyactors.MUSTANgISLANDSTATePARKencom-passesalmost4000acresthatstretchacrossMustangIslandbetweenNorthPa-dreIslandandPortAransasandincludesshorelineonboththeGuloMexicoandCorpusChristiBay.TheacilitiesareaotheparklocatedwithinthemaingateincludesRVspacesandcampsitesrest-roomsandrangerstation.Parkbeachestendtobelesscrowdedwithewervehi-clesandtworockjettiesextendintothegul.Onthebacksideotheislandanet-workofatsandmarshzonesprovidesantasticshingandbirdwatchingalongwithanextensivepaddlingtrail.GoogleMustangIslandStatePark 14TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlannerinfoonlinewww.portaransas.orgwww.portasouthjetty.comwww.utmsi.utexas.eduwww.portaransasmuseum.orgportaransasPortAransasmorepopularthaneverwithfamiliesonSpringBreakOverthecourseoadecaderomthemid-70stothemid-80sPortAransasbecamein-creasinglyknownastheSouthTexaspartycapitalorcollegestudentsandotheryoungadultsonSpringBreak.From1980orsoeachsuccessiveyearinPortAsawmorekidshalormoreromthelocalareapackingthebeachinlonglinesoparkedandmovingvehiclesandeachyearitseemedthescenebecamejustabitrowdierandteeteringontheedgeochaos.In1986thePortAransasSpringBreakpartyscenereacheditsboil-ingpointwhenaminorcaraccidentonthebeachescalatedintoaull-fedgedalcohol-ueledriotcompletewithburningcarsandbathroomstructureshundredsopoliceandevenaCoastGuardcutterpositionedcloseoshorepresumablyincasesomeonede-cidedtoswimorit.AtertheGreatRioto86townleadersmadethedecisionthatPortAransaswouldnolongerpromoteitselasaSpringBreakpartydestinationandthehotelsandcon-dominiumswouldenorcestricterrentalpoliciestodiscouragetheunder-25clientele.Thetownembarkeduponmarketingcam-paignsdirectedtothesamekindsoamilieswhovisitedduringthesummermonthsandwhowerepurchasingvacationshomesandcondominiumsthelionsshareowhomlivedinSanAntonioandAustin.ThisturninstrategyendedupbeingoneothebestdecisionsevermadeonbehaloPortAwhichtooktheopportunitytobroadcastitscompetitiveadvantagescomparedtotheotherTexascoastaldestina-tionscloserthanSouthPadreandcleanerthanGalveston.SpringvisitorstoPortAransasenjoythesamegreatactivitiesthatareenjoyedinsummertimewithaewprosandcons.Tem-peraturesobviouslyarecoolerusuallyinthelowtomid-80sbutspringweathercanbeunpredictable.Oshoreshinginthespringtendstobeabitlesshospitablethaninshorefatsandbayshingwiththebonusoactivemigrationsofounderredshandothergamespeciesinthespring.WhatstrueduringSpringBreakiswhatyoundinPortAtherestotheyearbeautifulcleanbeachesgreatrestaurantsandattractionsawelcomingvillagesettingandthefriendli-estpeopleontheTexasCoast 16TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlannerTHePoRTARANSASMUSe-UMisaworthytestamenttooneothemosthistoricallysignicantcommunitiesontheTexasGulCoastwhichwasestablishedasacattleandsheepranchingsettle-mentinthe1850s.DuringthesameperiodsteamshipservicewascommissionedbetweenSandPointasthetownwasthencalledandNewOrleansnecessitatingtheconstructionotheAran-sasPassLighthouseonSt.Jo-sephsIsland.TheTarpnInnopeneditsdoorsinthe1880sandbecamethecenterolo-calsportshingactivity.TheInnandPortAwelcomeditsmostamousanglerin1937whenPrsidntFranklinD.RsvltcaughttarponromaFarleyboatpicturedabovealthoughitissaidheactuallystayedonthepresidentialyachtandnotattheTarponInn.Themuseumishometolo-calartiactsandover12000historicalphotostellingtherichhistoryoPortAransas.3617493800N.AlistrBrundrttSt.prtaransasmusum.rportaransasattractionsNeWPoRTDUNeSgoLFCoURSeisamongtheveryewtrulyauthenticScottish-stylelinkscoursesintheUnitedStates.ThenaturalcoastalterrainwhicheaturesanoceanbeachandsanddunesollowedbynativeislandvegetationonwhichthecourseisbuiltarerequiredeaturesothelinkscourseandarealloundonMustangIsland.TheArnldPalmrSinaturDsincourseisthegolnglegendsveryrstocean-sidedesignandoneinwhichPalmerplacedspecialattentionandoversight.Theresultisachallengingchampionshipexperiencetherequiresplayerstonegotiatenarrowroll-ingairwaysimposinggreensandstackedsetsobunkersinthelinkstradition.Fivesetsoteesareoeredoravarietyoskilllevels.361749-4653265PalmIslandDr.www.newportdunesgolf.comFirstClassBirdingFacilitiesinPortAThePrtAransasNaturPrsrvencompasses1217acresoundevelopedlandinanareaormerlyknownasCharliesPasture.Locatedbetweentheshipchan-nelthecommunityparkStateHighway361andPiperChannel.ThePrtAransasWtlandParklocatedonSH361acrossromthepostofceisajointprojectotheCityoPortAransasTXDOTandTPWD.Theboardwalkandobservationplatormoverlooksawetlandbasinthatmaybethickwithavarietyowaterowlandshore-birdsduringrainyperiods.ThemostpopularplacetoviewwadersandshorebirdsisattheSouthJettylo-catedatthenortherntipoI.B.MaBachPark.ThejettyextendsseveralhundredyardsintotheGulandurnishesanexcellentvantagepointromwhichtolookoravarietyoopenwaterspecies. TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlanner17aroundportamustangislandTerrifconshorefshinginPortAransasWhilePortAisknownacrossthecountryoritsbountiuloshoregameshingonshoreshingisamongthebestontheTexascoastaswell.Surshingisocourseaccessibleromalmostany-whereonthebeachbutismorepracticalintheearlymorningsbeorethebeachcrowdsarriveduringabusyperiodlikeSpringBreak.portaransasHoraceCaldwellPierislocatedonthePortAransasbeachattheI.B.MageeNuecesCountyParkandextends1200eetintogulwaters.Thepieracilityincludesacaeandbaitshopandisaspopularwithsurersasitiswithshermenwhopullinredshdrumsharkandavarietyoothernativespecies.ThePortAransasJettiesormtheunderwaterstructurethatcreatestheshipchannelwhichrunsbe-tweenthem.Thesouthjettyislo-catedinPortAatthenorthendothebeach.Thenorthjettyislocat-edonSt.JosephIslandSt.Joswhichisaccessibleviatheprivate-ly-runJettyBoatoperatingromFishermansWharf.Bothjettieso-erreeaccesstotheuniquerockyunderwaterhabitatthatishometoauniquevarietyosh.UTsoceanographyinstituteamajorhuboscientifcresearchTheUniversityofTexasMarineScienceInstituteUTMSIistheoldestandmostsig-nicantmarineresearchacilityontheGulCoastestablishedinabeachsidecabinin1941.TheacilityhasexcelledovertheyearsincountlessmarineresearchprojectsthathaveimpactedindustriesincludingoilandgasexplorationshippingandmaricultureandhaveinfuencedU.S.andinternationalmarinepollutionandconservationlaws.UTMSIwelcomesvisitorsdailywhereselguidedtoursandeducationalmoviesareamongtheattractionsoeredinthevisitorscenter.SevenaquaticdisplaysdepictTex-ascoastalhabitatsandtheorganismsthatliveinthemincludingSpartinablackmangrovemarshoysterreeopenbaybottomrockjettyando-shorearticialrees.Otherdisplaysinthemainbuildinghighlightcurrentandpastresearchprojectsandeaturerepresentativespecimensorphotographsolocalplantsandanimals.630E.CotterAve.www.utmsi.utexas.edu 18TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlannerAverycoolridebutonetoavoidSadlyeveryyearintheCoastalBendapreciousewoourmillionsobeachgoingvisitorsallvictimtotheverynaturalelementsthatgiveusthewonderulbeautyandenjoymentwefndonourgulbeaches.ButwhileHollywoodflmsandsuburbanlegendswouldleadonetobelievethatthegreatestdangersyoumightencounteratthebeacharesharksocoursestingraysjellyfsherrantsurboardsbirdsopreyoranynumberoperilousunknownsotheseaitisinacttheripcurrentthatpresentsthegreatestdangertobathersandsurersoallagessizesandathleticprowess.Pleasetakeaewminutestounderstandthedangeroripcurrentshowtoidentiythemandhowtoavoidandescapethem.CourtesyoTheWeatherChannelandwww.weather.com.Aripcurrentisanarrowzonetypically3to20yardswideoast-owingwater1-3mphsometimesastermovingromshoretojustbeyondthebreaker-zone.Ripcurrentsarealwayspresentwhenwavesbreakonabeach.Waveheightwaveperiodthetimeintervalbetweensuc-cessivewavesbreakerangletothebeachman-madeob-staclespiersandjettiesandlocaldeeperchannelsinthesurzoneallcontributetoripcurrents.Ripcurrentsarestrongerandextendtodeeperwaterasbreakingwaveheightsincrease.Butorweakswim-mersorthosewhocannotswimwaveshighenoughtobreakinwaterovertheirheadsapproximately6eetordeeperaresucienttocauseaperson6eetorshortertodrown.Thatwaveheightcanbeaslowas4eetRipcurrentsbeginatthesand-waterlineandextendthroughthesurzonetheycancapturepeopleinveryshal-lowwateranddragthemtodeeperwater.Fortunatelymostpeopleareabletowalkoutoaripcurrentwhenwateriskneedeeporshallower.Butwaistdeeporhigherwatercanpreventapersonromwalkingaway.IfyougetcaughtinaripcurrentRemaincalmtoconserveenergyandthinkclearly.Neverghtthecurrent.Thinkoitlikeatreadmillthatcannotbeturnedofowhichyouneedtosteptotheside.Swimoutothecurrentinadirec-tionollowingtheshoreline.Whenoutothecurrentswimatanangleawayromthecurrenttowardshore.Iyouareunabletoswimoutotheripcurrentoatorcalmlytreadwater.Whenoutothecurrentswimtowardsshore.Iyouarestillunabletoreachshoredrawattentiontoyourselbywavingyourarmandyellingorhelp. TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlanner19portaransasaroundportamustangislandGolfcartsthebigthinginPortAThepopularityogolcartsinPortAledtotheofciallegalizationothemoncitystreets.Butorthe50peryearreg-istrationeeyoucanownanddriveoneotheseunopenairlittlevehiclesal-thoughyouaremorelikelytorentoneromoneothemanygolcartbusinessesintown.Allroadrulesapplytotheopera-tionogolcartsinPortAincludingDWIandopencontainerlaws.Theymaybedrivenonthebeachandoncitystreetswithspeedlimitsunder35mphwhichprettymuchcoverstheentiretown.CartsmaynotbedrivenonSouthAlisterTX-361southoAvenueGanddriversmustpulltothesidewhensaetoallowastervehiclestopass.InallthecartsareagreatwaytoenjoyPortANaturalbeautyandstrongeconomymeanbusinessboominPortAPortAransashasbeensomethingoahiddengemorsportshermenandbeachgo-erssincethe1930swhenPresidentFranklinD.Rooseveltmadenationalnewsbysail-ingthepresidentialyachtheretoshortarpon.InthedecadessincebeachhomesandcondominiumshavebeenconstructedandoccupiedinthetownaswellasalongMustangIslands20-milebeachront.TodayPortAisyear-roundhometoabout4000residentsplushundredsoolkswhocalltheislandhomeseveralmonthsoutotheyear.PortAandMustangIslandspopulationsoarstotensothousandsduringthespringandsummerseasons.PortAhasseensomethingoaboomincommercialgrowthinparticularinthelastyearwithnumerousnewbusinessesopeningtoservetheincreasedvolumeotouristscomingromSanAntonioandAustin.SalesoexistinghomeshasbumpedupashasnewresidentialcontructiongoodsignsforPortAPortApubsandtavernswillbehoppinduringSpringBreakItsbeensaidbeorebylocalsandregu-lartouriststhatPortAransasisadrink-ingtownwithashinghabit.SpringBreaklikesomanyreveredweeksotheyearisreasontocelebrateinPortAandthetownswateringholeswillbeullyimmersedintheestivities.Sharkeys2600StateHwy361PortACoastClub1007StateHwy361BerniesBeachHouse730TroutSt.BackPorchBar132W.CotterThegaf323BeachSt. 20TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlannerVIPsFlockingtoPortAransasFlyFishandGolfinhighstyleinoneconvenientlocationMustanBeachAirportwasconstructeddecadesagoonwhatwasthentheoutskirtsoPortAransasbutwhichnowisatthecenteroactivityandhigh-enddevelop-ment.Thegeneralaviationacilityeaturesa3500light-edrunwayandnumerousrecentimprovementsinclud-inganewservicepavilion.Runway1230phone361749-7008or361749-4111IdentiferKRASFrequency122.9.IslandMoorinsMarinaisconsideredthemostpres-tigiousullservicemarinaontheSouthTexasgulcoastwithprotectedfoatingdocksnewlyconstructedjettiestotheICWandjustminutesoshoreplusamenitieslikeaswimmingpoolsundeckandclubhousealongwithLaBaratariaoneothenestrestaurantsinPortAran-sas.NewportDunesArnoldPalmerSinaturegolCourseislocatedjustacrossthehighwayromIslandMooringsandeaturesanauthenticlinkscoursedesignpositionedalongthebeautiulgulshoreline.Withinminutesotheairportgolcourseandmarinaarenumeroushigh-endresidentialdevelopmentsinclud-ingtheMoorinsatMustanIslandwaterronttown-homesCinnamonShoreluxuryoceanrontvillagenowhometothepopularPortAbistroLisabellasandsoontocomeLaPalmillaluxurycondominiumsnearbyIs-landMoorinsMarina. TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlanner21The14thAnnualThreeRiversSalsaFestivaliswhatasmalltownairisallaboutgreatoodentertainmentandamilyunorallThisyearseventtakesplaceonSat-urdayApril6thintheThreeRiverstownsquareandwilleaturethehighlyanticipatedsalsamakingcompetitioninwhichbothproessionalandamateurcheswillcom-peteorthetitleSalsaKingorQueenanda1000frstplaceprizeThisyearsestivalisospecialsignifcanceasthetownoThreeRiverscelebratesitsCentennialwithaline-upoeventsscheduledthroughouttheyear.TheSalsaFestivalwillhostaspecialceremonyinwhichaCentennialoaktreewillbeplantedinthetownsquare.MusicalentertainmentisalwaystopnotchandincludesCountryandTejanoactsromthroughoutSouthTexas.TheSalsaFestivalwillalsohostaclassiccarshowaswellasvendorboothschildrensslidesandotheram-ilyactivitiesandocourselotsandlotsogreatood.Admissionisree.ThreeRiversislocatedroughlyhalwaybetweenSanAntonioandCorpusChristiwhereIH-37andU.S.Hwy281meetandjustaewmileseastoChokeCan-yonReservoirStatePark.infoonlineThreeRiversChamberofCommercewww.threeriverstx.orgThreeRivershostspopularspringfesval 22TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlannernorthbayWelcometoSaltwaterHeavenAransasPassissituatedatthecenterogreatshingsailingkayakingandjustabouteverykindopopularsaltwateractivityintheCoastalBend.Tra-ditionallyanduntilrecentlythecityhadremainedashrimpingandshingcommunitythatwasyettobewidelydiscoveredoritsaordablecoastalliestylelowcrimerateandbustlingandgrowingbusinesscommunity.AransasPassoccupiesapivi-tollocationorrecreationalboatersandisher-mendirectlyonRedshBayjustsouthoAransasBayandadirectshotviatwoavailablechannelstotheGuloMexico.Thesuccessuldevelopmentothehigh-endBaHarbrandPlicanCwaterrontsubdivisionsprovedtoanyremainingdoubtersthatAransasPasscouldinactattractandkeepanauentaudienceosaltwaterenthusiasts.Nowthatclosebymaritimeandindustrialacilitesareexpandingnewamiliesaredis-coveringthecityseasygoingwayolie.CnnBrwnHarbristhecenteromarineactiv-ityinAransasPassandwasoncethehomeporttothelargestshrimpingeetintheUSItswelldevelopedandmaintainedinrastructurealongwithitslocationhasmadetheharboranattractivedevelopmentsiteorrecreationalboatingacilities.AspartotheredevelopmentoConnBrownHarbornewboatlaunchesarecur-rentlyintheworksbutcityplannersandbusi-nessownersarethinkingmuchmuchbiggerandintermsobecomingagenuinestatewidedestination.LoCATeDINTHeCeNTeRoFTHeTexASCoASTALBeNDSFISHINgANDBoATINgACTIvITyARANSASPASSoFFeRSANAFFoRDABLeCoASTALLIFeSTyLeANDACoMMUNITyoFFRIeNDLyeASy-goINgNeIgHBoRS.FeSTIvALSevenTSSpringtmeisfestvaltmeinInglesideInglesidesRound-UpDaysFestivalFri.April5Sat.April6isoneotheCoastalBendsmostpopulartownairswithgreatoodmusicandtonsoamilyuneveryyear.ThecarnivalopensFridayat6p.m.andtheRound-UpDaysParadestartsat10a.m.Saturdaymorningandmarkstheofcialstartoadayoentertainmentandeventswhichincludeahotwingeatingcontestbeautypageantandbarbequecook-o.LastyearsentertainmentincludedLricalBnJasnSuthrnandJhnCrtzwithheadliningperorm-ersgarHbbsandAlbrtZamrabothrisingTejanostars.ThisyearslineupwillbejustasgoodAdmissionisonenon-perishableooditemtobedonatedthelocaloodbank.InglesidesAnnualCarMotorcycleShowtakesplaceonSat.April27andwilleatureawiderangeoclassictomodernvehiclesincompetitioncatego-riesthatincludeTrucksFastFuriousMotorcyclesMustangsCorvettesClassicsAntiquesandContem-porary.infoonlineArasasPassChambrofCommrcwww.aransaspass.r130W.Goodnight361758-2750 TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlanner23infoonlineInglesideChamberofCommercewww.inglesidetxchamber.rgcoastalcommunitiesInglesidesspecialplaceonthecoastInglesideTexaswithayear-roundpopulationofjustover9000restsinauniquepositionnearthegeographiccenteroftheCoastalBendbutisabedroomcommunityoftheCorpusChristimetropolitanareajust30min-utesfromdowntown.InglesidesetsonthenorthernsideofCrpusChristiBayalongtheshipchannelthatrunsfromPortAransastothePrtCr-pusChristi.ThisproximitytothechannelisessentialtomajorlocalemployerslikeKiewitofshreServic-esbuildersoftheworldslargestdeepwaterdrillingplatformsandindustrialplantsoperatedbyoxyChemandSherwinAlumina.Until2010NavalStatinInglesidewashome-porttoaU.S.Navyminesweepertrainingbasewhichwasinoperationforjust15yearsbeforebeingclosedbythefederalBaseRealignmentandClosureBRACCommission.Thestate-of-the-artdockingfacilitywasrecentlypurchasedbyOxyChemfor82million.Apartfromcommercialandindustrialdevelop-mentitsnaturalbeautyandimmediateproximitytocoastalbaysandtheGulfofMexicothataremakingInglesideanincreasinglypopularretirementdestina-tion.InfactInglesidewasranked4inTmCrleysnewlypublishedbookTop100CheapestPlacestoRetireintheU.S.in2012whichsitesthecommunitysproximitytocoastlinesmedicalfacilitieslowtaxratesandlowhousingcosts.AboveallwhatvisitorstakeawayfromtheirtimeinInglesideisthewonderfulexperienceoffeelingwel-comedandathomeinthismostfriendlyTexasCoastalBendcommunity. 24TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlannercoastalfoodLandrysSeafoodThisfoatingbargerestaurantoerstheupscalechainsdiversemenuoseaoodandsteaksinaperectsettingmooredtothePeoplesStreetT-HeadintheCorpusChristiMarina.Therestaurantseleganttwo-leveldiningroomandnauticalthemedbareaturewrap-aroundwindowsthatprovideawonderulviewothebayandcityskylineromeveryseatinthehouse.Landryslargeoutdoordeckandbarprovidealessormalsettingandtheperectvenueorpartiesandothergroupevents.Enjoyeverythingromcrawshandshrimptosalmonandmahimahiallpreparedtoyourliking.600NShorelineBlvd.PeoplesStreetT-Head361882-6666www.landrysseafood.comFajitavilleThisbrightandcolorulthree-storydiningandentertainmentcomplexonCorpusChristiBeachisthenewestandgrandestadditiontotheCoastalBenddiningsceneandatestamenttowhatcanbedonebythosedeterminedtoulllavision.Fajitavilleasonewouldinerisallaboutthosealready-legendaryajitasespeciallytheAkaushibeeajitasthatcomeromacovetedherdoJapanesecattlethatareraisedonaranchnearHarwoodTexasjusteastoLuling.OnegoodlookatFajitavillesunbelievablemenuhowev-ercouldmakeyoudarestrayromtheajitasonyourrstvisitorbetteryetwillhavingyouplanyournextvisitveryverysoonliketomorrow.Savoryo-eringsrangeromcevicheandshtacostogrilledAhitunaandlobsterandPortabellaen-chiladastoa12oz.ribeyeandCaribbeanjerkchicken.WeaultnogleeulvisitortotheCoastalBendorputtingFajitavilleoncetwiceorthriceonyourva-cationagenda221S.HotelPlaceNorthBeach361888-5554www.fajitaville.comJoesLighthouseAeaturedrestaurantintheJoesCrabshackchainJoesLight-houseontheLawrenceStreetT-HeadisaCorpusChristiiconthatoersindoorandbalconydiningwiththeverybestviewsintownbarnone.DinersgazeatsailboatsmakingtheirwayinandoutothemarinaolksenjoyingtheseawallandparksonShorelineBlvd.aswellasthedowntownsitesliketheilluminatedHarborBridge.Joespopularmenuoreshcrabwholelobstershrimpandcoldbeergivesgreattastetoagreatview.444N.ShorelineBlvd.LawrenceSt.T-Head361904-0227www.joescrabshack.comdtownccTheStopherBurgeratPortAransasBrewingCompanyasgoodasitlooksTypicalmealwbeverageunder1010-2020-3030JoesLighthouse 26TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlannercoastalfoodHarrisonsLandingThecasualatmospherethatcomeswithlieonthewateriswhatyoullndatHarrisonsLandingwhichisactuallyayachtingcenterandma-rinaboutiqueandbarandrestau-rantallinoneEnjoycoldgulshrimpandarostymargaritawhiletakinginthebreathtakingsunsetoverCorpusChristismarinaandBayrontallwhiletoe-tappingtothesoundsoapopularlocalbeachband.HarrisonsoersadelicacyorjustaboutanytasteshtacoswithavocadoandcilantrotoppedwithaspecialMexicansaucemakesoraperectlunchcolossalshrimpservedgrilledorriedinavarietyospecialbattersorenjoyaperectlygrilledreshshlet.YoumightloveHarrisonsLandingsomuchthatyoullndyourselbackthenexteveningorayachtrideorsunsetcruise.108PeoplesStreetT-Head361881-8503www.harrisonslanding.netPadreIslandBurgerCompanyCheJasonJohnsontookthecompletetourothehigh-endhospitalityindustrybeoreulllinghisambitiontobringgourmetcookingtohishometown.JohnsonsburgercreationstakeingredientsonceunconsideredonaburgerandsynchronizestheminculinaryharmonytheRockeelleristoppedwithspinachartichokebaconandparmesancheesetheCorpusColdFrontcombinescreamcheeseroastedredpepperstomatoandcucumberandthiseditorsavoritetheMr.BeckhambringstogetherbaconwildmushroomscaramelizedonionsavocadoandAmericancheese.14414StateHwy361ParkRd.22SPID361949-3490www.padreislandburgercompany.comDragonfyCuracaoBluesThisFrench-ownedandoperatedislandbistroishometothemostinternationalmenuintheCoastalBendwithullyauthenticdishesromEuropeandLatinAmerica.DragonfysWorldTourbyLandsideotheirmenuincludesFrench-styleletmignonintarragonsaucelambmeatloaandhealthyMediterraneanchickenplusawonderulItalianbeelasagna.TheWorldTourbySeasideoersdeliciousAmericancrabcakesaFrench-inspiredcrustedshandgrilledshrimpplateseaood-stuedcannelloniromItalyshtacosromHawaiiandasavorygrilledshrimpskewerwithcoconutsambalsaucealaMalaysia.CuracaoBluesnextdooristheislandsrsttapasbarwhichoersalaid-backplacetorelaxandenjoySpanish-styledelicaciesandwonderulwinesandcocktailsliketheirsignatureblackberrymojitohomemadewatermelonmartinisandisland-avoritesangria.14701SPID361949-2224www.dragonfycuracao.comBlackSheepBistroTheadditionoBlackSheepBistrototheNorthPadrediningscenehaspleasedlocalsandvacationersalikewithadiversemenuoverywell-preparedlargelyItalian-infuencedculinarycreations.Theshortbutsweetappetizermenuincludescrabnachossautedmusselsgrilledjumboshrimpandjumbolumpcrabcakes.Thebistroexcelswithbeeoeringsowhichincludea14oz.bone-inribeyea12oz.peppercornNewYorkstripatender8oz.lettoppedwithcaramelizedonionsandGorgonzolabutterandevenanultra-primeAkaushibeeburgertoppedwithmozzarella.HighoctanecreativityshowsthroughatBlackSheepBistrowithitsgrilledmahimahipairedwithablood-orangeburblancsauceJamaicanstylejerkshrimpplusavarietyouniquepastaselections.Werecommendaddingsautedlumpcrabdemiglacemushroomsauceoroneoavarietyosideitemstoyourentree.15201SPID361949-4819www.blacksheepbistro.comFishTacosatHarrisonsLandingpadreisland 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TexasCoastalBend2013.01SpringVacationPlanner29NEWFOR2013gulfCoastMarin10121S.PadreIslandDr.inCorpusChristi361937-7800www.gcmboats.comForalmost60yearsGulCoastMarinehasbroughtSouthTexasboatingandshingenthusiaststhelatestmodelseaturingever-advancingperormancesaetyueleciencyandcomort.BoatsorthebaysatsandofshoretherereallhereatGulCoastMarina.2013evrlads243cc2013evrlads243ccTheFishermansFavoriteWithshingstandardslikea36-galloncirculatinglivewell75-gallonin-foorshbox8rodholdersandtwintacklelockersitsnosurprisethatEverglades243cchasbeenashermanavoritesinceitsintroduction.Anewoptional2ndstationexpandsyourshingoptionswithaslidingberglass3-positionsunroohelmseat.Thepatenteddesignincludestrimtabindicatorsspaceorelectronicsandastereoremotecontrolwith4minispeakers.2013SaHunt211UltraMulti-PurposeMulti-FunTheSeaHuntUltraSeriesoboatswascreatedorpeoplewhoenjoymultiplewateractivities.Fishingskiingpleasurecruisingyoucandoitallwiththisone.UltrasareequippedwithalltheshingeaturesoSeaHuntTritonserieslikelivewellsandrodracks.AddedstandardeaturesincludearearbenchseatwithcushionswraparoundbolstersbowcushionsandwaterprooJBLstereoswithIpodconnectors.CanoneboatdoitallWiththeUltraSeriesitcan.2013SaHunt211Ultra 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