Gulf Coast verses DR or Cuba in Jan.

Old Oct 17th, 2007, 02:19 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 245
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Gulf Coast verses DR or Cuba in Jan.

I have been to Porta Plata,Dominion Republic but I am wondering about Gulf Coast of Texas/South Padre for a January Beach vacation.Is it warm enough or should we stick with DR or Cuba etc.
Warren
warrsher is offline  
Old Oct 17th, 2007, 02:35 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,532
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Padre will be cool in January - probably in the 50s and 60s.
volcanogirl is offline  
Old Oct 17th, 2007, 03:40 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 12,009
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Maybe global warming will help you with this one, but normally it's too cold in January along the Gulf Coast for a beach vacation.

I'd stick to the Caribbean or Cuba.
bettyk is offline  
Old Oct 17th, 2007, 05:37 PM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 245
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I thought it may be too cool. Thanks,I guess we will stick to Cuba or DR
Warren
warrsher is offline  
Old Oct 17th, 2007, 07:34 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,532
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Good idea - Padre is better suited to the summer months.
volcanogirl is offline  
Old Nov 3rd, 2007, 06:20 PM
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 245
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi
I am back on about South Padre Island again. I really want to check out that area and the Gulf coast of Texas.I am thinking of moving the dates ahead and maybe fly into Houston late February and spend 10 days driving a rental car from there down to South Padre and back to Houston. Just touring and sight seeing would be fine with me. I don't have to have swimming on the agenda.It looks like the daytime temperatures could be in the 70's How does this sound to anyone who knows the area especially from the last week of Feb on?
Warren
warrsher is offline  
Old Nov 3rd, 2007, 08:26 PM
  #7  
P_M
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 23,604
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The last week of Feb might be OK but do not go there in March. There will be Spring Breakers galore and if you're over 25 you greatly outnumbered by loud, pary-hearty kids. I learned the hard way.

Houston is about 370 miles from S Padre and it's a long, boring drive. It would be best to fly into Harlingen.
P_M is offline  
Old Nov 4th, 2007, 08:36 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,532
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I would think it would still be pretty cool then, probably mid-50s to a high of 70. The weather is unpredictable that time of year though. We had a hard freeze in Houston during February last year. For me, I'd rather go later in the year, but if the weather is not a factor for you, then go for it.

I totally agree with P_M about skipping March. As someone that went to Padre in college, I don't think anyone but a college kid would want to be in that atmosphere. We went to Galveston in April, and it was still pretty chilly and windy, but we got kites and flew them along the beach, and still had a good time. Are you interested in Galveston too? The beach is not that pretty, but the Strand area is really nice - historic buildings with some good shopping, nice restaurants, and Moody Gardens is great. There's also a lot of old historic mansions you can tour like Bishop's Palace and Moody Mansion. Good hotels too.
volcanogirl is offline  
Old Nov 4th, 2007, 04:15 PM
  #9  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 245
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks for the info. Guess I will put Padre on the back burner again.
I am 60 so will retire in the next 2-5 years so maybe wait till then so I can go any month of the year. Thanks again.
Warren
warrsher is offline  
Old Nov 5th, 2007, 06:17 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 3,221
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Warren - my 2 cents: as said, the average low is 55 and high of 70 for Feb. But it can certainly vary. Air temp would probably be very nice, but water likely on the cool side. However, FWIW there's a reason thousands of "snow birders" from the Midwest spend winters in the Valley.

Would agree with P_M that you'd be better off flying into Harlingen or Brownsville. The drive is not spectactular from Houston and it is long. Although, it is prime season for the migratory birds at Aransas National Refuge (near Corpus Christi) if that's of any interest to you. You could fly into Corpus then drive from there.
dfr4848 is offline  
Old Nov 5th, 2007, 09:20 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,532
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Warren, it sounds like you really want to go; I would hate for you to wait years to take this trip - maybe you should just go for it!
volcanogirl is offline  
Old Nov 6th, 2007, 04:48 AM
  #12  
P_M
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 23,604
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
warrsher, I hope we haven't talked you out of coming. I really think you'll be OK in late Feb and the first week or so of March. Spring break in TX is usually the second or third week of March. As for the weather, what's cool to a Texan will be very pleasant for a Canadian. Please come down if you can.
P_M is offline  
Old Nov 6th, 2007, 09:46 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,532
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Yes, I thought you might push your trip back to later in the year to ensure some nice warm weather, but if you're going to put if off for years, then come on down. We Texans don't know what to do if it's not 90 degrees out. You would probably love it.
volcanogirl is offline  
Old Nov 16th, 2007, 02:54 PM
  #14  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 245
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
My oh my you are a hospitable bunch. I hadn't checked back in the last 2 weeks thinking I may wait but you have fired up my interest again. I will keep it in mind for late Feb. 90 is too hot for me anyway. I really do appreciate all the help on this site.I have travelled to Newfoundland,Canada & Arizona & Australia all using this site and have had wonderfull help so thanks again and keep up the good work.
Warren
warrsher is offline  
Old Nov 16th, 2007, 03:31 PM
  #15  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,532
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'm glad you're reconsidering - our weather is just a little wacky. Earlier this week, it was 89 degrees, and today it was 40 degrees. I think you'll be okay in late February - let us know how everything goes.
volcanogirl is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Loli
Caribbean Islands
4
Dec 14th, 2008 12:24 PM
tremendo27
Caribbean Islands
7
Nov 13th, 2007 02:46 PM
bondgirl78
United States
20
Jan 22nd, 2005 07:21 AM
bouzin2
Mexico & Central America
8
Aug 23rd, 2003 12:19 AM
Pason
Caribbean Islands
24
Dec 9th, 2002 01:19 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:14 PM.