Gemory1, getting back to your post, another spot that you might be interested in is Magnolia Beach, near Port Lavaca. People boondock on the beach there, and it's a really pretty area.
Also, you might want to check out this website for more free camping locations.
By the way, regarding the relative differences in temps between North and South Padre Islands, here are a couple links:
Corpus Christi and North Padre
Port Isabel near South Padre
They're only about 80 miles apart, so temps are nearly identical.
Apparently, I am not making myself clear. I was simply following up the OP who asked about free camping or boondocking in Texas I have stayed at all the parks mentioned. What I am looking for is the free camping that some talk about on SPI (South Padre Island). There are about a dozen of us who would like to spend a weekend camping in a wide variety of rigs on SPI and not have to pay to park there. We can pay, but the ides of boondocking on the beach appeals to some of my buddies more than parking in a conventional campground. We have all done that plenty of times and places. Thanks for all the replies.
I missed the name change, and thought that I was answering the OP. If you want other info, you might want to start YOUR OWN thread dealing STRICTLY with boondocking on South Padre.
Nicest area is Mustang Island and Padre Island. Both allow boondocking right on the beach.
Is that North or South Padre Island. I am looking for a place on SPI for late October.
I'm referring to North Padre Island. You can get to it by bridge from Corpus Christi, or by driving down Mustang Island from Port Aransas. North Padre is separated from South Padre by a channel, but no bridge, so you have to go all the way around to near Brownsville to access South Padre. Also, last time we were on South Padre we found very few areas to camp on the beach, whereas North Padre and Mustang Island provided almost unlimited access. Also, I don't agree with the statement that North Padre is colder and windier than South Padre. You're talking about a few miles, so the weather isn't any different.
I would try Pioneer RV Park on Mustang Island, just south of Port Aransas or Mustang Island State Park, just south of Pioneer. It's a short walk to the beach and surf fishing. Just a tip: the salt water fishing license will cost you about $65.00, but if you do your surf fishing within the boundaries of the State Park, you don't need a license. You will, however, need a state park pass for about the same amount, but if you use the Texas State Park campgrounds, you may find that a more economical way to go.
Thanks for the info folks. I was under the impression that SDC was an actual town......in fact, when I plugged it into my Streets and Trips, that's how it looked on the map. Sounds like a worthwhile place to see in December though.
By the way, has anyone stayed at Branson Shenanigans RV Park?
Well, I just checked the satellite view, and it looks like Shenanigans is much more "in town" than the recommendations here. Thanks for the suggestions. I HATE driving in traffic when I can avoid it.
We've never been to either town, but wanted to see the Christmas displays on our way south, so we figured that this would be the year to do it. Any input regarding staying closer to Silver Dollar City or Branson? We prefer quiet and less congested, but if that's not possible then we'll just cope. Also, does Silver Dollar City dress up for Christmas to the extent that Branson does? We're not big into shows, but more into sightseeing. Thanks for any advice.
One of the stores that I shop at has a LOT of Canadian customers, and I've heard the cashier say that they would accept the card as long as it had either a Master Card or Visa logo on it. Those that are strictly backed by a Canadian bank alone, without the endorsement, were not accepted.
We've done the same thing for years. It beats dragging the rig all the way home, just to turn around and drag it back again.
I would recommend that you find an RV park that offers storage in the general area that you want to leave it. Also, plan on winterizing it since even South Carolina is subject to some pretty cold weather at times.
We stayed at Fountainbleau a few months ago, and you DEFINITELY want the new section. We got stuck in the old one, and had a hard time maneuvering into the site.....even with a small Class C. The utilities are also on the wrong side at some sites. When we drove through the park and saw the new section, we were REALLY disappointed with where we were at.......especially since there were so many open sites in the new section. If we had been staying any longer than two days, we would have tried to move.
As to food, I'm more familiar with the places near Breaux Bridge and Lafayette, but just look for anything with the word "Cajun" in it! You definitely want to try the crawfish boil, boudin, shrimp etouffee, and whatever type of gumbo they happen to be serving that day (sausage, chicken, seafood, whatever). For breakfast, try to find a place that serves fresh beignets (fried dough with powdered sugar) and couche couche (kinda like cornbread served as cereal with milk and sugar or molasses). I don't think that I EVER found any Cajun food that wasn't worth remembering!
While there, ask around for any neighborhood bars that have live Cajun music. It's worth standing in line for.
I'm with most of the others. We got one for our 35 footer and used it once. After taking it down, we stored it in the basement, and bought a free-standing one instead. Used that one for years, the attached one is still in the basement. Don't waste your money.
I'm not sure what your time schedule is, but every time I drive through Atlanta I try to do it on a Sunday morning. Only folks on their way to church on the roads at 7 AM it seems. We always camp outside Atlanta on Saturday, then head through Sunday morning.
As a senior member, I'm sure you know that these threads frequently go off-track on occasion.......especially when someone makes an outrageously negative comment.
However, to try and answer your questions, we traveled down Galveston Island to Surfside Beach every January for the last six years enroute to Corpus Christi. It was an absolute mess after the hurricane, but is coming along very nicely, and is pretty much rebuilt.
Regarding the weather, there is no "typical" weather. We've been through there when temps were in the 70's, and then again when they were in the 40's.......all at the same time of year. To be honest, it's a******shoot.
It is not FULL of Snowbirds (they're called Winter Texans down there) but there are some who winter on the Island. Most, however, seem to be enroute further south, and do a stop off on the Island for sightseeing purposes.
Although you probably won't have problems finding a site, I would make reservations for some of the more popular locations, such as Galveston Island State Park, Jamaica Beach RV Park, and those right in the town of Galveston. Even if you call just one or two days before, you should be able to find something to reserve, but they do tend to fill up later in the day as the travelers decide to stop for the night.
San Antonio will probably be a bit cooler since it doesn't get that warm Gulf breeze to moderate the temps. But again, it's not bad (we're talking light jacket weather here at worst). You'll probably run across crowds on the weekends, but if you do your sightseeing during the week, you shouldn't have any problem at all.
The late spring and early summer is the worst, but anytime it's warm you can run into those nasty, biting flies. Best time we found was mid September to mid October. It's cooler, there are very few flies or mosquitoes, and less people as well. Nice and peaceful.
Pioneer and Gulf Waters in Port Aransas....both nice, but Pioneer is a bit cheaper. Goose Island State Park has sites right on the beach. You can also dry camp on the beach all up and down both Mustang Island, and Padre Island, just south of Corpus Christi.
Further north is Magnolia Beach, where you can dry camp on the beach as well. Right across the road from Magnolia Beach is Ocean Side RV Park, which has full hookups, but no showers or public toilets, so you need to be self contained.
True, you can't fix stupid. Sometimes the only way people learn is the hard way. Nature, however, has a way of fixing stupid permanently. Personally, I prefer to learn from other peoples' mistakes, rather than making my own.
In looking at your starting location, it would seem to me that you could be somewhere near Fayettville, NC, your first night. January high averages are generally in the 50's, with average lows around 30. I would think that you could very safely de-winterize by your first night on the road.