Does this look like a Trash Yard to you. Best I can figure out is you're talking about seaweed on your fishing line.
We enjoyed our stay there, met other snowbirds both passing thru and staying the whole winter. I wouldn't spend the whole winter there myself, but I sure can see how others would. As they say it takes all types to make a world.
Galveston is a nice place to visit,. Spending two months there is a nightmare. Galveston is a friendly place TO MONEY, not to the tourist. But thats just my experience. Others have better luck I suppose, but since it is not a hot spot for snowbirds, maybe...maybe.
We are in Galveston this weekend. Being from Houston, we came to Galveston occasionally. One thing I have never understood about Galveston: Why so much garbage on the beach? It is true there is a lot of sea weed, but there is a lot of trash/garbage itself. Bottles, plastic jugs, cans, diapers! Yesterday, I saw something I don't even want to mention because my wife will get mad at me for bringing it up on this forum. If I were Mayor of Galveston, one of the first things I would do is do whatever it takes to CLEAN UP THE BEACHES. Afterall, it is one of Galveston's main attractions. I realize there is nothing that can be done to make the water crystal clear or Florida like quality, but the beaches need cleaning up BIG TIME. ESPECIALLY WEST BEACH.
Nancy I notice that you state that you like "fishing, hiking, nature,reading, etc.", and if that's the case I doubt that you'll like the RGV. There is no fishing to speak of in the Valley unless you include the Rio Grande River itself......and I wouldn't handle anything that came out of that river, much less eat it. The only other alternative is salt water fishing off South Padre Island. And, if you enjoy nature, you have a couple of small state parks within a days drive that you could visit, but that's about it. The RGV is one LOOOONG, narrow, big city, with lots of stores, malls, restaurants, and traffic, but little else. It's surrounded by farms and open land. We spent part of our first winter in Texas in the RGV, and left early to go elsewhere because we couldn't find the things that you're looking for down there. Plus, the RGV was dirty, lots of dead dogs and cats lying along the roads (I don't think they ever bother to pick them up), gang graffiti on the buildings and most flat surfaces, and very dusty. Other than reading, considering the things that you're looking to do, you might want to consider the Coastal Bend (Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Rockport, and on up to Port Lavaca and Galveston Island), or the Hill Country north and west of San Antonio. Very pretty country there with lots of rivers, lakes, and hills. If you decide to try the RGV, you might want to leave yourself an "out" by not committing to more than a month (or maybe even just a week), and having a back-up location to go to. I'm certain that the "flaming" from the RGV residents will start after my comments, but I'm a firm believer in giving people BOTH sides of the RGV story, not just the "Chamber of Commerce" version. I wish that someone had given me the "bad and the ugly" before I went down there, but all I got was the "good", and I was sorely disappointed.
Interesting comments about Galveston but nobody mentioned any specific campgrounds. Does anyone have recommendations? We would like to spend a few days there in early May.
We like Galveston Island a lot, and spend a few days there on our way down to the Coastal Bend and back each year. Our favorite spots to stay are either Jamaica Beach RV Park, or Galveston Island State Park....both rebuilt since the hurricane a couple years ago. Only water and electric at the state park, but full hook-ups at Jamaica Beach. The state park has two separate camping areas.....one right on the beach, and the other on the bay side of the island. Jamaica Beach is across the road from the beach.
Regarding the trash and seaweed on the beach, this is true, but it's because of the currents and wave action that push the debris to the Texas shore, not necessarily from Galveston litterbugs. The trash on the beach may have come from Florida, Louisiana, or anywhere else, but it just washes ashore in Texas.