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Gulf Coast vacations

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Shooting Sailor, Dec 14, 2009.

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  1. Shooting Sailor

    Shooting Sailor Well-Known Member

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    I am retiring on January 7, after over 31 years with the company I work for, and am thinking of a vacation with my wife somewhere warm with a beach and salt water nearby. Never having been to the Gulf Coast, I was wondering if anyone on here could give me some tips on where to go and what there is in the area for recreation, besides shooting trap. We are a pretty laid back couple, we don't enjoy big crowds or big cities, but we do enjoy sunshine and nice people. Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. Bisi

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    Congrats, on retiring, some day I hope to join you.

    The Gulf coast is a big area. It runs from Brownsville, Tx all the way to Key West, Fl. Since you are retired why not just drive it all and find what you like. In January the weather will be cool in the northern areas. If you are looking for warmth that time of year it will either be in South Texas, or South Florida.

    Biloxi, Mississippi has the casinos, New Orleans will have the Mardi Gras, sometime in Feb. Pensacola has the Naval Avition Museum which is a must see. Panama City, Clearwater, Silver Dollar. Mobile AL, has the USS Alabama on display. Galveston, Corpus, NASA are things to see in Texas. Just a lot of stuff, take your time and just drive till you find something you like and then stop.
     
  3. Mapper

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    Fishing is good down there, both fresh and salt water. The food is to die for, if you like seafood. In the fall, there's good hunting, if you can get hooked up with a local. Lots to see historically.
     
  4. geeber

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    Come to the Clearwater, Florida area in January. There is Clearwater Beach, lots of saltwater fishing, Busch Gardens is close, and your wife will like shopping at Tarpon Springs, also a great place to eat seafood. Check it out online. Also if you are here January 11-17 you can shoot the Dixie Grand at the Silver Dollar,or the Southern Grand in March, right in the same area!!
    Best regards,
    Gary B
     
  5. shadow

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    IMHO the very best place on the Gulf Coast is Cedar Key ! A taste of the REAL old Florida, no crowds of people,great food,downhome atmosphere, friendly!!!!!, and not too expensive.
     
  6. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

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    "somewhere warm "

    I'd recommend some place south of Tampa/St.Pete in January. Naples/Sarasota area.
     
  7. Damifino

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    I live in Tarpon Springs. We love this little town. The fishing is as good as it gets - Inshore for Seatrout, Redfish and Snook. Offshore for Grouper, Snapper and Amberjack.<br>
    If you like freswater fishing - Lake Tarpon produced the world record bass years ago. There are some huge Florida bass in there.
    The premier trap facility in the South (perhaps the country) Silver Dollar is 10 minutes away.

    Be a tourist and visit the Sponge Docks, the shops and restaurants there. Drive 10 miles south to Clearwater Beach or better yet go 30 miles to Ft Desoto Park. The best beach you'll find anywhere. OR take the launch (about $10) to Caladesi Island or Anclote Island for a day on an uninhabited island beach.


    If you like - The Seminole Hard Rock Casino is @ the intersection of I-4 and I-75.

     
  8. Shooting Sailor

    Shooting Sailor Well-Known Member

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    I should, perhaps, have been more specific in my original post. We are looking at the Texas Gulf Coast as neither of us have been there before. Golf and shopping are two things high up on our list of things we really dislike, but museums, wildlife, fishing, bird and people watching, music of any sort but rap are all right up there on our "things we enjoy" list. This is to be a time to reconnect after working and raising kids for years, a time for us to enjoy each others company and not worry about schedules or other peoples demands. Lying in the sun, swimming, reading, some refreshing beverages, and quality time together is what we want. If you have suggestions about anywhere good for these activities, please reply on here or by email. Thanks.

    Steve
     
  9. 4th. down

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    From Rockport to Brownsville, Texas.
     
  10. BIGDON

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    Holiday Inn Express.

    Don
     
  11. Mike Hessong* (MH*)

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    Shooting Sailor,

    I live in Victoria, Texas and we have a nice little private clay target range and are about 30 miles from the Gulf Coast about half way between Houston and Corpus Christi. The Rockport, Port Aransas, Port O'Connor area would all be nice places to just "kick back" and enjoy doing nothing. Port A has some small clubs and local music, and Corpus has more and the Corpus Christi Pistol and Rifle Club (Corpus Christi Gun Club) with 5 skeet and trap fields, 5-stand and the rifle and pistol part as well as their name states. Our club is strictly shotgun (2 separate skeet, 2 trap and 1 country doubles field). We are in the process of building a 5-stand range. If you are in this area, contact me and maybe we can meet at the club to shoot a few rounds. Our club is private, but we are open to the guest and the public "when members are present", but during this time of the year and with the weather we have been having, you just never know when someone might be out there shooting. We are a true "volunteer" run club, so we do NOT have a gun club manager on duty for basic off-the-street traffic. Our members are just given an orientation and they can shoot whenever they want to, 365 days a year, at any time they want to. NO near neighbors but the Victoria Regional Airport, and they don't complain about late night shooting !!!

    Farther north on the coast is Palacios, Matagorda and up toward Freeport and Surfside. If you decide to go to that area, then you must visit Charlie Long's "Metro Gun Club" just outside of Angleton, Texas. Stictly a trap club, but a great place to shoot (with good meals) and some of the nicest people you will find, and some damn good shots as well. They shoot registered trap targets every Sunday. If you need some contact numbers, let me know. Good luck and hope you enjoy your trip to South Texas.

    Mike Hessong* (MH*)

    President- Victoria Skeet and Trap Club

    P.S.: If you end up in the northern part of the Texas Gulf Coast and shoot other shotgun games, like sporting clays or Helice, you will find quite a few ranges in the Houston, Katy, Simonton area that have sporting clays as their main attraction.
     
  12. gdbabin

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    I haven't been there for years, but Padre Island just south of Corpus used to be beautiful.


    Guy B.
     
  13. k810329

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    i worked the gulf coast after katrina and fell in love with the areas between mobile,ala. and panama city,fla. i especially liked the destin area.its a must see in my opinion.
     
  14. hoosier

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  15. gdbabin

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    No exploration of the Gulf Coast is complete until you can say you've been to the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package. Their webpage: http://www.florabama.com/



    On the beach at the Florida Alabammy line it is an institution with a long history, great food, widely varied music and a very diverse customer base. It's also home of the annual mullet-toss competition, of which Kenny Stabler has been known to attend and participate.



    Guy Babin
     
  16. Mike Hessong* (MH*)

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    Just wanted to let TS.com readers know that I got a chance yesterday to "put a face with a name" of a TS.com poster. Shooting Sailor DID make his trip down to South Texas for a little vacation, and they visited the Corpus Christi/Rockport/Port Aransas area, and then drove up for a visit to Victoria. He called me at the house Saturday and we made arrangements to meet out at our club on Sunday afternoon and shoot a little trap. He was traveling without his gun, so I brought out a "spare" gun of mine (we happened to be within a couple of inches in height of each other, so my long LOP guns were perfect for him) and we shot a couple of rounds of singles, a handicap round and finished up with a round of wobble trap. It was nice to meet a fellow Victorian (except he was from Victoria B.C.). He seem to have had a good time trying out some "Texas" targets and I hope he enjoyed his visit to our club.

    Mike Hessong* (MH*) (Victoria, Texas)

    President- Victoria Skeet and Trap Club
     
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