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Travel for families


We are coming from CA, OK, DC and TX (San Antonio) to reunite for a week this summer...7 adults, 5 kids.

Between Galveston and SPI--which is better beach & atmosphere? We are looking at several rental homes in both areas..my main concern is also getting there--with 2 kids under 2, which would be the closest to a major airport?


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1. Re: Travel for families

SPI, much better beach. Fly into Harlingen, rent a car (except for San Antonio people who can drive in about 4 hours). Southwest will get you there.

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2. Re: Travel for families

I agree that SPI is a better beach and atmosphere. However, flying into Harlingen is pricey. Galveston is the better option if you're worried about money, because you can fly into Houston.

So really, which is more important: overall cost or overall experience?

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SPI without a doubt. Galveston is great if you're in the Houston area already, but if you're making a special trip to go to the beach, keep going south! Southwest can get you to either place, but you'll still have to rent a car and drive, no matter which you choose.

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4. Re: Travel for families

SPI over Galveston all the way.

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Brownsville Airport is even closer. I think Continental is the only airline (not 100% sure). From what I've heard SPI is WAY better than Galveston.

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I have lived in Texas all my life. By far SPI is better & much prettier & cleaner than Galveston. Plus you can get a room right on the beach, not across the street from the beach.

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We have visited several beach areas I love SPI. Its where we wpuld rather be.

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