Heading to Texas in May... thinking of adding trip to South Padre Island or Corpus Christi

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Anyone ever kited at SPI? I'm heading down for a wedding in the beginning of May and thinking of extending the trip for a few days on one side of the weekend or the other to get some warm water kiting in... anyone have any suggestions for places to stay, easiest access, whether it's a good time of year there for winds?

Anyone know anything about Corpus Christi... just realized its closer to my ultimate destination.

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Hi I have an eye on this

Hi
I have an eye on this http://www.spikiteroundup.com/
I'd like to hear from someone who's been.

Kev

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Hi there, I have been plenty

Hi there,

I have been plenty to SPI and I absolutly love this place. You traveling alone?

Get a rental, stop by wallmart on your way and get a cooler and a beach chair. A one way grill is a good option too...

You can sleep in you rental on the beach free of charge.

Motel 6 is dirt cheap and has fairly nice remodeled rooms. No Jacuzzi but you can sneak in the jacuzzi next door without issues.
http://www.motel6.com/reservations/motel_detail.aspx?num=1237

Don't forget to get your beach sticker for the kite spot from the local kite store. Support the locals.

Great seafood:
http://www.dirtyalspi.com/

best breakfast in town:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/teds-restaurant-south-padre-island
Get the steak tips

Overall the best bang for the buck kite spot by far.
Have fun

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Sleep in the rent-a-car.

Sleep in the rent-a-car. Classy.

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Thanks for the ideas... I was

Thanks for the ideas... I was checking out that kite demo and thinking of heading down there before the wedding to catch the first day but I'd have to head out Friday morning to meet up with the family. I'm heading down by myself... but will probably find a room. Props for the crashing in rental idea... old school right there

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Closer alternative - Corpus Christi

Just realized Corpus Christi is a few hours closer to my ultimate destination... anyone have an opinion on whether SPI is worth the extra few hour drive or can I find good riding in Corpus Christi. If one has more consistent winds, that'd be my destination.

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Corpus has good winds, no

Corpus has good winds, no need to go the extra distance.

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Rent a 4x4 and pay the small

Rent a 4x4 and pay the small fee at the local kite stores to the association launch. They do a really nice job maintaining access and give you a passcode and sticker for the car. There are some bad spots and we have been stuck before so a "small" 4x4 suv type would be preferred like a jeep liberty..

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it's worth it

it's worth it

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no 4x4 necessary on SPI

no 4x4 necessary on SPI

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May 2-4 South Padre

Likely going to be there for a couple days, let me know if anyone else planning to go...could share a room possibly (already booked a hotel)..

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