Gulf Coast Region - Live there? How is it?

  1. Hello,

    Considering eventually moving to the Texas gulf coast area. Any of you live there? What do you think of it?
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   Camelhappy1
    What part of the Gulf? Are you thinking Corpus/ Galveston/ South Padre Island? I live WAY south -South Padre Island is half an hour away. I'll give you more details if this is the area you are thinking of....
  4. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Hi Camelhappy1,

    We were thinking of the Galveston area actually because I'll be pursuing my master's degree (hopefully). But we're not set on any one particular area.

    My husband is retired and our daughter is 10 y/o. So we're looking for an area that they can enjoy recreationally and one that has good schools for daughter but that I can find work in and continue my education.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    At least you'll have a reasonably short drive to the beach.
  6. by   Laura77598
    Hello Kelly,

    Lived in the Gulf Coast area all my life...
    Currently I live in Webster, Tx. That is near Clear Lake/Nasa area. My folks have a condominium in Galveston. They go there a lot, and it is nice living. Hurricane season is pretty stressful, but if you like the warm humid air, Galveston is Great. I go there regularly. Schools are good here too. I have two daughters: Sandra is almost nine, and Lisa is five. My kids go to the Clear Creek school district. It is a VERY good school district. The clear lake area is about 45 minutes from Galveston. I have heard good things about the Galveston school district also. Cost of living is cheap in the Houston/Clear Lake area, not too sure about the cost of housing in Galveston. I am sure you could rent a house, or an apartment or condo in Galveston if necessary. I would consider renting first, before you decide if Galveston is for you. The cars rust quickly out there due to the sea air, but it sure is nice temperature wise. Most people really like Galveston.
    You might visit the Galveston web pages too.

    Hope this helped,

    Laura
  7. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Quote from Camelhappy1
    What part of the Gulf? Are you thinking Corpus/ Galveston/ South Padre Island? I live WAY south -South Padre Island is half an hour away. I'll give you more details if this is the area you are thinking of....
    ahhh camelhappy, you just made me wish for summer to get here. I live west of Houston. For the past 2 yrs we have made the 6-7 hr trip to South Padre- I love it there! Ever been to the Wanna Wanna?
  8. by   Camelhappy1
    Kriso - I was at the Wanna Wanna yesterday (well, sunbathing right in front of it anyway...hehe). NO NO - wait - my FAVOURITE is Louise's Backyard. Now that is relaxing - sitting over dinner on the deck while watching the fish swim by/ and the sunset.

    However, for how nice it CAN be down here, the working conditions are what I would consider substandard. The money isn't even that great. The school system... hmmmmm, I have heard many horror stories from the nurses I work with. If your not the right race....... I was absolutely blown away of how segregated/ racist it can be down here. Wow. It can be quite harsh at the best of times. The majority of the people I work with are only here "temporarily" or from the Phillipines (where their hands are tied for a certain amount of time).

    Anyway, this really is a different world down here in "Northern Mexico"
    Last edit by Camelhappy1 on Jan 3, '06
  9. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Camelhappy1,

    I'm seeing that [race/cultural issue] becoming a bigger and bigger problem in Texas all over...
  10. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Quote from Laura77598
    Hello Kelly,

    Lived in the Gulf Coast area all my life...
    Currently I live in Webster, Tx. That is near Clear Lake/Nasa area. My folks have a condominium in Galveston. They go there a lot, and it is nice living. Hurricane season is pretty stressful, but if you like the warm humid air, Galveston is Great. I go there regularly. Schools are good here too. I have two daughters: Sandra is almost nine, and Lisa is five. My kids go to the Clear Creek school district. It is a VERY good school district. The clear lake area is about 45 minutes from Galveston. I have heard good things about the Galveston school district also. Cost of living is cheap in the Houston/Clear Lake area, not too sure about the cost of housing in Galveston. I am sure you could rent a house, or an apartment or condo in Galveston if necessary. I would consider renting first, before you decide if Galveston is for you. The cars rust quickly out there due to the sea air, but it sure is nice temperature wise. Most people really like Galveston.
    You might visit the Galveston web pages too.

    Hope this helped,

    Laura
    Hey Laura,

    Yeah, I know where Webster is... In fact, the company I work for used to own a branch down there and I had hoped I could transfer there but then they sold it out...

    So you really like it..??? I think I will check out some of the websites but I felt this was probably the best place to get a nurse's perspective,you know? I'm thinkin' one of the outlying towns like Webster would be the way to go and then maybe try to figure something out for a small place in Galveston.

    Thanks for the info.!
  11. by   gracer
    Hi, I'm also looking to possibly relocate to Sth Texas and work as an RN, been a bit put off by some of the info on here. My partner wants to live on Sth Padre and as far as I know this means my options for work would be in Brownsville or Mc Allen, is this the "harshest" area?
  12. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Quote from Camelhappy1
    Kriso - I was at the Wanna Wanna yesterday (well, sunbathing right in front of it anyway...hehe). NO NO - wait - my FAVOURITE is Louise's Backyard. Now that is relaxing - sitting over dinner on the deck while watching the fish swim by/ and the sunset.

    However, for how nice it CAN be down here, the working conditions are what I would consider substandard. The money isn't even that great. The school system... hmmmmm, I have heard many horror stories from the nurses I work with. If your not the right race....... I was absolutely blown away of how segregated/ racist it can be down here. Wow. It can be quite harsh at the best of times. The majority of the people I work with are only here "temporarily" or from the Phillipines (where their hands are tied for a certain amount of time).

    Anyway, this really is a different world down here in "Northern Mexico"
    haven't been to Louise's backyard- not sure if we are going to make our annual trip this year. money is tight. seriously thinking of flying next time. 7 hrs in a vehicle it too long for me! I like to vacation there but not sure I would want to move. I have my eye on the Hill Country- New Braunfels area
  13. by   CrazyNurseIrene
    Im intersted in Brownsville. I have been offered a wonderful position with world heath. The position is for 13 weeks. What is the area really like is it a bad as everyone makes it to be. I am traveling alone and I am from Ontario Canada. I would appreciate any input here? I would be going early March. I just completed a one year contract in west Texas Midland Odessa area and I really would love to head back. I am just concerned that I am in a safe environment. Thanks....
  14. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    Camelhappy1,

    I'm seeing that [race/cultural issue] becoming a bigger and bigger problem in Texas all over...
    Hi there,

    I need a little help with this one. I am from Chicago and we have a variety of different cultures, (for me, race as a word has lost its meaning). So, I really do not catch the drift here. Is it racial tension between cultures, ?Mexican American, Euro American and Black African American? Or what exactly is it? Is it discrimination against job opportunities or more like such racial tension that if your neighbor is different then you and they cannot communicate as equals for fear of hatred or what?

    Growing up we had everyone in our house, between the friends and coworkers of my father, grandfather, mother and our neighbors I didn't experience racism until I was about 11 or 12, (maybe that is the norm for us, when we reach the age of logic and awareness or somethign).

    Okay, please help me out with more specifics. Vagueness is not going to help a Chicagoan when you mention race So much diversity here which I do welcome.

    Thanks!
    Gennaver

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