Texas Beaches are scattered along 560 Km of shoreline in the Gulf of Mexico. Texas is not known for its great beaches but still one can enjoy beautiful summer days on its shores. Whether you want to bird watch, swim, kayak, and sunbath, build sandcastles, or go boating, these beaches are ideal to enjoy with friends and family and soak up the summer sun.
Galveston Island State Park
Galveston Area Beaches
This island offers great beaches some of the not so crowded. It features 66 camp sites part of Galveston Island State Park with reasonable fees for overnight.
Crystal Beach is the beach nearest to Houston Texas
This beach is located on the Bolivar Peninsula across the Galveston Bay and east of Houston. This is a popular beach for Houston residents, offering lots of fun and sun, for relaxation and recreation.
Here you may go fishing, shelling, crabbing and long, lazy days on the beach. During spring and fall it is also the perfect season for bird watching.
This is a family oriented beach with many vacation amenities and many restaurants and cafes all over.
Surfside Beach is the cleanest beach in the area of Houston
Located down the coast from Galveston near the city of Freeport, this is one of the cleanest beaches in the area of Houston. This is a beach you may drive in and parking is free.
It features long stretches of fine golden sand with shells, ideal for sun worshipers, sports fans and nature lovers alike. The Surfside Jetties, extending one mile into the Texas Gulf, offer the opportunity for fishing red fish, speckled trout or just about any game fish.
Stahlman Park is available for family reunions and private parties. All vehicles driving on Surfside Beach must purchase a $12 annual pass and display in their windshield. The pedestrian beach is free of charge.
Matagorda Bay Nature Park for a great Family Vacation
Matagorda Bay Nature Park
This beach is recommended for families who want some fun in the sun without all the hassle of big crowds. The beaches are amazing. Beyond the customary seashells, there are a variety of treasures to be found, from driftwood, to bottles, to sand dollars, to old Spanish coins.
There are 32 Km of beach accessible by vehicle with a $ 6 permit and a large pedestrian beach. The remaining 35 miles of beach are only accessible by boat.
Tent camping is also allowed on Matagorda Beach. For those wanting some adventure there is another 52 Km of beach accessible by boat.
Port Aransas Beach is relaxed and laid back
Corpus Christi Bay Area
This beach is more relaxed than those in Galveston or South Padre Island. There are 29 Km of shoreline with many facilities and recreations. You may spend the day strolling or plain sun tanning. If you like shelling nearby unspoiled coastline of San Jose Island is ideal for that.
There are plenty activities and water sports for the whole family, such as windsurfing, kite boarding, parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing, surfing and more.
Rockport Beach near Galveston is a Blue Wave Beach
This clean beach is ideal for families with small children because there are no big waves or strong undertows to worry about. This is Texas First Blue Wave Beach meaning that it is clean, managed responsibly and has a focus on the protection of human health and the environment.
Blue Wave Beaches are litter free, have handicap accessibility, public restroom facilities and waters fit for swimming. Among the facilities offered by this beach are: water ski loop, free boat launch, fishing piers, walking trail, picnic cabanas, windsurfing launch area and volleyball courts, children’s playground areas, birding opportunities, restrooms and showers.
Mustang Island on the Corpus Christi Bay area
Here you may pick between the Gulf Side or Corpus Christi Bay area for great beaches. Here the beach stretches for miles along the wide open Gulf of Mexico. With more than five miles of coastline, there is plenty room for all beach activities; fish in the bay, go bird watching or explore the unspoiled barrier island park. This area features all facilities like showers, restrooms near the campground.
North Padre Island is worth a visit
North Padre Island
This long island serves as a protection for the shorefronts of Corpus Christi, extending from Port Aransas all the way south to Padre Island National Seashore. The fine sand beaches are like a magnet for many visitors to the area of the Gulf coast.
This island is actually the longest undeveloped barrier island in the entire world, and it is not so crowded with tourists like its neighbor South Padre Island.
If you go to Malaquite Beach between June and August, you can see hundreds of baby sea turtles hatch as part of the hatchling program. However, if you just want to relax on the beach, head down to the southern part of the island, where you will find the most solitude.
To the south is the Seawall along Michael Ellis Beach, popular while Padre Balli Park with Bob Hall Pier is more family oriented.
Just north of downtown Corpus Christi, there are two popular beaches, North Beach and McGee Beach winners of the Best Restored Beach Award by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.
For more information visit Texas Tourism Website
We love South Padre Island where everyone has a great time
South Padre Island
This is by far the best beach area in the Gulf of Mexico. It is crowded with young tourists, enjoying the bar scene. However families do enjoy their vacation on the island, either by a day visit of by renting one of the condos or staying at one of the hotels.
It features some of the cleanest beaches on the Gulf and has been declared as Texas Best Beach due to the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waves that South Padre Island has to offer.
From mid to late March during “Spring Break” the island experiences an increase in prices because college students from all over book this island way in advance. But, who cares? We have another eleven and a half months left for families, couples, honeymooners.
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