Texas Beaches You Should Visit

Looks like the warmer weather is here to stay and Spring Break has extended for another week. Nothing like the beach to get your mind off everyday stress and everything going on today. From Galveston to Port Lavaca, every beach in the lone star state has a little something unique about it. Here are 8 Texas beaches you should visit.

1. Padre Island National Seashore

If you grew up in Texas, Padre Island National Seashore is a favorite place to visit. They have a neat little visitor’s center with a small museum and it is home to a sea turtle rescue. There is also an area to camp and nice shower and restroom facilities. The national park is located just outside of Corpus Christi (not South Padre Island.) Padre Island National Seashore is subdivided into several beaches; Malaquite Beach, that is located at the park's Visitor Center and the Malaquite Campground, Little Shell Beach ("Little Shell") that gets its name from the variety of little seashells such as common arks, coquina, and cockles, and Big Shell Beach ("Big Shell") that gets its name from common arcs, coquina, cockles, and quahogs, that are bigger than the ones at Little Shell.

2. Mustang Island

 Mustang Island is located in Port Aransas, its more than five miles of Texas beach for hanging out on, fishing on the jetties, and collecting seashells. The state park was named for wild horses that roamed the island for hundreds of years. Mustang Island State Park is perfect for the RV camper and primitive camper with its 48 water and electric campsites or 50 drive-up primitive sites. The park has water, cold-water rinse showers and portable toilets along two miles of the beach, full restrooms and showers with hot water located near the water-electric campground.

3. Jamaica Beach

Galveston, is a coastal town full of so much culture and history! If you have never visited, you must. Galveston Island beach is a popular spot to visit in the summertime. While exploring the island, we stumbled upon Jamaica Beach. Jamaica Beach is a city in Galveston County, Texas, on Galveston Island with a population of about 900ish. It’s away from the more crowded beached in Galveston. With its local restaurants and homes on the shoreline, if you want a quiet beach vacation, consider visiting Jamaica Beach.

4. Lighthouse Beach

Lighthouse Beach is in Port Lavaca, Texas at the intersection of Hwy 35 and Lavaca Bay. The beach is a good place to relax for those that need a little shade since it has covered cabanas available. The family friendly beach has picnic area, playground, and splash pad. Lighthouse Beach is home to the longest lighted fishing pier and longest wetlands boardwalk in Texas. What makes it a great place to relax are amenities like the overnight RV camping, restrooms, and outdoor showers. If you like to birdwatch, you’ll enjoy sitting in the shade of the covered observatory. This beach is perfect for those who love observing wildlife.

 

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5. Matagorda Beach

We found this gorgeous nature gem on one of our spontaneous road trips. Passing through Port Lavaca, Palacios and Bay City, we ended up right in the middle of the Gulf Coast, marshes, dunes, and the Colorado River catching a sunset. It was breathtaking. If you are a nature lover, we highly recommend visiting this beach. The scenic drive across the Intracoastal Waterway leads you right to the Matagorda Bay Nature Park. The 1,600 -acre Nature Park provides many amenities as you explore the beaches and marshes and many educational activities.

6. Surfside Beach

Driving along the Texas coastline from Galveston to Jamaica Beach, brought us to another beach we had never heard of, Surfside Beach. Surfside Beach is located a few miles west of Freeport, Texas. Considered to be the Cradle of Texas, this beach is known for its fishing. If you have a boat or not, there are plenty of fishing spots for everyone. This beach is in a very small town; it’s perfect for those that want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and prefer a low-key beach setting. With only a couple of local stores and gas stations in the area, be sure you go prepared with food, drinks, and plenty of sunscreen. If you are traveling with kids, be sure to visit Jetty Park. There is a play area for the kids right on the jetty where you can sit back and watch the waves as the kids play.

7. South Padre Island Beach

Considered to be the cleanest Texas beach. The beaches are clean and beautiful but because of how popular and commercialized this Texas beach destination has become, it can be a bit crowed, especially in the summertime. If you prefer a beach you can drive and park on, drive all the way out on 100 Park Road till you reach the big sand dunes. If you climbed them to the top, you can see a wilder area of the beach. You never know what treasures you may find when walking on that beach and if you are into horseback riding, this is the area that you can do it.


8. Rockport Beach

Rockport Beach is Texas’ first Blue Wave Beach and one of only four on the Texas Gulf Coast. A Blue Wave Beach 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 swimmable waters. The Clean Beaches Coalition (CBC) is a network of coastal organizations and individuals committed to promoting clean, healthy and well managed beaches around the world. The Rockport Beach waters (Little Bay, Saltwater Pavilion, North and South Rockport Beach) are tested twice a week for bacteria and the results are posted on the TexasBeachWatch.com website.  They are also available at the entry booth and office.  In the event of a high reading, there are signs in those locations to indicate the same. Dogs/pets are not allowed.

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