What is the Best Beach in Texas?
It’s that time of year when the leaves are gone, the days are short and the weather is cold. Soon the holiday season will be behind us, and, after that, there’s nothing to do but stay warm, look out the window and wait for spring.
Oops. Did I say there’s nothing to do? There is actually: Find a beach that’s warm even in winter, and get just a little taste of summer in the middle of winter.
I live in Texas, which means I’m not too far from some dandy beaches. No, they’re not quite as nice as what’ll you’ll find in Florida or California. But they do the trick.
What is the best beach in Texas? That’s hard to say given how many options you enjoy. If you’re in the market for a winter beach getaway, here’s a look at several beaches to choose from when you’re looking for the best in Texas.
1. South Padre Island
What is the best beach in Texas? For my money, you can’t beat South Padre Island. A barrier island just north of the where the United States becomes Mexico, South Padre Island is a thriving and bustling beach town that is absolutely hopping during spring break. You’ll find plenty of resorts and lodging, decent seafood and a lengthy beach with plenty of space to stretch.
If you visit South Padre, you can even make the short drive to Mexico and walk across the border for some legit Mexican food. Matamoros is the city just across the border from nearby Brownsville, which is one of your airport options if you’re flying to South Padre.
2. Port Aransas
Port Aransas is just up the coast from South Padre. You can fly into Corpus Christi, or make the short drive from Austin or San Antonio. The beach is good, though I would put it just a peg lower than South Padre. What I like best about Port Aransas is the location. It’s far more accessible for most Texans, whereas South Padre Island feels a little secluded at the bottom of the state.
If you’re looking for something just off the beaten path, find a beach rental in Surfside, TX. If you drive south from Houston to Angleton, Lake Jackson and Freeport, you pass by enormous oil refineries. But, just as those refineries come to an end, you encounter a enormous causeway that pitches you out onto the coast. At the end of that causeway is Surfside.
Surfside isn’t a bustling beach destination like South Padre or Port Aransas, but it’s quiet and enjoyable. Spend your days on the beach, and find time to go shipping in the bay or out in the Gulf of Mexico. There’s not much to do or see away from the beach in Surfside — there’s hardly a restaurant worth visiting. But this is the perfect place to find a house for rent, do your grocery shopping beforehand, and spend a few days listening to the ways and enjoying the seclusion.
Galveston is more than a beach town — it’s a legitimate city. This is where cruise ships come and go from Texas, and there’s even an area called the Strand that offers a little bit of nightlife. Go at Mardi Gras, and, oh, you’ll see the Strand come to life, alright.
The beaches in Galveston aren’t as good as those in South Padre, Port Aransas or Surfside. But, when you take into account the access to restaurants, nightlife and other things to do, visiting Galveston offers a much more well-rounded experience than what you’ll get elsewhere. Also, Galveston is just a short drive from Houston, which makes it perhaps the easiest beach destination to get to.
Final Thoughts on the Best Beaches in Texas
A beach getaway is often what you make of it. So go prepared, and be sure to make the most of your time at a Texas beach. Take a book to read, bring alone the makings for s’mores, fly a kits, surf if you want to. There’s so much to do and love about life on a Texas beach, even in December, January and February.
Also, note that there are good spots and bad spots on almost every beach. Make sure to do your research beforehand and find lodging that’s on the best part of the beach you’re going to. I’m sure you’ll be able to find a steal of a deal during the “down” season.
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