Summer is fast approaching, and we’re all looking to spend some time away from the office. Luckily, we found five Texas beaches filled with fun for everyone. Whether you’re looking to spend time with family, cut loose with your friends, or enjoy the peace and quiet, Texas has a beach for every occasion.
Located in the heart of the Corpus Christi Bay, Port Aransas is home to one of the nicest beaches in the state. The 6.3-mile long stretch allows RV parking for $40 and car parking for $12. You can also build a fire on the beach. During the last weekend of April, the city hosts Texas Sandfest, a 3-day sand sculpting competition with live music and vendors. This is a beach outing that’s perfect for the whole family.
Port Aransas Beach, Port Aransas, TX 78373
At the eastern tip of Galveston Island sits East Beach. One of the few beaches that allow alcohol, this beach is perfect for those looking for a lively beach experience. You can bring your pet, ATV, or play on one of several volleyball courts. Although admission can be pricey at $12 per person on weekends, there’s never a dull moment. This beach hosts amateur volleyball tournaments throughout the summer for anyone wanting to set, bump, or spike their way to a good time.
1923 Boddeker Drive, Galveston, TX 77550
Boca Chica is our beach for those seeking solitude. In Brownsville, Texas, the beach sits at the delta between the Rio Grande and the Gulf of Mexico. The stretch is part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, so you won’t find any high-rises in sight. The secluded, unaltered atmosphere allows visitors to appreciate the beauty surrounding them. Entrance is free, but make sure to plan ahead when visiting, since there are no restaurants near the beach. This means packing your own food and water for a day trip.
Boca Chica Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78521
Although recovering from Hurricane Harvey, Mustang Island offers a secluded atmosphere with great opportunities to spot some wildlife. The park hosts over 400 different bird species throughout the year. This includes the beautiful Aplomado Falcon. In the summer months, you might even spot a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle catching some rays in the sand. Admittance is $5 daily and is free for kids under the age of 12.
17047 State Highway 361, Port Aransas, TX 78373
Eisenhower State Park
Our only non-coastal beach on the list, Eisenhower sits at the edge of Lake Texacoma, an hour north of Dallas. The small alcove meets blue water and is surrounded by sharp cliffs of limestone. If you’re feeling active, the park offers four miles of hiking along the cliffs. Bring your reel because a fishing license is not required when you cast off from a state park shoreline. This is an excellent place for the kids to hang out, just make sure they don’t swim too far, or they’ll wind up in Oklahoma. Admittance is $5 per person and is free for kids under the age of 12. Campsites surrounding the area have varying daily rates starting at the low price of $15 per night.
50 Park Rd 20, Denison, TX 75020