Texas plays host to more than 350 miles of sandy beach coastline, from quiet inlets and bayous near Beaumont all the way to the Spring Break mecca of South Padre Island. When the time comes for Spring Break, here are some of Texas’ top Spring Break destinations, whether you’re looking for exciting recreation, a relaxed time with friends, or something in between:
Galveston: Just a stone’s throw away from the metropolis of Houston, Galveston can feel like a whole new world, tucked away on the coast and away from the gridlock and pollution of the city. Galveston is home to a number of major attractions that provide fun for the entire family. The pyramids of Moody Gardens showcase the incredible diversity of the rainforest and the ocean, while the miles of beaches offer a relaxing soak in the warm waters of the Gulf. Other major attractions include Pleasure Pier, complete with roller coasters and family rides, along with numerous historic sites that offer clues to Galveston’s history as a major Gulf port and financial center.
Port Aransas: For those looking for a quieter getaway, Port Aransas offers a stunning and peaceful contrast to South Padre or Galveston. Nestled on the tip of Padre Island to the northeast of Corpus Christi, Port Aransas is enjoying a strong and healthy recovery from Hurricane Harvey, which struck the city in August 2017. Home to some of the freshest seafood in Texas, and many smaller timeshare-oriented destinations, Port Aransas is ideal for a small family getaway or a kickback with friends. The water is clear and the traffic is usually kept to a minimum at this charming family-friendly hideaway.
Padre Island: For those of us driving from the northern reaches of Texas, South Padre can be a haul. Luckily, at the northern end of the island, just south of Port Aransas and down the road from Corpus Christi sits another collection of resorts, known as North Padre Island. A popular fishing and boating destination, North Padre Island, or ‘the Island’ to Corpus Christi locals, is a great getaway that is still convenient to the city. North Padre Island also serves as the gateway to Padre Island National Seashore, a preserve that stretches down the coast of the famous barrier island, and welcoming to all who are willing to endure the drive down the beach into some of the most remote beaches in Texas.
South Padre Island: The king of Spring Break destinations, South Padre Island needs no introduction. Sitting at the southern tip of Texas, South Padre attracts serious spring breakers and many college students from across the state and country. If you’re looking for a nonstop party, South Padre Island is the place for you. Home to a Schlitterbahn waterpark and some of the United States’ most famous sea turtle hatching grounds, South Padre Island offers a little something for everyone, but come Spring Break time, you should be ready to party all day and all night.