The state of Texas claims over 360 miles of coastline, inviting the weekend warrior, out-of-state adventurer, or seaside vacationer to indulge in crystalline waters and white sand beaches. From party spots to secluded shores, a relaxing weekend escape to a raucous summer soiree, here are the picks of the best beaches in Texas. Grab your friends, a couple of cool beverages, and get ready to enjoy some sunshine (don't forget your favorite Rogue nicotine product).
Best Texas Party Beaches
If you're ready to get rowdy, check out these awesome Texas party beaches.
East Beach, Galveston Island
Galveston Island is made up of thirty-two miles of shoreline and offers a range of beachfront experiences. For a party, choose East Beach. Known for concerts, festivals, and events, East Beach is one of the only beaches in Texas that allows open containers of alcohol on the sand (but remember to keep your glass bottles at home). Beyond the fun vibes, there are many local restaurants, bars, and amenities to keep visitors entertained.
South Padre Island, Texas
Powder-soft beaches and epic parties have upped South Padre Island's popularity as one of Texas's hippest beach experiences. Although the area gets a lot of hype from spring break partygoers, there is more to this beach destination, with endless activities and amenities available. Go kitesurfing, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, go out to a beach bar or soak up some sun.
Best Beaches in Texas to Kick Back and Relax
Enjoy well deserved R&R at our favorite pristine, calm Texas beaches.
Boca Chica Beach, Texas
On the southernmost tip of Texas is where to find the peaceful stillness of Boca Chica Beach. There are no shops, restaurants, or amenities of any kind. The only people who live in the area are a few snowbird-retirees. Boca Chica's shoreline is an eight-mile expanse of untouched sand, surrounded by shrubs, trees, and wild nature. It's beautiful -- utterly pristine. Boca Chica Beach is where you go for a quiet escape, interrupted only by the occasional rocket launch.
Surfside Beach, Texas
Surfside is a small town with local beach vibes and a relaxed feel. It is an excellent alternative to nearby Galveston Island's hype and (sometimes) hectic nature. A short hour drive from Houston, the Surfside community is small, making this Texas beach destination an ideal option for a chill summer day or weekend getaway. Activities include surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, and all-around relaxing.
Crystal Beach, Texas
Crystal Beach is secluded, nestled along twenty-seven miles of beach on the Bolivar Peninsula. Camping, beach fires, fishing, sunbathing, and enjoying the white sand beaches and warm waters make Crystal Beach an ideal getaway. To experience the ultimate relaxation or replace the office for 'remote work,' beach cabins are available as vacation rentals.
Padre Island National Seashore, Texas
Texas boasts 'biggest in the world' for many things, and Padre Island National Seashore is no exception. Just outside of Corpus Christi lies the longest stretch of an undeveloped barrier island in the world. Comprised of seventy miles of untouched nature, Padre Island National Seashore is a destination for beach camping, picnicking, driving on the sand, and enjoying all that an unspoiled beach has to offer. In the summer, watching the turtle hatchlings waddle from sand-to-sea is a popular activity.
Bonus: Best of Both Worlds
When you're looking to turn up on Saturday and fight off the Sunday Scaries with a relaxing lay in the sun, Port Aransas is where you want to go.
Port Aransas Beach, Mustang Island
To get the most out of the Texas coast, visiting Port Aransas Beach is a must. Known for being both a family-friendly destination and a place to find a fun party, Port Aransas and Mustang Island is eighteen miles of expansive, white sand beaches. Beaches are open to vehicles with beach permits, and BBQs are welcome. When you are tired of feeling the sand beneath your toes, grab a golf cart and explore a neighborhood filled with mouthwatering restaurants, hip bars, and local shops.