Best Texas Beaches That Are Better Than Galveston
We love road trips...especially to the beach. Unfortunately Texas beaches aren't as nice as Caribbean beaches by a long shot. However there are some Texas beaches that are much nicer than others. Most people in Texas seem to travel to Galveston or perhaps S. Padre Island. While Padre is great, Galveston beaches are disgusting in my opinion. Here's a quick list of the best Texas beaches ranked.
5. Matagorda Beach -
Located at the mouth of the Colorado River, this is a great spot for some fishing, beach bumming, and enjoying the nice emerald green waters. Drive to Matagorda, then take beach road (2031) to the Jetty Park. There are a couple of jetties and a pier to fish from. Not usually too crowded either.
4. Rockport Bay -
Although this beach is actually man-made, (because Rockport is facing San Jose Island) this one still makes the list of best Texas beaches because it's still quite enjoyable. On many occasions we have seen wind surfers, kite boarders, and people parasailing. Since this beach is protected by San Jose, it is generally significantly calmer than being out on the main coastline. Sometimes the water visibility here can reach 6-8 feet, which is very good for Texas.
3. Surfside Beach -
Located roughly an hour drive south of Galveston, this is a fantastic alternative to the chocolate waters further north. Nice public beach that usually isn't too crowded either. Drive until you find the perfect spot on the beach, drop the tailgate, and enjoy the view.
2. South Padre Island -
The water is clearer, the sand is whiter, but it can be one hell of a drive from Dallas so I have actually only been here twice. Don't go during spring break unless you want to be surrounded by drunken college kids!
1. San Jose Island -
This is an uninhabited island just off the shore of Rockport. This makes the top of the list because you can have miles of uninterrupted beach all to yourself, and water/beach quality is generally nicer than surrounding areas. Excellent place to find shells.
To get there: Drive to Port Aransas, go to the far Eastern side of the island and find a place called Fisherman's Warf. Here they have a jetty boat that will take you to the island. It costs roughly $10-12 per person for a round trip. Boat departs at least every other hour. Make sure to bring plenty of water or anything you might need for a couple hours because there are NO facilities on the island of any kind. Usually there are no more than 10-20 people on this relatively large island at one time so you have the beach all to yourself!