Best Beaches in Texas - The Waves Are Calling

Texas has been famous and most loved for its diverse culture, age old traditions, its exciting history, and a larger than life aura. And while you will find some of the most intriguing museums, enchanting parks and reserves and overwhelming monuments here, the mesmerising beaches of Texas are unmatched in beauty, life and experience. From the most popular to the isolated, the largest to the cosy one, each piece of the shore says something different, with every wave telling a different story. Explore the vibe of this land and its myriad emotions by touring along its coastline.

Here is a list of the best beaches in Texas, to help you plan your next holiday!

1. South Padre Island - Fishing Fiesta

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Known to be the farthest tip of Texas, South Padre Island has much to offer. With the many exciting water activities, the island is titled to be one of the best beaches for swimming. While the year sees many families enjoying the gorgeous weather, this beach is a favourite amongst the youngsters during the spring break. Fishing is an activity that is very popular here, with a number of tournaments conducted annually. Check out things to do in South Padre Island.

Activities: Dolphin watching, kiteboarding, fishing, horseback riding tours, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, skydiving, ziplining, sea turtle rehabilitation projects.

Best time to visit: March to May, September to November

Ideal for: Youngsters, for adventure seekers

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2. Rockport Beach - For the Family Getaways

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Reputed to be Texas’ first Blue Wave Beach, expect nothing but perfection here. Along with a spotless shore and crystal clear waters, the beach is also fully equipped with all the facilities required to make your day comfortable and eventful! They have more than 60 picnicking sites, and a number of children’s play areas to keep the little ones entertained. Making it to the top of the list of the best beaches for families, come here with your loved ones to make the most of it. 

Activities: Swimming, sailing, fishing, picnicking, bird watching.

Best time to visit: June to September 

Ideal for: Families

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3. Galveston Island - For the Adventure Seekers

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Blissful weather in all the seasons and the lovely stretch of 32 miles makes this beach popular all year round. Not only is it amongst the top beaches on the Gulf Coast, but is also one of the best beaches in Texas near Houston, which makes people flood in to explore this oasis. Visit this reserve to indulge in the beauties of nature and the thrill of adventures. 

Activities: Kayaking, birdwatching, nature trips, beach camping, surf exploration, skydiving, parasailing. 

Best time to visit: March to May 

Ideal for: Youngsters, couples 

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4. Mustang Island - Sun, Sand and Surf!

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A shining gold crescent overlooking the serene Gulf aptly describes the Mustang Island. Extending up to 12 miles, this stretch offers a number of activities to tempt the nature lovers’ heart. Set out on an adventure through the trails and sand, to observe the diversity of this isle. Feel free to come here with your furry buddy, as it is also one of the best beaches in Texas for dogs!

Activities: Swimming, shelling, surfing, birdwatching, kayaking, deep sea fishing, beach camping.

Best time to visit: September to November 

Ideal for: Families, couples

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5. Padre Island - Explore the Wilderness

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Unlike its southern counterpart South Padre Island, Padre Island is famous for the nature that it preserves. It is the longest barrier island in the world, and a treasure for all those looking to get close to nature. The waters of the Gulf are alluring, but the sand dunes are mesmerising, often confusing tourists as to what they should explore first. You can visit this beach with your special one, or your pooch, but the beach has a reputation of being the top beach in Texas for families!

Activities: Windsurfing, turtle rehabilitation, birdwatching, deep sea fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, nature walks.

Best time to visit: November to May

Ideal for: Families

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6. Surfside Beach - Souvenirs from the Ocean

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Are you one of those who is fascinated by shells? Are you captivated by their shapes, sizes, designs and colours? If the answer is yes, welcome to one of the best beaches in the state for shells. The miracles of the water and sand work like therapy, making this beach is a paradise for all those looking for some quiet time. Its proximity to Houston, makes it a popular weekend getaway

Activities: Dolphin watching, swimming, boating, jet ski, surfing, shelling, fishing.

Best time to visit: August to November

Ideal for: Youngsters

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7. Crystal Beach - Feast, Rest, Repeat!

 

An addition to the list of the best beaches for families, is the Crystal Beach. Being one of the few beaches that allows camping, as well as bonfires, it is a perfect destination for family trips. Named aptly, the shore sand is a beautiful glowing yellow, with the contrast of the dark Gulf waters, and swimming here is a refreshing treat. While all the beaches may have a number of activities to excite you, the fresh seafood offered here is something you must indulge in. 

Activities: Camping, fishing, swimming, crabbing.

Best time to visit: August to November 

Ideal for: Families

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8. San Jose Island - For the Peaceful One

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San Jose Island is one of the lesser visited beaches, owing to the fact that parts of the island are privately owned. And if this is the reason that is keeping you away from this hidden gem, it’s just unfair! Rich with diverse fauna, a number of activities can be enjoyed here. The basin offers the best bird watching and saltwater fishing in the south, while the 21-mile coast is strewn with the most precious shells. A visit here will be brilliant to say the least!

Activities: Bird watching, fishing, shelling.

Best time to visit: January to March

Ideal for: Couples, for photographers, birdwatchers

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9. Boca Chica - The Hidden Jewel

If South Padre Island seems perfect for you except for the crowd, then this little heaven that usually goes unnoticed will do you good. With the lovely yellow sand tickling your feet, and the cool blue hues beckoning you, you will also be awarded with the solitude that you want. The beach offers a number of activities, and yet seems like the most pure, untouched beach in the state. 

Activities: Kiteboarding, birdwatching, snorkelling, swimming, fishing, surfing, picnicking, camping. 

Best time to visit: April to May, September to November

Ideal for: Couples, youngsters

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10. Matagorda Bay Nature Park - The One with the Precious Stowaways

“Treasure” in the actual sense, a visit to the Matagorda Bay Nature Park will not only introduce you to the most lovely seashells, but also some precious stories that the ocean has cast away. Look for bottles, driftwood, pebbles and if you’re lucky, you may even find some old Spanish coins! Be sure of the weather before indulging in water activities, but make the most of this unblemished 50 mile shoreline. Boasting of around 300 species of birds in this bay, don’t be surprised if you spot some exotic birds here!

Activities: Photography, birdwatching, kayaking, paddle boating, camping.

Best time to visit: August to November

Ideal for: Couples, for romantic getaways

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11. North Beach/ Corpus Christi Beach - Best of Both

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For those looking for adventure in the city as well as in the waters, this beach is for you. Just a step from the city hustle is this pristine sun kissed haven. While there are many activities to excite you, take a step back to just admire the view. With the lively city behind you, the contrasting calm ocean ahead, the combination is almost surreal. A number of tourist attraction surround this beach, so, do take time out to explore those. 

Activities: Swimming. 

Best time to visit: August to November

Ideal for: Families, couples, for quick getaways

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12. South Packery Channel Beach - For the Little Ones

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South Packery Channel Beach is the perfect beach for children. The soft dense sand along the waters makes a perfect playground for all the little architects to build sandcastles. The water is calm, and swimming and surf fishing are the most popular activities here. Bring along your canine to have the perfect family weekend. 

Activities: Swimming, fishing, surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, camping.

Best time to visit: June to September

Ideal for: Families

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A quiet stroll along the shoreline, or a thrilling dive into the mysterious Gulf waters, all your cravings will find solace here. Plan a trip to any of these top beaches in Texas, and enjoy the unique experience of understanding this vibrant land through the waters.

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ARUNDHATI BHAND ARUNDHATI BHAND

An animal lover at heart, marketer by education and artist by passion, Arundhati aims to seek out to all that satisfies her diverse interests. She believes that it is only through experiences that one learns, and a traveller of sorts, she strives to explore the unexplored. She finds herself drawn to the richness of mythology, and the next minute she may be pouring over the latest comic book. A combination of a carefree happy person and an introvert, you will find her playing with her dogs, or reading Yugandhar or Pride and Prejudice in the quiets of her home, staying true to the quote “Adventure is right where you are…”

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