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“Good location, bad policies and staff.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of East Beach

East Beach
1923 Boddeker Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77553
409 762 3278
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Ranked #35 of 88 things to do in Galveston
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Owner description: The biggest in the Lone Star state, this popular beach features outdoor concerts, special events and other activities for people of all ages. And unlike most public beaches, East Beach allows the consumption of alcohol.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Houston, TX
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5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Good location, bad policies and staff.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We just got back from a morning at East Beach and were shocked by the policies. It is $8 for entrance, which is not bad for how clean they keep the beach. The parking is quite a walk from the beach (about 200-300 yards). Once we had hauled all of our things to the beach and put up our awning the staff came by to tell us that awnings can only be put up in a thin strip of sand about 20 feet from the parking lot (still 200-300 yard from the water). They informed us that this is for the lifeguards to have a clear site line down the beach. Although, moving 300 yards away from the water seems very excessive. Conveniently, they allow umbrellas with the same size as a small awning which they will rent to you (the quest for more money) for $35. We moved back to this strip and the staff ok'ed our location. We had set up our entire camp site and got our hibachi coals lit when a police truck (#RA2916) came by and told us that we were 2 feet over the "tent line" and that we would have to move our whole site 2 feet back. When we questioned if 2 feet was a big deal and did we really need to move 2 feet, he threatened us that he would make it a big deal for us if we didn't move. At this point it is obviously not a safety concern, but a power trip from a beach cop who likes to hassle tourists (we saw him hassle many more families who were not breaking any rules). Overall, the location is good but they do everything they can to intimidate you to spend money on their approved umbrellas. Galveston has many beaches to choose from and I recommend finding a more accommodating location.

Visited August 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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“Beautiful Beach, but not inexpensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

The East Beach charges $8 for parking all day (no re-entries), however the closest parking (including handicap) is still a long "parking lot" length away, wear shoes! For two older sitting chairs and an umbrella rent is $35, cash only. The umbrella shade is only big enough for 2 -3 chairs. You can bring your own awning, however you have to go to the far far east side of the Pavillion parking area, past the Life Guard station to pitch it up. However you can pitch your own umbrella's anywere on the East Beach, I would recommend 2-3 umbrellas minimum for a family size over 2. The Pavillion has a LARGE plastic slide fee is $3 per slide, snow cone cart is $4. There are public restrooms in the Pavillion that are pretty decient and a gift shop. You can rent a older style body board, but I recommend spending the $20-25 and buy your own at one of the local gas stations, etc.

Visited August 2013
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Zeiskam, Germany
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Exelent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

The beach was clean and the parking is for free if you walk mabye 500 meter.an umbrella and 2 chairs cost 30 $ i think its a little bit expensive.but the beach is really fantastic.

Visited July 2013
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Plano, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We went to the East Beach on our last day of our vacation, and we loved it! It seems a lot of people complain about it being too crowded, lots of seaweed etc, but we must have gotten lucky. We paid the $30 for an umbrella and 2 chairs, and it was the best thing we did. It was really nice to have your own little area for your beach towels and cooler, and you have a great view of the water since they space out the umbrellas accordingly. We didn't think it was crowded at all, and we really enjoyed the waves. I know the seaweed can get caught in your toes or whatever, but the farther out you go into the waves there is virtually none. Very clean, great music, great people. We had a wonderful time and would definitely go back.

Visited June 2013
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Morehead, Kentucky
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Crowded”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Went during Memorial Day Weekend, and looking to my left and right I saw no less than 30,000 people and that's not an exaggeration. I don't know if it is usually this packed, but I have never seen a beach this busy and I have been to a lot even during Spring Break. Also, the ocean has a ton a seaweed in it.

Visited May 2013
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