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“Very, very, disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Rockport Beach

Rockport Beach
911 Navigation Circle, Rockport, TX 78382
361-729-6661
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Rockport
Type: Beaches, Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming
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Owner description: A mile-long sandy beach that offers swimming and a variety of water sports.
Southlake, Texas
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“Very, very, disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

I'll preface my review by saying I definitely could have (and should have) read other reviews of Rockport before going, but I took this trip on a flier that there was hope for a decent beach in Texas.

Rockport entered the frame after it appeared on a top ten list somewhere on the internet for America's best beaches (and I wish I could find that link again to share it). The beach is a few bucks to get on, parking was ample (but the whole town was dead the weekend we went, which may have explained it). There are covered picnic areas with fixed charcoal grills. And then there's the actual beach.

So, I recognize that beaches in Texas can't compare to other vacation destinations, but this was really a stretch to call it a beach. The "sand" was more like fine gravel, and it was overrun with ants and sand fleas. There is absolutely no tidal action, so forget about hearing the typical sounds of the beach. No roaring waves for you. The water is stained and very unappealing, and it's all of about 12 inches deep, unless you go out about a mile from the shoreline. It really felt more like sitting in a stagnant puddle.

We left after only a few minutes, disappointed. If you have Rockport on your list of vacation destinations, be aware of what the beach is really like before going. If you drive closer to Corpus Christi, you can get some more authentic beaches, but then you have to deal with seeing the wonderful oil drilling rigs all across the horizon...

Visited August 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“beautiful beaches.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

The water was crystal clear and beautiful. I was amazed how clean the beach was and how clear the water was. The beach was not over crowded and easy to access.

Visited July 2013
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Coahoma, Texas
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“Clean Beaches”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

This was a great little beach that is free to the public on one end and then super cheap for further up... we visited both areas and the beaches were super clean. We were impressed. While we were there we found the saltwater pool on one end of the cove where it had been roped off for swimming. There were dolphins swimming with the kids! It was awesome - until another kid was stung by a jellyfish. That's when we got out. After looking along the seawall there, we saw hundreds of the little jellys! So have fun but be super careful about the jellyfish!

Visited July 2013
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Houston, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Good but not overly dog friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The beach itself was quite nice, especially the shallow waters. We had a great time at the beach but were disappointed with how small the designated dog friendly section was. All in all it was a good trip and the pup was exhausted by the end. Lots of other friendly and responsible dog owners were there which made the experience even better. The shallow water was great to run through and play in and the sand was fine and soft to touch.

Visited August 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Got all excellent ratings from me”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

Took a ride down the southern coast of Texas! Rockport beach was simply beautiful, clean, friendly, and it offers great parking and free shower facilities nearby

Visited July 2013
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