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...
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