East Beach

East Beach, Galveston: Hours, Address, East Beach Reviews: 4/5

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
East Beach is known as Galveston's "party" beach for its laid-back feel, seasonal events and the only park on the island where alcohol is permitted and sold. Located on the far east end of the island, the expansive beach is ideal for outdoor adventure speakers offering special events and unique activities like volleyball courts, horseback riding, birding and fishing. It is also a private event destination with pavilion and stage, perfect for weddings, corporate events and more.
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BigRobUTSA
Odessa, TX473 contributions
Oct 2021
On the east end of Galveston Island, near the ferry to Ft. Bolivar, there is a stretch of beach called east beach that locals go to. Looked like a tailgate party where parking was free and the beach was immaculate. It looked like Florida, the Bahamas, minus the clear water. Super peaceful, I've gone to Galveston for 40 years and didn't know it existed until a local showed me the beach for her wedding. Now the wedding is over, I will share this secret with the world. You will not regret visiting East Beach.
Written October 19, 2021
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Jenn G
Terrell, TX20 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We aren’t sure that we quite made it all the way to East Beach, but we found this area with beach access on the way. It really was a hidden gem because we were able to park next to a boardwalk and cross right over to the beach. Very easy and free! The beach was clean, the water was nice (for Galveston), and we were able to find some shells. Bring whatever you need for your time there, as there are no additional amenities that you can purchase.
Written July 11, 2021
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Lisa K
33 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
This is the beach to avoid crowds! It is picturesque, yet tranquil. We chose to park in one of the two free parking lots rather than pay a fee to park closer to the beach. The walk was not that much longer than paying to park. The beach was clean and allowed space to socially distance from others. We enjoyed hunting for seashells, of which there are many. While my husband and daughter were swimming they saw fish and even dolphins came close. When we walked along the beach there were numerous crabs.
Written June 18, 2021
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Leila D
1 contribution
May 2021 • Family
So much fun,kids loved it. This was my kids first time going to the beach and all my daughter did was collect seashells because there was Thousands of them everywhere! She also got in the water , at first it was cold but after about 5 mins it was perfect.we all(husband me and kids) jumped the waves and body-boarded we also went on a long walk on the beach just be aware of the hundreds of broken seashells they can hurt but lots of them are beautiful.if you run towards a seagull or throw something towards one be aware they will ALL follow you around but if you got far enough in the water they will leave you alone and stop messing with you.beautiful place great way to make memories!
Written May 25, 2021
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AR-BRAY
Little Rock, AR468 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed the East beach. We found it to be a little bit quieter than the other end of the island. Very family and couple friendly.
Written April 9, 2021
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Yodamap
Austin, TX96 contributions
Sep 2020
Really nice beach, East beach is close to the hopping area of Seawall Blvd. It is very clean; and if you look there is free parking. Worth the time.
Written September 26, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,850 contributions
Jan 2020
This is an acceptable beach, even though the weather is often too uncomfortable. It's right at the downtown, so easy to get to. Not particularly beautiful.
Written July 18, 2020
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UnderTheRoad
Houston3 contributions
Jul 2020
Sun canopies and tents are not allowed within ca. 150 feet of the water, so we had to place ours a very hot walk away from the entire reason we were here—the ocean. The beach was nearly empty. Staff told us that the reason for this rule is that they need to leave open a “safety corridor” for 1st responders.

Strangely, the long line of rental umbrellas and canopies (just like ours) at this beach are placed right down the middle of this zone (see photo), blocking the view of the water, a good 100 feet closer to the water than we were allowed to be. When I asked about this glaring contradiction, the staffer said, “Oh, well, they pay to use that space.”

So, in other words, you have to pay extra ($30 above the $12 parking fee) for the privilege to be close to the water and block the 1st responders’ view. Oh, but people could set up their own oversized beach umbrellas and 10-foot wide cabanas close to the water—just no “tents or canopies.” I wonder if a pup tent would count??

If that’s all cool with you, you’ll like East Beach! Beach was otherwise fine, bathrooms were clean, staff were friendly and very apologetic, and they helped me move my canopy across the hot sand on a windy day. Outdoor showers were adequate.
Written July 12, 2020
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AEB
Brenham, TX2,667 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
This is a nice beach area, with an expansive beach run, large Pavilion for concerts and parties, sand volleyball courts, and more.
It is more uncrowded for early morning walks, runs, and Beachcombing.
Only negative is that it seems like more and more trash is showing up on this and other beaches in Galveston.

Written June 10, 2020
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Mark S
Dripping Springs, TX7 contributions
Oct 2019
Nothing to see here. More for the younger partiers that can park on the beach. Live bands in the summer with a cover charge.
Written February 11, 2020
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