East Beach
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
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If you’re looking for a good time, East Beach in Galveston, TX is your ultimate beach destination! Located at the far eastern tip of the island, East Beach is home to a pavilion, boardwalk and entertainment stage as well as restrooms, showers, chair and umbrella rentals, children's playground, concessions and other amenities. Unlike most of Galveston’s beaches, alcohol is permitted at East Beach. East Beach is ideal for outdoor adventure seekers offering 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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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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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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Katie M
4 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We visited 6/2/22. This beach was nasty. It was covered in trash, had black residue in the sand, and it smelled awful. We stayed about 30 minutes to look for shells and then headed back to the sea wall beaches. My kids did ding the best selection of shells here, but that was the only positive

If you are traveling to Galveston soon, I’d skip this beach. We certainly will on out next visit.
Written June 3, 2022
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BigRobUTSA
Odessa, TX483 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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Cali H
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Jun 2022 • Family
This beach was great! Shallow end with tons of hermits crabs & shells at the end of the beach. The beach was clean & pretty. It was a great Galveston beach & we will definitely return next time!
Written June 19, 2022
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Bar10Jen
Tyler9 contributions
Jun 2011
We attended the AIA Sandcastle Competition June 4th and we came prepared. We had our $10 CASH for the parking and brought chairs, umbrella, coolers, food and drink.
We hauled all of this quite a ways to the beach and set it all up as we were there for the day. 20 minutes into having it all set up a young man comes by and tells us we can not have our personal umbrella up and we would have to rent one from the Umbrella company there for $30. $30 I can buy an umbrella-oh wait! I already have one! They even threatened to get the Police involved if we did not remove our personal umbrella!! I just paid to get in to this beach and there is NO WHERE in WRITING that says NO PERSONAL UMBRELLAS ALLOWED.
This was my FIRST AND LAST Trip to EAST BEACH-the beach area is not worth being harrassed for $30. There are much nice beaches in Galveston that are public access and personal umbrellas are welcome.
I am a beach enthusiast and you stomped on my enthusiasm!!
Written June 6, 2011
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ShawndM
Dallas, TX1 contribution
Jul 2010
My particular visit to East Beach was ruined by the local chair/umbrella rental service, which polices their territory in the prime spot on the beach.

My wife and I set up our umbrella and chairs we had brought and tried to make the best of the situation. Shortly after getting settled in, the owner of this chair rental business comes riding passed on his 4-wheeler to make sure we were not going to be encroaching on his shoreline slice of the beach. Not only are we forbidden to sit near the water, but we must also stay clear of the lane in which this guy drives his 4-wheeler up and down constantly directly behind his rental spots. The distance from the water was minor compared to the non-stop 4-wheeler distraction.

We have decided not to return to east beach this year because of our experience with the operator of the rental service they have. Our visit was poor so I have rated it as such. We will go to one of the dozens of public access beaches or Crystal Beach which is just a short ferry ride away.
Written May 13, 2011
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TravellingPene
Houston, TX1 contribution
Jun 2011
We set up our umbrella and chairs and icechests, , as did many people, set up their umbrella’s , deck chairs, etc, and were forced to move. NOT because we were blocking egress, but because the umbrella vendor apparently seemed to own the entire length of the beach. So we were NOT permitted to spend the day in front of our team. My son in law is on a team each year, and successively each year, our group becomes larger and larger, Why would we want to watch our family participating in this annual event? Why would we go and sit half a mile away from where the action is away from our team? We have their phones, sunscreen, etc? WE are not on the team, but are there to support them, why would we not want to be directly in front of them, especially since we got to the event early enough to position ourselves in front of our team! WE were threatened by the young man on his 4 wheeler that he would have to call the law if we did not move, This was at 10 am,in the morning, the line of vendor umbrella’s and chairs was good and solid, and we were behind them. Not creating a safety hazard nor affecting egress of 4 wheelers for the sherrifs, and the garbage collectors, , nor foot traffic. Neither would a line of Gazebo’s and people affect the tents of the vendors along the back perimeter. What a fallacious argument, that if we had people sitting there it would affect the vendors. WE are their customers, we paid to go to this beach.
Again, I stress that this was a totally specious request, and I am at a loss as to how the vendor could have “eminent domain over the entire beach, making anyone who did not purchase their product go to the farthest end of the beach. Basically away from the event.
I am very disappointed at this, and I am horrified at the abuse of police resources making families who had set up their picnic for the day move simply because a vendor, ( the only vendor) of chairs and umbrellas wanted to claim the entire beach. This is unnecessary and leaves a poor taste for many of the people who came down to simply have a lovely family day on the beach.
If this is hospitality on the island, I shall remember to NOT spend any money, not fill my tank, not buy ice or soda’s, not stop for burgers, not pick up supplies at Walmart. As will my family and circle of friends, remember the power of bad service.
Written June 7, 2011
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Cosmopolitan17410
Austin, TX2 contributions
My husband and I visited East Beach today. There is usually a $7 fee to get into East Beach, but it was free today. I guess because it is a Thursday and slow season?? Anyway, East Beach was very clean, had been raked this morning, and was not crowded. The only other people were very far from us. The water was clean and very warm. I will definitely visit East Beach again--and I think this time of the year was perfect!!
Written September 11, 2004
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brian1403
Houston, TX52 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
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.
Written August 17, 2013
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