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#21 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
No, seriously, the setting is pristine with walking trails, outstanding visitors center with truly knowledgeable and approachable staff, and unique topography as far as the eye can see.
Beautiful beaches; wheelchair accessible with the rental of beach tire wheelchairs at Ranger station; allows camping up to 2 weeks; bird sanctuary area; body and kit surfing available; great surf fishing.

Malaquite Beach

Corpus Christi
#23 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
With the adjacent NPS Visitor Center and its showers, restrooms, interpretive programs, and gift shop, this vehicle-free stretch of beach is the perfect for a day’s outing year round.
Malaquite Beach lies on the Gulf side of Padre Island, a twenty-some minute drive from the inhabited portion of the isle, but well-worth the drive on a paved road (stops soon after) among the dunes to the South.
#27 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
Sand and waves and beach town atmosphere of the Jersey shore with hints of the Caribbean and Mexico and best of all you can drive on the beach and even camp overnight and have campfires on the beach.
The beach and the jetties great clean and great people, I fished by wading and on the jetties caught a few undersized trout and flounder saw a lot of sea turtles and the family enjoyed the beach
#31 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
We love visiting Rockport beach, always peaceful days for fun and relaxation, and I love being able to enjoy the water with out battling the waves from Port A's beaches.
For $5 parking, you get wheelchair access to most of the facilities (including bathrooms and the pier), plus ample parking, picnic tables, swanky beach umbrellas, picnic tables, multiple sand volleyball nets, mult...

Whitecap Beach

Corpus Christi
#36 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
Our kids loved discovering hermit crabs in the surf, watching pipers hunt coquina crabs, chasing sand crabs by flashlight after dark, watching sea gulls wind surf, spotting blue crabs (watchout, they PINCH), and b...
We arrived around 4 pm and it was simply beautiful for that time of Texas day! White sand, gently surf, and civilized people just enjoying a relaxing evening.

Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach
#47 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
Sun,beautiful,weather,wave,water,splash fun times love this beach is located in south of Texas we have an amazing time great for kids and adults very friendly staff and people you can actually park right in front...
There is surfing, sunbathing, fishing, golfcart rentals, beach house rentals, motels, convenience store, restaurants, and much more.

Isla Blanca Park

South Padre Island
#52 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
You can go fishing complete with a bait shop, or go to the beach where there are several pavilions with gift shop and snack bar, If you plan on visiting more you many get a monthly or yearly pass Including a disco...
Imagine my surprise when I realized that they have completed 2 large pavilions with restrooms, outdoor rinse off showers, huge parking lots that are adjacent to a beautiful board walk, dozens of benches, picnic ta...
#61 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
Sylvan Beach Park has a nice area for flying kites, walking on the beach, a pier for fishing, a playground for the kids, restrooms and plenty of benches to sit and watch the relaxing waves.
Has a fishing pier, picnic tables, area for the little kids to play in, BBQ pits and of course a beach that you can swim at.

East Beach

Galveston
#62 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
If you're up early on a Sunday morning, East Beach is a fun spot to drive out to before dawn and spot the cruise ships returning to port.
You'll also see some seagulls and the fascinating Pelicans hopping a ride and looking for a big fish for dinner.

Stewart Beach

Galveston
#72 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
Perfect for building sand castles and wading in the waves.
Stewart Beach is one of the only places we found with beach access wheel chairs!!! Parking is free at this beach for handicap, and wheelchairs are provided, free of charge (first come, first serve with a limited n...
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North Beach

Corpus Christi
#73 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
Besides an excellent playground by the beach, they have outdoor musical instruments that are amazing!
Way to go who ever keeps this place clean !! Great sand and a beautiful place to sit and watch the sun rise or set.
#80 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
When you get to the end of the road, you can drive (or walk), turning to the right, and go three miles down to the tip of Texas and watch the Rio Grande as it joins the Gulf of Mexico!
You may see Border Patrol officers on the beach, heading down to the Rio Grande, and you will also encounter them on your way back to Brownsville from the beach, at a checkpoint they have set up.
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Crystal Beach

Port Bolivar
#92 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
I love this beach it is sooooo good and so perfect for my furry friends too, I spend a lot of my days on the beach and the sea, wow I really like this place all the residents were very friendly and helpful I have...
That's right, you can just drive up and down the beach to enjoy the views, or pick a spot and unload your chairs, coolers, canopy, and fishing gear and claim your own little slice of paradise right there on the be...

South Padre Island Beach

South Padre Island
#95 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
The sand is soft, it's clean, the water is warm and welcoming and it's a hassle-free way to relax.
We arranged with the young guy who was doing the umbrella and chair rental to take care of us for the week and he gave us a discount and we always had a front row seat for the beach!
#97 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
We are lucky to be renting an Airbnb right across the street from the Michael J Ellis beach and it is absolutely beautiful!
Walk on the seawall or go down the steps to the sand and enjoy the warm Texas Gulf waves.
#109 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
You are on the beach, find a place to park and enjoy it !!! Depending on the weather over the gulf the waves can get big ( 3 feet, enough to bounce you around a bit) so be careful.
The walkway along the beach is awesome!!! Also you can drive on the beach and camp,but get a permit.
#115 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
A walk Way let's you take great photos, Persons Fishing Boaters out Swimmers About 2 ft sparse waves, Sun was beating down Relaxing Fun Chatting, walking, stopping and Looking Ahhhh....
Great cove/rocks Sandy beach with a few bars with the world cup on facing it 25 minutes walk to Puerto Del Carmen where there's 100s of bars restaurants and hotels plus playa grande the biggest beach on the island

Padre Balli Park

Corpus Christi
#120 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
Anywhere along the Padre Island shore is a good place to land but Balli Park and Bob Hall Pier is an excellent choice.
They have showers great security and restraunts on the beach!!!!!tables with lil roofs to provide shade clean beaches ...love love love
#121 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast

Lighthouse Beach

Port Lavaca
#126 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
We saw different species of birds flying through the wetlands and enjoyed the views into the waters.
This is a nice place to take a walk, to have a picnic, or just to sit and view the water and watch the birds.

Beach Access

South Padre Island
#135 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast

McGee Beach

Corpus Christi
#195 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
McGee Beach is a wonderful beach in downtown Corpus Christi.
We visited the beach and loved it!
#204 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
We really enjoy this beach - it's quieter than most, but still has the facilities that make family visits to the beach a bit easier.
Tipsy turtle seaside bar and grill does have restrooms and showers right at the beach as well as food and drinks.
#206 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
#214 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
Lots of park benches, playground for kids, wonderful coastal scenery.
My son and I rode out to the end of the pier and watched the sun rise over Galveston Bay one clear morning.
#224 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
But if you like a laid-back, uncrowded beach, protected from cars/drivers, this is a local favorite.
In October the weather was still perfect and the beach mostly secluded.
#245 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
We found this beach the cleanest and the best!

King Fisher Beach

Port O'Connor
#249 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast
Now, May/June ‘18, there is the largest amount of sand, with the shallow beach extending more than 200 yds out.

Sunny Beach

Galveston
#344 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast

South Padre Bayside Beach

South Padre Island
#447 of 566 Outdoor Activities in Texas Gulf Coast