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“Some parts good, some parts bad”
Review of Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed July 4, 2012

We were there June 24-26/12, staying at the Ocean Village Hotel. The beach directly adjacent to the hotel was nice but as soon as you walked more than a few meters in either direction, the beach became covered in garbage. Also, they don't rake the seaweed (and there's tons of it) and so there are a gazillion mosquitos. Not a huge deal if you're in the water, but it's not fun going for a walk. Lots of shells to find, though, so that was fun.

5  Thank Anonymous M
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

Surfside Beach is a great area to hang out with family if you are not looking for many other ammenities. This is a no-frills town, with basic services such as a couple of "quicky marts" for essentials, a couple of bars for some nightlife, and plenty of beach to walk or drive on. Outside of the major holidays where the beaches do get VERY crowded, the rest of the time it is very manageable. If you want to get a house for an extended stay, there are plenty to choose from and they are MUCH cheaper than just about anything on Galveston Island. Even though Surfside and the surrounding communities may not have much to offer with regards to attractions, Galveston Island is within a 45min - 1 hour drive up the coast (via a toll bridge that will cost you $2), and there is certainly plenty to do there if you want to take a "day trip". My family has been to Surfside many times over the years, and we will continue to enjoy their beaches!!!

4  Thank AggieMike94
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

...but not by much. Surfside is less tourist based and commercialized than its neighbor to the north, but it still leaves something to be desired. We visited on day trips from Houston, and most recently rented a beach front vacation home. Weather was good for spring, beach was filled with drift wood debris from when the Brazos flooded several days prior. This happens occasionally. The town does use its limited resources to push the debris away from the water line, but it takes awhile. This makes enjoying the brown gulf waters even more difficult, because you never know what you may be stepping on. The beach itself is ok. The sand is firm and many people drive and park cars on it.
I think we paid too much for the house. While the location was good, the building itself seemed... old and worn despite some apparent remodeling. They did advise us to bring drinking water, which we did. The town really needs to do something about the water. I did taste some after brushing my teeth and made certain to not do that again. Suggestion to all vacation home renters in Surfside: provide water coolers. Ever hear of Ozarka? Again, I don't know what the rent for the house cost, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't cheap and if someone is paying for a weekend getaway, then they should have to bring along drinking water for crying out loud.
Worst of all was that the house next door had over 12 people staying in it, and between them and the five of us the septic system seeped up into the beachside yard. Gross.

6  Thank Glen W
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

This is a small town located not too far from the Galveston beach area on the northeast Gulf coast area of Texas (near Houston on a map). Made up mostly of locally-owned beach houses with one convenience store for gas and supplies as you come into town. I love to go and try (not always successful) to catch fish there with a friend or two. The two very long jetties (with an excellent sidewalk that stretches the whole length of each) support the entry/exit to the ship channel where large ocean-going as well as the local tugs and pilot boats can be seen making their way in and out of the area. Great place to put up a chair with your cooler and tackle box and enjoy a relaxing morning, afternnoon or evening. No lights on the jetties.. so remember to bring all your own supplies and necessities.. and use the restroom facilities (located at the parking lot for the jetties) because it is a long walk back if you need them. A very simple place to fish or just relax and get some sun and fresh ocean air.

5  Thank Wxbug1
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

The water is fairly shallow, but there are no life guards. There are covered picnic tables and portapotties spaced out along the beach. You see lots of families. The major Holidays get supermega crowds but most of the warm months are moderate crowds. There are a few eating establishments with in walking distance, but most peole bring picnic food.

The Village of Surside does a good job of keeping the beach free of debris and patroling the beach to give you a feeling of security--hence the small entrence fee required , the permit is good for one year. There are STRICT laws about glass containers and disturbing the old christmas trees used for sand replishments--The police WILL issue citations!

Another good idea is to bring along a plastic bottle of table vinegar--All Texas beaches seem to have a lot of washed up jelly fish. We use the vinegar to ease the occasional encounter.

At southern end is Jetty park operated by Brazoria County P&R, with picnic areas, restrooms and a trail plus kids playground. Bring your binoculars, dolphins have been spoted at the end of the jetty. Optomistic surfers also come to use the jetty's surf. You may walk the jetty, toss a line from the rocks, or just watch the large ships come and go.

Texas hwy 331 dead ends into this beach-

10  Thank dachmation
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