5 Best Beach Destinations in Texas

It is HOT out there, Texas. And with no sign of the triple-digit days letting up anytime soon, if you’re headed outside, we recommend you go South – way South, to the Texas coast, that is! Here are our picks for the five best beach getaways in Texas.

Tell us: did we include your favorites? Tag us using  #hiltonatthebeach on social media to let us know if we got it right.

1. South Padre Island
The pool and beach at the Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island Beachfront
The pool and beach at the Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island Beachfront

Many a Texan grew up visiting South Padre as a kid, and there’s no doubt as to why — this barrier island is packed with both ocean & lagoon side activities, a bustling boardwalk, and all the great seafood you could want.

Where to Stay: Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island Beachfront

2. Port Aransas

For a slightly quieter getaway, continue North from South Padre and you’ll reach Port Aransas, which was once home to pirates in the 19th century. Nowadays, it’s a great spot for a family-friendly beach getaway away from the big crowds.

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Port Aransas

3. Galveston
An outdoor seating area at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach
An outdoor seating area at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach

Galveston’s just a quick hour drive outside of Houston, making it the beach destination of choice for Houstonians who need a break. When you’re done at the beach, check out the city’s historical Strand District for excellent shopping and art.

Where to Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach

4. Mustang Island

For those hoping for a chance to commune with nature, Mustang Island is home to the undeveloped Mustang Island State Park – an excellent spot for bird-watching, dune-climbing, and shell-collecting for families.

Where to Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Corpus Christi

5. Rockport
The pool area at the Hampton Inn & Suites Rockport-Fulton
The pool area at the Hampton Inn & Suites Rockport-Fulton

While badly damaged after Hurricane Harvey, Rockport has re-built and looks better than ever. Recently named one of “America’s Best Places to Retire” Rockport is a good choice if you prefer leisurely strolls on the beach over a bustling nightlife scene.

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Rockport-Fulton

Whitney M's headshot

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Whitney M. Are you interested in traveling to South Padre Island? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

More posts from Whitney M.