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.
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1. South Padre Island
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
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
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