Just because you’re vacationing in Texas doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a little bit of the island life! It’s just all about where you choose to stay! My brother and sister-in-law live in Galveston, Texas and they have nothing but good things to say about their beaches!
With 32 miles of straight beach territory and temperatures that allow for year-round visitation, is there really anything bad to say about Galveston? I thought not! Today, we’re headed to the Texas coast to explore the miles and miles of sandy Galveston beaches. Which do you plan on hitting?
Crystal Beach is the perfect place in Galveston for beach camping because you are allowed to drive (and park) directly on the beach. Located on Bolivar Peninsula, this family-oriented resort town is the perfect vacation destination for parents with young kids!
East Beach is the largest beach in Galveston, which is probably why it is also considered to be the busiest. Locals can be seen crowding around the shores for summer concerts and festivals. There’s also a sandcastle building competition for anyone out there who loves to DIY. 😉
Galveston Island State Park
Locals head to this island to fish, birdwatch, and check out the other natural wildlife. Only an hour from Houston, you can camp, mountain bike, or even paddle board! There is literally something for everyone at Galveston Island State Park.
Poretto Beach has been completely family owned for years–but it isn’t private! Locals and tourists alike can head to Poretto Beach for Jet-Skiing and delicious concession stands. You can even rent one of these adorable umbrellas and beach chairs, they provide for a really great photo op.
Sylvan Beach Park
Sylvan Beach has much calmer waters than that of others, so many head here to enjoy a peaceful lap or two. Although smaller than some of the other beaches on the list, this park does have a pretty cool playground for kids!
Surfside Beach has free parking (excellent for virtually anyone, but especially vacationers on a budget!) and extremely quiet shores (but not the waters!). An hour from Houston, the drive is easy enough for most to make and provides travelers with a glimpse of perfect island life!
Stewart Beach Park
I love this beach purely because it has lifeguards! Although the shores can get especially crowded during the tourist season, beaches are equipped with volleyball courts, more delicious concessions and even a playground for the kids. Although I would probably head to Surfside Beach for the solitude, my kids did enjoy playing on a playground right on the beach. And I mean, I think the sand does probably cushion an imminent fall a bit better?
Sunny Beach is located in the west end of Galveston and it’s open 24/7. Alcoholic beverages are even permitted if they aren’t in glass containers. However, I have heard that this beach can be dirty while others have said this beach was the highlight of their trip. Visit at your own discretion!