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Stunning Texas Gulf Coast Beaches

The Gulf of Mexico is famous for being responsible for gorgeous beachfronts in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and of course, the Great State of Texas.

Here is your guide to Texas Gulf Coast beaches – from remote nature preserves to sizzling Spring Break destinations.

Galveston Island State Park

Found within the barrier island ecosystem of the Texas Gulf Coast, Galveston Island State Park is located near Galveston within the Houston metropolitan area. The beach on Galveston Island is ideal for sand castles, picnics, and beach lounging.

And attention anglers, Galveston Island State Park is surrounded by spotted seatrout and sandtrout, plus redfish, black drum, croaker, and flounder.

TX Gulf Beach

Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore

For a more secluded beach experience, Padre Island National Seashore is found along the central Gulf Coast near Corpus Christi. Covering over 130,000 acres and spanning over 65 miles, PAIS offers great beach lounging and windsurfing on the Laguna Madre, plus bird and even sea turtle watching.

Other PAIS include the usual swimming, picnicking, beachcombing, and biking.

TX Gulf Beach

Mustang Island State Park

Mustang Island State Park

Set on nearly 4,000 acres, Mustang Island State Park is found on the Gulf Coast near Port Aransas. Featuring a five-mile shoreline, Mustang Island offers awesome barrier island activities like beach lounging, swimming, sand castle construction, and picnics.

Other recreational opportunities include hiking, biking, fishing, and of course, bird watching thanks to the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

TX Gulf Beach

Sea Rim State Park

Sea Rim State Park

Set in east Texas in Sabine Pass, near Beaumont, Orange, and Vidor, Sea Rim State Park spans 4,000 acres on the Texas Gulf Coast. Beach activities include swimming and combing, plus fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. But swimmers and boaters beware; this is a heavy stomping ground for the American Alligator.

Dry activities include the Gambusia Nature Trail, waterfowl hunting, and bird watching.

TX Gulf Beach

South Padre Island

South Padre Island

Known for its Spring Break atmosphere, South Padre Island is located in southeastern Texas near cities like San Benito and Harlington – and neighbors the border with Mexico.

Anticipate a bustling beachfront, plus Gulf boating, fishing, kiteboarding, and even dolphin sightings. SPI also hosts annual fishing fests like the Ladies Kingfish Tournament, the Hooters Tournament, Redfish Rodeo, and the Texas International Fishing Tournament.


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Padre Island

14050 S Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi TX 78418-6026
Phone: +1 361-949-2300  |  Fax: (361) 949-1883  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Corpus Christi

300 N Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi TX 78401-2565
Phone: +1 361-883-5111  |  Fax: (361) 883-5361  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Paradise Inn

6301 S Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi TX 78412-4013
Phone: +1 361-992-3100  |  Fax: (361) 992-3100  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Seawall Inn & Suites by the Beach

102 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston TX 77550-5720
Phone: +1 409-766-7070  |  Fax: (409) 762-1930  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Casa Villa Suites

4317 S Expressway 83, Harlingen TX 78550-7949
Phone: +1 956-412-1500  |  Fax: (956) 412-6228  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Orange Inn & Suites

2245 Highway 62 S, Orange TX 77630-9109
Phone: +1 409-745-9393  |  Fax: (409) 745-9391  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Port Aransas

400 E Avenue G, Port Aransas TX 78373-5707
Phone: +1 361-749-3010  |  Fax: (361) 749-3150  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Orange County

165 E Courtland Street, Vidor TX 77662-4910
Phone: +1 409-422-4315  |  Fax: (409) 422-4323  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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