There’s nothing like a summertime trip to the beach. The sun, sand and fresh seafood can’t be replicated. The Texas coast offers a wide variety of saltwater getaway options. Whether you’re looking for a quiet retreat, a rowdy reunion, or a peaceful nature-filled trip, there's something for everyone. Surfs up!
240 miles from Dripping Springs
The largest beach city in Texas boasts a wide variety of lodging and entertainment options, including Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, the Kemah Boardwalk and miles of sun-kissed beaches.
Historic downtown Galveston offers restaurants, hotels and shopping for any budget. Stay on the bay side to enjoy views of birding hot spots and easy water access for kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders.
This quaint fishing town may be your ideal destination if you enjoy a peaceful and quiet getaway.
Start your Saturday morning with the Austin Street Art Walk, a free, alfresco art experience. Anglers can charter a boat or just spend a relaxing evening pier fishing.
Rockport Beach is small and faces a bay, so don't expect big waves. It offers covered picnic tables with grills and several playgrounds for the kids.
Your vacation starts with the Port Aransas Ferry. It's free and runs 24/7, carrying you onto Mustang Island and into town. Step out, stretch your legs and watch the dolphins play in the wake.
Port A’s biggest draw is 18 miles of driveable beaches. Buy a parking pass or cruise past the city limits to park your vehicle on the beach for free. Back your tailgate to the waves and bury your toes in the sand.