24 essential Texas beaches to visit before summer is over

Only a few hours' drive from San Antonio, the Texas coast makes the perfect escape from city life into nature.

Whether you're looking to windsurf, fish, bird watch, play with the kids, or just spend a day basking in the hot summer sun, Texas boasts a wide variety of beaches with something sure to please just about any type of beachgoer.

We've rounded up a collection of 24 Texas beaches that would be perfect to visit before summer ends.
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Port Aransas
portaransas.org
Located on Mustang Island, Port Aransas is a classic Texas beach holiday destination. Go fishing, light up the grill, splash in the waves or just enjoy the ocean breeze. 
Photo via Instagram / me_gusta_queso
Port Aransas
portaransas.org
Located on Mustang Island, Port Aransas is a classic Texas beach holiday destination. Go fishing, light up the grill, splash in the waves or just enjoy the ocean breeze.
Photo via Instagram / me_gusta_queso
Goose Island State Park
202 S Palmetto St, (361) 729-2858, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-island
Set up a picnic or even pitch a tent for the night under the shade of the park’s live oaks. Just North of Corpus Christi, the park boasts great fishing, hiking, birdwatching and camping spots.
Photo via Instagram / gooseislandstatepark
Goose Island State Park
202 S Palmetto St, (361) 729-2858, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-island
Set up a picnic or even pitch a tent for the night under the shade of the park’s live oaks. Just North of Corpus Christi, the park boasts great fishing, hiking, birdwatching and camping spots.
Photo via Instagram / gooseislandstatepark
Padre Island National Seashore
Padre Island, nps.gov
The park’s 70 miles of coastlines, prairies and dunes make it a haven for Texas wildlife and home to over 380 bird species. Time your visit just right and you can catch one of this summer’s public sea turtle hatchling releases.
Photo via Instagram / photohawker
Padre Island National Seashore
Padre Island, nps.gov
The park’s 70 miles of coastlines, prairies and dunes make it a haven for Texas wildlife and home to over 380 bird species. Time your visit just right and you can catch one of this summer’s public sea turtle hatchling releases.
Photo via Instagram / photohawker
Mustang Island State Park
South of Port Aransas, tpwd.texas.gov
Spend a day at the beach building sandcastles in the sun, or make it a weekend getaway by staying at one of the park’s nearly 100 campsites. The park fills up quickly, so reservations are recommended for both camping and day use.
Photo via Instagram / oakley.loa
Mustang Island State Park
South of Port Aransas, tpwd.texas.gov
Spend a day at the beach building sandcastles in the sun, or make it a weekend getaway by staying at one of the park’s nearly 100 campsites. The park fills up quickly, so reservations are recommended for both camping and day use.
Photo via Instagram / oakley.loa
South Padre Island
myspi.org
South Padre one of Texas’s most well-known beaches for a reason, with some of the safest and clearest water in the Gulf. A popular spring break destination for college students across the state, South Padre is also a popular family vacation destination for Texans from all walks of life.
Photo via Instagram / atxwookiee
South Padre Island
myspi.org
South Padre one of Texas’s most well-known beaches for a reason, with some of the safest and clearest water in the Gulf. A popular spring break destination for college students across the state, South Padre is also a popular family vacation destination for Texans from all walks of life.
Photo via Instagram / atxwookiee
Galveston Island
galveston.com
A trip to Galveston is almost a rite of passage for Texans. Home to 32 miles of shoreline and a multitude of parks, you’re sure to find something that suits your style. Plus, visit the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier for a day of family fun right over the water.
Photo via Instagram / rollingonadream_
Galveston Island
galveston.com
A trip to Galveston is almost a rite of passage for Texans. Home to 32 miles of shoreline and a multitude of parks, you’re sure to find something that suits your style. Plus, visit the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier for a day of family fun right over the water.
Photo via Instagram / rollingonadream_
Rockport Beach
210 Seabreeze Dr., Rockport, rockportbeach-texas.com/
Rockport is the first, and one of only four, Blue Wave Beaches on the Texas Gulf Coast, making it one of the state’s cleanest beach destinations.
Photo via Instagram / rockporttexas
Rockport Beach
210 Seabreeze Dr., Rockport, rockportbeach-texas.com/
Rockport is the first, and one of only four, Blue Wave Beaches on the Texas Gulf Coast, making it one of the state’s cleanest beach destinations.
Photo via Instagram / rockporttexas
San Jose Island
San Jose Island, Aransas County, sanjoseislandtexas.org
Just a short ferry ride away from Port Aransas, San Jose Island is a privately-owned island with over 21 miles of undisturbed golden sand. While the mainland is off-limits, the public beaches are perfect for a day spent fishing, birding and shell hunting.
Photo via Instagram / portatexas
San Jose Island
San Jose Island, Aransas County, sanjoseislandtexas.org
Just a short ferry ride away from Port Aransas, San Jose Island is a privately-owned island with over 21 miles of undisturbed golden sand. While the mainland is off-limits, the public beaches are perfect for a day spent fishing, birding and shell hunting.
Photo via Instagram / portatexas
Boca Chica
Brownsville, tpwd.texas.gov
At the very end of Hwy 4, Boca Chica Beach is a getaway untouched by urbanization. Drive just a couple of miles down to the beach and you’ll find the tip of Texas, where the Rio Grande meets the Gulf of Mexico.
Photo via Instagram / k8fotor
Boca Chica
Brownsville, tpwd.texas.gov
At the very end of Hwy 4, Boca Chica Beach is a getaway untouched by urbanization. Drive just a couple of miles down to the beach and you’ll find the tip of Texas, where the Rio Grande meets the Gulf of Mexico.
Photo via Instagram / k8fotor
Port Lavaca
portlavaca.org
At the center of the Gulf Coastline is Port Lavaca, a bird lover’s dream with over 400 migratory bird species. Calhoun County has been the nation’s leading county in bird count for seven years during the North America Migratory Count. Even if birds aren’t your thing, there’s plenty to do with local historical sites and stunning beaches.
Photo via Instagram / etherbunneh
Port Lavaca
portlavaca.org
At the center of the Gulf Coastline is Port Lavaca, a bird lover’s dream with over 400 migratory bird species. Calhoun County has been the nation’s leading county in bird count for seven years during the North America Migratory Count. Even if birds aren’t your thing, there’s plenty to do with local historical sites and stunning beaches.
Photo via Instagram / etherbunneh