Mustang Island beaches are on Padre Island, Texas, tucked in between two distinguished tourist destinations: Port Aransas and Corpus Christi. Adding the a visit to any itinerary maximizes the number of great area beaches to explore and offers a look at a rural stretch of coast on the Gulf of Mexico. No matter which beach you choose […]
Texas beaches are lively and idyllic bases from which to delve into some of the state’s best coastal activities, scenery, and attractions. Texas’s southeastern coast is set along the Gulf of Mexico, an area evoking images of white-sand beaches and crystal clear water. Some might not think of tropical weather when thinking of Texas, but in fact, the southern region of the coast is a tropical one, sharing a border with warm and sunny Mexico. The entire coastal stretch is filled with great beaches, but even more than that, captivating towns and cities where, once the sun goes down, there’s still much about to keep entertained.
McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge begins a coastal row of beaches that are something to be admired. Inside the refuge, count on long natural beaches and a rich diversity of birds and other animals. Just south on the Gulf coast is lovely Bolivar Peninsula and many beaches dotting the long, narrow cape with Crystal Beach as the highlight of most vacations. Next is Galveston, one of the most popular and well-known areas for Texas beach vacations. Texas beaches and beach parks on the barrier island present myriad things to do, especially on East Beach, West Beach, and Stewart Beach.
Beyond Galveston, the coast meanders on, dotted by many pretty coastal communities, most which feature local beaches. Surfside Beach is one of those places. Fishing the gulf and nearby bays is a major attraction, but so are the miles of beaches. Matagorda Bay, part of the Texas Coastal Plain, is the next most prominent seaside feature, a large branch of oceanfront land and focus of many beach vacations. From here the shoreline sweeps in a gentle southwest curve, edging back out toward the ocean at Harlingen. This specific area is home to the most celebrated Texas beaches. Rockport beaches start off the list, leading into the beautiful barrier island of Port Aransas, and on to the many bay beaches at Corpus Christi, including McGee Beach. Following is the most stunning of all Texas beaches, a stretch along Padre Island National Seashore. For even more exquisite beaches further on, go south to Laguna Madre, South Padre Island, and Boca Chica State Park.
Padre Island National Seashore really is a one-of-a-kind destination. It’s easy to feel spoiled by the many gorgeous Gulf Coast Texas beaches and with so many within urban environments, most have a lengthy list of facilities. Padre Island National Seashore is different. There is a visitor center and some amenities available, but mostly, visitors will […]