Five Fantastic Texas Beaches

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If you have never been to a Texas beach, well what are you waiting for! Plan a weekend getaway for this summer and try one of these amazing five spots.

Corpus Christi

Although Corpus has a population of around 320,000, the beauty of this beach city is its small town vibe. Corpus is also home to some great museums. Be sure to check out the Texas State Aquarium, the U.S.S. Lexington, and if you are a fan of Tejano music, the Selena Museum. Also yelp some great seafood restaurants.

My hubby and I discovered our love of Texas beaches when we visited Corpus Christi, Mustang Island, and Port Aransas for spring break during our senior year of college.

Mustang Island

Located just beyond Corpus Christi, Mustang Island is one of the more quiet and peaceful beaches in Texas because it is a state park. This is a perfect beach if you want a very relaxing get away from the noise of the city. It is also an excellent camping spot.

Port Aransas

Port A is located just north of Mustang Island. It is home to the University of Texas Marine Science Institute which is a great spot to see some marine life on display. Port A also has that great beach town vibe. This is the kind of place to check out as many beach dive bars and restaurants as possible.

Galveston

This beach city has it all. Aside from the actual beach, you must check out the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier with its classic seaside amusement park rides. If you are a history buff like me, Galveston has plenty of historical sites to visit like the 1877 Elissa merchant sailing vessel or the Victorian mansion Bishop’s Palace. And don’t skip out on a walk in The Strand, the Historic District of Galveston. Galveston is also home to a Schlitterbahn water park and a cool children’s museum.

South Padre Island

I am completely bias in saying South Padre Island is the best beach in Texas. I used to live in the Rio Grande Valley, so it only took me 30 minutes to get to the island whenever I wanted. Even though it can take a good six hours to get there from Austin, it is well worth the drive (or super short and relatively cheap flight).The water is an amazing crystal blue and the sand is fairly white. It’s a little Texas paradise. There is plenty to do for all ages at this beach. Family recommendation spots include: Schlitterbahn waterpark and resort, a ride on the Black Dragon Pirate Ship, The Sea Turtle rescue, and weekend fireworks at Clayton’s  or Louie’s Backyard. I also recommend a trip to the Birding Center for a little learning and strolling on beautiful Bay side boardwalks. The beauty of SPI is a trip there could be what you make of it. It can be as relaxing or eventful as you want it to be. If you want more privacy, rent a house or condo closer to the north side of the island where there is less commercialization. If on the other hand you want to be surrounded by tons of things to do, shoot for the center/south of the island. There are tons of restaurants, shops, and activities.

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