Planning a Texas Vacation
From Danno Wise
Texas' Top Stretches of Sand
Texas is known for a lot of things. However, many people overlooked
the excellent beaches that are located along the Texas coast.
With over 600 miles of shoreline, there is no shortage of
sand for beachgoers. Here is a list of some of the top spots
to spend day at the beach in Texas. Corpus Christi/Padre Island
National Seashore – The mainland portion of Corpus Christi
is metropolitan. However, cross the causeway to Padre Island
and the urban feel begins to fade. As you head south on Park
Road 22 down Padre Island National Seashore, the modern world
Galveston Island – Galveston Island
offers many beach-going options. Inside the city of Galveston,
the seawall and adjacent sand strip is popular among visitors,
as are Stewart Beach and East Beach.
Further down the island, Galveston State Park and West Beach
are favorite sandy hangouts. After a day of surf, sand and
sun, head to the Strand to shop or visit one of Galveston’s
many excellent eateries.
Mustang Island/Port Aransas – This
quaint, central coast beach is located at the northern-most
end of Padre Island. The ferry ride across to Port Aransas
is a great way to leave the “real world” behind
and begin your vacation. Things only get better as you visit
Port A’s many shops and restaurants or stake out a secluded
stretch of sand on Mustang Island.
Sea Rim State Park – A mix of marsh
and beach, Sea Rim State Park isn’t a typical beach
destination. However, this state park, which is located just
south of Beaumont/Port Arthur is a nature-lover’s delight.
Bird-watchers and beach-goers often co-exist on this stretch
of sand, which is the northern-most beach in Texas.
South Padre Island – The most pristine
beach in Texas is also the most difficult to get to. Located
scant miles above the Mexican border, the South Padre surf
is often a Caribbean-like clear/green as it laps against the
grainy white sand. During your off-beach hours, try SPI’s
sizzling nightlife, excellent restaurants and variety of curio
shops. Other options include heading across the bridge to
historic Port Isabel or across the border to Matamoros, Mexico.
Keep in mind, these are but a few of the beaches available
in Texas. They are listed above in alphabetical order, not
by any sort of rating, since they each have such diverse characteristics.
But rest assured, whatever type of beach you have in mind
can be found in Texas.