#1 in Best Beaches in Texas
Once famous as a premier spring break destination, South Padre Island has not only blossomed into a family-friendly spot but is now also widely considered one of the best beaches in Texas. The area's wide, sandy beaches, affordable accommodations and views of the Gulf of Mexico attract travelers year after year. Other fun activities here include Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Sea Turtle Inc., a rehabilitation center for sea turtles. Read More »
#2 Boca Chica
#2 in Best Beaches in Texas
Located just across the Rio Grande from Mexico, Boca Chica is a serene and laid-back Texas beach destination. Boca Chica may lack the bells and whistles of other beach towns but it offers ample opportunities for recreation, including fishing, swimming, surfing and snorkeling – you'll just have to bring your own equipment. Boca Chica is also the perfect spot to set up with a beach chair and read a good book or admire the sea.
#3 Padre Island National Seashore
#3 in Best Beaches in Texas
Situated about 30 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Padre Island National Seashore stretches across 70 miles of beaches, dunes and tidal flats. Visitors can camp, kayak, windsurf and swim at this beach. The soft and wide sandy shoreline – the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world – is ideal for long walks and the park rangers coordinate releases of rescued and rehabilitated sea turtles.
#4 Mustang Island
#4 in Best Beaches in Texas
A barrier island just east of Corpus Christi, Mustang Island is a popular beach destination for families and active travelers. Surfing and camping are popular things to do at this beach, and there's a "paddling trail" (a series of shallow-water canals) for those looking to kayak, canoe or paddleboard. Travelers will enjoy stretching out on the beach and watching for turtles, dolphins and birds.
#5 Rockport Beach
#5 in Best Beaches in Texas
Rockport Beach overlooks Aransas Bay in southern Texas and is home to picnic sites, volleyball courts, a pier that's a hot fishing spot and a crescent-shaped sandy beach. Travelers can go for a stroll along the promenade that backs the sands or set up chairs for relaxing and sunbathing on the beach, which has been lauded for its overall cleanliness.