Best Beaches in Texas

This guide will tell you all you need to know about the best Texas beaches, so you have all the information you need for planning your next family vacation.

Padre Island is a 113-mile barrier coast in the Gulf of Mexico that runs parallel to the Texas coast.

1.) Padre Island National Seashore

2.) Mustang Island State Park

This Texas state park includes five miles of coastline with fishing, kayaking, swimming, camping, bird watching, and even geocaching available.

3.) San Jose Island

The beach is just a short ferry ride from Port Aransas, which contains plenty of amenities – local shops, restaurants, hotels, rental cottages, and more. 

4.) Rockport Beach

Partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Beaches Coalition (CBC), Rockport Beach and its waters are tested twice a week for bacteria levels. 

6.) North Beach, Corpus Christi

This 1.5- mile stretch of shoreline is located among the many attractions of Corpus Christi. 

7.) South Padre Island

Countless attractions draw visitors and locals alike to South Padre Island every year. As its name suggests, South Padre Island lies at the southernmost end of San Padre Island and is roughly 100 miles from Padre Island National Seashore.

8.) Lighthouse Beach, Port Lavaca

With playgrounds, covered pavilion, and shallow water mostly devoid of sharp rocks, Lighthouse Beach is an ideal location for families with children.