The 9 Best Places to Camp on the Beach in Texas
If your summer dreams are of sleeping on the beach with the sound of crashing waves lulling you to sleep after a night of bonfires, here’s your list of 9 of the best beaches in Texas to fulfill your wish!
1. Padre Island National Seashore, Corpus Christi
While there is plenty of places to stay along the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world, for ease of access and amenities, check out the Malaquite Campground, which allows walk on camping on the beach, and North Beach, (not to be confused with North Beach on Corpus Christi Bay) which allows you to drive on the beach and camp, but is also a short walk back to the Malaquite Visitors Center for their summer turtle hatchling releases! Click HERE for more information.
2. Sunday Beach at Matagorda Island WMA
If you really want to get away, check out the isolated Sunday Beach at Matagorda Island. The beach is only accessible by private boat. If that’s not an option for you, check out the hike or bike in camping on Matagorda Island. While you can’t tour the lighthouse, you can ride your bike out to take pictures. Click HERE for more information.
3. Crystal Beach on Bolivar Peninsula
With 27 miles of beach camping, you can certainly find a place to call your own on Crystal Beach, just a ferry’s ride away from Galveston Island! Camping on the beach is primitive, with no restrooms except at the Big Store, and is very busy on holiday and summer weekends! A beach parking permit is required. Click HERE for more information.
4. Sea Rim State Park, Sabine Pass
The only state park that currently allows camping on the beach, Sea Rim State Park on the Eastern end of the Texas Coast gives beach-lovers a great getaway! Sandwiched between two wildlife refuges, you can also enjoy self-guided tours. Click HERE for more information.
5. McFaddin Beach, Jefferson County
Stretching from High Island to Sea Rim State Park, at just under 20 miles, McFaddin Beach offers beach campers plenty of opportunities to really get away! FREE, primitive camping with no amenities, you can easily not see anyone during your stay! The area closest to Sea Rim SP is usually busy on weekends. Watch your step during your visit, as the area has been known to turn up a nice selection of both fossils and arrowheads. Click HERE for more information.
6. St. Joe’s Island
Another island only accessible by boat, St. Joe’s Island sits across the bay from Port Aransas. A ferry takes visitors to the island, so once there, you’re committed until the next morning, unless you have a private boat. If shelling is your thing, this is your campsite! Click HERE to read more about St. Joe’s!
7. Bryan Beach, Freeport
Enjoy FREE camping on Bryan Beach in Freeport. You can drive on the stretch of beach and camp under the stars. Fires permitted. Canoeing and kayaking in the Old Brazos River is a popular activity here, too.
8. Andy Bowie Park, South Padre Island
For a $12 entrance fee, you can camp anywhere on 20 miles of beachfront at this South Texas Beach. The pavilion offers restrooms and you’re just a 5 mile drive from the entrance to restaurants and stores.
9. Follett’s Island, Brazoria County
Another FREE beach, you can camp on the beach anywhere along this 13-mile stretch of public beach. Campfires are allowed and pets must be leashed.
Keep an eye on….
At this time, both Mustang Island State Park, and I. B. Magee Park are still recovering and rebuilding from Hurricane Harvey and do not allow overnight beach camping as they have in the past, but hopefully will be opening in the future.
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