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 are 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  If you really want to get away, check out the isolated Sunday Beach at Matagorda Island.  The beach is only accessible by private boat. 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.

Sea Rim State Park

4.  Sea Rim State Park, Sabine Pass   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.

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.

A fire crackles in the wind at I. B. Magee Beach

10. I. B. Magree Park, 1000 Lantana Drive, Port Aransas   While the designated camping sites are still undergoing repairs from Hurricane Harvey, you can camp for FREE along the beach, with an annual parking pass.

11.  Mustang Island State Park, Port Aransas  just reopened their Beach Camping!  The park offers restrooms and showers and is one of our favorites!

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