Small Town Charm
While this easy-to-reach beach is just an hour from Houston
, it’s blissfully under-the-radar. The town is loaded with touches of nostalgic Americana—street signs are topped with American flags, lazy umbrellas dot the sands, and houses hoisted on stilts are painted in pastels. Grab a bacon and cheddar burger at the Pirates Alley Café, where the wide porch overlooks the water, or order a cold beer at one the island’s oldest establishments, the popular Jetty Shack.