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Texas has been called the “Third Coast,” a nickname that will make more sense after you realize how many expanses of sand, perfect for playing or just lazy days in the sun, the state has. Our beach towns are unpretentious fishing hamlets, our sand dunes prodigious, and our waves are ideal for some fun in the surf. Cooling on warm summer days, Texas’s shores are perfect for relaxed winter getaways, too. Here’s a few not to miss when you visit.
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Way down at Texas’s far southern tip, there’s a Schlitterbahn Beach Resort, awash with water rides. Or you could opt for nature’s version: South Padre Island where the surf creates old-school water slides and splashy rides. This casual, tropical...
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Port Aransas, TX, USA
Within seconds after driving onto the ferry at Aransas Pass, en route to Mustang Island and its laid back fishing town, Port Aransas, you feel big city stresses melt away. Once on board, climb out of your car to look across the channel; salty wind...
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Heralded in Victorian times as the “Playground of the South,” historic Galveston Island attracted wealthy merchants who built mansions on the palm-lined beaches that elegantly define the Sea Wall area today. With more than 30 miles of shoreline,...
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Ever desolate Boca Chica Beach stirs the soul. Extending for eight miles, and dotted with prickly pear cacti, yucca plants, and oat mots, its dunes lie near Brownsville at the Rio Grande Delta. Birders should have their lists handy, and plan to...
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Some locals call it St. Jo’s; others refer to it as San Jose. By any name, this 21 by 5 mile island is a retreat that harkens back to another decade. A 15-minute ride from Port Aransas’s Fisherman’s Wharf via jetty, the island has no hotels of its...
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This inlet near the Gulf of Mexico is a fishing lover’s paradise. Popular with wade fishermen who catch trout fish, grouper, and flounder, among others varieties, the beach has long drawn anglers, but experts say the real premium water sits a...
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202 S Palmetto St, Rockport, TX 78382, USA
Surrounded by St. Charles and Aransas Bays, nestling the north edge of the city of Rockport, Goose Island State Park has a live oak tree estimated to be 1,000 years old. Monumental, it symbolizes the enduring power of nature—a theme that repeats...
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Pirates. Castaways. Ship wrecks. Gold Doubloons. The allure of Matagorda Island is legendary, and you may hear tales of locals finding antiquities encrusted in the island’s slate gray sands. The discovery of French explorer Robert de La Salle’s...
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19335 State Hwy 87, Sabine Pass, TX 77655, USA
Marshland melds into briny depths in this section of far-southeast Texas. With 15 primitive campsites, a boat dock, and a handful of fishing piers, this is the place to unplug and get away from the noise. As one of Texas’s designated parks, no...
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202 Fort Velasco Dr, Surfside Beach, TX 77541, USA
A hidden gem near The Woodlands, quaint Surfside sits on the Gulf of Mexico. This inviting beach boasts remarkably blue waters and white shores. Clean and often thronged with families, much of the beach will leave you in the mood for old-fashioned...
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When hot summer days call for cool relief, Austinites and other Hill Country residents head to Lake Travis. While many sail and water ski on the ample expanse of placid water, children and families prefer the array of activities at Shore Club...