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The Texas coastline is dotted with charming beach towns rich in nostalgic Americana. You’ll find street signs topped with American flags, retro diners, and pastel houses hoisted on stilts. Many of these destinations are also gateways to coastal parks and nature reserves—long stretches of coastline where you can claim a spot of sand to call your own.
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303 Church St, Port Aransas, TX 78373, USA
Wide beaches aren’t the only draw in Port Aransas: its charming downtown also has cute B&Bs, great burger joints, and surf-ready shops. Close by, the Port Aransas Brewing Company makes its own beers and a killer cheddar-topped hamburger. Travelers...
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Port Arthur benefits from two bodies of water—the Gulf Coast and Lake Sabine—so it’s a favorite Texas coast destination for boaters and anglers. The town is also full of other draws, from delicious Cajun cuisine to history walks. Visit the Sabine...
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Downtown Rockport has a sleepy vibe that lends itself to family vacations and couples getaways alike. You’ll find independent boutiques and generations-old restaurants, as well as plenty of outdoor diversions. Little Bay, a boat-dotted inlet, is a...
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Unnamed Road, Texas, USA
While the tip of this barrier island is best known for its spring break crowds, take time to get off the beaten path and you’ll be rewarded with a slower pace of beach life. The surfing scene is especially vibrant, thanks to outfits like the South...
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603 Beach Dr, Freeport, TX 77541, USA
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...
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TX-35, Corpus Christi, TX 78401, USA
While Corpus Christi is the fifth largest port city in the country, it has many pockets of small town charm. Some of its quieter corners include Mustang Island State Park; you won’t find the horses for which it was originally named, but other...
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Nestled in the middle of Texas’s Gulf Coast, this small waterfront city is a great respite from the Texas heat. The town is fronted by a 2,200-foot boardwalk, as well as the Indianola Fishing Marina, where anglers cast for trout, redfish, and...
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There are many versions of this port city: Generations-old yacht clubs, charming neighborhoods full of pastel houses, waterfront amusement parks, and long boardwalks and piers. Galveston also has 32 miles of beaches, some of which are known for...