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Aerial view of Padre Island on a colorful evening



Are you looking forward to getting away this spring? Have you been dreaming of some time on the beach? With the entire Texas coastline within driving distance, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from.

Here are some ideas on where to head for some coastal adventures this spring.

Padre Island

Just head west and you’ll hit this stunning barrier island in less than five hours. What you’ll want to see here is the Padre Island National Seashore, a nature reserve protecting the rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. You’ll never get bored here, with 70 miles of dunes, beaches, and tidal flats to explore. It’s also a great location for kayaking, swimming, and windsurfing.

Rockport Beach

This crescent-shaped beach in southeastern Texas is a perfect destination for those who love to stay active. It has volleyball courts, a fishing pier, and a promenade perfect for walks at sunset. It’s also famous for its status as the first Blue Wave Beach in the state – government and community partnerships keep this beach in pristine condition.


We couldn’t leave this one off the list since it’s arguably the most famous beach destination in Texas. And with a drive time of less than two hours, it’s a great choice for an impromptu weekend getaway. Its historic locations, amusement parks, and restaurants already put it at the top of traveler’s must-see destinations. Then add to that extras like Moody Gardens, where you’ll find pyramids filled with aquatic creatures and mini rainforests, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the Lone Star State.

Crystal Beach

Also in Galveston County is this gem, 7 miles of beach in the Bolivar Peninsula. This is a great destination for nature lovers and campers. Its secluded location means you’ll find a lot more wildlife than people. They say that the hermit crabs outnumber the beachgoers. This area also hosts over 100 migratory bird species who visit the peninsula every year.

Matagorda Bay Nature Park

This is another great destination for campers and nature lovers, with its rentable beach bungalows and Airstream campers, and seventeen waterfront campsites. Here, you can boat, swim, bird watch, kayak, and beach comb. And make sure you give yourself enough time to explore the 1,333 acres of some of the most beautiful land in the state.

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