Many Texans are looking forward to the day that we can get back into the water at one of our favorite beaches. For some, that day was over this past weekend, thanks to the Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry boats shuttling cars and trucks to the Bolivar Peninsula for the first time in a long time. This caused extreme waits at the open Houston beaches over the weekend, but not even that could stop Texans from having a good time.

Due to this being the first time that the Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry boats were open for business since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place across Texas, wait times for a ferry were as long as 2.5 hours over the weekend.

The Bolivar Peninsula is made up of about 27 miles of beach, making it quite the hot spot for those looking to get their tan on now that the weather is finally nice.

The beaches have been reopened since April 13, though with the ferries now operating, many more people are able to make a trip out.

Maybe under different circumstances, beachgoers wouldn't wait this long to get in somewhere; however, many seem to be more willing than ever before.

Harris County residents are currently under orders to wear a protective mask when out in public. That order does not apply to beachgoers in Galveston County.

Instagram user Lynne Lanza shared her experience at the beach over the weekend with a series of photos, captioning them, "We had a great time at the beach today with some friends."

"We’re all “crispy” from the sun. It was crowded, but everyone maintained there spaces so it wasn’t bad. It was a gorgeous day."

It looks like most people were keeping a safe distance from each other.

Visiting the beach with your friends is something every Texan looks forward to each summer. Hopefully, we'll all be able to experience it soon.

*Cover image used for illustrative purposes only.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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