25 Beach Towns In Texas For When You Want To Trade Sand Dunes For Sand Beaches

Get away from the desert of West Texas and get your toes in the sand of the coast. 🏖

Horseback riding on the beach of South Padre Island, TX.
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Horseback riding on the beach of South Padre Island, TX.

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Are you craving a beach vacation on the East Coast this fall, but one beyond popular destinations? Look no further than the bright Texas coast, where you'll find a plethora of sandy shores waiting to be explored, especially with warmer weather expected to extend into October.

From the stunning landscapes at the Padre Island National Seashore to the charming beach towns of Port Aransas and Galveston Island, Texas offers an array of beach destinations for every traveler. Whether you're in search of the best beach for surfing, a family-friendly getaway, or a romantic escape, the Texas Gulf Coast offers a number of options.

As mentioned earlier, temperatures across most of the Lone Star State are forecast to remain warmer than average at the beginning of fall, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Above-average temperatures are predicted deep into October, adding to the sunny charm of the Texas coast.

This was part of Stacker's methodology to determine the best beach towns to check out in Texas. The ranking also takes into account the total shoreline of a town's beaches, the prevalence of beach-related businesses, unemployment rates, and median home prices.

So grab your beach essentials and get ready to explore the sandy shores of the Texas Gulf Coast. Whether you choose to relax on the sand, take a dip in the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, or indulge in mouthwatering seafood, a beach vacation in Texas might tick all the boxes.

Alvin, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 1
  • Beach length: 1.27 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.4 degrees
  • Median home price: $189,900

Seadrift, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 1
  • Beach length: 0.62 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.9 degrees
  • Median home price: $106,800

Port O'Connor, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 2
  • Beach length: 0.72 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.9 degrees
  • Median home price: $236,500

Magnolia Beach, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 1
  • Beach length: 1.37 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.9 degrees
  • Median home price: $266,200

Rockport, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 1
  • Beach length: 0.85 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.7 degrees
  • Median home price: $289,300

Point Comfort, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 2
  • Beach length: 0.41 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.9 degrees
  • Median home price: $96,300

La Porte, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 2
  • Beach length: 1.04 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 86.0 degrees
  • Median home price: $173,900

Baytown, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 2
  • Beach length: 1.06 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 84.5 degrees
  • Median home price: $155,100

Port Mansfield, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 2
  • Beach length: 1.27 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 86.0 degrees
  • Median home price: $86,900

Pasadena, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 3
  • Beach length: 1.06 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 86.0 degrees
  • Median home price: $160,200

Sargent, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 1
  • Beach length: 9.59 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.2 degrees
  • Median home price: $215,700

Quintana, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 3
  • Beach length: 8.85 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.4 degrees
  • Median home price: $250,300

Portland, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 5
  • Beach length: 4.35 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.5 degrees
  • Median home price: $190,600

Lamar, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 3
  • Beach length: 0.96 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.7 degrees
  • Median home price: $173,500

Port Aransas, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 6
  • Beach length: 12.17 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 86.1 degrees
  • Median home price: $448,300

South Padre Island, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 8
  • Beach length: 9.75 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 86.3 degrees
  • Median home price: $364,300

Surfside Beach, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 3
  • Beach length: 15.33 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.4 degrees
  • Median home price: $198,300

Palacios, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 6
  • Beach length: 2.37 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.2 degrees
  • Median home price: $161,800

Freeport, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 4
  • Beach length: 15.75 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.4 degrees
  • Median home price: $143,600

Texas City, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 4
  • Beach length: 8.85 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.4 degrees
  • Median home price: $159,900

Aransas Pass, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 5
  • Beach length: 5.5 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 86.1 degrees
  • Median home price: $160,900

Jamaica Beach, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 4
  • Beach length: 20.85 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.4 degrees
  • Median home price: $280,400

Bolivar Peninsula, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 17
  • Beach length: 27.21 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.4 degrees
  • Median home price: $244,300

Galveston, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 17
  • Beach length: 49.18 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 85.4 degrees
  • Median home price: $250,800

Corpus Christi, Texas

  • Number of beaches: 40
  • Beach length: 53.83 miles
  • Average swim season length: 364 days
  • Average county summer temperature: 86.6 degrees
  • Median home price: $174,800

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