Our Top Locations For Beach Camping in Texas

11 May


Our Top Locations For Beach Camping in Texas

Our Top Locations For Beach Camping in Texas

One thing we love about camping in Texas is the sheer diversity. From region to region there is such change in landscapes and terrain. Camping in the Old Country or Big Bend seems like worlds away from the South Texas Plains or the Gulf Coast. When you say you are going camping in Texas, it only gives a fractional explanation as to what you are doing. Camping in Texas could mean a night spent in the desert, on the plains, in the forest, on the prairies, or in this case - by the beach.

Sometimes all you need for the perfect Summer holiday is a little bit of sun, a solid tent and a patch of sand to pitch it on. Everything after that will take care of itself. There are few getaways in the world that rival a beach camping trip. For relaxation and tranquility especially, it is hard to top. Camping anywhere symbolizes an escape from the world. When you add the seaside into the equation, how could you be anything but care-free?

A beach camping escape has it all. The soothing sound of waves, the blissful sunrise and sunsets, the abundance of activity and not to forget, the mandatory sunbathing. Add to that the roaring flames of beach bonfires and the sense of freedom that comes from filling days laying on the beach or playing in the water. Day or night, it’s hard to beat. Days filled with sun, sand, and surf, nights spent under the stars listening to the water’s symphony.

Why Beach Camping in Texas?

Texas is a land of unending diversity. Nothing more represents this fact than the 350 miles of golden beaches along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For campers, you’ll find amazing wildlife and some of the best birdwatching in the country. Water sports enthusiasts have a host of options and the Gulf Coast is well regarded as a hotbed for fishing.

Of course, the Gulf Coast isn’t the be all and end all of beach camping in Texas. The aforementioned vastness of the state means there is a host of great options. With the help of our community we whittle it down to our most highly recommended. The list isn’t exhaustive and we would love to hear your input. Nonetheless, in a state full of outstanding camping opportunities, here is ones to beat. The Crua community’s top locations for beach camping in Texas.


Mustang Island State Park


18 mile long barrier island which has over five miles of beautiful coastline. At the Southern end of the island are Padre Island and the JFK causeway which connects to Corpus Christi. There is plenty of sandy beach to enjoy and activities to be had. These include outstanding bird watching and a chance to paddle along the Mustang Island State Park Trail. There are over 48 campsites to choose from on Mustang Island.


South Beach and North Beach at Padre Island National Seashore


Padre Island is home to some spectacular beaches in the most serene of settings. It is arguably one of the most beautiful scenes in the entire state. There are no reservations required and no designated camping areas. You are welcome to pitch your tent just about anywhere on the beach once you have paid your fee at park headquarters. One unique event that occurs on the beach is the release of the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle hatchlings. Hatchlings that have been rescued and rehabilitated are released back into the wild.



Sea Rim State Park



A unique and remote state park, where gulf meets marsh at the far southeast corner of the state. There are over 15 campsites with electricity and other amenities. These amenities include picnic tables, outdoor grills and lantern posts. These sites require a reservation although there are over 75 primitive campsites which do not. Again there is ample opportunity for fishing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and other water activities. There are plenty of paddling trails laid out to really get a taste for what the area is all about. Campers can also enjoy a stroll along the Gambusia Nature trail. A unique boardwalk through the marshy lands adjacent to the beach.


Matagorda Bay



Matagorda Bay is a 1600 acre park and preserve at the mouth of the Colorado River on the Matagorda Peninsula. The park has miles of Gulf of Mexico coastline, river frontage as well as a mixture of acres of unspoiled dunes and marshy areas. It is one of the best birding areas in the nation. Like Padre Island, Sea Rim State Park and Mustang Island mentioned previously, Matagorda Bay has plenty of beachside activities to enjoy and campsites are mostly primitive.


Planning Ahead for Beach Camping in Texas

In terms of campsites, there is a lot of variety in the beaches of Texas. Nonetheless in a lot of the locations mentioned above, the campsites would be considered primitive.  Amenities can be limited in these areas. In a lot of cases you are miles from any service stations or other stores at which you can restock on supplies. For that reason, it is always advised to plan ahead. Bring plenty of water, your own camping stove, lighting and other equipment. There are also the elements to contend with. Wind speeds can pick up at the beach and temperatures can get extremely hot in the summertime.

These are only minor details. Once you plan ahead, it’s hard to beat a beach camping adventure in the Lone Star State.

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