Texas has several beautiful Gulf Coast beaches that provide vacationers with a fun, affordable, and convenient vacation from the southeastern and southwestern parts of the country. Port Isabel, Barrier Islands, Galveston in Texas offers a variety of beach vacations.

South Padre Island

Padre Island, at the southern tip of the barrier islands and is a popular spring destination. Rolling dunes and laid-back seafood restaurants, along with fishing, long beaches, and wildlife viewing make up for a great family vacation.

Port Isabel

Port Isabel is located at the end of South Padre Island. This city has a repaired cabin and lighthouse, a museum of treasures and old Spanish shipwrecks. Beaches, fishing and boardwalk are some of the things you can enjoy here.


A causeway connects Galveston to the mainland. Galveston is a city known for its 19th century architecture, a 10-mile boardwalk, and a 32-mile long beach. Galveston is host to many festivals each year, such as December Dickens Christmas, the Galveston Blues and Jazz event, and Mardi Gras.

Galveston Island State Park is loved by hikers, lovers, mountain bikers, and fishing enthusiasts. The park is famous for its large rolling sand dunes and its amazing Gulf sunsets.

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is the longest barrier island in the world. A causeway connects Corpus Christi with the main island. This city is quite modern and cosmopolitan with a historic Victorian tinge. With its exciting marina, it hosts a variety of festivals including a three-week “Festival of the Arts” in spring each year.

Just east of this famous city is the stunning Padre Island National Seashore. It has a 70-mile stretch of undeveloped islands that are lined with many white sand beaches and is home to various types of birds and animals including the rare Kemp’s sea turtle.

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