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5 Top Beaches in South Texas You Need to Visit This Summer

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If you love the sun, sand dunes, and swimming with your family or friends in refreshing Gulf Coast water, set your sights on this compendium of five of the top beaches in South Texas to get more out of being outdoors than just a tan. Come on in, the water’s fine!

1. Boca Chica

5 Top Beaches in South Texas You Need to Visit This Summer

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If you prefer solitude to add to the sun, sand, and swimming, then a day at Boca Chica beach is just what the doctor ordered. Visit Boca Chica State Park, in Brownsville (roughly a 30-minute drive from town) and make note that your day alone at the beach will be just that – a day alone. This primitive locale is also sans porta-potties, so plan ahead! The area is set up nicely for fishing, camping, and swimming, and the reasons it makes this list are solitude, clear water, and beach access by vehicle or four-wheeler. While you’re there, you might want to pull out the old metal detector and look for buried treasure! Said to carry a few creative finds, it may not be a chest full of gold from the days of pirate yore, but you just might come across a unique treasure of your own. There’s also exceptional paddling opportunity to be had here, and if the weather’s good, excellent bird-watching to be had.

2. Galveston

5 Top Beaches in South Texas You Need to Visit This Summer

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With more than 30 miles of beach and unique activities for all ages, Galveston makes this list simply for the fun of it all. Many of their beach access points have parking fees, however, it’s worth it for the ability to swim in the warm waters, soak up the sun, and later take advantage of local shops and restaurants you might want to scour for some great finds and wonderful food service. If in need of accommodations, Galveston has a variety of resorts to choose from as well as quiet Victorian-style bed & breakfasts. Look for lodging in advance, however, as many places can fill up quickly.

3. Rockport

5 Top Beaches in South Texas You Need to Visit This Summer
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