“I must go down to the seas again,” wrote Masefield, whose preference for “the lonely sea and the sky” is ample proof that the poet never set foot on a Texas beach. There are lonely spots along our 367-mile coastline, of course, but it’s the scrum of humanity that’s been the chief draw for generations of beach-going types, from Spring Breakers on Padre to birders on Bolivar.
Sure you live within an hour of the beach, God-willing and as the crow flies. But how much do you really know about that 367-mile strip of sand and hurricane bait that is the Texas coastline? We’re willing to bet it’s a lot less than you think, especially after embarking on our own voyages to Galveston, Padre Island, Bolivar, Rockport, and more.
We found surprises around every dune, from relics restored to glittering new attractions. And as we went, we gathered expert tips on everything from the best beach umbrellas, the smartest way to build a sandcastle, how to treat a jellyfish sting, the prime places to fish, the top spots to eat someone else’s fish, and much, much more.