Crystal Beach

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1804 Redfish Ln, Crystal Beach, TX 77650, USA (49 miles from Houston, TX)
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • RV-friendlyRV parking available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby

About this beach

Warnings and hazards
  • Parking and camping require a beach pass.
  • Beach traffic in some areas is intensive so keep a close eye on your children.
  • There are loose sand areas where vehicles can get stuck.

Due to its remote location requiring a ferry ride and few amenities on site, Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula isn’t very popular with tourists and doesn’t have as many visitors as other beaches in the area, so it’s a great alternative to the overcrowded beaches of Galveston.

It’s a nice place for a beach weekend or for a one day trip. If you’re looking for a relaxing non-commercialized destination with cozy beach houses instead of tremendous condominiums in the background, Crystal Beach is a place of choice for you. Perhaps the most prominent feature of this beach is that you can drive on it and park your car wherever you want!

Access routes

In general, this beach is easily accessible but it requires some time to get there. There are two options: you can either take a ferry (it’s free of charge) or go by car via Interstate 10 east to Winnie and then down to High Island. It’s a longer distance; nevertheless, both routes are likely to require the same amount of time, since long waiting lines to the ferry are quite common. If you wish to make your trip more quick and comfortable, consider going by ferry during the off-season.

The sand on Crystal Beach is hard-packed, pressed under the wheels of many vehicles going back and forth, so the popular routes across the beach are safe and easy even for RV owners. However, there are loose sand areas where you risk getting stuck, so be careful.

Parking and camping

On Crystal Beach, you can drive directly to the place where you want to stay and park your car right there. Parking and camping are free but require a beach pass, which you can buy in local stores on your way to the beach or in the town. The pass costs $10 and is valid for the whole year. If you don’t purchase it, you are still allowed to drive through the area but once you decide to park they’ll make you leave the beach.

Amenities and accommodation

Crystal Beach cannot boast many tourist attractions or good beach facilities – there are few restrooms and no rinse showers at all. You’ll also hardly find any businesses on site, so make sure you’ve taken everything you may need – food, picnic equipment, sun chairs, umbrellas, etc. There are some good restaurants and shops in the town but it’ll take time to get there.

There aren’t many hotels or motels either, and it’s recommended to use Airbnb or other popular sites to look for accommodation options. The area features quite many beach houses for rent, varying from modest little homes to luxurious mansions.

Beach visitors

One of the best things about this beach is that it isn’t as crowded as the nearby beaches. However, get ready to see much more visitors than usual on holiday weekends. All together, Crystal Beach visitors make up a very diverse mix – there are families, a lot of children, couples, visitors with dogs, partying youngsters (especially in the evening), fishermen (more of them at night). So before you stop somewhere, take care to look around and choose a social surrounding fitting your plans.

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Despite the lack of eateries and beach facilities, Crystal Beach is a really nice place offering all the basic things that one could expect from a beach – such as a relaxing atmosphere, beautiful views, seagulls, dolphins, clean sand, and warm water. The county makes pretty good cleanup efforts, although sometimes the water may get coated in thick seaweed or you may see some trash or debris in the sand – well, these things can be hit or miss on any beach.

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Reyven
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The beach is located in Port Bolivar, Texas 1804 Redfish Ln, Crystal Beach, TX 77650, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Crystal Beach photo by Maggie Davis
November 20, 2018
Maggie Davis
my happy place with my favorite person :-)
Crystal Beach photo by Kathy Chen
September 4, 2018
Kathy Chen
happy holidays from crystal beach ๐Ÿ  โœŒ๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ–
Crystal Beach photo by David Armstrong
November 16, 2018
David Armstrong
Another round 2 of beach training in the history books ๐Ÿ˜โœ”
Crystal Beach photo by Okie Fur Family
October 16, 2018
Okie Fur Family
Old Redd absolutely would not get his feet wet ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚
Crystal Beach photo by Andee T
October 29, 2018
Andee T
A certain good boy had a busy day at the beach with the family. He also fell asleep there and was out the rest of the night. ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿถ
Crystal Beach photo by Mary Kathryn Marx
October 6, 2018
Mary Kathryn Marx
Made it to the beach!
Crystal Beach photo by Brooke Kotrla
August 26, 2018
Brooke Kotrla
Squintinโ€™ cause our futureโ€™s so bright ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ˜Ž
Crystal Beach photo by kenna s
October 21, 2018
kenna s
galveston took the win this time
Crystal Beach photo by
October 13, 2018
Me and baby girl at the beach
Crystal Beach photo by Cristian Vlase
November 18, 2018
Cristian Vlase
Enjoying a walk on the beach with the love of my life! Watching the sunrise!
Crystal Beach photo by A L L I C Y N   M O N K
September 5, 2018
A L L I C Y N M O N K
Words of advice: when youโ€™re as pale as me, donโ€™t buy a bikini the same color as your skin
Crystal Beach photo by ๐Ÿ’™ Landry
October 13, 2018
๐Ÿ’™ Landry
Beautiful evening at the beach!
Crystal Beach photo by Jasmine Nicole Duggan
September 2, 2018
Jasmine Nicole Duggan
Throwing it back to the sunny days in TX. Itโ€™s been super raining these past few weeks and I have a love/hate relationship with it. Come back โ˜€๏ธ
Crystal Beach photo by Bryan Tucker
September 17, 2018
Bryan Tucker
Something's fishy around here...
Crystal Beach photo by Barbara Manning Goodman
August 26, 2018
Barbara Manning Goodman
GREAT WEEKEND!!!
Crystal Beach photo by
October 1, 2018
~ happiness comes in waves ~
Crystal Beach photo by angiehartt
November 16, 2018
angiehartt
Hello beautiful day #shorebeatswork
Crystal Beach photo by Audrey Caylor
October 6, 2018
Audrey Caylor
#beachfun
Crystal Beach photo by Terry Lancaster
November 10, 2018
Terry Lancaster
#GulfMexicoSunrise
Crystal Beach photo by Bethanny Hope Zumwalt
October 3, 2018
Bethanny Hope Zumwalt
Last night in paradise ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด
Crystal Beach photo by Mallory Russell
December 25, 2018
Mallory Russell
Christmas by the ocean ๐Ÿ’›